Browns Bay has the feel of a seaside holiday town, says Stuff, with a vibrant collection of shops and bars set just a few metres back from the beach. Browns Bay is one stop on the North Shore Coastal Walk – a 34.1km stretch of footpaths and tracks extending from Long Bay to Devonport. The suburb is home to about 10,000 residents and its history is impressive; the local primary school was established in 1888. Penguino, the local ice cream shop, has been an institution for most of the 20 years it’s been in business, offering 24 homemade flavours every day.