I love a residential vibe and to see a cafe that shows a good local following is promising. With its brightly painted wall mural depicting the locals and their dogs and water bowls in sight, there was no doubt in my mind that Forty Beans Espresso Bar also welcomes the dog loving locals. It was the perfect stop for me as I had my two dogs in tow.
I had heard that they have established a good reputation for not only providing exceptional tasting coffee and food but also friendly warm service. More importantly for me a place that welcomes dogs has already won a few gold stars in my books.
I particularly love their front wall mural as it really says the message loud and clear that they are a friendly relaxed cafe and furry friends are welcome. My plan for the day was to do a short coastal walk from North Harbour Reserve to Forty Baskets Beach with my dogs and I needed a snack and some good coffee to energise.
I only wanted a quick pit stop to fuel up so I went in to order. Nicely furnished inside with a large communal table encouraging friendly banter amongst the locals. There is also a lounge corner and some nice spots to sit along the window ledge looking out over the reserve.
Inside images courtesy of Forty Beans FB - collage by Seafarrwide
I had been up since day break and was a little peckish. I could see there was quite a tasty selection of pre-made New York style sandwiches and the homely scent of in-house baked treats wafted past my nose.
My temples were screaming coffee fix please and I noticed that they used beans from Toby's estate. I decided on a smoked ham bocconcini, baby spinach and pesto panini $9.80 and a take away flat white coffee. My dogs were whining outside wondering where I was so a take away option was ideal in case they became more restless.
My dogs had a little unusual squabble over some treats and the lovely manager Alec Gardner came out to help me and soothed with some dog biscuits. He is also a dog owner and you could see the dogs knew it, they instantly warmed to him. Alec is such a kind man, he assured me that there are sometimes up to 10 dogs sitting outside and not to worry about their little squabble. There is a lovely outlook from the cafe looking across North Harbour Reserve. I think the park across the road was becoming too much of a temptation for my doggies and all the delicious aromas coming from the cafe as well. It was good to know that even if you can't get a seat inside or out you can always grab take away and cross the road to enjoy the beautiful Reserve.
This cafe is very popular with not only local residents but mothers with kids due to the fabulous play area in the North Harbour reserve. off leash dogs. It is an ideal location for a picnic or barbecue.
North Harbour Reserve Kids Playground - image courtesy of Forty Beans FB
I highly recommend dropping by Forty Beans Espresso Bar to enjoy some delicious food and great coffee. If you are feeling energetic you can do the Manly scenic walk all the way to Manly around 30-45 minutes walk or in the other direction through National park starting at the end of Forty Baskets beach to the Spit from the North Harbour Reserve it would take you around 1-2 hours depending how briskly you walk.
Due to having recent spinal surgery I embarked on a short walk to Forty Baskets Beach. This is a easy walk of around 20 minutes, and has stunning Harbour and Manly Cove views. You can walk with the dogs leash free as far as the sandy beach (no dogs allowed on the sandy beach) which has a shark proofed net for swimmers. Please keep in mind that only walkers no dogs are able to enter the National Park walkway at the end of the beach which leads to Reef Beach and onwards to the Spit, so if you wish to go further leave the dogs at home or plan another day out.
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I know this walk and route and coffee house as I live locally.I have often enjoyed the walk and cafe. Very well written discriptive and tells it like it is my thoughts of the walk are the same. Well done.