Cafés are to Bondi what avocado is to toast – you can't turn a corner without stumbling on a trendy coffee spot serving up smashed avo on sourdough. But with so many places to choose from, it can be even harder to narrow down a spot. So to help, we’ve created the ultimate guide to help you navigate Bondi's café scene like a pro. Much like Bondi itself, the menus here are all about clean-living, so whether you’re looking to fuel up before hitting the coastal walk, or for post-yoga nourishment, these cafés have you more than covered.
Once a hole-in-the-wall café churning out coffee, Harry’s has expanded into an ethical kiosk and bar, and their loyal following has come along for the journey. There’s always a queue but it’s not just for the coffee, the brunch offering is equally as good. Opt for the Harry’s hotcake which is topped with seasonal berries, organic maple syrup, lemon balm and double cream…and you can always round out your indulgence with a Botanica cold-pressed juice.
2/136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi Beach
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.
80-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
This North Bondi cafe is all about clean eating and gluten-free – but that’s not to say they don’t have classic breakfasts on the menu, you'll find everything from green goodness bowls to egg and bacon on toasted brioche. With a relaxed vibe, Speedo’s Café meals are colourful and downright delicious. For an insta-approved brekkie, order the Pink Pitaya Bowl with veganola and cocowhip.
126 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
For a taste of New York City in Sydney, Bondi residents flock to Lox Stock and Barrel. The deli-slash-diner only seats 40 so there's generally a short wait, but believe us, it's worth it. Healthy seasonal plates are the order of the day, and they pair beautifully with their creative cocktail offering. For brekkie, try their bircher. With a farm to plate ethos, they top their chia, quinoa and coconut bircher with an abundance of figs, red grapes, strawberries, coconut, passionfruit, almond and sesame seeds.
140 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
When Bills arrived in Bondi Beach, it was the ‘it’ restaurant of the moment – and that hasn’t changed. The space is light-filled, airy and casual, serving up modern Australian plates with a twist. The ricotta hotcakes served at Bill’s are the stuff of legend – fluffy cakes of heaven topped with banana and honeycomb butter. One bite, and you’ll question every supermarket-bought pikelet of your youth, and vow to never sink to such lows again. Team your brekkie with a white peach bellini with prosecco and white peach purée or a signature Bills spiced bloody mary.
79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
A wholesome brunch spot health-crazed locals swear by. Tucked away on Glenayr Avenue, this organic Mediterranean-style café serves up delicious plates of goodness in a minimalist Scandi setting. There's limited seating, so our advice is to arrive early so you can secure a streetside table.
163 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
With wall-to-wall books (over 25,000!), communal tables and plush velvet chairs, Gertrude & Alice is as cosy as it gets. The quirky café-slash-bookstore also offers a range of snacks and Middle Eastern brekkies – making it a haven for bookworms and freelancers. Stop to sip chai or enjoy some breakfast. The crumpets are as nostalgic as the second-hand books, while the avocado toast is a Bondi must.
1/46 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Steps from Bondi Beach, The Well is less of a cafe, and more of a wellness destination. The two-storey sprawling space has a high-tech gym along with yoga and pilates studios, but we love just popping in for the café (which you don't have to be a gym patron to go to). The paddock-to-plate menu is as healthy as it is delicious – try their eggs on the vegan kale Eat Well Bread, for a brunch that's oh-so Bondi.
78 Campbell Parade, Bondi
Porch & Parlour has people happily lining up every day of the week. Thanks to its rustic décor, it has an intimate and cosy vibe, 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. Another popular option at "Porch" is the green pea pancake, served with a *porched* egg, avocado, snow peas, zucchini, feta and mint salad.
17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
Naturopath Kristen Shanks is behind this wholesome Orchard Street concept, and she promises to purify Sydneysiders with herbal elixirs, booster shots, raw treats and cold-pressed juices. Stop in at the Orchard Street Elixir Bar in Bondi for a freshly made juice or restorative potion. If you’ve got time to linger, have a chat with one of their on-site naturopaths.
Brighton Blvd &, Wairoa Ave, North Bondi
Occupying a prime corner position in North Bondi, Shuk is an airy, bustling spot that serves Israeli-Mediterranean dishes and fresh bread all day. It’s famous for shakshuka and hummus, and the weekend brunch lines attest to that.
2 Mitchell Street, North Bondi