IMG_0243How does the saying go? Manly- seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care…or something like that. Anyways, I’ve written about it before…here.

To todays Sydney weekender…

The Occasion…

Miss 17s belated birthday. Her brief- a day out by the beach with Mexican street food.

Where we ate…

view from our table
view from our table

Mex and Co on South Steyne.

It’s across the road from the beach, has a casual, funky vibe that Miss 17 loves, and the food is great.


I tried a beer cocktail- a little like a beery bloody mary. It was called a…here we go… Cerveza Preparada- Michelada and was a corona served with salted rim glass, fresh lime juice, clamato (sort of a mix of clam and tomato juice- I’m glad I didn’t look that up before ordering it) juice, valentina sauce, served on ice. Probably not something I’d rush back for, but when at a Mexican street food place…


We shared some Jalapeno Poppers ($14)- whole jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese, crumbed & fried with lime aioli- that I could have had another couple of plates of. 

Miss 17 had some classic chicken enchiladas ($22) topped with gooey cheese and sour cream. It was exactly what she wanted.

Hubby opted for a couple of tacos ($7 each)- one fish, one chorizo with halloumi, both with home-made soft corn tortillas- and some of my chicken fajita ($28).


There was no room for dessert- despite Miss 17’s wide eyes when the churros came out.

Where we walked off lunch…

not the Med, but Manly...
not the Med, but Manly…

We walked around the headland to Shelly Beach afterward, stopping on the way at Fairy Bower.

As always, the rocks were full of sunbakers (so much for Autumn)


and the water blue and sparkling.


At Shelly Beach, the sand was full of families,


and the water full of people taking snorkelling lessons or stand up paddling.


On the walk back we called in at my favourite little store at Fairy Bower (I love that name) to buy some earrings and a gorgeous lime and sandalwood scented candle.


The cafe next door was (as always) heaving, and the milk bar was doing a good trade in stand up paddle board hire.



Manly Beach…

I’ll let the picture tell the story…


The Markets…

Aside from the normal activity on The Corso,


there were Saturday markets on. Small, but absolutely worth a look. Lots of jewellery and home stuff. Hubby hurried me through.


How we travelled

Public transport- by train and ferry. The ferry is still one of the best value harbour cruises in town.


Ferries leave from Circular Quay twice an hour- more often on special event days. Check the transport info website for more information.


A cruise ship was in (isn’t there always a cruise ship in these days?) so we fantasised a little about where we’d go.



Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

2 thoughts

  1. Stunning pics and it looks like a great day. I really don’t know Manly well – or at all. I think I’ve been there once but despite my mehness about the beach I loved the vibe. I also love the sound of the chorizo and halloumi burrito/taco thingy!

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