An Eastern Suburbs star, Bronte has plenty to boast about: a laidback lifestyle, tight-knit community, and a beautiful natural landscape. In recent years, it’s also become the place to go for a beachside bite.
Next time you’re in Bronte, head to one of these local gems…
A local favourite, the Bogey Hole Café is named after Bronte’s famous rock pool, and it captures the suburb’s vibe perfectly. The space is airy and light-filled, with colourful walls, beach paintings, and unparalleled views of the real thing. The menu features a bunch of simple yet moreish dishes: think eggs benedict, avo smash, and banana crepes for breakfast (which runs all day – score!), then prawn tacos and veggie burgers for lunch. There’s also a daily spread of freshly baked cakes and cookies, as well as a selection of wines and beers.
473 Bronte Road, Bronte
With branches in Rosebery and Byron Bay, Three Blue Ducks has become a dining destination – and it all started in Bronte. Helmed by a trio of former fine dining chefs, the café serves innovative, modern Australian food that shines the spotlight on local produce. It even has its own garden with herbs, vegetables and a chicken coop for eggs. The café dishes up breakfast and lunch every day (there are ‘small’ and ‘big’ meal options), plus dinner in the later half of the week. On weekends, there’s almost always a wait, but it’s worth it.
141-143 Macpherson Street, Bronte
Located in the thick of the bustling Bronte Road strip, Café Salina is bright and breezy spot where service always comes with a smile. Thanks to glass doors, the café spills out onto the street so patrons can enjoy the salty air and excellent people-watching. It’s a great place to go to if you’re feeling virtuous – the menu is mostly healthy, with a few well-chosen indulgences. For a first-time visit, try the corn fritters, bircher muesli or pecorino scramble, and sip on a smoothie or juicy coconut. At lunchtime, opt for some fresh seafood with a cheeky glass of bubbles. It doesn’t get more Sydney than that.
479 Bronte Road, Bronte
For a simple yet hearty brekkie with a postcard-worthy view, make your way to Jenny’s Café. The cosy space serves up café staples like ham, cheese and tomato toasties, ricotta hotcakes, smoked salmon omelettes, and of course, the Bronte-famous banana bread. There are plenty of fresh juices and smoothies on offer, and the lunch menu is made up of salads, wraps and burgers. If you’re starving after a day at the beach, the steak sandwich will hit the spot!
485 Bronte Road, Bronte
A slice of Italy in Bronte, Favoloso is a local go-to. The Sicilian-inspired café has a lot going for it: a sun-drenched corner location, authentic food, incredible coffee, and a friendly feel. Do as the locals do and go in the morning for a caffeine fix and crunchy panini. If you can, stay longer to read the paper and chat to the fellow patrons – there’s no better place to catch up on neighbourhood news.
43-45 Belgrave Street, Bronte
Iggy’s isn’t a sit-down café, but it’s a Bronte institution so it deserves a mention. Headed by artisan baker and longtime local resident Igor Ivanovic, Iggy’s makes sourdough bread using organic ingredients and old-school baking methods. The smell of freshly baked bread every morning is impossible to resist – just ask any local!
131 Macpherson Street, Bronte
Want to go out for dinner in Bronte? There are a handful of restaurants in the area, but we can’t go past Vacanza for woodfired pizzas (get anything with truffle oil) and imported cheeses, and Moxhe for Belgian food with a modern twist.