Visiting on a weekday is a chance to enjoy its serenity and sip a coffee at one of the many popular cafes and restaurants. I like to mix it up according to my mood, time of day and if I am enjoying some solitary space or the company of friends.
The cafe is a great spot on market day just opposite the Jan Powers Farmers market which bustles with fresh food from baker to butcher to farmer. The Sunday Creative markets have an eclectic range of stalls selling all manner of craft items. They are an ideal hunting ground for that unique gift or just something for you or the home. The Farmer's Markets are on the first and third Saturday of each month from 6am to noon and the Sunday Creative markets each week from 8am to 3pm.
Fish Cafe is on the corner of The Esplanade and Cambridge Parade and offers a mix of dining experiences with lovely views overlooking Manly Harbour. Take away fish and chips can be enjoyed with a latte outside, or dine indoors for their lunch and menu selection. Moreton Bay Bugs, ravioli and whole baked squid appropriately feature.
Ebb & Flow is a few doors up the Parade with an eclectic range of items for home and self, and provides a lovely stop where owner Julieann will have a friendly chat. They also have a free giftwrapping service.