Last week we shared some ideas for how to spend 3 hours eating, drinking, and gallery hopping your way through Surry Hills. This week it’s Bondi’s turn! Whether you live there and want to spend a few casual hours getting your local flaneur on, or you live somewhere else and it’s about time you got to know an iconic suburb, we hope this post inspires you to get out and explore.
If it’s brunch time head to Speedo’s at North Bondi for some pancakes if you’re feeling indulgent, or avocado on toast if you’re behaving. Lox Stock and Barrel will fill that special New York bagel shaped hole in your life. But you’re at the beach, so maybe you want some quality fish and chips? Fishmongers is the go. For light and elegant Japanese try Raw Bar, or make a beeline for Luis Tans for a dose of South American home cooking.
Number one on this list should be Bondi institution The Bucket List. It’s the one with the prime beachfront location, so grab some friends, order a bucket of beers, and watch the world go by. If winter weather is in full swing, maybe you’d prefer cosy to beachside – try Bondi at 2026 (formerly known as Fat Ruperts) for tasty cocktails and excellent bar food. When the sun’s out a game or two of lawn bowls is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and fortunately the Bondi Bowling Club has had a craft beers and bistro meals makeover. Of course, the classics always deserve a mention, so we have to include Icebergs – go for a casual beer in the club, or level up for a cocktail in the restaurant bar upstairs. Either way you’ll be looking at the best view in Bondi.
With all the stylish people wandering around Bondi it’ll come as no surprise that the shopping here is great. The fashion set should visit Tuchuzy on Gould Street for emerging and iconic labels. You’ll find lots of other tempting stores in that strip including youthful local label Jatali and casual, stylish threads at Me and Moo. Bookworms will love browsing away an afternoon in Gertrude and Alice, a charming second hand bookstore and cafe named for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.
The absolute best way to kill a few hours in Bondi is to enjoy the ocean. If it’s beach weather grab a towel and hit the sand. If it’s not quite warm enough to swim, the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is the perfect way to get some exercise and enjoy six kilometres of stunning scenery. Be sure to pop into one of the little cafes in Bronte for a coffee on the way, then at the end you can get the bus or a cab back.