Sydney’s hip suburb Bondi is not only frequented for its iconic beach and scenic cliff top walks, but also for its thriving cafe scene. Locals, tourists, health enthusiasts and foodies alike flock to the area to get their brunch game on in what’s become a hive of quintessential Sydney cafe culture, and we’ve rounded up some of the very best cafes in Bondi.
Here are 10 of the best spots to eat and be seen in this lively Eastern Suburbs hub making up the best cafes in Bondi.
This beachside cafe cheerfully captures Bondi Beach, the space is light and airy with natural beachy hues contrasted with turquoise accents and deep blues, completed by the sounds of the waves and cheerful beach goers just meters away. The menu highlights seasonal local ingredients with a creative and unique twist, serving up a range of breakfast delights; crispy rolled egg with braised black bean, chorizo and avocado; strawberry bircher with mulled saffron; and quinoa and fetta fritters with house-made labne. At lunch time, Harry’s focuses on on its seaside location with dishes such as prawn spaghettini, seared scallops with pomegranate dressing, and salt and pepper calamari with squid-ink mayo. Just a stone’s throw away from the beach, Harry’s is a must try!
New to the cafe scene in Bondi, Shuk is situated on a quieter street corner out of the main drag and boasts an outdoor garden space complete with a kids’ playground.
Punters overflow onto the street tables, sipping quality lattes and enjoying the unique food offering where middle eastern cuisine meets patisserie in a strange yet delightful amalgamation of healthy and indulgent, savoury and sweet.
Menu pick: the Israeli Breakfast, which is a delicious spread of 2 eggs of your choice, Israeli salad, olives, labne, hummus butter, house jam, avocado, tahini, granola with yoghurt.
Described in their own words, Porch and Parlour is all about “simple, seasonal and creative dishes in a relaxed atmosphere in Bondi by the ocean,” which sums up one of the best cafes in Bondi perfectly.
Boasting a hip and happening vibe, reclaimed hardware aesthetic and mouth-watering menu, this place has it all. Menu favourites include the Green Breaky Bowl, featuring kale, herbs, quinoa, avocado and poached eggs, and the Raw Cosmic Salad, complete with local Bondi sauerkraut and raw seed crackers. Be prepared to queue for a table, especially on the weekends.
Tucked away just moments from Bondi Beach, you’ll discover the ultimate breakfast spot for bookworms, art lovers, writers and thespians alike. Pick out a book, sink into a cosy velvet arm chair, enjoy a cup of award winning Campos Coffee and dig into tantalising treats like the favourable crumpets from heaven, classic smashed avo, scrumptious cakes and more. Let your taste buds burst and your imagination run wild at this intimate, laidback and perfect breakfast spot.
Address: 140 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Opening Hours: 7am – 3:30pm Sunday – Tuesday, 7am – 3:30pm & 6pm – 10pm Wednesday – Thursday, 7am – 3:30pm & 6pm – 11pm Friday – Satruday
Lox Stock & Barrel is a cozy Deli Diner that reflects the heritage charm of the area. If you’re looking for food that’s both healthy and tasty, look no further. Their menu is a modern day take on traditional deli items and is inspired by Jewish dishes from pre-war Europe, seamlessly blended with fresh, local flavours and produce. Lox Stock & Barrel prides itself on its farm to plate philosophy, guaranteeing only the best ingredients are used.
Monday mornings never looked so good, especially at the worlds most instagramable cafe based just a short stroll from the waters edge. Speedos cafe serves up an array of brightly coloured, mouth-watering food that will have you wanting to take a snap. With picture perfect views to match, it’s no wonder this cafe has become a hot-spot for locals and tourists. For those with a sweet tooth, try the cornflake crusted brioche toast or caramelised banana pancakes with all the toppings, or opt for a post surf nutritious feed with a green goddess or pink pitaya bowl – delicious!
Choosing a name for this popular cafe joint seemed too easy for owner Heather Turland, situated right near Bondi’s bus depot just north of Bondi Beach you’ll find The Depot (shock). This intimate, laidback and charming cafe is a second home for bondi locals and we can see why. Their approach to food is simple but consistently delicious, serving up foodie favourites like the halloumi stack and eggs benedict to juicy steak sandwiches, let’s not forget the famed depot pie. Despite the simplistic perfection that goes into every dish, the depot loves to experiment with new ingredients and flavours throughout their weekend specials. Some of their favourite dishes on the menu include Gluten Free Pancakes, Peas Please and the Hipster Breakfast, and without a doubt we think you’ll love them too!
Walk away from Bondi’s main strip and you may be lucky enough to stumble across this small, intimate, ‘hole in the wall’ shop and wine bar. Laidback, cafe by day serving up hearty, delicious breakfast like warm cacao hazelnut porridge, spiced Mexican burrito bowls and sweet treats. Come afternoon, a selection of healthy, satisfying lunches are on offer like sandwich classics, warming soups and standout salads to put a smile on your face, not to mention the warming and friendly service to match. As the sun begins to go down, this cosy joint transforms into a bar serving up plates meant for sharing with friends and family, paired perfectly by a cheeky glass of Aussie or European wine or mystery beer. Make yourself at home at this cosy and welcoming spot!
It’s hard to walk past this corner cafe without peering in and having massive food fomo. Chances are you’ll have to wait a little while before being seated but we can assure you, it’s worth the wait. Simplistic and minimal in style, Bennett street dairy consistently delivers farm-to-table, locally sourced dishes that will have you saying “Mmmm” and “Ahh” after every mouthful. Not to mention the surprisingly sophisticated brews on offer… from espresso, to ice lattes and Belgian chocolate mochas. Yum!
Address: 30a Hastings Parade (Corner Wairoa Avenue), North Bondi Beach
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm, daily
This Bondi institution combines a bustling café space with a health food store selling certified organic produce and groceries (yes, the sauerkraut options are rampant).
A brunch go-to for the Bondi health squad, you can’t go past the “BWF Famous Paleo Bread”, which is a delicious, savoury dish made with Papanui eggs, organic almond meal, zucchini, red capsicum, olives and sundried tomato. For a sweeter option, the banana and chia loaf with vanilla cashew cream is also a winner. Wash it down with one of their signature, wickedly good health smoothies and hit the Bondi to Bronte coast walk. Perfect Sunday, done, at one of the best cafes in Bondi.
Did you love our Bondi cafe article? Don’t miss our Best Cafes in Byron Bay guide.