Nielsen Park Kiosk
The safe waters and netted swimming area means the place is teeming with young families (it’s one of the most popular beachside cafés in Sydney), but if you don’t mind the occasional piercing screech of a toddler, the sparkling view of the harbour is one of Sydney’s loveliest. Smack-bang on the beach promenade, the casual kiosk pumps out coffees, takeaway snacks and no-frills fare, and to the left is the café. Set inside a bright, restored pavilion with original stained glass windows and hardwood floors, it serves a heavenly breakfast; think runny eggs benedict with Portobello mushrooms or homemade granola with creamy yoghurt. When breakfast winds up chef Daniel Hughes serves light Mediterranean fare – graze on a tasting plate for two, with herb-crusted prawn cutlets, duck liver pate and panzanella salad. It’s one of Sydney’s most idyllic secret harbour beach hideaways. Bring along a beach towel and a book for later, because you won’t want to leave.