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Ferry crosses the water at Neutral Bay
Photograph: Emmett Anderson

Neutral Bay area guide

Restaurants, bars, shops and events in Neutral Bay

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The Lower North Shore suburb's food, drink and entertainment centre hugs the main artery of Military Road. So, before hitting the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace just up the road in Cremorne, grab dinner and a drink at Firefly or one of the suburb's many excellent Japanese joints – we recommend Ju Ge Mu & Shimbashi and Sapporo, where they sometimes have sumo tournament screenings live from Japan. Looking for late-night snacking? Maisy's might just be the most famous 24-hour restaurant in town, and brings a new meaning to all-day breakfast.

The best restaurants in Neutral Bay

Jugemu and Shimbashi

Jugemu and Shimbashi

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Heads: you opt for soba. Tails: you choose the teppan grill for retro thrills

Chaos Café

Chaos Café

  • price 2 of 4

A café off Military Road serves classic breakfast and lunches

La Baguette

La Baguette

  • price 1 of 4

Get your baguettes and French pastries here

The best bars in Neutral Bay

The Oaks Hotel

The Oaks Hotel

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Few pub complexes can rightly call themselves an institution, but friends have been meeting at the Oaks since 1885

SoCal

SoCal

  • 3 out of 5 stars

It's all about the Californian dreaming at this breezy bar north of the Bridge

The Pickled Possum

The Pickled Possum

There's something strange and forlorn about a dive bar during the day. Walking past the Pickled Possum during daylight hours you could be forgiven for...