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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Volleyball Court
“Take the train to circular quay and then the famous Manly Ferry to Manly for your choice of 5 beaches. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Beach
“A beautiful clean beach, perfect brunch spot or for a run along the Esplanade!”
  • 176 locals recommend
Beach
“Our favourite morning walk for beautiful vistas, saying friends on the coastal pathway and going for a dip in the calm sea. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Pier
“Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Buses to Circular Quay run very regularly from any stop on Oxford Street. The bus runs through the CBD and terminates at Circular Quay. From the Ferry there are great Views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, and out past North Head and South Head out to the sea. Once at Manly you can walk along the harbour beach, or walk through the shops to the very famous long main beach, which looks out to the sea. There are walks that you can take through some bushland as well. Catch a return Ferry to Circular Quay.”
  • 162 locals recommend
Bar
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“Possibly one of the finer restaurants in Manly. Situated perfectly on the water at Manly Wharf. Banquette seating and deck. Delicious food and beverages.... my fav, a glass of bubbles and pizza”
  • 173 locals recommend
Pier
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“Great place to watch the sunset and have a beer or wine on the jetty of Manly Wharf. Great place to mingle with locals. ”
  • 152 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Your one-stop hub for shopping, fun & relaxation. You will find a huge range of fashion, entertainment, dining & wellbeing or check out great the latest blockbuster movies. Locally known as Warringah Mall, Westfield at Brookvale is one of the largest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Café
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“Further a field is The Boathouse They have several locations but the original on the Pittwater side of Palm Beach is pretty special for brunch, lunch or afternoon drinks and Instagram worthy views across Pittwater. Try also Barrenjoey House, lunch and dinner. Or take a ferry to the Patonga Pub. I love their look, everything they touch is gorgeous from the food to the interiors, to the tropical gardens they create. ”
  • 149 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Beatiful walk up to the lighthouse. Have brekky at the Boathouse before / after.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Brewery
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“local beer brewery across the road from ferry terminal. my favorite is the beer tasting platter. cosy seating and often a live musician ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Doctor's Office
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“Awesome food, great vibe and views over Pittwater. Good spot for sunset drinks.”
  • 110 locals recommend
General Travel
“Great place to watch the city, sailing boats, cliffs or just enjoy the old quarantine station or old war buildings.”
  • 107 locals recommend
Pub
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“One of Manly's oldest buildings, with over 150 years of history inbuilt to every corner of the pub. Enjoy a beer with some classic pub food, while overlooking the iconic Manly beach.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Great little Mexican joint in manly with epic tacos and amazing cocktails. Best Margaritas around ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Beach
“A beautiful beach, a little bit more quiet and natural compere to manly beach ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“There is a hidden terrace at the back, we love it for a $12 cocktail or $6 beer/wine and a -50% pizza & tapas every day from 4pm to 7pm ! ”
  • 83 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Possibly one of the finer restaurants in Manly. Situated perfectly on the water at Manly Wharf. Banquette seating and deck. Delicious food and beverages.... my fav, a glass of bubbles and pizza”
  • 173 locals recommend
Brewery
“local beer brewery across the road from ferry terminal. my favorite is the beer tasting platter. cosy seating and often a live musician ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Doctor's Office
“Awesome food, great vibe and views over Pittwater. Good spot for sunset drinks.”
  • 110 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great little Mexican joint in manly with epic tacos and amazing cocktails. Best Margaritas around ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Restaurant
“There is a hidden terrace at the back, we love it for a $12 cocktail or $6 beer/wine and a -50% pizza & tapas every day from 4pm to 7pm ! ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Bistro
“This great restaurant is situated at stunning Shelly Beach. It has a great selection of food, and a perfect spot to stop at for breakfast/brunch after your swim. I usually try to sit outside, as it can be a bit noisy inside.... it's often very busy during weekends and holidays, so I usually only stop if I can get a good tables. You can always get takeaway coffee/food and sit on the beach, under a palm tree or on a picnic table.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“If you want something special...Sardinian cuisine in gorgeous setting by Freshwater Beach in the Northern part of Sydney. Take the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay and come here for a long lazy lunch with your special one”
  • 93 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“A bit further away than the other reccomendations. If you're doing a Manly trip it's worth a visit. But definitely needs a booking, usually 1 week before.”
  • 67 locals recommend

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