Another new restaurant has made its way onto Market Lane, bringing a new but simple concept – cheese, cured meats and wine, with a focus on local, organic and free-range produce. Cured solves your mid-week/Friday night dilemma of not wanting to cook, presenting a relaxed, casual atmosphere in which to enjoy life’s simple pleasures (cheese and wine, of course…).
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. Continue reading
A new restaurant has popped up on Whistler Street in Manly, and it’s already a local favourite! Creating a very NYC Little Italy vibe just off Manly Corso, Pocket Pizza is a cosy joint with red and white tablecloths, neon signage, exposed brickwork, succulent plants and black & white photographs streaming the walls. The highlight though is, of course, the food! Not only do Pocket Pizza pump out fresh, delicious pizza, but they also make some of the best salads and desserts! Gluten-free options are also aplenty which makes makes dining out in a group that much easier. Perfect for lunch or dinner, I recommend eating in to soak up the atmosphere and good tunes or taking away to the beachfront or harbour side.
Ora is a new favourite local cafe of mine, having already been 4 times and loved each meal. Ora is an organic cafe, with a focus on local produce, respecting each humble ingredient and creating healthy, nourishing food. So much care and effort is put into preparing each dish, with labouring tasks like creating fresh bone broth, activating nuts, soaking and sprouting grains and fermenting vegetables being a key aspect of most. The cafe itself is beautiful, simple and peaceful, featuring divine wooden table tops and seating, glass jars filled with ingredients lining the shelves, big folding windows opening out onto Whistler Street and sunshine beaming in.
Fika has become one of the most popular cafes in Manly for locals and tourists alike, and rightly so. The delightfully bright and cosy space with colour pops of yellow & blue, the glass cabinet filled with fresh cinnamon buns and the gorgeous, smiling Swedish owners creates such a wonderful atmosphere that will certainly keep you coming back as a regular. The quality of Fika’s food, staying true to its Swedish roots, creates such a delicious, interesting menu that really does bring a piece of Sweden to Manly.
The Manly Wharf Hotel is a bit of a Manly institution, and is one of the first places you see as you chug your way into Manly on the ferry. The simple, classic Aussie menu, featuring salads, burgers, fish & chips, wood-fired pizzas plus plenty of specials, is sure to please everyone. And of course nothing can beat the spectacular water views you will enjoy, whether you’re sitting inside or out on the pier.
Market Lane is one of my favourite cafes in Sydney, mainly because it is a local favourite of my Mum and I’s where I have great memories of coffees and breakfasts after morning walks along the Manly beachfront. Locals love this place, mainly the cyclists, runners, walkers and yogies who love to refuel after a workout.