There’s no better way to kick off the weekend than with a brunch on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
When you’re feeling like the weekend calls for a beachside brunch, look no further than Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Its stretch of pristine waters attracts sun-kissed surfers and the occasional good dog, offering not only idealistic beach settings, but also a fair share of fantastic cafes – there’s nowhere better to top up your morning with a coffee, pastry, smashed avo on toast or a bacon and egg roll.
After some serious discussions behind the scenes of the Hunter and Bligh HQ, we’ve come up with our top list; here’s the eight best brunch spots on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
The Bower Restaurant
The first on our brunch hit-list is one perhaps overlooked by breakfast, lunch and brunch-goers for it’s nearby neighbour, The Boathouse at Shelly Beach. Folks, you’re doing it wrong. The breakfast menu at The Bower is fresh and seasonal, offering a range of light to heavier choices including vegetarian, naughty and nice options as well as a series of breakfast cocktails…
If you need a picturesque location, look no further. The institution that is Whitewater needs almost no introduction. The food is brilliant, the staff tip-top and the atmosphere, ideal. We highly recommend the homemade fluffy Whitewater Signature Pancakes ($17.90) that is served with fresh ricotta cheese, Canadian maple syrup and adorned with a mix of wild berries.
Located in the heart of Manly, meet the newcomer to the food scene along the beaches, Rollers Bakehouse. The craze of gourmet and beautifully-decadent pastries has well and truly struck and Rollers has done well to solidify their place as one of the best brunch spots on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. For your visit we recommend the Eggplant. Hummus, Jalapeño and Zaatar Croissant that pairs elegantly with a turmeric latte – the perfect combination of sweet and savoury!
After a visit to Rollers, we recommend a cleansing and nutritional visit to Ruby Lane – the ethical eatery which aims to deliver the most nutrient-dense food possible. Cooking with only sustainable produce, Ruby Lane works closely with a range of organic and local suppliers using nothing refined, bleached or enhanced. Our personal favourite is the Real Food Pancakes ($19) thats stuffed silly with chia and buckwheat, banana and coconut yoghurt.
Albert & Moore Cafe
Aptly named after its location (corner of Albert Street and Moore Road), this health-minded, paleo-friendly cafe is where you’ll find the healthy and hungry on any given weekend in Freshwater. A little bit rustic and a whole lot of beachy, Albert & Moore offers a menu designed to cater for all patrons, with their ‘light and wholesome’ section complimenting the larger breakfast options. Check out the Green Goodness Bowl if you’re feeling dull and needing a pick-me-up.
You know when a cafe self-proclaims as ‘disturbingly good’, they’ve got to have the evidence to prove it. We can confirm that Rukus Cafe does indeed fulfil the brief. The perfect balance of meals to either kickstart an energised weekend or to help tide over the efforts of a Friday night, Rukus is designed to cater to all needs. If you’re in need of some hangover-healing, we recommend the Pumpkin Burger with bacon, turmeric yoghurt, pickled cabbage and spinach. The cafe also offers some seriously whiz-bang catering too..
Nourished Cafe and Lounge
Seasoned brunch hunters may already know one of Avalon’s top cafes, Nourished Cafe and Lounge. The corner cafe on the main drag in the beach side village offers diners an extensive range of breakfast, lunch, snacks, sweets, smoothies and superfoods. Our top brunch pick is The Classic Pittwater, a foolproof combination of poached eggs, avocado and tomato and Persian feta. Pair it with the Matcha Madness smoothie for all-day happiness.
The Boat House Palm Beach
The final stop on our Northern Beaches trail shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that’s ever searched for a beachside brunch. The Boathouse Group is the master of attaining beautiful waterside venues and pairing them with their famous menu and interior fitouts. The Boathouse at Palm Beach is a stunning addition to their group, literally on the water. Whether you’re sitting inside or out, we recommend the Smoked Salmon Fritters with caviar, creme fraiche, zucchini, cucumber and poached eggs. Take a not-so leisurely stroll up to the Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse when you’re done if you’re after some smashing views too.
Looking to make more plans on Sydney’s Northern Beaches? Good news, Fratelli Fresh has just opened a new restaurant nearby. Plus, check out which bars were listed in our top 10 beach bars in Australia. Willing to go further afield for brunch? We’ve got just the thing with our list of the best bottomless brunches and lunches across the city.