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 atbondi.com 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…
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
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
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…
Miss Chu, 178 Campbell Pde: the food’s great but I’m ALL about the Vodka Lychee Crushies
Mad Pizza, 15 O’Brien St: My regular dinner spot – brilliant mix of service, food, music & vibe
Gertrude & Alice, 46 Hall St: cosy bookstore café with character and heart, always packed…
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
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.
Bondi Trattoria, 34 Campbell Pde: honing their service for 25 years has sure paid off here
Sean’s Panaroma, 270 Campbell Pde, delicious everything but the desserts are to die for…
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…
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
Club Sandwich, 2a Jaques Ave: gourmet sandwiches on Luxe sourdough. Top coffee too…
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
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?