Know the hotspots in the suburb synonymous with Australian beach culture.
This popular café does get crowded but for good reason: it’s Bondi’s best breakfast. Grab a seat at the large, open window for glorious views over the beach and enjoy the classic big brekkie or a virtuous Green Goodness Bowl with kale crumbs, avocado and pepitas.
For Sydneysiders, a Bills restaurant is that old friend you can always rely on. In Bondi, there’s a dish for every mood – from fresh, healthy salads and grain bowls to delicious sandwiches and burgers.
At Seans, it’s not unusual to be breaking excellent homemade bread with famous actors and chefs. The small menu reflects what’s in season. A considered wine list and lovely service add to the offering.
Removed from the well-worn hubbub of Campbell Parade and Hall Street, this is one of Bondi’s finest drinking establishments. The eclectic décor is somewhat rickety but the atmosphere is convivial, the wine list thoughtful and the Asian- and Mediterranean-inspired share dishes excellent.
Named after the hardware store that was once in the same spot, this upbeat bar boasts inventive cocktails, artisan brews and an expert mix of local and international drops.
Trek the coast
Arguably one of the most beautiful coastal walks in the world, the four-kilometre Bondi to Bronte track winds under sandstone outcrops and along cliffs, past sandy coves and green parks.
Catch a wave
Throw yourself into the briny Pacific Ocean and learn to surf in the space of two hours with instruction from Let’s Go Surfing. Even if you don’t manage to stand up, you’ll have fun taking on the surging barrels on a soft- top board. Afterwards, tackle the classic Aussie art of shaking sand out of your wetsuit.
With its playful sensibility and thoughtful luxuries, QT Bondi is a good place to rest your head. And the location – opposite the beach and backing onto one of the suburb's chicest shopping and eating streets – make it an easy choice. The rooms are spacious and feature a sun-bleached palette of white and cream; add balconies and fresh sea air and you're living like a local.