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Published December 12th 2014
Relax and unwind in this beachside location
Up until a few years ago, if you lived on Sydney's northern beaches, Manly was the place to go for dinner with friends or to catch up for a drink with co-workers. However, in the last couple of years a new hub of restaurants and cafes has emerged. With the recent upgrades to the foreshore, Dee Why Beach has become a popular family friendly destination with lots of excellent cafes and restaurants, all with an awesome view of Dee Why Beach.
Whether you feel like getting a take away and eating on the beach, grabbing a quick pizza or enjoy fine dining, you will be surprised by the choices you have.
Although weekends can get busy, you can generally find parking at one of the side streets or in a car park behind the Surf Club. There is also a small car park on the southern end, where the rock pool is.
For families, Dee Why Beach has a couple of great playgrounds – one on the southern end of the beach and one behind the car park. If you like playing table tennis, bring some racquets and ping pong balls and have a game on the colourful outdoor ping pong table near the playground.
If you work from home and want to get out of the house to do some work, bring your laptop. Dee Why Strand offers free internet connection in most of the cafes.
Here are some suggestions of places to check out.
The Beach Shed A new kid on the block, which has recently opened up on the very beach front. Enjoy a quiet cuppa or early morning breakfast on the water's edge in a café that has warm atmosphere and a cool breeze.
Girdlers Grind A vibrant beach café, which serves excellent coffee, a variety of fresh juices, crepes and other delicious treats.
Located in one of the side streets, this small café has a lot of personality. It is a little piece of Italy right in the heart of Dee Why Beach.
Lucky and Peps Great tasting pizzas and pastas in a casual, yet friendly setting. A family owned business which started in 1979 in Newport and has since opened up in Forestville and also Dee Why. Prices are reasonable and they are able to accommodate those on a gluten free diet.
Mezzanote Attentive and thoughtful service in a comfortable and spacious setting, this Italian Ristorante Pizzeria serves not only casual Italian food including pizza and pasta, but also seafood and meat dishes. The restaurant is licensed and sells a range of beers, wine and a range of cocktails.
A great place to enjoy a long lunch or a romantic dinner. Serving predominantly Italian cuisine, the restaurant also has its own bar. The staff is friendly and attentive and the menu includes dishes for those who prefer vegetarian, gluten free or dairy free meals.
Serving mostly European cuisine, the restaurant often has special deals, which offer excellent value for money. The food is exceptional and beautifully presented and service very good. An ideal place to take visitors from interstate or overseas.
On Shore Café Brasserie
A favourite spot for a casual meal, to catch up with friends or to do a bit of work, as the café is quiet unlike some of its neighbours. The staff are welcoming and helpful and their menu offers a great selection of modern Australian dishes.
A great variety and good value for money, Sandbar is one of the most popular cafes on Dee Why Beach. Serving gluten free and vegetarian dishes, you are spoilt for choice whether you are very hungry or prefer a lighter meal.
Seafood at the Beach
An award winning Fish & Chips shop, which sells not only cooked, but also fresh fish, prawns, salads and seafood. It has a few tables and chairs, but most people get it take away and enjoy it on the promenade or at one of the picnic tables across the road. Usually very busy, so be prepared to wait a while, but the wait is definitely worth it.
A café which combines great taste with great value. It serves not only fish and chips but also salads and a great selection of seafood, chicken and meat dishes. It is also a popular breakfast spot.
Located upstairs, this restaurant offers extra special views of the beach, especially if you are seated near the windows. Food is exceptional and service is excellent. A great place for lunch or dinner.
A sushi train offering a large selection of favourites as well as a modern Japanese a la carte menu. The restaurant is licensed and serves Japanese beers, Sake and has a reasonable selection of wines to choose from. You can also BYO.
The Thai and I
Recently renovated, this popular family owned eatery usually gets booked out on the weekends. With exceptional fresh Thai cuisine, the restaurant has a relaxed feel and friendly atmosphere. Dine indoor or outdoor.
One of the best ice creameries on the northern beaches, the Chill Bar has a large selection of authentic gelatos and treats as well as coffee. A great place to stop after a day on the beach or as a reward for kids if they have been well behaved.
Dee Why Beach is a popular café and restaurant destination for a reason. With a large selection of eateries, lovely beachside setting, you are sure to find just the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet coffee or a meal with family or friends.