An enduring café that keeps locals and travellers well-fuelled, Tropicana Café is a reliable favourite among the crowd. Situated along Coogee Bay Road with streetside seating – highly prized for its people watching – Tropicana’s menu has all the classics, and the best part is, it’s BYO.
Farinha Pizzas e Massas Restaurant
A place where Italia meets Brasil, Farinha Pizzas e Massas Restaurant takes traditional Italian meals – woodfired pizzas and house-made pasta – and serves it in the Brazilian style of ‘all you can eat’. The locals love it and why wouldn’t they when you don’t have to worry about who’s going to get the last slice of pizza.
A Fish Called Coogee
Nothing screams ‘Sydney’ more than eating fish and chips on the sand, and A Fish Called Coogee makes that experience a healthy one. The buzzing, down-to-earth venue is steps from the beach, and offers fish, seafood and sides. Every meal is made to order and there tends to be a queue on warmer nights, but it’s worth the wait.
Food as medicine’ is the philosophy at this effortlessly chic beachside eatery. Rosie’s offers a health-centric menu where everything has the sugar free, organic and sustainable tick of approval. Get your iPhones at the ready, because the millennial pink room sets the backdrop for their equally Instagrammable fare.
The Lucky Cat Dumpling Bar
For a delectable dumpling dining experience, look no further than Coogee's newest eatery, The Lucky Cat Dumpling Bar. Started by local DJ Ben Nott, expect a vibrant showing from the food and drinks, to the décor and vibe. Tuck in to a varied selection of buns, wraps and dumplings while sipping on Asian-inspired cocktails like cherry blossom martinis and gin tea. To make it a happy hour, visit between 4pm-6pm for $5 house wine, $7 Asahi and $12 cocktails.
Coogee Pavilion has nailed casual dining. The ground floor is where it’s at during the daytime hours, with a laid-back vibe and an excellent menu that caters to a variety of tastes. There’s also a games area that’ll keep the kids (and kids-at-heart) at bay. When the sun sets, head to the rooftop, which features four bars and a wraparound balcony for the best views of the beach.