Restaurants

  • Middle Eastern cuisine done the modern way.

  • Once inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean, Lola's is now a strictly Italian joint – but with the same knockout views of the Bondi surf. Come for a game of foosball before tucking into spaghetti with clams and ‘nduja and cotoletta alla Milanese by a former Old Fitz chef.

  • Journey to this Baja Peninsula-inspired spot for fish’n’chip tacos, ceviche and Margaritas by the sea. Plus, blue swimmer tostadas (made from locally sourced seafood) and natural wines.

  • It’s always family night at this unpretentious Mexican spot, which boasts the same bright blue as Frida Kahlo’s house. Buy wine en route and order loaded quesadillas, nachos and tacos – including a knockout pork confit number.

  • There isn’t really anything this breezy bar and diner can’t do. There’s a Mediterranean thread running throughout, from the flavours on the menu to the day-to-night vibe. A spot on the footpath can't be beaten at golden hour.

  • In a courtyard behind a classic Bondi pub, Merivale’s good-times Italian joint is all about pasta, Josper-grilled protein and very good wine. Don’t leave without an order of antipasti and puffy, woodfired flatbread.

  • Set within a former tram stop, Corner House has been a go-to for Bondi locals for more than a decade. Cosy, casual and with enough variety to please, it’s a fun chapter in the building’s story that involves rustic Italian fare and on-point cocktails.

  • This elevated vantage of Bondi’s sloshing surf is one of Australia’s great views – one a less conscientious restaurateur might easily lean on. Not Maurice Terzini, who’s been pushing his resplendent Italian diner to greater and greater heights since 2002.

  • Whether you’re barefoot or in heels, ravenous or merely peckish, the refurbished Bondi Pavilion has you covered on all fronts. Hit the refined (but relaxed) dining room for Asian-influenced dishes; the terrace for casual pub eats; and the beachside kiosk for classic fish’n’chips.

  • This rock’n’roll-fuelled spot is an ode to New York’s buzzing pizza joints. Visit for round pies like the New Yorker (buffalo mozzarella, fior di latte, double pepperoni and parmesan), and a couple of deep-dish square options including an homage to one of NYC’s most famous pizzerias.

  • A celebration of the Greek islands' cuisines in a space that brings together Bondi breeziness with an urban edge. Choose the lively bar or spacious dining room, where familiar Greek flavours join fun cocktails and a wine program heavy on crisp, European drops.

  • At this pretty corner spot just back from Bondi Beach, one of the city’s best Italian chefs is serving perfectly puffy woodfired pizzas and a Sydney-famous porchetta roll. Plus pastas, carafes of wine and tiramisu.

  • The sequel to Chaco’s Darlinghurst ramen joint brings all the favourites to Bondi, including the chilli-coriander and yuzu-scallop ramens. There are also a few Bondi-only numbers, such as yakitori, prawn fried rice and pre-batched cocktails.

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  • This spot offers a hint of the flavours you might find on Mexico's Caribbean coast. It's all about boutique tequila and DIY tacos: you select all of the fillings you want and assemble the taco yourself. It's so simple – but so fun and practical. We wish it was more commonplace around town.

  • Asian street food goes to the beach with China Diner.

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  • This “rickety-chic” institution has been winning over Sydneysiders with its ever-changing seasonal menu since 1993. It’s packed with ultra-fresh produce from the restaurant’s own farm in the Blue Mountains – check the restaurant chalkboard details. Cheerfully charming and dangerously good.

  • Fresh handmade pasta, salumi and plenty of Italian vino.

  • Ultra-fresh sashimi since 1993.

  • A brother to Bondi’s Society Pizzeria, it’s serving American-Italian style pizzas, a three-cheese mac’n’cheese and pre-batched Negronis.

  • An all-day diner for before or after the beach.

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  • A dessert-and-burger joint catering to the Instagram inclined.

  • Pizza, seafood and cocktails.

  • Eat a perfectly cooked Cape Grim steak, then grab a couple more for home.

  • A backyard barbeque on bustling Curlewis Street.

  • Music and meat collide at Bonditony’s.

Cafes

  • Rock up to the beachfront patio for oysters with mignonette and kingfish ceviche, or settle in for a breakfast and lunch menu full of easy classics.

  • A family-friendly spot that’s been looking after locals since 1997.

  • All kinds of chewy, dense bagels are boiled on-site at this Bondi favourite every day. For the classic Ashkenazi-Jewish deli experience, go for the signature with chopped liver, egg, onion and a side of zingy pickles.

  • A hole-in-the-wall spot where you can grab chewy bagels stuffed with cured salmon or salted beef, with a side of crisps and pickles. Or grab house-made egg dip and schmears to take home.

  • Coffee on tap, fresh salads and a roaring cookie dough trade.

  • Hungarian treats have been front and centre at this bagelry and pretzel-maker ever since it opened in 1979. Here you'll find exquisitely layered chocolate cakes and strudels, plus bagels good enough to stand up to any of Sydney’s flashy new-school bagelries.

  • Quality coffees and rare books in what locals call their “Hotel California”.

  • Wellness as preached by a naturopath and herbalist.

  • Mediterranean, organic, with Five Senses coffee and a beautiful fit-out.

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  • A beach nook tucked up off the main Bondi drag.

  • A local institution that's been going for more than two decades.

  • Hand-made cookies, with much more than just choc chip.

  • Sydney's famous gelato by the beach.

  • Pasticceria PAPA’s famous, traditional kitchen at Bondi Beach.

  • Extensive antipasti, breakfast, and a range of classics from a celebrated chef.

  • A “wellness concierge” that includes a gym with sweeping beach views and a farm-to-plate cafe.

  • The beachside outpost for one of Sydney’s seminal cafes.

  • A make-your-own salad bar offering NSW’s best ingredients.

  • A tiny eatery specialising in piadinas, the Italian version of gozleme.

  • A lush garden cafe and retail space.

  • Burgers, booze, beach: a winning trifecta.

Bars

  • This American-inspired “dining parlour” is in the business of good times, and good times only. Slink into a booth under fairy lights with a burger, some poutine, and the feeling that your night could end up being huge if you stick around long enough.

  • Opened in 1935, Bondi Bowlo is one of Sydney’s original bowling clubs. Located just a few blocks back from the beach, it’s since evolved from an old-school facility into a modern boozer in step with Bondi’s buzzing hospitality scene.

  • Walk by the unmissable mural on Curlewis Street and you’ll probably spot the same customers that have been coming to this teeny cafe and wine bar since day one – and we don’t blame them. Sandwiches, salads and good wine lie within.

  • A few blocks back from Bondi beach, this buzzy eatery brings a refined edge to its laidback day-to-night offering. Swing by for your morning cuppa, park up and WFC (that’s work from cafe) or secure an evening spot for punchy plates and a fresh cocktail list.

  • Bondi’s first operating distillery is just moments from the beach, halfway up the hill on the corner of O’Brien and Hall streets. It’s a breezy, Bondi-style space where you can try the distillery’s range of vibrant, botanical-packed gins.

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  • Burgers, booze, the beach: a winning trifecta.

  • An old-school pub with a sophisticated drinks list. And there’s a tinnie vending machine.

  • A big, old raucous pub set back from the beach in Bondi.

Shops

  • Traditional and new techniques baking techniques backed by 30 years' experience.

  • A boundary-pushing bottle shop selling small-batch products.

  • A traditional Italian gelateria just across the road from Bondi Beach – you can't really ask for a much better combo than that. It's doing gelato the old school way, using organic ingredients with no preservatives. Opt for a scoop of classic fior di latte, Pepe Saya salted caramel or seasonal fruit.

  • A selection of coveted international labels that mixes sun, sand and style.

  • You need meat and eggs to make a good pie, right? Not at this vegan bakeshop.

  • Handmade homewares and fashion for the beach-going set.

  • A cult surf and menswear label in Bondi.

  • Bondi’s La Piadina has an integrated produce and art store attached.

  • The bread speaks for itself at this wholesome corner bakery.

  • Featuring an array of local and international brands alongside her own.

  • All-natural botanicals for your home, body and dog.

  • A touch of French fancy in Bondi.