If you’re looking for the best cafes in Manly, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the best cafes in this charming seaside suburb, so you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea while taking in the stunning views. Whether you’re looking for a cafe with great food or one with beautiful surroundings, we have something for everyone on our list. So check it out and start planning your next caffeine fix!
Looking for a spot to brunch? After a sleep-in following an exciting Manly night, wander down to Ruby Lane for a shot of coffee, a dose of sunshine and a bowl of superfood yum. They take brunch seriously here, with items such as Smash N Mash, Ruby Bircher and a serious eggs bene. With a sunny outdoor deck, large indoor booths and a menu styled around sustainability, freshness and goodness, you might just end up staying all day.
200 Pittwater Rd, Manly
After a session of wet and wild fun at Manly SurfNSlide, slide round to Sliders for a energising drink and a snack to keep you (and the kids) going all afternoon. With all the usual poolside vittles on the menu – burgers, chips, fresh fruit bowls and all kinds of salads – the spacious and shady outdoor and indoor seating at Sliders will let you recharge before you hit the waterslides again.
Cnr Commonwealt Pde and West Esp, Manly
Some people say that this is the best café in the universe. This funky hole-in-the-wall joint in Rialto Lane – just a flip-flop toss from the beach – has specialty coffee, and artisan “little bites” such as poached eggs (free range, of course) on toast, and bowls of granola goodness. Perfect for a post-surf fill up or a mid-afternoon top up. If the place is unattended, the staff are probably surfing!
7 Rialto Ln, Manly
Now this is a bit of Manly alright! If you want a decent feed, cooked to perfection with ingredients fresh from the markets, you can’t go wrong at the Market Café. Awesome local delicacies such as spinner crab omelette, and grilled halloumi sit cheek by jowl with those delectable faves such as maple granola with Greek yoghurt, and hummus on toast with avocado. Pour in an Allpress coffee or two and you are set up for the day!
Shop 9-11, 37 The Corso, Market Pl, Manly
The crew at Barrel One, at 40 East Esplanade, take their coffee seriously. Specialising in coffees from places such as Tanna Island in Vanuatu, and supporting sustainable coffee-growing practises, at Barrel One you can indulge your passion for coffee accompanied by a selection of dishes such as Ruben sandwiches, grilled cheese, avo on rye, or a Italian BMT. Saunter down for a coffee and take home some beans for later.
40 E Esplanade, Manly
For “the best coffee outside Italy” take a stroll down to Paolo’s on Birkley Road. Bright and spacious, with shiny white tiles on the floor and greenery all around, this busy corner joint is a great hangout those late breakfasts that turn into late lunches. Try a milk shake or a hot chocolate, grab a scone or a ham and cheese toasty, or, if you are feeling a bit daring, sample the porchetta. You won’t be sorry. Ciao bella!
59 Birkley Rd, Manly
This quiet, unassuming cafe, tucked away on Whistler Street, offers home-baked pastries, awesome cheese scones (crispy crust with a cayenne kick), and breakfast goodies such as peaches with creme and ricotta. With an eclectic, vintage-retro feel, and a revolving coffee menu, Snowbox feels like an urban hipster joint transplanted to the beach and taking the best bits from both.
19 Whistler St, Manly
Located on historic Darley Road, the Roast Office serves up delicious coffee and great food in the old Manly Post Office building. With a rich local history on display, the very walls of the Roast Office ooze charm and authenticity. The big windows open onto the street and the old timber floors creak as you polish off one of the tasty meals on offer: everything from filled bread sticks to a philately of coloured fruits. Gets our stamp of approval!
37 Darley Rd, Manly
Located right on the water’s edge, this is the place to come for an early morning coffee hit, a midday snack or a sunset dining extravaganza. Lunches at the Bluewater feature oceanic and freshwater delicacies such as salted squid and grilled barramundi. Outdoor seating provides ample space for an early evening sauvignon blanc or three, and you can pop a seafood platter between the two you and settle in for the night.
28 S Steyne, Manly
Open early (6AM) seven days a week, the snappy blue and white decor and sidewalk tables at Three Beans invite you to linger over more than just one of their superb coffees. Their menu takes its inspiration from three sustainably-sourced types of beans: coffee beans, vanilla beans and mung beans. From salmon bruschetta to French toast and everything in between, Three Beans will sustain your body and your soul.
2A Darley Rd, Manly