If you’re lucky enough to live (or even just spend any time) on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and you want to know where to get a healthy feed, then look no further.
Here are my 9 fave wholefood cafes (in no particular order) where I can eat clean and get my kombucha on. So healthy, so delicious, so easy to just eat real food.
Tucked away down a little lane in this beachside ‘burb, Rough and Bare is a haven of all things good where you can fuel your body with really great food. Kombucha on tap, raw desserts, filtered water, grass-fed meats, fermented veg and even products and cookbooks to take home, it’s like a delicious educational experience in eating right.
My favourites: OMG the Gluten Free Waffles! Also the Tuna Cracker and Kids’ Grilled Salmon are fresh and tasty for lunch. Smoothies are pretty freaking special too.
If you love a smoothie or acai bowl, this is THE place to go. Arguably the best on the Beaches.
Soooo many options of freshly-made bowls of goodness, brimming with fruit and other yummy bits of goodness like cacao nibs, granola, honey. Bare Naked Bowls is small and super popular, so if there’s no space to sit, grab a takeaway and go eat clean on the beach instead.
Good coffee and kombucha on tap, with some raw desserts too.
My favourites: The Pitaya Acai Bowl, the Coconut Bowl and the Mango Bomb.
Famous locally for their smoothies, this is an awesome spot for breakkie or lunch. Organic wholefoods with delicious ingredients and loads of flavour.
My favourites: The gluten free, dairy free Buckwheat Pancakes at breakfast are as yummy as they are pretty. The Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough is simple and tasty. And at lunch, try the Burgers on Charcoal Buns.
Loads of superfoods on offer at this suburban gem. You can add sauerkraut to your meals, sip on organic coffee and enjoy local Beaches produce like the raw cakes from D-Vine by Nature (soooo delish, by the way!).
My favourites: The Nookie (Bacon and Egg) Roll. The Zucchini Fritters are also awesome and the superfood smoothies are, well, super.
5. Girdlers at Dee Why (and also Warringah Mall and now Manly too!)
One of my most favourite and frequently-visited food-stops. Why? Everything’s so scrumptious, so healthy, so nutritious. And so much choice, from burgers to crepes to bowls to tacos, salads and zoodles. Kombucha and water (including sparkling water!) on tap, I could sit here and eat all day long.
Plus, you can now eat healthily at the Mall! There’s a lovely Girdler’s on the upper level of Warringah Mall, so no need to resort to the usual food court fare, yippee! (Also at the Mall, check out Thr1ve and O Farm.)
My favourites: Honest Granola and Bacon & Eggs Gone Healthy for breakie, Seb’s Burger or a Buckwheat Crepe for lunch. There’s also the super cute Happy Box or Pancakes for kids that I’m actually quite partial to myself 😉
Simple and something for everyone, with lots of vegan and gluten free options, this is a no-fuss busy café in the heart of Manly. You can also choose from a selection of healthy foods to take home from the wholefoods grocery section at the back.
My favourites: Halloumi Burger. Hubby likes the Pure Raw Salad.
Get a great wholesome feed or grab a fresh juice combo before heading to the beach at this great little wholefoods café in the village. They also serve my favourite coffee, Campos, just quietly 😉
My favourites: Smoked Salmon Bruschetta and the Kids’ BLT. Yummy smoothies too.
There was a lot of buzz locally when Ruby Lane opened, and with good reason. Raw cakes, kombucha on tap, bone broth, wholefoods menu and awesome little organic grocery store selling your fave brands and eco-friendly bits n bobs.
This place is usually very busy, which can sometimes mean a bit of a wait. Like many wholefoods cafes, not cheap, but oh so delicious and mega nutritious.
My favourites: I can never choose between the Beach Bun and the Pancakes – so so good! Golden Lattes are yummy here too.
OK, so not technically Northern Beaches, but not far to drive if you live there, and on your way up if you’re coming from the south 😉
Loads to choose from here in this cute little café tucked away from Military Road on a strip of newish eateries. Great for brunch.
My favourites: The Acai Bowl, Chia Pot, Baked Eggs and Pumpkin Dukkah Toast.
More wholefood cafes on my hit list:
I’m also planning to visit these delish healthy destinations over the summer:
- Ora and The Cook Room in Manly
- The Bent Fork in Freshwater
- Sprout Café in Naremburn
If you’ve discovered somewhere I’ve not been to yet, let me know below, so I can check it out too. Always ALWAYS on the look out for new fab places to eat!