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For a glass of wine head to Mr Curtis, this is a very popular spot, where you can sit out on the balcony and overlook the beach with all the people passing below. Locals meet here for after work drinks and usually order some finger food, though the kitchen closes at 10pm, so don't leave ordering till too late.
The most well known beach is South Beach and is the local's choice, with many beach boxes and easy access from the shops. My tip is to grab some fish and chips from Beach Box fish and chips and take them across to the beach.
If you're after a gift, The White Vase is a great place to go and combines fresh flowers, home wares and lovely gifts, great for birthdays and anniversaries.
For historic homesteads The Briars is fantastic and offers everything from bush walks, bird watching hides, vineyard, Angus & Rose coffee shop, Josephine's restaurant, information centre and of course the Briars Homestead, which was built in 1848 and is open for tours.
Best playground would be the Balcombe Estuary playground, and it's also the best picnic spot with plenty of shelter for inclement weather, lots of tall shady trees for summer and right next to the estuary.
For dinner Wok On Bay is a very popular Chinese Restaurant situated on Watsons Rd. The restaurant is modern and open after being built only a couple of years ago. I haven't eaten here but I know it's popular for local's birthday dinners and get togethers. They also have take away.
Mt Martha house is an interesting original building that is perched overlooking the water. Built in 1891, it started life as Martha Hotel and is now the local community centre. If you appreciate architecture and history you will notice that this is one of the first buildings ever built in Mt Martha. Designed by architects Tapplin, Gilbert and Dennehy in federation Queen Anne style.
Glynt Manor is an old mansion/castle built in 1914 that is privately owned by the Zampelies family after they bought it last year for $3,399,000, it was originally listed in 2010 with a price of $6.5 million. Previously opened as a bed and breakfast but is now not open to public at this stage. You can see it clearly from the road however, if you're interested in visiting.
So there you are, a local's guide for the best of Mt Martha.