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Deborah @ Mode Sportif: Coolest Spots in the Eastern Suburbs

Not only does Mode Sportif’s Deborah Symond O’Neil know a thing or two about fashion, this style maven knows her stuff when it comes to the Eastern Suburbs. An Elizabeth Bay local for the past six years, and with two stores in Double Bay and Paddington, Deborah is well versed in knowing what’s hot and what’s not in this hip and happening neighbourhood. We were lucky enough to sit down with the Mode Sportif founder, to the get the lowdown on her favourite places to dine, drink and hang out in and around the Eastern Suburbs. 

How long have you been an Elizabeth Bay local?

6 years

Three things you love about Elizabeth Bay?

1.      It’s close to the water.

2.      Just a walk away from some of Sydney’s best restaurants.

3.      Home to the most beautiful park in Sydney - McElhone Reserve.

Your favorite local gem?

Room Ten. My absolute favourite café. They make the best coffee, and it is home to my personal breakfast special “The Deb”.

Local tip?

One Hot Yoga is a beautiful studio designed by architect, Rob Mills. It’s so much more than a workout studio, and I highly recommend the Flow Yoga classes.

"You know you’re a local when your favourite breakfast spot names a breakfast special after you.."

Favourite place for ...


Bar Coluzzi Darlinghurst – plus it opens at 5am. Win!


Room Ten – you’ll understand why when you visit.  


Dunbar House in Watson’s Bay – the most beautiful setting. 

Leisurely lunch?

Berts – for the stunning interiors and lobster roll.

Lunch on the go?

Cali Press golden glow smoothie with a shot of coffee – it’s a menu staple.


Fei Jai – I love outdoor dining and the fat boy chicken buns are delicious.  

The best cheap eat?

Zambrero Chikito – a guilty pleasure!

Fancy dinner to impress?

Rockpool Bar & Grill– it’s so glam and the mac and cheese is mind-blowing.

After work drinks?

Charlie Parker in Winter, Regatta Rose Bay in Summer.

Local date night?

Bar Machiavelli  – pasta and Aperol spritz.  What more could a woman want?

Girls night?

Fred’s – I love the open style kitchen and desserts!

Quick bite?

Fratelli Paradiso – scampi pasta all the way.


Rushcutters Bay Park – it’s beautiful and my dog, Bossy loves it. 

Where do you go for ...

Date night?

10 William Street.

To get away from it all?

Sailing on the harbour with my husband.


Valonz Salon.


The Nail Lab Darlinghurst


The Spa at The Darling.

The best ...

Bar for a Sunday session?

Catalina Terrace for an Aperol Spritz in the sun.

Local neighbourhood secret?

Elbon Coffee Roasters in Double Bay. It’s right near our flagship boutique and known for the best piccolo in town.

Sunday ritual?

Sitting in the sun outside at Fei Jai with my husband, friend and dog, Bossy eating dumplings and sipping on cocktails.

Event spaces?

Elizabeth Bay House.  It’s right next door to my apartment.  

Locals farmers market?

The Potts Point markets are fantastic. I often pick up delicious treats and fresh flowers there on the weekend.

Gyms/fitness studios?

Cycology Club in Surry Hills for rhythm riding spin classes .

Outdoor places to workout?

Rushcutters Bay Park.


I like to go out on the harbour. We jump on our boat straight from Elizabeth Bay Marina. 


Go-to holiday destination?

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island. We got married there, and it is forever our special place.

Next Australian travel destination?

Qualia on Hamilton Island – I am on the plane now!

Next overseas travel destination?

London and Ibiza.

Ultimate travel destination?

Portofino, Italy

Sydney staycation?

The Park Hyattfor the view and the spa.

Go-to holiday destination?

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island. We got married there, and it is forever our special place.


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