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Manly Markets

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Manly Markets

Ah, if this is Autumn then I am in heaven. We woke up to a beautifully sunny and hot morning and headed over to Manly for breakfast and a little wander around the lovely market held there every weekend. I always enjoy seeing all the nik naks that people are selling and just having a mindless stroll around. Today we found an amazing stall that was filled with beach themed frames, mirrors and other housey items. I did, however, manage to keep keep myself under control (it was hard) and we came home with just one gorgeous beachy coat rack and a serious chilli jam craving (I knew we should have bought some when we had the chance!). We then spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach soaking up (hopefully not the last) summer rays.

Manly Markets

Manly Markets

Manly Markets

Manly Markets

Manly Markets

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Manly Markets
Website: Manly Market Place
Sydney Road & Market Place, Manly

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Barefoot Coffee Traders

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Tourist traps. Ugh, I hate them. I want to see all the sights a city has to offer but I just cannot stand the eating establishments that surround them. I want to venture a few roads away and see the places that are the real deal. The places with a bit of character that show you the true colours of the city you are in.

This inspiration came from a friend we visited in New York two years ago. Whatever attraction we went to see that day, she would say to us: if you are hungry or thirsty when you are done, go left down this road, turn right down the next, go straight and then you will find this great spot (something along those lines). So, we did, we headed a few roads away from the attraction, away from all the tourists; and we felt like we got to know New York, rather than just see her sights.

So it is with Manly in Sydney, that Corso, it’s just too touristy for me. But, when you get to the New Brighton Hotel, turn left into Sydney Road and there a whole new world of independent (non-chain!!!) restaurants and cafes await.

Today I visited Barefoot Coffee Traders. Another teeny little coffee shop serving another great cup of coffee. Sydney, you are definitely not disappointing me. There are little tree stump stools so if you do fancy sitting you can, if there is a spare spot. Luckily for me, there was and I stopped to read my new book for a while, sipping my flat white and taking it all in (minus the tourists!).

Barefoot Coffee Traders
18a Whistler Street, Manly

Cafe: The Freshwater Club

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It’s a dismal day outside with the kind of weather that makes you want to hide far beneath the duvet. But we’re hungry and my husband has the day off, we feel obliged to make the most of the day. We head out and face the elements making our way to brunch at a local spot (besides, we aren’t trekking too far in this weather, the closer the better).

There is a lovely spot on Lawrence Street called The Freshwater Club, and at 10.30 on a very rainy Friday morning, it’s almost full (this is always a good sign, I don’t like quiet cafes/restaurants – they make me suspicious). The phrase “Shabby Chic” is everywhere these days but I have to use it to describe the decor here and maybe I’ll add Beach to that phrase: Shabby Chic Beach style. I love it. The environment is relaxed, the waiters are friendly and chatty. Then the coffee arrives…

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How. Do. They. Do. That?!?! A puppy on my coffee? Incredible! It tasted great too.

We ordered our meals, I had the Brekkie Wrap with bacon, spinach, avo, fried egg, cheddar cheese and green tomato jam. My husband had one of the Breakfast Specials: Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs with Spicy Avocado Salsa on Sourdough Bread. Yummy!! It was hard to decide what to have, there were loads of tempting choices. Perhaps we’ll try them the next time we come here, there most definitely will be a next time.

We then ordered another drink each, a flat white and a Dirty Chai (new experience for me – chai spice with a single shot of espresso, brilliant!). There was more amazement when they arrived:

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How do they do that?

Unbelievable. These guys are talented!

The place was fun and we were really tickled by the patterns on the coffees. This may become our local brunch stop. Now, where is that sunshine Australia is famous for? I did not sign up for all this rain!

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The Freshwater Club
7B Lawrence Street, Freshwater Village
http://thefreshwaterclub.com.au/

Carlos Coffee

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So far, I must say that my experience with coffee in Sydney has been good… actually I should rephrase that, it has been incredible! Aussies know how to make a good cuppa, that’s for sure.

One of our favourite discoveries has been Carlos Coffee in Freshwater, which is situated… in a Laundrette?!?! That’s right, coin operated washing machines at the back, tumble driers on the left and a serving window up front, serving some of the best coffee I have ever tasted. I am baffled by the concept yet it seems to work. I have seen loads of locals walking round with the distinguishable brown cardboard cups in hand.

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Yes, those are driers in the background!

It’s all very casual with a few benches outside to sit on while you wait for your coffee to be perfected. So far, this has been my favourite flat white in Sydney (big call!) but I promise not to stop here, I will venture forth, looking for an equal or even (dare I believe it?) a SUPERIOR!

In the meantime, I would definitely recommend a visit to Carlos next time you are in the Freshie area. Bring your washing along too.

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Just look out for the huge Laundrette sign

Carlos Coffee
69 Albert Street, Freshwater