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

Lola’s Level 1

Restaurant

An elegant-but-approachable Mediterranean diner from the mind behind Fratelli Paradiso and 10 William Street. The highlights? A rising star in the kitchen, oysters served at least three ways, standout cocktails and million-dollar ocean views.

180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Totti's

Restaurant

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

283 Bondi Road, Bondi

Sean’s Panaroma

Restaurant

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.

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi

A Tavola Bondi

Restaurant

The pasta here is handmade every day on the communal marble table that faces out onto Bondi Beach. Visit for laidback coastal Italian dining, an all-Italian wine list and a friendly atmosphere.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Restaurant

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.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi
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The Pacific Club Bondi Beach

Restaurant

Bush ingredients and a design that channels the French Riviera are the hallmarks of this schmick Bondi eatery.

Ground Floor 182 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Ode

Bar

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

251 Bondi Road, Bondi

Macelleria Bondi

Restaurant

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

180 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Carbon Mexican Wood Fire

Restaurant

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.

288 Bondi Road, Bondi
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Society Pizza e Pesce

Restaurant

Pizza, seafood and cocktails.

88 Curlewis Street, Bondi

Bondi Trattoria

Cafe

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

34 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Bills Bondi

Cafe

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

79 Hall Street, Bondi

Rocker

Cafe

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

Restaurant

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

120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

The Corner House

Restaurant

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

281 Bondi Road, Bondi

Bondi Hardware

Restaurant

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

39 Hall Street, Bondi

Sefa Kitchen

Restaurant

Middle Eastern cuisine done the modern way.

292 Bondi Road, Bondi

China Diner

Restaurant

Asian street food goes to the beach with China Diner.

75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

Drake

Restaurant

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

Corner of Curlewis and Gould Street, Bondi

La Piadina

Cafe

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

106 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach

Fish Shop

Restaurant

An elevated fish'n'chipper from the team behind Fishbowl. Pull up a chair in the light-filled dining room for Mediterranean-inspired bar snacks, or settle on a picnic rug in the neighbouring park with takeaway boxes.

87 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach

Brown Sugar

Restaurant

A long-standing neighbourhood bistro in the heart of Bondi.

106 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach

Eden

Restaurant

Get tacos, pizza and lime-green sliders in a space that spills onto a green-filled courtyard.

106/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Chaco Ramen Bondi

Restaurant

The sequel to Chaco’s popular Darlinghurst ramen joint brings all the favourites to the 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.

11 O'Brien Street, Bondi