The best of Neutral Bay

Discover the best that this lower north shore hub has to offer
Customers enjoying the outside area at The Oaks Bar
Photograph: Daniel Boud
By Time Out editors |
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The main artery of Military Road delivers fresh blood to the bars, cafés, restaurants and shops of Neutral Bay. Head to this lower north shore enclave for outstanding coffee or teppanyaki, cocktails and hair styling, meats and gifts. At the end of a day's exploring, sink a few craft beers in the shade of a mighty oak tree.

 

Brother Fox Espresso
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Cafés

Brother Fox Espresso

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Situated right before the Neutral Bay junction, Brother Fox is in the perfect location for a quick and healthy breakfast or lunch on the go. 

Restaurants

Jugemu and Shimbashi

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The restaurant is broken into two parts – a soba noodle house and ju ge mu, which specialises in okonomiyaki and teppanyaki. The menu's huge and if you're not confident with Japanese food, the wait staff is there to help. 

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Firefly Neutral Bay

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Winding along the back streets of Neutral Bay is a string of small bars including Firefly Neutral Bay – it was one of the first to open in the area, and it still manages to fill out tables every night. 

Bangkok Betty
Photograph: James Manning
Restaurants, Thai

Bangkok Betty

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Bangkok Betty is notable for two reasons: excellent modern Thai food, and puns. 'You Quack Me Up', 'Once a-Prawn a Time', 'Betty’s Lamb-orghini' and 'New Squid on the Block' are some of the menu highlights at this fun and fresh Thai restaurant. 

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Anthony Talbot
Photograph: James Manning
Health and beauty, Hairdressers

Anthony Talbot

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Treat yourself to a celebrity styling experience at Anthony Talbot. The salon team provides complete hair and make-up services from their three-storey premises and cater to men, women and children.

Restaurants

Maisy's Café

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At Maisy's, brekky is 24/7 (go for the mega breakfast with eggs, bacon, tomato, sausage, hash browns, mushroom, baked beans, tomato and toast) and though the space is small, it's always pumping. 

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Honey Rider Bar and Brewery
Photograph: James Manning
Bars, Craft beer

Honey Rider Bar and Brewery

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Named after the original 'Bond girl' played by Ursula Andress (Dr No, 1962), Honey Rider brings a bit of Melbourne laneway chic to Neutral Bay. 

Bars, Pubs

The Oaks Hotel

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While away the hours beneath the boughs of a mighty tree and cook you own steak, if you’re so inclined. The lure of this shady beer garden has always been a key element of the Oaks’ appeal.

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Mr Gordon Select Fine Foods
Photograph: James Manning
Shopping, Delis

Mr Gordon

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For over 20 years Mr Gordon has been providing the Lower North Shore with gourmet foods and smallgoods. The delicatessen has their own resident butcher and sell their own handmade sauces, marinades, casseroles and curries. 

Merrigal Gifts
Photograph: James Manning
Shopping, Gifts

Merrigal Gifts

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At Merrigal you’ll find clothes, jewellery, accessories, cards, bric-a-brac and children’s toys. 

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