There’s nothing like an early-morning dip in the ocean to feel refreshed and mighty hungry. Recognising the need for a place to have coffee and a feed after the ocean somewhere where you don’t need to put your shoes on, Melissa Svinos and her brother Marcus won a tender to install a cafe in a shed which was once used for storage by the Dee Why Surf Live Saving Club. Right on the edge of the Esplanade, you can walk across the sand of Dee Why beach straight into the The Beach Shed.

“It’s a really casual, relaxed place. Sandy feet are allowed,” Melissa says. With a strong beach community already in place, but with nowhere to congregate and right on the water until now, Melissa says it has brought the community even closer. “The cafe has had great feedback, it’s been really good getting to know the locals.”

Beans on the brew are from Daily Grind, a family company based in Gerringong and the food is the kind that continues the post-swim buzz: quinoa bircher muesli, smashed eggs with avocado, roast tomatoes and feta on sourdough, with the occasional American hotdog thrown in. If you are an early riser, it’s one of the best spots around to see the sunrise.

The Beach Shed
South end of Dee Why Beach, Dee Why

Daily 6.30am–4.30pm