Bondi Best Bites

Blog about Beachside Bites at The Bucket List at Bondi Beach Sydney pic by Andy Solo

With summer upon us, most people are busy pounding the footpath and pumping iron.

Being a fashion rebel from way back, I tend to turn to food at this time of year. And I think you should all join me in exploring the vast, delicious offerings in our seaside suburb.

(Just trying to look after your health and wellbeing, mind you. Nothing to do with bikini beach body sabotage. At all).

I’ve just done a little number crunching in the Directory and have found we have about 150 food outlets for your dining pleasure.

No wonder people are coming here for more than just the beach these days. I’m putting it out there that Bondi Beach has officially become one of Sydney’s top dining spots.

But where to start? It’s the question I’m most asked – where’s the best place to eat in Bondi?

Now I’ve eaten out a lot over the years to provide you with the lowdown on the best local nosh (such a martyr, I know) so here they are below, my top tips for dining out in Bondi.

Yours in gastronomic gluttony…

x andy


Asian Tasty Tapas

Mamasan, 57 Beach Rd (Glenayr Ave) tantalizing Asian tapas in gorgeous, quirky surrounds

Paper Planes, 178 Campbell Pde (Gould Mall): classy & tasty ‘Tokyo Pop’ dining experience


Beachside Bevvies

The Bucket List, Bondi Pavilion at the Beach: brilliant vibe for beachside drinks & events

Bondi Icebergs Bar, 1 Notts Ave (south beach): a classy, killer view over the beach to Bondi


Secret Squirrels

Café Zohara, 38 Wairoa Ave: one of Bondi’s best kept secrets, gorgeous café with heart

Café Lilliputien, 112a O’Brien St: locals love this cute café at the top end of town. Shhh…


Crackin Cocktails

Miss Chu, 178 Campbell Pde: the food’s great but I’m ALL about the Vodka Lychee Crushies


Perfect Pizza

Mad Pizza, 15 O’Brien St: My regular dinner spot – brilliant mix of service, food, music & vibe


Café Charmer

Gertrude & Alice, 46 Hall St: cosy bookstore café with character and heart, always packed…


Authentic Asian

Hobbit’s Café, 262 Campbell Pde: amazingly tasty Malaysian Mon-Thu in a cute corner café

Nina’s Ploy Thai, 132 Warners Ave: affordable, authentic & tasty Thai with old school decor


Wine & Cheese Feast

Chapter One, 34 Campbell Pde: classy rustic charm with quality charcuterie, cheeses & vino

The Shop, 78 Curlewis St: for those in the know, quality wines with warm afternoon sunshine


Sensational Seafood

Bondi’s Best, 37 Campbell Pde: fabulous, fresh seafood fare up on the hill at the north end

Deli Bottega Tuesday Might Mussels, seriously scrumptious. Make sure you book. Trust me.


Fine Fast Food

Gourmet Slice Pizza, 87A Gould St: delish, crispy gourmet pizza slices to take to the beach…

Thaina Box, 148 Curlewis St: design-your-own pretty damn tasty Thai. In a box. You know.


Best Places I’ve Never Been

Beach Burrito Co, 252 Campbell Pde: I’ve tried and tried but it’s always packed = awesome

TruckStop, Level 1 Beach Rd Hotel: perfect mix of Japanese food & street art. Must try soon.


Super Service

Bondi Trattoria, 34 Campbell Pde: honing their service for 25 years has sure paid off here


Delicious Desserts

Sean’s Panaroma, 270 Campbell Pde, delicious everything but the desserts are to die for…


Sumptuous Sushi

Raw Bar, Cnr Warners & Wairoa Aves: classy surrounds and fresh, fabulous Japanese cuisine

Sushi St, opening today (Nov 6) – can’t wait to try the sushi in this cute n classy place (+wine)!


Drink & Dine

Anchor Bar, 2-8 Campbell Pde, The Canteen, 180 Campbell Pde, Rum Diaries, 288 Bondi Rd

Drinks with the Bondi cool set isn’t my area of expertise but I’d try these spots first if it were


White Cloth Café

Trio Café, 56 Campbell Pde: when you’re after a touch more class with your coffee…


Great All-rounders

34 Degrees South, 34 Campbell Pde: fab views, food, service & music (Wes Carr, Nov-Dec)

Ravesi’s Hotel, 118 Campbell Pde (cnr Hall St): as they say, great place to eat, play and stay!


Go the Fro Yo!

Twisted Frozen Yoghurt, 36 Hall St: delicious and (kind of) nutritious frozen yoghurt fun


Fab for Families

Moo Gourmet Burgers, 70A Campbell Pde: family-friendly fun, fine food and a top spot


Top Notch Newcomer

The Atlas Kiosk, 14 Hall Street: Great food, service, space, wifi, coffee…the list goes on


Super Sanga

Club Sandwich, 2a Jaques Ave: gourmet sandwiches on Luxe sourdough. Top coffee too…


Happy Hippies

Earth Food Store Café, 81a Gould St: fine fresh, organic, wholefood heaven to eat and shop

Funky Pies Café, 144 Glenayr Ave: chunky, funky food with fab philosophies & friendly charm


Best Bakeries

Organic Republic Bakery, 98 Glenayr Ave: laidback local vibe, great bread and tasty treats

Tin Pin Organic Bakery, 296 Bondi Rd: gorgeous gluten free & organic breads, friendly service


Lunch with Locals

Jed’s, 96 Glenayr Ave, Harry’s, 136 Wairoa Ave & Luigi’s, 154 Glenayr Ave

Always packed with brunching & lunching locals (and so popular they don’t need websites)


Alrighty then. Seems like I’ve covered nearly every one of the 150-odd options to wine and dine in Bondi. What can I say? They’re all pretty damn good…so which is your favourite?


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