Aaah, Palm Beach. Home to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, a 2.3 kilometre east-facing beach, and the man, the legend we know as Alf Stewart. Palm Beach may be the backdrop to Home and Away, but seeing as they have some tasty eateries in town, they might as well rename themselves Home and Café. (Hello, hello, is this thing on?)
Don’t miss out on these Palm Beach cafés, or else you’re a flamin’ galah.
The Boathouse Palm Beach | Palm Beach
Always popular, always packed, and always full of beautiful people. It’s everything I wished my birthday parties to be. The Boathouse is the go-to cafe for Palm Beach locals (and out-of-town visitors always trying to hustle for a seat) who know what’s up with their breezy breakfast and lunch options. Look, prices are slightly steeper than your average Sydney cafe, but you are paying for the excellent water views, after all. PS the cappuccinos and hot chocolates come emblazoned with a chocolate anchor. On a scale of nought to nautical, these mates score a solid eleven.
The Dunes Restaurant & Kiosk | Palm Beach
Sure, there’s a restaurant attaché, but The Dunes is right on a green, grassy park. Make a beeline for the kiosk for classic beach feeds—wraps, fish and chippies, and milkshakes. They also do a good Campos coffee. Park yourself on their outdoor seating, or get comfy on Mother Earth’s very own lounge—the grass.
The Greedy Goat
Look, they still present their dishes as “food towers” and top them with curly parsley garnishes a la the 90s, but that’s all part of the charm here at The Greedy Goat. It’s the age of “you do you”, so if they’re into classics-that-never die like eggs benedict, corn and zucchini fritters (in a stack) and open steak sandwiches, we’re also into it. They use Allpress coffee too, so you’re in for a decent brew.
Pronto Creative Food
They do a good sandwich and quiche, but you’re really here for the baked goods. If you’re a lumberjack, then it’s ok—they do a lumberjack cake, served warm and with cream. Not a tree-logger? They also do a timeless orange, almond and poppyseed cake; a sour cream cake with raspberries (and cream, again!) on the side; and a changing line-up of cookies. You’ll quickly make friends with this place, for sure.
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Image credit: The Boathouse | Lisa Brooke