One of the first things that comes to mind when you mention Sydney is the iconic Bondi Beach – home of the Bondi Rescue lifeguards, the Bondi skate park and the surging clear blue Pacific waters.
It is a hub of culture and diversity, food and music. It is alive and buzzing, day and night, summer and winter, Australia Day or Christmas Day. Your Australian experience could not be complete without a visit to Bondi.
While even on the surface Bondi seems to be overflowing with excitement, when you really delve into its backstreets and ‘hole-in-the-wall’s, prepare to be even more amazed. A myriad of cuisines, flavours, sounds, styles, personalities and experiences await you…
The ultimate day-to-night experience, Brown Sugar is a relaxed contemporary café by day and transforms into a mood-lit modern bistro by night. All its dishes are made with local organic produce, created by uber talented co-owner Neil Gottheiner, who has kitchens the likes of Quay in Sydney and Dal Pescatore in Italy on his CV. No big deal. If you’re after food bursting with flavour, look no further than Brown Sugar.
Da Orazio Pizza e Porchetta
It is easy to wander past Da Orazio without even noticing that you have – but be warned, it may be the biggest mistake you ever make. The food and atmosphere at this rustic Hall Street hideaway may well have been sent straight from the streets of Rome itself. Settle into one of their window seats and people watch like a true Italian while you sip a Negroni and munch on an immaculately herbed and spiced porchetta pizza. No QANTAS flight necessary.
North Bondi Fish
Fish are not friends at North Bondi. They are food and they are delicious – and they come with a spectacular panoramic view of Bondi Beach. Savour clean modern flavours paired with fresh market fish in dozens of ways. Don’t pass up the chance to eat at Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon’s masterpiece.
You didn’t misread – this SoCal global share-style restaurant did indeed used to be a hardware store. But it so works. The menu has been entirely constructed by head chef Pia Papenfuss with organic, hearty, flavoursome meals made for sharing between a group; think sliders, lamb salads, hot wings, steak tacos…is your mouth watering yet? If you’re still not convinced, the inspired cocktail menu makes for a night of adventure, with good food and good company – make sure you try the Fresh Prince of Bel Air!
A multicultural dining experience is not complete without spectacular Chinese food, and China Diner is your one-stop shop for exactly that. Serving traditional Chinese and East Asian food with a modern twist, China Diner boasts a moody ambience to set the tone for an experience like no other. Eat your veggies, because China Diner does them best.
Indulging in a good breakfast doesn’t have to make you feel guilty. If you want to skip the hotcakes drowning in maple syrup and opt for a meal good for your tastebuds and your tummy, bRU is the perfect spot. Juices, smoothies, quinoa porridge, bircher muesli and their famous gozleme make up bRU’s mouthwatering menu. Start your day with a bang.
BondiTony’s Rock and Roll Burger Joint, decked out in band posters, classic vinyls and rock memorabilia, sells probably one of the best burgers you will ever eat. Their meat is locally sourced, free range and cooked to perfection, and combined with their housemade sauces, aiolis and salads to create burger heaven. Head down for a late night snack and beer, or sit out in the sun and people watch with their classic COG burger and a thickshake for company.
The juice craze will not be conquered! Any Sydneysider knows you can easily follow a trail of pressed juice madness along the coastline of the Eastern suburbs, and where better to start than the king of the coastline itself: Bondi. Pressed Juices is just steps from the beach and stocks dozens of flavours of freshly-pressed, ice cold juice ready for you to stock up on and continue o your coastal walk. Hit up Cali Press in Bronte and Coogee next.
Lox Stock and Barrel
Lox Stock and Barrel is known about town for its excellent coffee – and if you’re not a traditionalist, the Honeycomb Blend is a must-have. Its expansive drinks menu includes cold drips, organic chais, teas and hot chocolates, kombucha, shakes, smoothies, and a wacky, coffee-inspired cocktail menu. Day or night, Lox Stack and Barrel is an adventure for the senses.
The Bucket List
The local haunt for eighteen to twenty-somethings all around the Eastern suburbs, The Bucket List is the place to see and be seen. It is situated nearly on top of Bondi Beach, decked out in true European summer style, where you can party til the sun comes up (open to Mike Baird’s interpretation) and indulge in exotic cocktails by the jug or by the glass. Head down Friday nights for live band music or Sundays for a beach club that will remind you of Tropicana and Ushuaia.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Not much needs to be said about this Italian-style venue, renowned for its effortless glamour, stylish clientele and breathtaking panoramas of the Pacific. Visit for a drink and a bite, or simply admire its clear ice blue pools looking out onto the ocean as you pass on your coastal walk.
This laidback diner-style restaurant oozes effortless cool; there’s no need for fancy dishes or extravagant designs when your food and drink speak for themselves. Neighbourhood is the perfect spot to satisfy your carnivorous cravings – whether you go for a steak, a cheeseburger or BBQ wings – and don’t miss out on their self-proclaimed legendary Jaffles either. Pair your dish with a pick off their adventurous cocktail menu and this’ll be an experience to talk about for weeks.
Westfield Bondi Junction
While Bondi offers its own street boutique experience, Bondi Junction combines food, shopping, entertainment and convenience all in one huge, rabbit-warren-like package. You haven’t truly experienced Bondi shopping until you’ve gotten lost inside the Junction and accidentally ended up in the David Jones Food Hall – whatever will you do now?! From Target to Chanel, Coles to Harris Farm, Priceline to Mecca Cosmetica, Westfield Bondi provides a shopping hub for every need, budget and style.
To get that effortless ‘Bondi cool’ style, look no further than Carousel. Stocking accessory, shoe, homeware and clothing brands both locally and internationally, Carousel have curated a beautiful range of pieces that help define Bondi lifestyle and fashion. Whether you’re shopping for the beachwear or party-wear, don’t forget to shop at Carousel.
The Academy Brand
Academy Brand is your one stop for timeless, classic, superior-crafted menswear. With simple, wearable designs in top quality lightweight fabrics, The Academy Brand’s lines are perfect for a summer on the beach and can be transitioned from day to night and season to season. Find them on Bondi Beach or while gallivanting through Westfield Bondi Junction.
If you’re looking to splurge on beautiful, high quality designs from around Australia and the world, look no further than Tuchuzy. Stocking lauded brands like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang, it’s even still worth a look in to admire their curation of designer pieces if you’re not yet ready to stretch your budget. Head here to spend on a pair of Bassike jeans that will be your staple for years, or that Bec & Bridge number you’ve been eyeing off for your next evening shindig.
Bondi culture of course isn’t complete without its dedication to beautiful swimwear. Leave it to the Bondi locals to make you feel instantly dissatisfied with your new Seafolly purchase while they parade around in their local brands and unique pieces. The only option in this case is to conform. And there is no better place to give in to peer pressure than Bondi Bather. This Bondi-based label is dedicated to pieces specially designed for the Bondi lifestyle – the sun, the style, the need for comfort and versatility, and of course the need to get your hands on a near one of a kind. Drop in and personalise your beach style now.
The Health Emporium
If you’re all about the organic, the wholesome and the healthy, The Health Emporium is your paradise. Stock up on your natural cosmetics, organic groceries and ferments and probiotics, or stop by for a superfood smoothie, fresh juice or hot bone broth to warm your soul. It is also the home of Cocowhip – a coconut-based soft serve icecream suitable for vegos and vegans alike.
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Bondi Golf Club
For nine holes of golf, 180 degrees of spectacular views and thousands of years of history, get yourself to Bondi Golf Club. The course is just a five-minute walk from the beach and is situated on an ancient Aboriginal ceremonial ground and whale watching site. Visitors can still see the stone etchings left by the Kamilaroi tribes thousands of years ago on the flat rocks facing towards the Pacific Ocean, near what is now the golf course’s fifth hole. Even if you’re not a golfer, it’s worth a visit to Bondi Golf Club for a drink and an explore.
If you’re someone who gets a thrill out of exclusivity and uniqueness, there may be no place better suited for you than Mackenzie’s Bay, a tiny inlet nestled between Bondi Beach and Tamarama. Known as Sydney’s ‘secret beach’, the sand bank ‘beach’ at Mackenzie’s Bay mysteriously disappears every seven to ten years, only to reappear again for an unknown time period, usually looking quite different in size and shape than it did before. There’s no telling how long this decade’s version of Mackenzie’s Bay beach will last, so make the most of it while you can – and of course make sure everyone knows you were one of the only people to check it out.
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Something that started as a way to bring the magic of the surf to the workplace, Aquabumps is a Bondi-based gallery and web-based photography phenomenon that features breathtaking and beautiful images of the world’s beaches (mainly Bondi) in the early morning. Their gallery sells photographs, prints, books and gifts to spread the love of Bondi to anyone who wants it. You simply have to see it for yourself.
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Bondi Farmer’s Market
If you’re on Bondi on a Saturday, it’s worth a trip to the Bondi Markets, where you can stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, ethically sourced seafood, home grown meat and poultry, artisanal cheeses, olive oils and jams, specialty wines and plenty of other delectable, eco-friendly goods to entertain your senses. Get caught up in the community atmosphere and treat yourself to food and drink products that are just simply good – for your tastebuds, your body and your soul.
One of Australia’s gastronomical sweethearts, the team at Messina create innovative, fresh and flavoursome gelato daily for their rapidly growing number of stores. Their Hall Street Bondi Beach Store is a 10-metre-wide hole in the wall that is never not bustling with beachgoers aching to satiate their gelato withdrawals or to get a taste of the flavours of the week. From recurring specials like Nicpic (chocolate gelato smothered in rice crisps, wafers and thick caramel) and Robert Brownie Junior (chocolate gelato, chocolate brownies, chocolate fudge sauce) to classics like vanilla and mint choc chip, and an assortment of mouth watering sorbets, Messina will keep you coming back for more for years to come. Here’s a top tip – scroll through their Instagram while hungry at your own risk!