On first visit it's hard to look past the golden sand and the waves of the beach. But explore a little further and you'll find Bondi has more going for it than seaside frolicking – you just need to know where to look. Here's a guide to where to eat, whether you want plates of seafood tossed through pasta, Northern Italian-style piadinas or a view to distract you from your food.

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Best Cafes in Bondi

La Favela

This busy Brazilian eatery was born out of a broken heart, and has become a haven for expats looking for a slice of home. The all-you-can-eat buffet is a bonus.

227 Bondi Road, Bondi

Totti's

Italian-inflected food and good times galore in a greenery-filled courtyard behind a dive-y ’70s pub.

283 Bondi Road, Bondi

The Pacific Club Bondi Beach

Bush ingredients and a design that channels the French Riviera are the hallmarks of this schmick all-day spot.

Ground Floor 182 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Ode

Both food and wine have equal billing at this European-style venue that blurs the lines.

251 Bondi Road, Bondi

Panama House

Bottomless brunch is the hallmark of this breezy all-day Latin American eatery.

Shop 104 180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Macelleria Bondi

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

180 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Upper East Side

A Bali fit-out coupled with a Japan-meets-Peru menu.

14-16 O'Brien Street, Bondi

Carbon Mexican Wood Fire

A hint of Mexico’s Caribbean where it’s all about DIY tacos and boutique tequila.

288 Bondi Road, Bondi

Society Pizza e Pesce

Pizza, seafood and cocktails.

88 Curlewis Street, Bondi

Bondi Trattoria

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

34 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Bills Bondi

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

79 Hall Street, Bondi

Rocker

Coffee and a sandwich? Or a Negroni and some oysters? This spot does both equally well.

5 39-53 Campbell Parade, Bondi

North Bondi Fish

A modern, fresh fish and chipper by Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan.

120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

The Corner House

Modern-Australian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist served at this resurrected old favourite.

281 Bondi Road, Bondi

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

On Bondi Beach's cliffside, this upscale Mediterranean restaurant flaunts its fabulous food and view.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi

Bondi Hardware

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

39 Hall Street, Bondi

Sefa Kitchen

Middle Eastern cuisine done the modern way.

292 Bondi Road, Bondi

A Tavola Bondi

Traditional Italian, just like mamma makes.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

China Diner

Asian street food goes to the beach with China Diner.

75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

Blanca Bar & Dining

A Finnish hospitality hero and former Dinner by Heston Blumenthal chef teamed up.

75 Hall Street, Bondi

Drake

A cool but unpretentious eatery in the heart of Bondi by chef Ian Oakes.

Corner of Curlewis and Gould Street, Bondi

Sean’s Panaroma

Since 1993, this “rickety-chic” institution has been winning over Sydneysiders with its ever-changing menu, using ultra-fresh produce from the restaurant’s own farm.

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi

La Piadina

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

106 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach