Local eats , shopping and events in Bondi Beach
Lots to eat, great retail and beaches galore, its very easy to stay cocooned in Bondi if you want to.
That said, Bondi is close to the city, Circular Quay and The Rocks and accessible to greater Sydney by road and public transport. Google Trip Planner or Transport NSW and its easy to plan your travel by public transport, just put your destination and home address: 30-32 Hall St Bondi.
The Chee Bondi is located in the eastern suburbs, there are many coastal beaches starting with Bondi, you can leisurely walk or run the Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk -
You'll see the stunning coastline (6kms). Head south to McKenzie's Bay where its the smallest beach in the state, once in awhile, nature takes its course and dumps sand to form a beach, but mostly its rocky to the water, used by locals and Bondi dogs.
Next along the walk is Tamarama Beach (called Glamarama by the locals), Bronte Beach is next, stop at one of the cafes for lunch or a coffee, next up is Clovelly Beach -with a cool inlet to swim in, more like an ocean pool, then continue the walk along Gordon's Bay, this bay is spectacular, with the bluest water, further south is Coogee Beach. Finally if you are keen you can walk to Maroubra Beach (2.9kms).
Don't forget that you can see Sydney Harbour from Rose Bay (10 mins by car or a 20 min brisk walk). You can catch the ferry at Rose Bay Wharf to Watsons Bay and to the City or alternatively take the 324 bus to City or Watsons Bay. For a real treat, book a seaplane http://www.seaplanes.com.au/, fly up to Palm Beach or Hawkesbury River for lunch. Dine at Catalina - Lyne Park, Rose Bay and watch the action on the glistening harbour. The harbour beaches are on this side of the city, well worth a visit -
My favourites are Murray Rose pool (formerly Red Leaf pool, Double Bay), Neilson Park, Vaucluse (great little kiosk), and Camp Cove, do the coastal walk to South Head then on your way back stop off for a drink at The Watson Bay Hotel. (Hint: the 380 bus will take you from Watson's Bay and home to Bondi). Visit Vaucluse House, a beautiful 19th century mansion with beautiful gardens, they serve high tea. See The Gap and see the amazing coastline, high up in Vaucluse.
Eating locally and shopping is a breeze, The Chee Bondi is truly close to everything, cafes, restaurants and bars are in walking distance. Hall St is home to many cafes and restaurants - I can't name them all, this blog would take forever to read through. Our regular haunts are:
Le Paris Go - 38 Hall St, grab a coffee, tuck into a huge breakfast, open for lunch and early, early dinner. Gertrude and Alice - 46 Hall St, a small cafe and quirky book shop. The local IGA (supermarket) is next door - 48 Hall St. Sabbaba - 82 Hall St - Middle Eastern street food.
Across the road is The Hub - 75 Hall St, here you can dine Italian, Asian, seafood and coming soon Nordic. Harris Farm is here, for fresh fruit and veg. Pasticceria Papa has the best baked ricotta cheesecake, they literally fly out the door. Bondi's Best for the best takeaway fish and chips or dine in for quality and delicious seafood, also has a sashimi and sushi bar. Next door is our local pizza joint, Da Orazio and Porchetta, the pizza here is sublime, it gets very, very busy. Go upstairs and there is A Tavola another Italian restaurant, but who's complaining- the food here is wonderful. China Diner - for pan Asian cuisine in a cool setting. Gelato Messina - I scream for ice cream, heaven in a cone. Bill's Bondi, with outlets in Tokyo, Honolulu, London and Seoul, we are lucky he decided to come to Bondi, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I remember when a very young Bill did dinners at La Passion Du Fruit in Oxford St, I too was young then.
Moving along, Bondi Hardware across the road from us, is the local bar with tapas style food and for when you are thirsty, they're open for brunch on the weekends too. Anyhoo, also on Hall St, there is Gusto, Cali Press and Ravesi's.
Also worth a mention is Banana Blossom Bondi in Jacques Ave. Here they have yummy, healthy Asian noodle and rice salads, eat in or take away.
Walk down Gould St, there is The Earth Food Store, recently renovated, grab a tumeric latte and buy a loaf of Iggy's bread, its awesome. My apologies if you are gluten free, I think there are alternatives, I just haven't tried them. Further along is Drake Eatery, a must try, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner -the food is sooo good. Try the donuts from Donut Time, $6 a pop but 1 will fill you up. Still on food, are the popular Pompei and Hurricane's in Roscoe St.
If you get a chance to wander a little further there is Glenayr Ave, visit Bondi Tony's Burger Joint, Funky Pies and Lox, Stock and Barrel. La Piadina is in the next block down towards Seven Ways, delicious and they serve a huge Campari and soda. Curlewis St is not short of eateries, try Brown Sugar a little french bistro. Along Campbell Parade, there is Trio and Bondi Tratt in South Bondi. Handmade Dumpling and Noodle Kitchen - 126 Campbell Parade, can't get to Chinatown in the city, then get your noodle/ dumpling fix here. Going north, at The Pacific, Woolworths Metro, supermarket 6am- midnight. Macelleria, our local butcher and fantastic hamburgers and steaks, eat in or takeaway. Fishbowl Poke Bar, OMG my mouth is watering again.
Other places to try, Seans - 270 Campbell Parade, excellent food and service. North Bondi Fish, the north end of beach, Matt Moran's restaurant. Raw Bar - 1/ 36 Warners Ave- yum, yum Japanese. The Bucket List, right on the beach, almost touching the sand. Walk a little further south, there is a Sefa Kitchen - 292 Bondi Road, Middle Eastern fare, a favourite. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar - 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach, glamorous fine dining or go for a drink and all day bar menu. Shuk - 2 Mitchell St, North Bondi, well worth the walk (10-15min) for Israeli/Med food.
Finally, shopping, its very easy to get laden down with shopping bags here. Gould St is a little mecca in Bondi, Tuchuzy, Museum, Jac and Jack and a lot more, Assembly label in Bondi Rd, also Vinnies in Hall St and Westfield Bondi Junction (a shopping mecca). A short distance from The Chee Bondi, Paddington and Double Bay are full of shopping and dining opportunities.
Just went to a new restaurant on the weekend (Feb), Blanca bar and dining at 75 Hall St, its street level, just walk pass A Tavola. The food is excellent, the service is attentive, this is great as its only been open for about 2 weeks no teething problems on the busy Saturday night that we visited. The food is fresh and tasty, Japanese and European influences, even a smattering of Chinese tastes too. This is a definite must try. They were kind enough to squeeze 4 of us and 2 french bulldogs (Porsha and Max) onto their outdoor area, mostly its intimate tables of 2 out there. A most memorable meal- we had the 10 course tasting menu and we rolled out the door, thankfully the walk home was only 5 minutes.
Hong Ha Red Roll just opened last week (July), an off shoot of the famous Mascot takeaway (Hong Ha Bakery) the banh mi are excellent and you don't get the Mascot queues, also delicious is there take away Pho. We have been 3 times already.