11 Best Cafes On The Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Here’s a post from Desire Empire’s Carolyn Darragh about the very best cafes on the beaches which have been featured on her and my blogs.

Caro’s a Northern Beaches girl who knows her cafes and loves the beach, and she’s shared her very favourites here.

The list starts at Balmoral, goes round past Manly and then all the way up to Palm Beach.

Come on a beachside cafe journey with us!


PS If you are interested in the best cafes for kids on the North Shore, click here.


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The Balmoral Boat House

Sophisticated in an ever so casual way, the Balmoral Boathouse always makes for a delightful visit with kids.

Straddling the harbour and with the beach running to the right and left, there is plenty to entertain the kids, whilst you sit on the Deck of this fabulous cafe and take in all the colour and movement that is Sydney Harbour…….Read More


Little Manly Cove Kiosk

Little Manly Beach Kiosk

A lovely café overlooking the quaint little harbour beach.  Little Manly Beach Kiosk is a great spot, where adults can sit and watch their kids playing for hours in the safe netted harbour pool.  Read More

The Boathouse, Shelly Beach

Very recently opened, this sister to the Boathouse at Balmoral and at Palm Beach is an instant success. Read a review on MrsDPlus3 here.

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The Beach Shed at Dee Why Beach

Yes, that really is the view from the new cafe in the ex-boat storage shed of Dee Why SLSC. This relaxed cafe is on the promenade and has a menu of healthy eats.  Read all you need to know and see more photos here.


 H2O Cafe Narrabeen 2

H2O Cafe Narrabeen

Serene and calm,with plenty of shade.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with kids’ menus for each sitting.

This is a great cafe for families, as the kids can spill out into the adjoining park, whilst the adults can stay seated taking in an extra coffee, as the children play………Read More

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Boathouse Cafe and Bar Narrabeen

Another absolute beauty overlooking Narrabeen Lagoon.

Serving beautifully fresh, delicious food and giving you the opportunity to hire a kayak, to work off lunch. This would be a great way to entertain the kids for a day on the Northern Beaches……..Read More

Bronze Kiosk Mona Vale

Bronze Kiosk Mona Vale

Bronzed by name and bronzed by nature, this north facing cafe is superbly located overlooking Mona Vale Beach and across the road from Apex Park.

Make sure you bring the kids bikes to this one, as there is a great bike track in the park, which is suited to kids aged from toddlers to ten year olds……..Read More


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Bum Balinos Cafe Bilgola Beach

Beautifully located under the shade of the Norfolk Pines on Bilgola Beach, Bum Balinos is a cool and refreshing place to be, in the height of Summer.
With a lovely rock pool and a Saturday Swim Race Club, this cafe is a great one for the kids………Read More

Milk and Soda Kiosk Whale Beach (2)

Milk and Soda Kiosk Whale Beach

This cute sunny incarnation is a real coup, with beautiful fresh food on offer, great coffee and all served amongst some lovely vintage elements.  Don’t miss the vintage toy box.  Make a day of it down on beautiful Whale Beach…….Read More


The Boat House Palm Beach

If you fancy some fabulously fresh, reasonably priced food, whilst dining amongst some of the most magnificent scenery in Australia, then this cafe is for you.

With dining areas back and front, there is plenty of room for the family to spread out here.  But beware, this cafe is fabulous and can get a little manic on the weekends.

If you are not in a rush and don’t mind queuing to order your food, then this world class cafe, is not to be missed……..Read More


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Dunes Kiosk and Restaurant Palm Beach

Located adjacent to the magical Governor Phillip Park in Palm Beach, is Dunes.  Two dining options make up this establishment, with the very casual Dunes Kiosk on one side of the building and the beautifully relaxed a la carte dinning option of Dunes Restaurant on the other.

Admittedly this cafe does not have beach views, but it’s so close and the playground is lovely……Read More



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Now we know there are other treasures on the Northern Beaches. Will you tell us your favourites so that we can dash over with cameras and hungry tummies to try them out.

Thanks Carolyn for sharing your fave Northern Beaches cafes with Sydney Kids Food and Travel’s readers.

Happy cafe hunting!


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  1. No worries. No wonder I’m putting on weight over the holidays. The possibilities up in paradise are endless. Easy on the eye and we are never going to go hungry in this part of the world.

  2. Summer Dreaming…I used to spend large chunks of winter at the beach, love the vast spaces without all the people. Somehow this winter has felt too cold! This fabulous selection of cafes are a good reason to get back out there… The Northern Beaches are glorious. X

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