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 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.
A butcher, steak and burger joint in one. You heard us right, at Macelleria you’ll no doubt be feeling very involved as you pore over the tantalisingly fresh options in the cabinet and handpick your preferred cut. The clever boys behind the counter will then fire up the grill and cook your meat to perfection.
Bondi Beach’s trendy sake bar, Mamasan is where Moulin Rouge meets 1920s Shanghai. There are two places to dine, the opium den or the bar. The food is pan-Asian tapas and it’s amazing, and if you’re not a fan of sake that’s ok because their drink offering is diverse.
Speakeasy Bar is a chilled-out bar along Curlewis Street, with red lanterns and retro furniture, and it's the place to go when you’re after a scene that is less raucous and more mellow. The meals here are a mix of Asian and Mediterranean and go with a select drinks menu.
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.
A Tavola Bondi
This is A Tavola’s second outpost, and it’s just as good as the Darlinghurst original. The pasta is made fresh daily, and the menu features a simple selection as well as weekly specials, many of which focus on fresh, sustainable seafood. Our advice? Pair your meal with an Italian wine and save room for dessert.
Lox Stock & Barrel
For a little taste of New York City in Sydney, Bondi residents flock to Lox Stock and Barrel. The deli-slash-diner only seats 40 so there is generally a short wait. Healthy seasonal plates are the order of the day and they always pair beautifully with their cocktail offering.
When Bills arrived in Bondi Beach, it was the ‘it’ restaurant – and that hasn’t changed. The space is light-filled, airy and casual, and the food is modern Australian with a twist. Celebrity chef Bill Granger studied interior design and fine art before becoming a restaurateur, so it’s no surprise that his eateries are stunning spaces.
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?
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.