Sydney’s Northern Beaches are full of oceanview gems, from Manly to Palm Beach.

The Northern Beaches are miles of coastline that are full of oceanview bars and restaurants. Don’t miss world-famous Manly, the surf haven of Avalon, or exclusive Palm Beach, home to Sydney’s most expensive real estate. These coastal suburbs offer incredible vistas from which to enjoy a coffee, meal or cold drink.

The Newport

Justin Hemnes, the infamous Sydney entrepreneur, bought the Newport Arms a few years ago and converted a quintessential Northern Beaches pub into a stylish establishment with something for everyone. The beer gardens have been transformed by pastel umbrellas, cactus plants, and water features. There’s a kid-friendly area with games, a stage for live music, and multiple food stands to choose from. The woodfired pizza is a favourite. The covered terrace has table service, the rest of the venue is self-service. If you’re looking for something special have a meal at Bert’s upstairs. The Newport is large, vibrant and stylish, with views across Pittwater.

2 Kalinya St, Newport NSW 2106

Hugos Manly

Hugos has a prime location on Manly Wharf with a deck on top of the ocean. It’s a great spot for lunch, dinner or sunset drinks in a lively atmosphere. Hugos make woodfired pizza and fresh Italian food, and the wine and cocktail lists are extensive. The prices reflect the premium location in Manly.

Manly Wharf, 1 E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095

The Boathouse Palm Beach

The Boathouse in Palm Beach has an expansive deck overlooking the water and a lovely interior for those seeking shade. The Boathouse makes every day feel like a holiday. It has a casual vibe, you order at the counter, with an upmarket look. Being at Palmy, one of Sydney’s premier beach suburbs, watch for crowds. There’s often a wait and it’s best to avoid weekends. The Boathouse is only open for breakfast and lunch. They specialize in brunch dishes and seafood. If you’re not hungry, pop in for a coffee or bottle of bubbles.

Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach NSW 2108

The Waterfront Cafe Church Point

The Waterfront Cafe is simply adorable with hanging plants and panoramic Pittwater views. It’s on a wharf and the deck s outdoors and covered. Located in Church Point, it’s a little off the main drag but still very popular with Sydneysiders. Especially on Sunday and Friday afternoons, when they have live music. They are open for dinner on weekends but close by 7 pm on weekdays. Don’t miss happy hour margaritas and sangria from 3 pm. The food is fresh, especially the buckets of prawns and seafood platters.

1860 Pittwater Rd, Church Point NSW 2105

Beach House Avalon

The Beach House is located in the surf life-saving club at Avalon Beach. The restaurant is upstairs and the casual Kiosk is downstairs. They are open for dinner Thursday to Saturday until 830pm, and for breakfast every day from 7 am. They often do cocktail specials and their food is Japanese-Hawaiian inspired. The ocean views and beach location make this a popular spot.

558A Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach NSW 2107

The Collaroy

The Collaroy, like the Newport, is also owned by the Merivale group and Justin Hemnes. It’s a two-level establishment in the middle of Collaroy, by the beach. The upstairs is the bar and restaurant, the ground floor is a casual cafe with a kid’s play area. The best views are from the small outdoor balcony. The food is a typical Northern Beaches mix of salads, burgers, seafood, and healthy bowls. It’s on-trend yet casual and is always bustling. Come for breakfast and stay all night, The Collaroy closes at 3 am on weekends!

1064 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy NSW 2097

Manly Wine

Manly Wine is in South Steyne facing Manly beach, on the other side of the Corso to the wharf. This is the spot to watch surfers at famous Manly Beach and while away the day drinking wine and spritzers. It’s very lively, especially on the weekends, and the food is fresh.

8/13 S Steyne, Manly NSW 2095

The Pasadena at Church Point

The Pasadena was recently transformed into a premier spot for a meal, drink or wedding! Located at Church Point near the ferry, the hotel has a chic restaurant with a large grassy patio with ocean views. The food is touted as seaside modern cuisine. The pink vintage VW van and tropical decor ensure it’s a favourite with influencers trying to capture the best shot. After a few too many drinks stay the night in one of their gorgeous rooms.

1858 Pittwater Rd, Church Point NSW 2105

Manly Greenhouse

Manly Greenhouse is a relatively new establishment in south Steyne facing the beach, a few doors down from Manly Wine. Watch the surfers while enjoying a cocktail on the outdoor tables. The interior is sleek and modern with a Scandinavian influence. The Greenhouse does upmarket casual with style and the cocktails are on point.

36-38 S Steyne, Manly NSW 2095

Glasshouse Manly

The top-level of Manly’s iconic Steyne hotel has been converted into a gin focused rooftop bar with cozy booths and a glass roof. The outdoor balcony is where to catch views of Manly beach and the action on the Corso. The list of gin and mixer options is impressive and the vibe is fun, helped out by a DJ. This stylish establishment attracts mainly 30s and older. The $10 cocktails for happy hour are excellent value.

75 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095

$10 cocktail gin special for happy hour at the Glasshouse

Surfs Up!

These are just a few standouts from the many, ever-changing options. The food tends to be relatively similar, fresh and light with seafood and salads. What makes these establishments really special are their fantastic views. Post up all day and enjoy a coffee or cool drink with true vacation vibes.

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