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Brunching by the water in Sydney

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Jetty leading to The Boathouse Palm Beach, Sydney

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Brunching by the
water in Sydney

Summer in Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Jetty leading to The Boathouse Palm Beach, Sydney

#ilovesydney

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From spectacular French toast after a harbourside swim to smoked salmon fritters by a Northern Beaches jetty, Sydney delivers when it comes to brunch offerings by the water.

Poolside Cafe 

Poolside Cafe has many things in its favour: it benefits from its scenic setting by Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, and its open-air terrace grants guests a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour. It’s part of the Royal Botanic Garden, a leafy refuge from the city’s busy pace, and it’s also footsteps away from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Woolloomooloo Bay. So you can enjoy a few invigorating laps or harbourside walks before working up an appetite for the the café’s inventive menu, which includes French toast with toasted coconut ice-cream and raspberries, shakshuka with mint labneh, and poached eggs with crisp enoki mushrooms, kale slaw and toasted paprika crumbs.   

The Boathouse 

The first Boathouse café opened in late 2008 on Palm Beach. The stylish décor and waterfront brunch setting led to demand for more sundazed outposts: there are Boathouse venues in Shelly BeachBalmoral Beach and, in 2021, Rose Bay. Each coastal location has its individual charms, but the menu at each venue is consistently strong and friendly to gluten-free diets. Live large with smoked salmon fritters with caviar and crème fraîche, savour the comforting combination of mushrooms, poached eggs and potato rosti, or sample the season’s produce at its peak, with a market fruit plate that’s sweetened with honey and served with yoghurt. 

Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Poolside Cafe gets its name from its scenic Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool location.

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Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Poolside Cafe gets its name from its scenic Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool location.

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Summer in Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

The sunny setting for The Boathouse in Palm Beach.

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Summer in Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

The sunny setting for The Boathouse in Palm Beach.

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The Pantry Manly 

The Pantry Manly is located by the sandy edge of the beach, which means your brunch comes with uninterrupted seaside views. The breakfast menu is just as impressive, and suits the coastal setting. There are warm buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries and vanilla ice-cream, and grazing boards topped with San Daniele prosciutto, chorizo and truffled salami (or various olives, cheese and grilled asparagus for vegetarians). You can also turn to familiar staples (smashed avocado, poached eggs on toast, eggs and soldiers) or lean into the summer holiday atmosphere and order a mimosa, prosecco or Aperol spritz with brunch. 

The Flying Bear 

The Flying Bear cafe is an under-the-radar brunch destination. It’s located within the complex for the Sydney Flying Squadron, which was formed in 1891 by businessman Mark Foy, and is now the city’s oldest open boat sailing club. So the café sits away from the street, on a Kirribilli wharf, and boasts a stunning vantage point of the cove. Not surprisingly, it’s a favourite among locals and is an insider secret. This eatery is run by the Bird & Bear people, who have nailed the casual waterside dining brief with their other venues (The Sandy Bear by Clontarf Marina, Archie Bear by Mosman Rowers Club). So the menu here is relaxed and appealing: think beer-battered fish and chips, chia pudding with seasonal fruit, and maple-baked granola with blue spirulina yoghurt.  

Manly Beach, Manly CREDIT: Destination NSW

Not far from the suburb’s famous waves, you’ll find The Pantry Manly.

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Manly Beach, Manly CREDIT: Destination NSW

Not far from the suburb’s famous waves, you’ll find The Pantry Manly.

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Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli CREDIT: Destination NSW

Like the neighbouring Ensemble Theatre, The Flying Bear cafe has a breezy, waterside location.

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Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli CREDIT: Destination NSW

Like the neighbouring Ensemble Theatre, The Flying Bear cafe has a breezy, waterside location.

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