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Burst your Bubble!

Bubble waffles have landed in Manly at Sydney’s first bubble waffle café.

Located at 7 The Corso, the founders of The Little Shop of Waffles are serving up delicious signature waffles to their dedicated audience that spans from families with kids, to couples and late risers who enjoy an evening coffee and waffle.

Founded by four girlfriends from Queenscliff and Naremburn, the Little Shop of Waffles was inspired by their collective 30 years of living and travelling around Europe and Asia. After noticing the Hong Kong street food, known as bubble waffles, were a popular treat around the world, the friends, Irene Zalami, Saskia Schuck, Naomi Mourra and Alex Potter, found their favourite dessert was missing from their new home areas on the Northern Beaches and North Shore. Made using flour, eggs, evaporated milk and sugar, they are poured into moulds to get their bubbly shape.

The four friends added an Aussie twist to the concept with flavours like Pavlova, which combines Pavlova gelato with fresh fruit and meringue inside an original waffle, and ChocBerry, which has a choc-cookie gelato, fresh strawberries, Oreo biscuits and a Kit Kat finger in an original waffle that’s then drizzled in chocolate sauce.

They are not offering cruffles – savoury waffles. What is a cruffle? Find out here.

After opening on the first of January, during the Northern Beaches lockdown, the team quickly learnt just how flexible and adaptable they could be. Co-founder Irene Zalami said the launching in lockdown turned out to be a positive move for the business.

“We started with takeaway only and we saw that even in lockdown, people were looking for something that would bring some joy to their day, and a waffle filled with gelato and delicious toppings was just the thing to give our customers a little boost,” Irene said.

Any fans of waffles will delight in the unusual bubble shapes that make these waffles crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the side. Filled with your choice of gelato and toppings, the bubble waffle has already won fans at the beachside location. Baked fresh to order, the waffle batter is handmade in-store, available in vegan and gluten-free options, and contains no palm oil.

With a focus on giving back and sustainability, the team have partnered with the Northern Beaches Women Shelter (NBWS) for the launch of their latest flavour, Banana-Carma, with $1 from each purchase going to the NBWS. They’re also working with Green Caffeen, a free reusable café cup system that aims to end the use of disposable cups, with takeaway coffees available in the signature green cups.

As well as the four founders, the Little Shop of Waffles is made up of a dedicated and enthusiastic team of Northern Beaches locals and sources all their ingredients and materials from local suppliers.

The Little Shop of Waffles is open from 2 pm – 9 pm on Thursday to Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday during the lockdown.

The Little Shop of Waffles now delivers via Deliveroo and DoorDash within a 5km radius from The Corso, Manly. Their delivery service includes sweet and savoury waffles plus coffee, hot drinks and made to order milkshakes.

To ensure you get the full waffle experience, your order will arrive “deconstructed” in separate containers. This will keep your waffle warm and stop the gelato from melting. Cause no one wants gelato soup. All the delicious things you need to build the waffles of your dreams!

If you don’t live within the 5km, you can schedule to pick up takeaway from the website,

Why not enjoy waffles for children’s birthdays? Building their own bubble waffle is an interactive treat.

The Little Shop of Waffles has just been named as part of the 10 Brilliant Takeaway Desserts To Get Your Sugar Fix In Lockdown by Secret Sydney and they are also finalists in the Northern Beaches Business Awards.

Address: 7/7-9 The Corso, Manly
Facebook: Little Shop of Waffles
Instagram: littleshopofwaffles