As far as institutions go, Gusto is up there with the most enduring. Of course, it helps being only metres from that other Sydney institution, Bondi Beach, but Gusto’s strengths run far deeper than its prime location.
Having quietly shaped Sydney’s vibrant cafe scene for more than 20 years, Gusto served bircher museli long before it was an obligatory brunch item and encouraged patrons to sit on crates, roadside, long before it was deemed cool.
One of the first cafes to bring decent coffee to the beach, Gusto’s baristas have set themselves a frenetic pace, with a steady stream of regulars and first-timers. The food is deli-style with ready-made brekkie rolls, fresh pies and healthy salads.
While many of the rustic origins of this deli-cum-eatery may be gone, the quality, the mood and the coffee – ah, the coffee – all remain.
During Daylight savings Gusto closes an hour later