Public is reminiscent of Brooklyn; several incarnations of the infamous borough rolled into one. Located at the bustling Bronte Road entrance to Westfield Bondi Junction, the cafe is all all exposed brick and stylised stainless steel, with a polished communal bench.
Despite its simplicity, however, the place is far from homogenous, an issue owner Chris Minas cites as one of the reasons he chose Bondi Junction after 20 years in the industry. “You come to Bondi Junction,” he explains, and “there’s cafe after cafe, with the same orange juice in a bottle and sandwiches all over the place.”
Public Espresso seeks to remedy this by providing fresh, market-sourced produce for three sittings: breakfast, lunch and evening supper. A ‘morning bruschetta’, and a breakfast burger show up on the breakfast menu, and single-origin coffee by de Gabriel and Hillbilly cider seal the deal, plus a curated wine list accompanies contemporary Australian share plates in the evenings.
The décor’s understated, luxe vibe delivers on the Brooklyn feel Minas intended; the industrial light fixtures were sourced from Melbourne, but for the most part, the fit-out was completed in-house, including a recycled brick feature wall that houses the luminous letters that announce Public to passers-by.
Westfield Bondi Junction, Bronte Road exit
(02) 9386 4519
Sun to Wed 6am–6:30pm
Thur to Sat 6am–8pm