A bustling strip between Bondi Beach and Junction, Bondi Road is lined with amazing eateries and small bars. In recent years, the scene has really stepped up, and there’s now a spot to suit all tastes and times of the day. Here, we round up the best places to grab a bite, drink or both on Bondi Road.
When you’re craving a croissant, make your way to Francois Artisan Bakery. The French bakery serves up bread straight from the oven as well as all sorts of buttery, delicious goodness, such as pastries and tarts. The pastry chef and owner, Francois Galand, is French-trained, and it shows in his attention to detail. While you’re waiting for your coffee, nibble on a cherry danish and chat to the regulars.
91 Bondi Road, Bondi
For the best bruschetta in Bondi, head to Bennett St Dairy, where it comes topped with avocado, haloumi, poached egg, tomatoes and chorizo beans. A relatively new spot on the strip, this cafe is already a local go-to, thanks to its specialty coffee, farm-to-table food, and generous servings. If you can, nab a seat on the wooden counter, soak up the sunshine and indulge in some serious people-watching.
73 Bondi Road, Bondi
With incredible coffee, a Southern-style menu and smiley staff, Panama House is lively every day of the week. It caters to all tastes and appetites, and foodies flock there for its breakfast. The breakfast taco (with scrambled eggs, capsicum, pico and guacamole) will keep you full for hours, as will the breakfast bowl, an almost too-pretty-to-eat plate with avocado, soft egg, shaved haloumi, dukkah, kale and quinoa. After dark, the cafe turns into a small bar, dishing out drinks with dinner.
251 Bondi Road, Bondi
Can’t decide if you feel like Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food? Go to Sefa Kitchen, where the chefs send out creative fusion dishes - think haloumi dipped in honey, slow-cooked octopus with zucchini slaw and citrus chicken with pear and cinnamon chutney. The meze menu made for sharing, along with the bright, buzzing space, is why Sefa Kitchen is a neighbourhood haunt. Be sure to save room for dessert, so you can enjoy delights like bozza (a Turkish ice-cream) or tea-soaked dates.
292 Bondi Road, 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, but if you’re stuck, try the calzone di pippo (with smoked leg ham and ricotta), or the pistachio pizza, with mozzarella bufala, sausage and grated pistacchio. Gluten-free dough is available, and on Mondays and Tuesdays, the pizzeria runs an all-you-can-eat offer for $20.
65 Bondi Road, Bondi
After a long, lazy day at the beach, wander down to Corner House for wine and woodfired pizzas. Run by the same guys behind Panama House, the venue knows exactly what locals want: a relaxed, casual atmosphere, simple and seasonal food, and space to move around. The dining room dishes up fancier Italian fare (like crab ravioli), while the upstairs bar is all about those pizzas we mentioned, cocktails, charcuterie and cheese boards. There’s also an outdoor area that beckons convincingly on balmy nights.
281 Bondi Road, Bondi