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A guide to local favorites in Manly

  • By Riley Wilson
  • Photos by Brook Mitchell
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Long ago, when it was an excursion destination for those in top hats and hoop skirts, Manly was billed as “seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care.” Despite the fact that Australians use the metric system, the slogan is entirely accurate. The beach mecca attracts surfers, travelers and anyone who’s willing to take a 30-minute ferry ride to get to work in the CBD (central business district), with cracking waves, a great beach volleyball culture and restaurants that give the city a run for its money.

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Riley is a native Sydneysider who grew up between Australia and America, with extensive travels throughout Europe and Asia along the way. She’s a journalist and a lover of beach volleyball, roller-skates, olives and tea.

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Manly

The Herring Room
Get the snapper at the Herring Room. It’s crisp, whole and served in a pool of sweet soy. Don’t shirk on the local Sydney rock oysters either at this cozy, candlelit space that was formerly a 1920s cottage and surfboard shop.
The Herring Room, 94 Pittwater Rd. Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Four Pines Brewpub
Local institution Four Pines has grown from this flagship venue (and functioning microbrewery) to six sites across Sydney and international distribution. It has 13 beers on tap — including Keller Door experiments and summer ale.
Four Pines Brewpub, 29/43-45 E. Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Rollers Bakehouse
Pastel pink tiles, communal tables and coffee from Melbourne’s Wood and Co. only add to the main attraction: tall, flaky croissants, from chocolate and hazelnut to potato, rosemary and Parmesan. They’re a meal unto themselves.
Rollers Bakehouse, 19 Rialto Lane Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Shelly Beach
For a quiet afternoon in protected, snorkel-friendly waters, go to Shelly Beach. The marine reserve is a loop around from the main strip and has changing rooms, barbecues and a cafe — and it faces west, so the sunset is glorious.
Shelly Beach, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Manly Scenic Walkway
Don a backpack for this 10-kilometer stroll, with pauses to check out Aboriginal rock engravings and coastal lookouts. Start at the Spit Bridge in Mosman and end with a dip and a coffee in Manly.
Shopping on Pittwater and Denison roads
Australian-made homewares and surfboards, a barbershop with towel service and local threads are all a stone’s throw apart on this corner, in a more residential pocket of the suburb.
Pittwater Road and Denison Street, Manly NSW 2095 Australia
Riley Wilson
Riley is a native Sydneysider who grew up between Australia and America, with extensive travels throughout Europe and Asia along the way. She’s a journalist and a lover of beach volleyball, roller-skates, olives and tea.
Brook Mitchell
Brook Mitchell is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Sydney.

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