17 Amazing Bondi Restaurants For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (by a local)
Find the best Bondi restaurants in our ultimate Bondi food guide! Whilst Bondi is home to some of the best places to eat in Sydney, our new writer Elaine Oriordan is sharing her favourite cafes and restaurants with you today.
Originally from Ireland, Elaine moved to Bondi three years ago and knows Bondi like the back of her hand! Make sure you follow her on Instagram at @elaine_oriordan to keep up with her amazing finds in Sydney.
Whilst we’re missing out some of the more famous places to eat in Bondi like Totti’s in Bondi, or Bondi Icebergs, Elaine is sharing more of the hidden gems to support local businesses in the area. Let’s find out where Elaine’s favourite places to eat in Bondi are located!
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Firstly, Don’t Fall Into The Tourist Trap!
While Bondi Beach is home to one of the most iconic beaches in Sydney, I often hear how many people have no idea where to eat out. Understandably, most people end up eating on Campbell Parade which is very hit or miss. As someone who has lived in Bondi for the last three years, I’ve managed to find some of the best places not only to eat in Bondi but in Sydney!
Hopefully, this list will help you find all the hidden gems Bondi has to offer. Now to help you fit in with the locals – you should know – shoes are always optional, yoga and gym gear is always acceptable and thanks to all the outside dining, dogs are always welcome. What’s not to love?
Where To Find The Best Breakfast In Bondi
1. Birichina Café
If you’re looking for find the best cafe to watch a Bondi sunrise, come to Birichina Café. If you’ve not experienced a Bondi sunrise before, make sure you do… it’s a pinch me moment! At 6/7am Bondi is a hive of activity which can often be so busy, you’d be forgiven to think it was the middle of the afternoon!
Sit back at Birichina Cafe and take in the incredible views overlooking Bondi Beach at sunrise! It’s a fab little sun trap, making it the best place to have your morning coffee and croissant, and watch the world go by.
Harrys Bondi is a local’s favourite and their breakfast is a must. There’s usually a small queue, but my suggestion is to grab a coffee and wait in the sun taking in the Bondi vibes. Harry’s is located beside the weekend Bondi markets (check them out after breakfast), so there’s always a buzz around this area.
Once you get seated, their breakfast bun (bunnie), avocado smash and acai bowls are all delicious. There’s plenty of parking nearby and it’s just a short walk to the beach.
Right across the street from Harrys Bondi is The Good One cafe. Living up to its name, The Good One has a lot of light and healthy dishes, as well as your traditional breakfast favourites. If you are looking for something a little lighter, check out their toast menu, it’s the perfect option.
Address: The Good One, Shops D&E, 132 Warners Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Oakberry in my opinion is home to the best acai bowls in Bondi. I know, it’s a big statement considering there’s a lot of competition, but who can beat unlimited toppings?
Unfortunately, there’s no seating here but if you walk quickly – trying not to let your acai melt – the grass overlooking the south Bondi surfers is the perfect place to enjoy your bowl and get that perfect insta pic. I’ve included Oakberry in breakfast but more good news it’s open all day!
Tip! They also have cafes located in Coogee and Manly too!
Speedos is one of the best places to eat breakfast in Bondi for its beach views and very Instagrammable presentation. Opt for the vegan pancakes, but share it because it is massive! If you’re lucky, try and get a window seat so you can people watch and take in the beach views.
Speedos actually closes at 5pm so if you’re caught in that hungry after 3pm stage, then this is the place to go.
Address: Speedos, 126 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026
6. Porch & Parlour
Porch & Parlour in Bondi became so famous back when actor Will Smith visited and posted about their green pea pancakes. So I went to visit to find out what it was all about and I must admit, it’s pretty damn good! Be prepared, it gets busy here and you’ll more than likely have to line up.
Lox Stock and Barrel is a little further back from the beach and will generally have a line, but it’s worth the wait. Their salads, sandwiches and bagels are all delicious! They’re open for breakfast and dinner too, both of which I would highly recommend.
The Depot in Bondi is a family run cafe. It has recently moved from the bus ‘depot’ to right behind the North Bondi Surf Club, making it an even closer walk from the beach! Their menu will spoil you for choice and has something for everyone. Feeling hungry? Try their Caveman eggs or BRAAT. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, their smoothies are tasty too.
Address: The Depot, 262 Campbell Parade, North Bondi NSW
Without being told about it, you probably wouldn’t stumble across Shuk in Bondi, it’s hidden deep in the back streets. But when you’re craving a shakshuka, this is the place to go, I usually find myself here on a rainy day in Bondi.
Their classic shakshuka and vegan shakshuka are incredible, made even better served with their freshly baked sourdough. Walking back to the beach you’ll notice they have a separate bakery down the road, in case you need to stock up on some more of that delicious bread. Shuk also does dinner which I’ve heard is very good, I can’t wait to try it.
Address: Shuk, 2 Mitchell St, North Bondi NSW 2026
10. Lox In A Box
Lox In A box is the cutest little hole in the wall serving the most amazing bagels. Their Classic Lox Bagel is my favourite and their Reuben is also a popular choice. I’d suggest going all out and add the chips and pickles, it really makes it! There’s a lot of bench seating on this corner so grab your box and watch the hustle and bustle on this Bondi corner.
Address: Lox In A Box, Shop 2/96 Glenayr Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026
11. Blair St Dairy
Right next door to Lox In A Box is Blair Street Dairy, serving all day breakfast. My advice is to go there hungry! Their portions are huge and you can’t go to Dairy St Bakery without trying their famous cookies, which is home to the cookie dough!
If you’re feeling extra hungry try their Blair St Bruschetta, it’s impressive. I also love their brunch bowl and salads. If you’ve overdone it, which is very easily done and don’t have room for a cookie, don’t worry, you can buy the cookie dough and bake it at home later.
The Shop is a very unassuming hidden gem in Bondi. If you’re going for lunch I cannot recommend their sandwiches enough. Fresh sliced pan sandwiches are hard to find but The Shop has nailed them. I love their BLT and Tuna sandwiches. I’ve also heard their meatball salad “will change your life”! The Shop conveniently turns into a little wine bar at night with a great happy hour, making it one of the best Bondi restaurants in my opinion!
Address: The Shop, 78 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
DINNER IN BONDI
13. North Bondi Fish
North Bondi Fish is the place to go if you’re looking for beautiful Bondi views and one of the best Bondi restaurants for dinner. It’s known for being a little fancier so it’s the perfect opportunity to get dressed up (out of the bikini and yoga pants!).
I’d recommend going to North Bondi Fish for sunset, ask for a table by the windows or on the balcony and watch the sun set over Bondi beach. My favourite thing here is a cold glass of chardonnay and some of their gorgeous fresh fish dishes! Top of my list includes their tuna tartare, daily sashimi and fish tacos, followed by their yummy fish curry.
Brown Sugar is tucked away on Curlewis street and could easily be missed, but it’s certainly not to be missed out! Plus! It’s BYO in Bondi!
Brown Sugar isn’t your usual BYO, the food is amazing so bring a nice bottle of red and enjoy. I always struggle to decide what to have because everything is so good! Go with a group of friends and try everything!
The cauliflower, scallops, mussels and crab linguine pasta are all delicious and my friends tell me the fish pie is “out of this world”. If you have room for desert try their chocolate fondant to finish. Brown Sugar also does breakfast and lunch which are worth a try.
Elva is one of the best Bondi restaurants and makes a great date night spot located on Bondi Road! It’s situated next to Peppe’s which is a fantastic vegan restaurant (featured in our article in Best Vegan Restaurants in Sydney) and Ode, which is a cool wine bar.
While Elva doesn’t have views of the beach, it makes up for it with its food. Portions are a little smaller, but the pasta dishes are decadent, and I have to say they serve up the best tiramisu in Sydney.
Next door to Harry’s in Bondi, you’ll find the fantastic Raw Bar, which is one of the best Bondi restaurants for dinner. In my opinion Raw Bar in Bondi is home to the best sushi in Bondi! Raw Bar is walk-ins only so make sure you get there early before the waitlist fills up. Again, there is lots of outdoor seating for you to take in the Bondi vibes, especially on a warm Summer’s night.
Address: Raw Bar, 1/136 Warners Ave, Bondi NSW 2026
17. Sean’s Panorama
Sean’s Panorama is an institution overlooking the water in North Bondi. It has a few outdoor seats (weather dependent) and a cute inside dining room. Ask for a seat by the window to watch all the Bondi action.
As one of the best Bondi restaurants, Sean’s Panorama is the perfect spot for a celebration. It’s a bit more expensive than other restaurants in Bondi, but it is worth it!
One of the best things about this Bondi restaurant is that it’s also BYO with a $25 corkage fee. Their menu changes daily which makes you feel like you’re visiting a new restaurant with the same quality consistency each time. You’ll find this amazing menu written on the chalk boards inside which adds to the quaint character of Sean’s. Make the effort to try this place as soon as you can!