When you think about Sydney beachside suburbs, the first one that comes to most people’s minds is usually Bondi. It’s easily our best known coastal stretch with tourists flocking by the hundreds of thousands every year. It’s not hard to see why either; the idyllic crystal waters lapping at the pristine sand is truly awe inspiring, especially on a hot summer day. Ask any local though and they’ll tell you there’s far more to the suburb than just the beach. From the food, shopping, drinking and art, you’ll easily want to spend the whole weekend in Bondi.
You’ll want to make sure you’re staying close to the beach so you can easily go for a sunrise ocean swim or stroll along the sand. The Adina Apartment Hotel is just moments away so you’ll be going from your bed to the beach in no time. With a variety of accommodation in Sydney, their apartment style rooms in Bondi will make you feel right at home from the moment you check in, and the location can’t be beaten.
Apart from the beach, Bondi is also known for being an epicentre of clean eating and green juices. That’s definitely not the extent of the suburb’s food culture though and there’s no doubt something for everyone there.
If you are the clean eating type, Porch & Parlour is the place for you. Their breakfast menu is the stuff of Instagram dreams with immaculately presented dishes like scrambled tofu, green breaky bowls and gluten free granola.
If insanely huge burgers and decadent desserts are more your speed then don’t miss out on the recently opened Milky Lane which serves up some of the most epic food we’ve ever seen.
Though slightly further away from the beach, Shuk is an eatery completely worth the short walk or quick drive up. They offer an Israeli inspired menu with delectable dishes like the breakfast falafel bowl and malabi – which is a coconut based dessert with rose water and pistachios.
Everyone’s favourite gelato shop, Messina, is conveniently located just a short stroll up from the beach. Nothing beats grabbing a triple scoop and eating it while watching the world go by down near the water.
With a world-class location and stunning views, make your first stop of the evening The Bucket List. Have a drink and watch the day turn into night; you deserve it. If you’re after a cocktail or want a number of different wine options then try Bondi Hardware. The rustic interiors and warm atmosphere of this small bar feel super welcoming. Fat Rupert’s is the place to go when you want something really casual with a fun vibe.
Bondi is a hub of creativity and you’d be remiss not to pick up a few locally designed pieces while you’re in town. Annex have a flagship store down near the beach where you’ll find some quality threads and shoes.
Another local brand with a beach-side flagship, Venroy, take great care in sourcing the best fabrics for their life of leisure style clothing. A pair of their linen lounge pants and a Pima cotton t-shirt is pretty much mandatory holiday wear.
Grab an Artificer coffee in-store and sip while you browse the only Saturdays NYC shop in Australia. The minimal interiors make the shopping experience really pleasant and there’s a really relaxed vibe in the store.
Take a piece of the beach home with you when you leave. We don’t mean the sand stuck in your boardies, but an original piece of art from the Aquabumps Gallery. They feature some truly incredible photographs of the beach captured by the talented owner of the gallery, Eugene Tan, who has a great eye for capturing beautiful details.
If you’re around Bondi at the right time of year, you’ll be able to witness the world-renowned exhibition that is Sculpture By The Sea. It runs from October 20 – November 6 this year and spans the popular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. The works are usually really spectacular and often incorporate the location they’re in into the art.