Sydney’s first-ever bubble waffle café is already making a splash this summer. So if you’re looking for the next big thing in desserts to try, head to Manly’s Little Shop of Waffles pronto!
In the heart of Manly’s famous Corso, you’ll find The Little Shop of Waffles. Their famous Hong Kong inspired bubble waffles have gained a cult following since the café opened in January 2021.
The brains behind this beachside eatery are four fun-loving girlfriends from Queenscliff and Naremburn, including Beaches’ local Irene Zalami (below).
“Our ethos is to create joy and lasting memories so we wanted to offer our community something new and unique when they came to The Beaches,” says Irene. “It felt right that our flagship little shop would be in Manly.”
Locals and tourists alike agree, with the store becoming an absolute highlight on the Corso, and social media constantly lit up with the delectable looking products.
Waffle and breakfast enthusiasts will delight in the unusual bubble shapes that give these waffles a crunchy outside and soft, fluffy centre. The waffle batter is handmade in store, baked fresh on order and filled with your choice of gelato and toppings.
“We desire to create delicious waffles that reflect some of the best parts of Australia: fresh flavours, innovative food design and a treat to be shared with loved ones by the beach,” explains Irene. “Plus, we have focused on delivering a vegan, gluten-free range from day one, rather than it being an afterthought.”
The ultimate fusion of Asian street food and Aussie culture is their best-selling Pavlova bubble waffle (above).
“It’s creamy, fruity, tangy and the meringue gives it a lovely crunch,” says Irene. “It’s a little taste of Australia in every bite.”
The Little Shop of Waffles recently launched a new menu as well to celebrate the summer months. Their long-standing favourites have been joined by flavours including:
- The Vegan – a vegan/gluten-free waffle topped with vegan strawberry gelato, Oreo cookies, strawberries and Nuttvia sauce.
- Berrylicious – an original waffle topped with strawberry gelato, mixed seasonal berries and a raspberry coulis.
- Biscoffle – a cinnamon waffle topped with caramel gelato, Biscoff sauce and a Lotus Biscoff biscuit.
- Chockas – an original waffle topped with Oreo gelato, Oreo cookies, a Tim Tam and drizzled in chocolate fudge sauce.
The team also introduced a range of Croffles (a delicious croissant freshly baked in their waffle irons), which are available plain or stuffed with savoury fillings like cheese and Vegemite.
Irene and her co-founders are also ‘”humbled, surprised, and thankful” to have been recently awarded a Local Business Award for Best Takeaway. “There are so many incredible, well-established businesses on The Beaches so receiving this accolade in our first year of trading has really inspired us,” she says.
Stay tuned, as The Little Shop of Waffles plans to expand across Sydney. In the meantime, head to their Manly store to try one of their award-winning tasty treats for yourself!
Address: Shop 7/7-9 The Corso, Manly
Summer Hours: Tue & Wed 11am-5pm, Thur – Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm