The Boatshed La Perouse / by Amanda Jones


With summer around the corner we’re putting on our boat shoes and scrubbing off the barnacles. The next few months look like they’re shaping up to be sun drenched and needing a place to refresh and revive, as close to the water as possible. With this in mind, you’ll find us at the newly renovated The Boatshed at La Perouse.

During the cooler months of this year the team behind The Boathshed have been busy. The old dame of the south has been given a totally new look, with a nautical inspired interior and modern touches such as exposed timber and copper. The outdoor deck will even have a retractable roof for basking in the summer glory.

Supervisor Katie Kokolas noted that over time, the site had been worn down and was sorely in need of a refresh.

“Locals have always loved its location and unfortunately with time and dilapidation it wasn't serving the purpose that it could, being where it's located.”

The location itself is nothing short of stunning. Perched on stilts above Frenchman’s Bay, the dining area has expansive views across Botany Bay towards Brighton and the protected wetlands at the entrance to the Georges River.

Part of the renovation also involves a reinterpretation of what The Boatshed could offer. Having seen various iterations from fine dining to takeaway, what will now be on offer is casual dining, with the menu designed by Giovanni Pilu, the master of Sardinian cooking.

Indoors, there is a formal dining area that suits a special occasion, while outdoors the tablecloths come off and large picnic tables provide space for groups. Smaller tables are scattered throughout for those wanting to park up with a drink and the company of another.

Overall, as Kokolas highlighted, “bringing to the area a breath of fresh air was our main goal.”

The team behind The Boatshed know that the sea breeze that cures all ills all too well, having also run cafes and restaurants for over thirty years at Sydney’s Fish Markets. Now you can sample the artisan blends and curated single origins of Coffee & Co. Roasters at their site in the Fish Markets, if you’re looking for that unparalleled combination of fine seafood, fresh produce and good coffee.

With the word already spreading about the perfect combination of coffee, views and oofd, get to The Boatshed now before this ship sails away.