Balmoral was where it was all at today! Every year there is a challenge called the Balmoral Burn…up Awaba st, the toughest 450m uphill race in Australia! This race raises funds for the Humpty Dumpty charity, to enable the hospitals to purchase much needed medical equipment etc!
After joining in the festivities (jumping castles, face painting, gourmet stalls etc) we decided to walk by the water to our fave venue the Boatshed. So much goodness here! True to it’s name! Literally an old Boatshed revamped right on the water! The Boatshed is jam packed with amazing colour and atmosphere! Beautiful florals, enormous fruit bowls stacked to the brim, striped walls, beautiful lighting, colours and most importantly food and coffee!! Occasionally the line inside is quite long to sit so we like to grab a coffee and fruit or avo, tomato and goats cheese on sourdough at the outside stall and sit by the park/ water with the kids.
Many hours spent on the swings and slide and then sandcastles and digging on the beach. With the kids playing and adults enjoying great coffee and produce, this makes for a great Sunday out!
Other top dining choices…
Awaba cafe – all white modern fitout with a great lunch menu, coffee and amazing cheesecake! (Last image).
Bathers pavilion a little further down (no. 4 The Esplanade) on the beach side. A little more formal but right on the water and a great brunch spot. Amazing eggs Benedict and kids menu too.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend x b
I love the village life going on in Summer Hill, particularly Smith Street, where all the action is! Once or twice a week I find myself grabbing a coffee at The Drug Store (local fave + great coffee) and heading across the road to My Messy Room for the best in kids clothes, accessories, prints and room decor! There is a little play pen here for the little ones whilst you have a shop and chat to the lovely owner Stav. We usually then head to the park just behind the village grocer with a great play area.
Here are a few more faves in The Hill!
Envy is a good one for lunch…yummy food and great outdoor courtyard!
Summer Hill Sweets! A lovely vintage lolly shop stacked with old school baked goods, think shortbreads, fudge, rock candy and lots of yummy treats!
Monkey Puzzle toy shop – amazing variety of all things Toys! vintage, new, wooden, soft, create, play and everything in between.
Another one for the kids, especially parties is Colour me mine – a paint it yourself ceramic studio just opposite Summer Hill station.
Heritage coffee brewers – only a few months old and again across from the station…serious coffee, amazing toast toppings and a clean modern fitout.
One penny red – I have not tried this one yet but is next on my list! I have heard great things though! Using fresh seasonal produce and the choice of relaxed upstairs dining or a bit more fine dining downstairs. I hear the cocktails are pretty awesome too!!! Let me know if you have dined here.
So I may have missed some things as I am still a bit of a freshy in the area so please let me know your faves x b
P.s thanks Stav and Renata for your tips x