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Published May 3rd 2012
On a recent visit to Manly, my first mission was to find a 'great place to eat'. After scouting around and looking at the various options, I found 'The Hotel Steyne', located right on the corner of The Corso, (the main mall area) and South Steyne, Manly Beach.
This hotel has a large spacious floor plan and comfortable seating arrangements with fantastic views right across to the beach. A great spot for eating, drinking and chilling out. If you are into 'people watching', this is also the place to be. We sat there for 2 hours eating, drinking and being entertained by people 'just doing whatever they were doing'.
The food was tasty and great value. My friend and I shared one Aussie burger ($12.50) - it was definitely enough for the two of us. Additionally, we shared a side of chips ($2.50) and a side of salad ($2.50). These sides were very generous and the chips and salad would have been enough on their own.
In addition to their large 'bar area', Hotel Steyne also has a dedicated cafe area, called the Rope & Anchor.
On the opposite side from the Hotel (south) along South Steyne, you will run into a number of cafe/restaurants on this strip with various options. Most of these places are fairly consistent with their pricing, and you can expect to pay around an average of $16 -$20 for a meal. While I checked out most of the menus and had a quick glance at what other people were eating, (and the food did look good), I just didn't feel it was quite what we were looking for and didn't quite draw us in for 'value for money'.
Cafes on South Steyne
Heading north along this road, which is called North Steyne (past the hotel), you will pass a couple of other interesting cafes that appear a little less touristy. Walking back to the ferry, we went around the block and came across 'Market Lane' which also had a few cafes, however you are away from the views of the water and into the town a bit more.
On my next visit to Manly, I will definitely be heading back to the 'Steyne Hotel'.