Milk & Soda
Milk & Soda has taken up residence in the former Ripples venue on the northern beaches. Tweaked for the locals and true to its roots, the humble beach shack is by owner Aykut Sayan and his business partner, Tony Sleiman. The pair has branched out from its popular Parramatta haunts Circa Espresso, Three Ropes and Smith Fine Tea & Specialty Coffee.
Recycled wooden school chairs, pre-loved tricycles, and suitcases full of Smiths chips live in the nooks of the relaxed courtyard. Summer anthems waft from the open kitchen, framed by the perfect yellow-and-white-striped awning. There is a community corner for yoga and market stalls in the ample space, and Whale Beach serves relaxed dinners over the summer.
The takeaway joint offers the team's old favourites, such as the HCAT – a double-smoked ham, cheese, avocado, tomato, house relish and aioli sandwich. There are also a few additions to suit the beachy crowd – beer-battered flathead and fries, hamburger on brioche, and a crumbed chicken-breast sandwich with apple, fennel and purple cabbage coleslaw. It’s using an Ethiopian Mormora roast from its own Smith roastery, but nab an iced Milo to finish your visit like the locals do.