Where we eat in Bondi
Beyond the iconic beachfront, Bondi is home to an ever-changing and thriving food and drink scene. From sun-drenched cafes to laidback wine bars and local eateries, there’s always something new to discover. Here’s some of the newest additions and old favourites that we can’t get enough of.
A real Bondi institution, this teeny café and wine bar quickly makes you feel part of the family. By day, it's a buzzy coffee spot - much-loved for their vibrant salads and cult favourite BLT. But as the sun sets, the cafe turns into a trendy wine bar, with a beautifully curated natural wine list and delicious, home-style share plates. Kicking off this November, get down for their Sunday Sessions from 3-8pm for wine, cheese and funky tunes.
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New kid on the block, Easy Tiger is bringing a taste of southeast Asia to the shores of Bondi. Headed up by ex-Mr Wong and Queen Chow chef Andrianto Wirya, the menu is bursting with fresh and punchy pan-asian classics. For those who struggle to decide, there’s a set menu for just $42, where you receive five dishes plus rice. The venue is also home to local Bondi Brewery Company, so you can enjoy your spicy noodles with an ice cold beer.
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Fresh on the scene, Iberica is a new spanish-inspired wine and tapas bar from the team behind Ikaria. Step inside and be transported to the mediterrean with terracotta walls and curved arches that mimic a Spanish seaside villa. The menu is bursting with traditional Spanish specialities including Iberian ham, grilled octopus and traditional seafood paella. Get down early on a Saturday arvo with friends and pretend you’re in Mallorca.
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All-day beachfront eatery in the newly re-opened Bondi Pavilion. With prime ocean-views and a sprawling terrace, Promenade aims to revive the friendly, coastal vibe of Bondi in the 70s. There's a variety of dining options to suit the mood - from intimate long lunches to a quick bite. We're also looking forward to long summer evenings spent at the top floor bar at Upstairs by Glory Days.
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An unassuming, no frills, hole-in-the-wall cafe opposite the South Bondi grass. Great coffee, friendly baristas and a cabinet full of fresh brekkie goods, it's no surprise it's always buzzing with locals. Big communal tables out front are drenched with sun in the early mornings - the perfect spot to enjoy a post-swim coffee and pastry.
Inspired by the energetic neighbourhood bars of South America, Bar Copo is a true local hangout. Sip on a seasonal flavoured Margarita or Caipirinha while feasting on tasty Latin American bar food and sandwiches. A great spot for a sunny afternoon drink or a night out with friends on the weekends. Things get groovy after dark with local live music acts and creative pop-up events.
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Perched just metres from the beach stretch, SOY offers top-notch Japanese food, without breaking the bank. The menu is authentic and creative, offering simple dishes created with passion, integrity and high-quality ingredients. Highlights include the sashimi, dengaku eggplant and selection of creative sushi rolls. With a relaxed yet intimate feel, it’s perfect for dinner with friend or a casual date night occasion. They often have space for walk-ins if you arrive early.
Authentic, family-run Italian in the centre of Bondi. Consistently good quality food, great hospitality, and a warm, vibrant atmosphere. The pizza is delicious… arguably some of the best in Sydney…and the arancini balls take it to another level.
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Inspired by NYC-style deli, Lox is another local favourite serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner in the backstreets of Bondi. They hit the mark in every way - healthy and hearty meals, great coffee and friendly service. With a focus on fresh ingredients and slow cooking, they make everything fresh in-house and have lots of options for those with dietary requirements.
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Bondi's original diner - effortlessly cool and casual serving up no-frills burgers and fries. In true Bondi style, they make their burger patties in-house with fresh ingredients, and boast a unique, natural-leaning drinks menu. With walls adorned with 90s memorabilia and tunes pumping, you can easily believe you're in the wild west. They don't take bookings so head early to score a booth at the back and soak up the late-night vibes.
An old favourite for Bondi locals, the corner house is effortlessly cool. Our choice for a cosy mid-week dinner or date night. Enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza and produce-focused Italian plates. Sit at the street-facing bar and watch the buzz of Bondi Road or head upstairs for a more rustic ‘living-room’ vibe (also a great space for events). They also have specials throughout the week that are worth checking out.
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Bondi’s newest gelateria. It’s gelato how the Italians meant it to be; creamy and delicious, and made fresh in-store using sustainable ingredients. The staff are lovely and we love that they offer half and half scoops for those times when two flavours are calling your name, but you only want a little. We must mention this does not replace our love for the OG favourite, Gelato Messina.
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Great for breakfast, lunch, coffee, a drink or dinner it's always good with healthy but flavoursome food and drink options, attentive but low key staff, comfortable chairs and a relaxed 'living room' vibe. The tumeric chicken salad is one of our favourites, but it's hard to go wrong here.
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Sean's is a Bondi institution having been serving his signature farm to table cuisine since the 1990s. Well-located right opposite North Bondi beach, we love it for dinner anytime of year. Make sure you book in advance.
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Great for dinner, offering classic communal (meze) style dining with an uncomplicated dinner menu designed by ex-Rockpool chef Simon Zalloua. Enjoy slow cooked lamb, roasted pepper, and house made pickles with a side of fattoush salad and crispy za'atar bread. Book ahead, hard to get a table.
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