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19° & CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER IN SYDNEY
By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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The northern beaches is well-known for its heritage-listed houses, harbourfront views, boutique storefronts and beachfront restaurants. Here, the towns get smaller and closer to the coast — these are the quintessential beach towns you read about in Australian novels.

Meanwhile, the lush expanse of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park reigns mightily behind the coast, perfectly primed for a weekend hiking trip.

Along with American Express, we’ve found the best spots to shop small at along the coastline. These local businesses help the northern beaches area keep its charm — and will make you really love where you live. Plus, they all accept your American Express Card.

GETTING AROUND

The easiest way to get to Manly is to cut across Sydney Harbour on the F1 ferry from Circular Quay. The rest of the coastline is best explored by car, or on the L90 bus from the city to Palm Beach, and you can make stops at these scenic and not-so-sleepy towns as you wish.

DON’T MISS

You know those stores that have no particular theme, aside from all its wares falling under the category of ‘beautiful’? You’ll find a bunch of them here. Manly’s Nordic Fusion houses enough Scandinavian jewellery, woollen knits, natural skincare products and designer accessories for you to live in comfort for life.

HIGH STREETS

Originally designed as a boardwalk for tourists, the Manly Corso now boasts surf shops, pubs, cafes, and galleries, and there is always a street entertainer or two to provide the ambience. In Avalon, be sure to check out Old Barrenjoey Road and Avalon Parade on the beachfront, with boutique stores set inside old terraced houses with facades that are worth the visit alone.

LOCALS LOVE

When you’re surrounded by natural beauty you want to fill your home with it, which is probably why local boutique florists thrive on the northern beaches. Whether you’re in the market for anemones from Avalon Floral Art, delphiniums from Dee Why’s Florachino, or natives from Newport’s Wild Lotus, the family-owned businesses are there to guide you.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

Explore three of the northern beaches' thriving shopping precincts.

Your Northern Beaches Hit List

Looking for fresh produce, funky cheese or a one-of-a-kind gift? Find what you're looking for here.
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  • Design & Style
    Avalon Beach

    The Academy Brand Avalon

    Easy-wearing menswear.

  • Food & Drink
    Avalon Beach

    Avalon Village Meats

    Avalon's local gourmet butcher.

  • Design & Style
    Avalon Beach

    Haven and Sarah

    An Avalon locals' go-to for tasteful seasonal blooms and cute homewares.

  • Design & Style
    Avalon Beach

    Deesse

    Find cult Aussie labels like Faithfull the Brand and Status Anxiety at this beachside boutique.

  • Food & Drink
    Avalon Beach

    Graze N Cakes

    A heavenly combination of Vietnamese eats, classic cafe fare and sweet baked treats.

  • Design & Style
    Avalon Beach

    Mamapapa

    Organic, cotton goodies await in this Avalon boutique, which sells womenswear, children's clothing and accessories and homewares.

  • Design & Style
    Avalon Beach

    Avalon Floral Art

    There are two decades of experience behind this northern beaches florist, and it shows.

  • Design & Style
    Manly

    White House Flowers

    A Manly institution for bouquets and flowers.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Manly

    Poppies and Amber

    This Manly florist doubles as a bright homewares shop.

  • Design & Style
    Manly

    Assembly Label Manly

    This clean Pittwater Road store is stocked with the label's signature tees, linen and accessories.

  • Design & Style
    Manly

    We Can See

    This charming beachside shop specialises in gifts and homewares with a global touch.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Winona Wine

    This beautiful northern beaches bottle shop is dedicated to natural wine and craft beer.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    The Artisan Cheese Room

    Browse over 50 cheeses sourced from across the world.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Pocket Pizza Manly

    Manly's Italo-American pizza parlour has found a new home along Pittwater Road.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Manly Greenhouse

    The three-level beachside destination will unveil its greenery-filled all-day diner and chic rooftop bar this weekend.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Peanut Butter Jelly

    A Manly burger joint inspired by contemporary street art and culture.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Manly Wharf Hotel

    Enjoy a pint on the water's edge in this old and faithful Manly pub.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    The Bower Restaurant

    A beachside haunt with stellar breakfast cocktails.

  • Food & Drink
    Brookvale

    Flower Child Warringah

    A second FC venue, again designed by the crew behind Archie Rose, Fred's and Charlie Parker's.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    The Herring Room

    A Manly seafood restaurant that epitomises the northern beaches dining scene.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Sunset Sabi

    Watch the sun go down with some killer sushi rolls.

  • Food & Drink
    Freshwater

    Harbord Beach Hotel

    Your classic Northern Beaches pub, just 100 metres from Freshie.

  • Food & Drink
    Narrabeen

    Mexicano

    North Narrabeen's local produce-focused eatery cooks up some of Sydney's best tacos.

  • Design & Style
    Manly

    Nordic Fusion

    Find homewares, clothing, skincare and food from top Scandinavian designers.

  • Food & Drink
    Freshwater

    Cruise Espresso

    Unfortunately for locals, the secret is well and truly out.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Chica Bonita

    Chica Bonita offers oodles of atmosphere and bang on Mexican fare. So go on, head north.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Belgrave Cartel

    The Cartel is bringing a slice of Melbourne and more than a hint of Italy to Manly's streets.

  • Food & Drink
    Manly

    Hemingway's

    The atmosphere of a writer's den, insanely long opening hours, fun and flavorsome food, a drinks menu that will keep even the most inspired drinker guessing, and not even the slightest degree of pretension.

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