C'EST SI BON
If you’ve got a penchant for pastries then C’est Si Bon is sure to win you over. This unassuming patisserie has something for both the savoury and sweet inclined, with everything from quiches and tarts to delectable cakes and eclairs. What they’re really famous for are their holiday cakes though, which are delicious in themselves but extra special for keeping French traditions and recipes alive.
Chargrill Charlie's Rose Bay
Move over greasy chicken shops and enter the clean-cooking and delicious Chargrill Charlies. With completely hormone and chemical-free birds, you’ll dig in knowing that this chargrill chicken is the best there is. With plenty of customisable and DIY options, you can mix and match with their wide variety of salads and sides. There’s a reason this takeaway joint has a cult of faithful followers.
The lovely folk at Bondi Wholefoods swear by longevity through nutrition and this is seen in their wide ranging and mouth-watering menu. They cater for anyone dairy-free, gluten-free and all those new age paleo fans. In true Bondi fashion, this wholefoods café brings organic products to the fore.
This corner cafe is a local institution that has been feeding the masses in Bondi for years. It’s a cool little hangout for fresh Japanese cuisine and the drink offering is extensive. Think wine, cocktails and sake. What more would you want from your local Japanese eatery?
An Eastern Suburbs staple and a Sydney institution, the famed Catalina is the go-to place for beautifully fresh dishes in a fine dining setting. Perched on the waters of glimmering Rose Bay, Catalina is the epitome of contemporary Australian cuisine. The A La Carte menu is produce-driven with a strong focus on seafood, but you really can’t go wrong with anything here.
Porch and Parlour
Porch & Parlour has people happily lining up every day of the week. Thanks to its rustic décor, the space has an intimate and cosy vibe, which is made even better by its waterfront views. The café is famous for its signature ‘Green Breaky Bowl’ and if you’ve gotten off to a late start, don’t worry breakfast runs until 3pm. Come dinnertime, ‘Porch’ – as it’s affectionately known – serves up share plates.
Sean's Panaroma Restaurant
Sitting up away from the Beach, Sean's Panaroma Restaurant is a small dining room with a menu that’s kept simple, but the meals are always delicious with a focus on home-style cooking. If you’re having trouble deciding, you can always opt for the five course Chef’s Choice degustation.
The Botanica Vaucluse
A lush oasis, The Botanica Vaucluse gives us serious interiors envy; from the pink velvet seats, crisp white tables, scattered greenery and luxe wallpaper. The botanical aesthetic translates across to their paddock-to-plate menu that features produce from their Jamberoo Valley farm and local suppliers. Their cocktail menu pairs well with a strong focus on their house-made gin. Their bespoke Easter cocktail puts Belvedere Vodka centre stage though, pairing it with Creme de Cacoa and Salted Caramel Syrup for a decadent ...
My Little Israel
Next door to sister cafe-slash-bakery The Grumpy Baker, My Little Israel pays tribute to owner Michael Cthurmer's heritage.Serving up delicious Israeli street food, the dishes are simple and rustic; like the interiors. Everything is made on site and the woodfire oven warms the space and gives each dish a beautiful flavour.
The Grumpy Baker
ArtisanA Sydney favourite since 2002, the Grumpy Baker is known for their freshly baked goods. With seven locations across the city, the Vaucluse outpost is both a cafe and bakery, pairing their delicious breads, pastries and rolls with delicious Single O beans. Dine in for an indulgent afternoon tea, or pick up a treat to take home.
Plumer Road Chicken Shop
You’ll be spoilt for choice when you walk into Plumer Road Chicken. This eatery has so much more than just rotiserrie chicken - think salads to stir-fries, pasta dishes to Pad Thai. The laid back atmosphere is great for enjoying your nosh streetside, but our tip is to grab takeaway and eat down at the bay!
La Bretagne Patisserie
Nestled within the Plumer Road Shopping Village, La Bretagne attracts Sydney’s sweeter tooths with their beautifully hand crafted cakes, pastries and bread. Baking everything daily using French traditions, this patisserie has a core philosophy of attention to detail. The result? Edible masterpieces.
A neighbourhood go-to for over two decades, this Rose Bay faithful continues to be a local favourite due to its ever-evolving menu. Overlooking the gorgeous Woollhara golf course, Bernasconi's is a great place for a relaxing long lunch. A bit peckish but not properly hungry? The good guys at Bernasconi’s are happy to make their meals in half serves!
Hachi-Bei Japanese Tapas Bistro
Japanese fusion with a cult following. Located just off the main drag in Rose Bay, this small eatery has a loyal local following who swear by the unique take on classic Japanese dishes. Hachi-Bei Japanese Tapas Bistro does Japanese/Spanish fusion that works surprisingly well. Tip: the outdoor area offers a tranquil setting away from the bustling indoor dining room.
Jewel on the Bay
Start your day here with Toby’s Estate and end it with tandoori. This omni-cultural café and restaurant has a menu that is far-reaching, but we love that we can go here no matter what we’re in the mood for. Sit on the veranda and soak up the views of the bay while enjoying the eclectic menu.
Vaucluse House Tea Rooms
Located in the historic Vaucluse House and overlooking their pristine gardens are the Vaucluse House Tearooms. Built in the 1830s the house is stately and elegant, with the tea rooms and patio spilling onto the expansive lawns. Their offerings err on the more traditional side with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus as well as high tea.