El Topo Mexican
Offering character in spades, The Eastern’s El Topo delivers Mexican fare in a vibrant setting atop the roof of Bondi Junction’s favourite pub. With tequila and cocktails flowing and a menu that has a modern twist on Oaxacan cuisine, you would want to be all over the amazing happy hours.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Bondi Icebergs is one of the most iconic waterfront spots in Sydney, and everyone knows that pool – which is arguably Australia’s most Instagrammed pool. The dining room is just as impressive. Where else can you indulge in the complete luxury of Sydney’s seafood with the depth of regional Italian flavours?
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta
Led by restaurateur Maurice Terzini (from Bondi Icebergs) and chef Orazio D’Elio (ex Popolo), this pizza and porchetta venue is as warehouse-chic as it is authentic. It’s laidback and the waiters busily bop between tables, stopping to chat with patrons in between.
The TinPin Bakery
There is something quite homely about this Bondi bakery. From the rustic interiors to the old school furniture, The TinPin Bakery really sets the scene for its baked goods. It’s a meeting place for locals, and why wouldn’t it be with its hearty breakfasts and speciality coffee.
Society Pizzeria Di Catania Bondi
Located on the Bondi Junction end of the strip, this teeny-tiny pizzeria dishes up authentic wood-fired pizzas to the masses, who often spill out on the footpath. The team of pizzaiolos know what they’re doing, so anything you order is guaranteed to be good. Gluten-free dough is also available.
Shuk Elizabeth Bay
Wildly popular Shuk Bondi has opened an outpost in Elizabeth Bay alongside dreamery eatery Botanica Vaucluse in the Trebartha Apartment retirement complex. Serving up Israeli-Mediterranean dishes and fresh bread all day, Shuk is famous for shakshuka and hummus – believe us when we say you have to try both. If the queues at Bondi during weekend brunch are any indication of their new location's popularity, make sure you get in early to snag a seat.
The ultimate feel-good fix, Heart is Bondi’s first social enterprise café that not only serves up great tasting brews and delicious, wholesome plates, it also offers up 12-month paid traineeships to disadvantaged unemployed youngsters, to help them build a budding career in the hospitality industry. Expect a wholefood menu using fresh, local and organic ingredients- with profits from every purchase going back into the community, giving those who need it the chance to shine as the next best barista or ...
The Pacific Club Bondi Beach
The Pacific Club Bondi Beach is an all-day-dining bistro and beach club. Serving up seasonal, modern Australian cuisine along with an extensive wine programme, this beachside hangout knows how the locals like to dine and unwind. The sleek interiors, reflecting its light-filled Bondi location, accommodate an indoor-outdoor dining experience, making it perfect for summer nights and wintery days.
For the quintessential Bondi Beach experience, ‘Hardware’ on Hall Street delivers. The cool, rustic-chic restaurant (think exposed brick walls, hanging greenery and wooden beams) serves up tapas-style food and seriously good cocktails. The soundtrack is always great, too.
6 Weeks To Sexy
6 Weeks To Sexy (for the ladies) and 6 Weeks To Shredded (for the gentlemen) are, as the names suggest, six week programs which aim to strip fat, tone and build fitness levels with regular measurements taken and a range of cardio, weight and HIIT training. Training locations range from Bondi Beach to parks and a gym in Paddington, so boredom won’t hit.
Charlie Parker’s ups the stakes when it comes to Paddington’s pub scene. It’s a Merivale baby, so it is everything that you would expect, and then some. Located in the basement below is Fred’s, the speakeasy-style bar with dim lighting, dark woods and leather. Many of the drinks are produce-driven and inspired by the fare upstairs.
Dumplings & Beer
For this eatery, the name says it all. Expect a variety of steamed, pan fried and gluten free dumplings and a long list of speciality and craft beers. Tucked away in Potts Point this small venue nails the basics, delicious dumplings, a small number of sides, and beer.
Dumpling and Noodle House
This tiny shopfront gives way to one of the best dumpling spots in Sydney – cheap or otherwise. It’s a neighbourhood haunt so there’s usually a bit of a line, but once you’re in, you can feast on steamed, boiled and fried dumplings and hand-stretched noodles until your heart’s content.
As glamorous as the suburb it’s located in, Woollahra Hotel not only has a rooftop bar with a retractable roof, but it also boasts the sophisticated Bistro Moncur, a French-style restaurant. The restaurant is a destination within itself (and for good reason), but the rooftop bar’s resident DJ gets the dance floor pumping on weekends.
Celebrity chef Matt Moran is known for his farm-to-table philosophy, and at Chiswick, every dish is as fresh as the next. Sourcing produce from their on-site kitchen garden and the Moran family farm in the Central Tablelands, you're guaranteed the food is fresh and seasonal. As for the setting, well it’s as beautiful as the suburb it’s located in.