There’s nothing quite like starting a vacation with a laid back lunch on the beach, and there’s no beach like iconic Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach may seem like just another tourist spot, but it holds quite a bit of charm that separates it from other beaches.
Once you’ve fed your starving soul, you can think about working off your meal with a bushwalk, a swim, or both! Bondi Beach holds no shortage of unique places to eat, shops to find souvenirs, and other treasures.
If you’re thinking about coming to Bondi Beach yourself or bringing friends or family, check out our list of the top hidden gems for you to put on your must-see list.
Our Top 5 Favourite Places to Eat in Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach has no shortage of restaurants in the area. From burgers to seafood, to pizza — and everything in between. You’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.
1. Bonditony’s Burger Joint
Tony Gosden, Bonditony’s Burger Joint owner, is known as a local legend. Many consider it the best burger place in Sydney. Their menu contains free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, butcher-field to fork, and all sauces are made in-house by Tony himself.
Bonditony’s, family-owned since 2015, has a fantastic collection of music memorabilia to take a look at while you’re waiting on your food. Gosden worked in the music industry as a band manager, tour manager, promoter, and booking agent for many big bands in Australia. His collection is some of the best in the country.
2. Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar is a local favourite — for over 10 years! Brown Sugar is a contemporary, relaxed bistro run by a team of dedicated professionals passionate about the food they create to deliver a memorable experience.
Brown Sugar is known for providing some of the best food in Bondi Beach with a Mediterranean flair. They are open from breakfast through dinnertime and have various things to try, from vegetarian options to seafood like squid ink pasta with spanner crab, to ribeye steaks or duck.
3. Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta
If you’re a fan of Napoli-style pizza, Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta should be on your list. Napoli- style of pizza is trending at the moment and hard to resist with its homemade sauces. Try an Aperol Spritz, and order some focaccia con porchetta if you want to make sure you won’t leave hungry.
If you’ve got room for dessert, their list is precisely what one would expect from a pizza restaurant — ricotta, gelato, pistachio, bombolini, and tiramisu. If you’re looking for drinks to accompany your pizza, well-thought-out beer and wine menus are provided.
Sean’s is a well-respected restaurant in Sydney, opening in 1993. It adapted early to the trend of bringing your food to the table straight from the farm. The menu varies regularly but serves a three-course menu with the choice of two dishes in each course. The meal also includes appetizers and house-baked bread.
The restaurant is small, only housing 45 seats with a handful of outdoor seats available. Sean’s is adjacent to an intimate cocktail bar sharing an incredible view of the ocean.
5. A Tavola
A Tavola, established in 2014 on Bondi Beach, has a menu that emphasizes fresh, local, and sustainable seafood. If you’re looking for some good seafood paired with a glass of wine, A Tavola is an excellent place for you to try. Consider trying the red cabbage, which is well-known as their specialty.
Due to its trendy menu items, you’ll want to book ahead to reserve a table.
Our Favourite Cafes in Bondi Beach
In addition to the restaurants, Bondi Beach has some quaint cafes you must try out during your stay along the beach.
1. Gertrude and Alice
Gertrude and Alice is a much-loved gorgeous cafe and bookstore in one. It is known for having the best coffee in Bondi. The cafe will keep you infinitely occupied with its rich literary history — spanning 20 years.
Gertrude and Alice is the perfect spot for writers, readers, thespians, and coffee lovers. The cafe is a space where all are welcome, and those who enter can seek solace between the pages of their favorite books.
2. Speedo’s Cafe
Speedo’s Cafe, known for being touted as the most Instagrammable cafe, is well-known for its Cronuts. Established in 1929, Speedo’s has so much more to offer than pretty cool pictures and epic photographic moments.
Not only is their coffee epic, but their menu also serves patrons organic herbal teas, raw meals, tasty vegan meals, gluten-free options, and dairy-free options.
Our Favourite Bars to Visit in Bondi Beach
If you’re looking for somewhere fun or just somewhere to relax and have a few drinks, check out one of these 2 top bars in Bondi Beach.
1. North Bondi RSL
If you like great company and beachside drinks, North Bondi RSL is the place for you. Established in 1944, the staff at North Bondi RSL show their respect at sunset by facing to the west to remember all of the brave service women and men who fought and still fight to protect the peace and our freedom.
If you arrive at dinnertime, you may catch a view from the balcony as the sun sets along the shore. North Bondi RSL has live music every Saturday, big-screen televisions, and an outstanding bistro.
2. Bondi Hardware
This original Applejack Hospitality Venue never ceases to amaze. Bondi Hardware’s menu showcases the absolute best of what Bondi Beach and Australia has to offer. Bondi Hardware is home to a variety of drinks, including the chili margarita. Between the drinks and the food, you are sure to leave satisfied.
Our Favourite Things to do in Bondi Beach
Beyond places to eat and drink, there is so much more Bondi Beach has to offer. Here are some of our favourites.
If you’re looking for a great tan that doesn’t require countless hours outside, get your spray tan at Tan Temple. The staff at Tan Temple are top-notch at what they do and the best in the area.
Hidden away on Curlewis Street in Bondi, this luxurious tanning salon caters to its tanners by making every application tailored to skin type and tanning needs. There are zero bright orange disasters because products are 100% natural.
Bondi Farmers Market
Saturday mornings from 9 am until 1 pm at Bondi Farmers Market are a must. The market holds some of the best fresh, seasonal fruit in the area along with:
- Seasonal vegetables
- Organic, locally raised meat
- Locally grown fresh flowers
- Artisanal breads
- Homemade jams
- Farmstead cheeses
- Sead food
- Olive oils
- Herbs and Spice
If you’re heading out for a Saturday morning run, this is a great stop to make while you’re out.
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