Bare Naked Bowls, Manly

Market Lane has become the new café haven of Manly over the past few years, with two local institutions, Fika Swedish Kitchen and Market Lane Café, sitting on either side of Manly Library. But now the holy trinity has been formed, with the latest edition of Bare Naked Bowls. Unlike the usual Manly café menu of poached eggs, avocado toast, muesli and various baked goods (which I am all very fond of), Bare Naked Bowls has brought a new and highly anticipated concept to the Manly food scene – delicious, healthy superfoods with a focus on local produce, nutrition and doing good, with 10% of Bare Naked Bowls profits going towards International Brothers and Sisters House, a charity that supports orphaned children in developing nations. Needless to say, both the local and broader-Sydney response has been overwhelming, with people pouring in from early in the morning to well into the afternoon and others placing in their takeaway orders to enjoy on the beachfront. The most popular menu item are their range of Acai bowls, but other menu items include muesli or chia breakfast bowls, superfood smoothies, salads, raw vegan desserts and coffee/tea.

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I am a huge fan of the Acai bowls! They have a whole range of flavours, that incorporate a variety of different fruits like mango, pineapple, banana and pitaya and a generous bunch of toppings like granola, berries, buckinis, coconut chips, chia pudding, banana, kiwifruit and passionfruit. With so many locally sourced superfoods, the prices start at $14.50, which I think is really quite reasonable especially as the serving sizes are very generous.

It’s best to come early in the morning, as it gets very busy and you can end up waiting for over 30 minutes for your food to arrive. I usually arrive between 7.30-8.30 and if lucky I score a table and the food arrives within 15-20 minutes. It’s always worth the wait though! And I happily sip away at their great coffee while eagerly anticipating my Acai feast.

Whether you’re a staunch carnivore, vegan or somewhere in between, Bare Naked Bowls will definitely please. It’s the perfect healthy, refreshing & filling summer breakfast, perfect for feasting on after a morning swim. Enjoy! X

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