Manly is one of those neighbourhoods that can prove to you that no matter your relationship with the water, you’re bound to fall in love with the beach. It’s destiny — we don’t write the rules.
What we love about Manly
- Living right beside Manly Beach: one of the most beautiful beaches ever
- The friendliest, most accommodating people
- A perfectly convenient place to live despite it seeming like purely a tourist destination
While it may be a dream come to life for yuppies, backpackers, and digital nomads, you’ll be quite surprised at the diversity of people who actually live here: retirees, families with kids, all sorts. Those of you looking to move won’t have a hard time adjusting to life here.
Still not convinced? No problem. We’re here to share some of the things you’ll find irresistible about this neighbourhood.
Getting around Manly
Manly is a very walkable suburb. You’ll want to do it anyway, to see the beautiful scenery as you walk from your home to wherever you might need to be.
While there are no trains in Manly, you can easily catch a bus to the city or other neighbourhoods.
A perk of living here is having the option to ride a ferry to the city. It’s like New York’s Staten Island, except way cooler. This is basically your commute daily!
Shopping in Manly
Who says you have to give up shopping when you move closer to the beach? Manly has some of the best boutique clothing stores along Sydney Road and The Corso. If you’re in for an artistic trip, there’s Desire Books and Records along Whistler Street where you can also find a bunch of good cafes.
You’ll also want to check out the Manly Town Square to find awesome outlet store deals.
Food and Groceries in Manly
Manly is a neighbourhood that makes cooking at home plain, simple, and healthy. There are fish and organic markets everywhere for your ingredients along Sydney Road and Pittwater Road.
Our favourite Coles Supermarket is also right within the neighbourhood for your basic food items and other household needs.
Of course, eating out is still an option. You’ll find great restaurants along N Steyne with breathtaking views of the ocean on top of their already delicious food.
One sought after restaurant is The Pantry, which serves modern Australian dishes and desserts, right by Manly beach itself. Another option of beachside dining is The Boathouse by Shelly Beach, an easy 10–15 min walk from Manly Beach.
Fun activities in Manly
When you get in Manly, one of the prime skills you’ll really want to learn is surfing. After all, it is home to a number of international and national surf competitions. You’ll see people surfing all-year round in various surf spots.
Manly Surf School offers a host of classes for all ages and learning paces; you’ll be beating the waves in no time.
There are also parks around the area like Little Manly Point Park and Ivanhoe Park, with playgrounds and sports facilities ideal for kids.
Shelly Beach, which is a comfortable 10–15 min stroll away from Manly Beach is a great snorkelling spot. It has BBQ facilities and a nice park for picnics but if cooking your own food isn’t your thing, there’s also the option of grabbing a bite at The Boathouse.
If you ever feel like that’s too much, there’s no harm in just taking a casual swim or a walk. You’ll have fun either way.
A life in Manly is one that’s unpredictable yet exciting. It’s a place close enough to the city, but still serves as a getaway when one finds the need to shut the noise out and just listen to the waves instead.
Originally published at Liveable.