Bondi might be literally awash with cafes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more. The trick is that to make it work, it’s got to have that little extra something. And the team at Bondi Picnic have certainly found that extra bit of something to set them apart.
Open since early February, this is the work of Andrew Crabbe (of Bondi Icebergs and Crabbe Hole fame), DJs Will Cate and Anthony Maniscalco, and coffee patriarch Ed Cutcliffe, so you can expect it to tick all the boxes. Sunny corner position? Tick. Excellent staff? Tick. Great coffee (Little Marionette with Cutcliffe himself working the machine, cold drip and rotating single origins)? Tick. Luscious pastries (Luxe Bakery)? Tick.
Sure, it’s also got a schmick fit-out, with industrial lights, polished concrete floor, colourful little stools and a basket of blankets to borrow, but most of all it has heart. Service is attentive, suggestions are not only accepted, but actively sought, and with regulars greeted with a smile, this is clearly about winning the locals over. If you’re not sure whether to have the eggs benny or the fruit bruscetta, just ask at the kitchen counter and they’ll be happy to help you out. And totally in tune with the local trend, if you want a carb-free breaky, they’ll happily oblige.
At the other end of the spectrum, however, is the decadent croissant French toast. And yep, it’s exactly how it sounds, French toast made from buttery croissants.
And any place that has cornflakes and coco pops on the breakfast menu clearly has your comfort and contentedness as a top priority, just proving that life can easily be one big picnic.
101 Hall Street, Bondi (Corner Glenayr Street)