I’ve been in Sydney almost a year now and it’s strange how so many areas remind me of places back home in Queensland. Manly is one of them and here’s the Livvy May low down.
Previously stated and now confessed online – I have officially become an eastern suburbs girl, barely crossing the bridge to the other side to see what’s on offer. However, as a good journalist knows, you must give the readers a wide variety of dining options, destinations and activities, so I figured I needed to venture out of the bubble and dip my feet in another beachside location.
Manly is a hot spot for tourists and it’s easy to see why. The ferry is the best way to get there, you don’t need to worry about parking, you can indulge in a few beverages (which is exactly what I did) and you get the most amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House when you depart from Circular Quay. Let’s face it, even if you’re a Sydneysider, do you ever get sick of seeing that view? I know I don’t! When you dock at Manly, there are an abundance of options, hit the beach, hit the shops or hit the bars – this area has it all; including a very Queensland vibe, which made me feel right at home.
In true Livvy May style, with a gorgeous girlfriend in tow, I hit the bars because we all know while I do love a spot of shopping nothing says ‘Sunday session’ quite like a jug of delicious cocktail concoction and pizza at Hugos on the wharf. The Hugos Punch is a real treat, a mixture of sweet and sour as the acidity from the pink grapefruit gives it a refreshing kick yet the sweetness from the passion fruit makes it far too easy to go down. Although, if you’re not a fan of passion fruit, this is not the drink for you so opt for the Pimm’s instead; you can never go wrong with a subtle yet invigorating jug of Pimm’s.
After putting our names on the list and biding time at the bar looking at all the beautiful wait staff whilst suckling our divine drinks, our table was ready. We were seated looking out over the water and after taking in the view it was time for food. Hugos is known for its seafood and pizzas and if pizza is ever an option I can’t seem to go past one with prosciutto. It was everything I wanted and more. Thin crust, fresh toppings, light and hit the Sunday ‘fix my hangover’ spot. Accompanied by a gorgeous salad of tomatoes, feta, macadamia nuts and Sicilian olives, it was the epitome of perfection! Hugo’s is definitely one of those places where you could happily sit for the afternoon and let the time pass you by. With an exceptional view, great service and delicious cuisine it’s easy to see why it’s a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. One tip, to remember is there is a ‘Sunday surcharge’ of 10%. I can’t say I agree with this but it is in fine print on the menu, so do keep it in mind if you choose Hugos as your next Sunday hot spot.
For an outfit that sizzles – be bold and bright! Pop on some heels like this simple yet stylish pair from Betts Shoes, for summer sexiness and take it one step further with embellished accessories! I love the necklace I wore from Sportsgirl, it fits all the criteria and the neon yellow of the top teamed with the lilac in the neck piece are a colour match made in heaven.
What to do after lunch? Why not head to the beach, the promenade, the shops or head to Wharfies next door to keep the party pumping. Whatever you desire, Manly has it all and ‘manly’ more!