Just across the bay from the bright lights and bustling streets of Sydney CBD sits Manly; a beautiful suburb taking things just that little bit slower. Boasting gorgeous beaches, tonnes of fun things to do and a charming selection of independent shops, bars and restaurants, it's no surprise that the oasis is such a popular destination. Uncover all this Australian gem's got to offer in our local guide to Manly.
Relax On Manly Beach
Competing with Bondi for the title of Sydney's best seaside spot, Manly Beach is arguably the suburb's most famous feature - and it's not hard to see why. Bordered by an iconic line of pine trees, this sandy stretch runs for a generous 3km and attracts a crowd of sunseekers and surf fanatics. Pitch up camp here and spend a balmy afternoon soaking in the rays or trying one of the many watersports on offer.
Eat Tasty Pastries At Rollers Bakehouse
If you've got a penchant for flaky pastries - I mean, who doesn't? - then Rollers Bakehouse have got to be on your list of places to visit in Manly. The croissant connoisseurs are serving up a daily-changing selection of sweet and savoury mouthfuls; from eggplant, hummus and zaatar loaded bites to Vegemite and cheese fillings and pain au chocolate charcoal treats.
Go Kayaking Around The Bays
One of the best things to do in Manly, kayaking is a great way to see the area and brilliant for uncovering hidden coves that can't be reached on foot. Take to the waters and explore the various bays with this exciting seafaring activity. Whether you're looking to go solo or want to take a guided tour, there's bound to be more than enough options available for you.
Brunch At Market Lane Cafe
Market Lane Cafe are serving up the best meal of the day from their laid-back haunt. Enjoy a spot of people watching on their outdoor terrace while tucking into a healthy spread of zucchini corn fritters, crab omelettes and chilli masala scrambled eggs that are sure to fuel you up for the day. Plus, there's also a few brunchtime cocktails on the menu if you're looking to ramp things up.
Sip On Pints At 4 Pines Brewery
Fancy a pint? Of course you do. And where better to get one than at Manly's very own 4 Pines Brewery? Originally set up in the area and named after the well-known beach feature, the now-famous beer company are pouring up frothy sips from their waterside taproom as well as at their Brookvale Truck Bar. Grab a seat on the balcony and enjoy an ice-cold brewski alongside some comfort food.
Check Out Manly Market
Selling everything from artisan trinkets and vintage clothes to freshly baked goods and local produce, Manly Market sees swathes of shoppers come through its open-air bazaar every weekend. Perfect for a leisurely mid-morning amble, the beachside stalls are interspersed with buskers to provide mellow tunes as you dawdle and find some truly unique pieces.
Grab A Slice At Pocket Pizza
As one of the best restaurants in Manly, Pocket Pizza are an obvious choice for a fun and tasty meal out. Head to the charming Pittwater Road spot for your fix of mouthwatering cheesy slices, pasta dishes and antipasto plates, suitable for both meat-eaters and vegans. Alternatively, join them on a Friday or Saturday afternoon for two very happy hours of $10 spritzes and $5 on tap beers.
Do The Manly To Spit Coastal Walk
A stunning 10km coastal jaunt, the Manly to Spit walk is taking you on a scenic adventure past secret beaches and incredible 1,000 year-old Aboriginal rock engravings. Whether you fancy doing the whole trail or ducking onto a sandy haven midway, this activity is ideal for those of you wanting to get out in nature and take the lesser-trodden path.
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