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The Wholesome Child’s Healthy Guide to the Eastern Suburbs

Having called Rose Bay home for 10 years, there is no doubt that The Wholesome Child’s Mandy Sacher is a local, through and through. Living with her husband and two kids, the paediatric nutritionist and author has experienced everything the Eastern Suburbs has to offer – from kid-friendly venues and healthy eateries, to romantic restaurants and girls' night hot spots.

Mandy takes us around her local and shows us her favourite places to hang out in and around Rose Bay.

Three things you love about Rose Bay?

The feeling of community, safety and water views.

What keeps you living here?

Family. My parents (aka babysitters extraordinaire) only live 5 mins away!

Your Rose Bay local gem?

My pilates instructor, Taryn Sher. Best kept secret.

Weekend ritual? 

A trip to Lyne Park with my little ones to enjoy the winter sunshine and a play in the park. We do not have any pets at home, so they love playing with the dogs who can roam free in the park (we always make sure they are kid-friendly dogs).

You know you’re a local when…

You’ve completed your daily chores, including a trip to the grocery store, the pharmacy, the fishmonger, post office, hairdresser, plus a coffee and catch up with friends – and you haven’t left Dover Road. 

Favourite place for ...and why

Coffee? 

Sonoma. I love their organic brew and delicious sourdough bread. Plus, they have a fantastic selection of herbal teas.

Breakfast?

My house – The Wholesome Child coconut and almond waffles with our homemade choc sauce are a firm family favourite!

Brunch?

The Good OneThe produce is fresh, the menu is unique and I love their zucchini fritters on a bed of kale. Lots of gluten and dairy-free options available too.

Leisurely lunch?

Lox Stock and Barrel  Bondi for their amazing salads. My favourite is the ocean trout salad.

Lunch on the go? 

Sushi Den – I love their brown rice salmon and avocado sushi roll and vegetable salad, perfect for the whole family.

Dinner?

If it’s for me and my hubby, then Jewel on the Bay is my favourite as I’m a huge fan of Indian food. The flavours are perfect! If we are eating out as a family, then Pompei’s always goes down a treat. I love the fresh ingredients that are used to prepare their pizzas and pasta, plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free options are available.  And of course, we love their gelato.

Best cheap eat? 

Sushi Den – their sushi rolls are affordable.

Fancy dinner to impress?

Beppi’s in East Sydney for simple, authentic Italian cuisine.

Local date night?

Blanca Bar & Dining.

Girls night?

Mamasan. I love the ambience and the food, especially the wild Asian mushroom mix and black fungus and bean curd salad.

Quick bite?

Bondi’s Best – grilled fish and chips for us and the kids. 5pm for dinner and out by 6pm.

Walk/run?

Christenson Park down to Watson’s Bay has the best views and the steep hill is great for the thighs. 

Where do you go to...

Find a last-minute dress?

There are plenty of great options on Gould Street, Bondi.

Get away from it all? 

Billabong Health Retreat or for a walk in Dover Heights along the cliffs.

Hang out with the girls?

Gertrude and Alice for an afternoon catch up.

Impress a client/visitor/date?

Beppi’s, East Sydney

Get your hair done?

Jackie’s Hair Studio Rose Bay.

Get your nails done?

Bodibeauticious Rose Bay.

Shop for fresh produce?

The farmer’s markets on Tuesdays. Ask for John, as he always has the best local organic produce in Rose Bay. 

The best…

Kept secret in Rose Bay?

Berkelouw Books – I love browsing their vast selection of books and they have a great area at the back for kids to explore.

Ways to spend a Sunday in Rose Bay?

With family and friends at Lyne Park having a picnic and enjoying coffee from the local cafés.

Local coffee spot?

Sonoma orSugar and Spoon café at Lyne Park.

Place to eat as a couple?

Icebergs.

Lunch with the girls?

Bills, Bondi.

Gyms/fitness studios? 

Taryn Polovin Pilates and Functional Training. I live for my weekly Pilates sessions with Taryn.

Outdoor work out?

Lyne Park.

Beach?

Nielson Park is my favourite harbour beach. My kids love exploring the rocks and tide pools.  There is a real family atmosphere with plenty of families with young children and the views are gorgeous.

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