Bondi is among the most popular beachside suburban areas on the planet– and with great reason. It’s got a lot to give, from bright-blue waters to impressive sunrises, cafés and pubs, coastal strolls and, of course, the beach itself.
Bondi is world-renowned, with its sandy beach, Blue Ocean, surf lifestyle and focus on wellness pulling in people from all over. There’s a connection to nature here that’s seldom discovered in urban cities, and a barefoot lifestyle that interest city dwellers.
Below are some of the best things to do in Bondi beach;
Sun yourself on the rocks at North Bondi
North Bondi Rocks is Bondi’s best-kept secret. It’s where the locals come to sun themselves, most of them with puppies in tow. As Ralston explains, tourists tend to remain the middle of the beach, but heading north is where to locate the local community. Spear fishers set out from this area, and people are always delving into the ocean from the rocks. On a clear day, snorkelling can be enjoyed with schools of fish, possibly a blue groper or two and possibly a stingray to be seen.
Get a book and a brunch at Gertrude and Alice Bookstore and Café
This is an adorable little area stashed on Bondi’s hectic Hall Street. The café’s customers are most likely delighting in smashed avocado on toast or a banana and cinnamon smoothie after a morning surf. There are adequate spots to settle into and enjoy some delicious grub or a quick coffee while perusing through Gertrude and Alice’s substantial choice of books– everything from classics to the most recent bestsellers. It’s also the perfect place for people watching.
Enjoy a plant-based meal at Eden Restaurant
The recently opened Eden Restaurant is run by plant-based food lovers Simon Hill and Tanya Smart in collaboration with Chef Claudia Pantoja. The light and bright area, which also comprises a garden courtyard filled with leafy pot plants, is the perfect area to sample some delicious twists on traditional favourites, consisting of spaghetti ‘bolognese’, cheeseburgers, nachos and pizza. There are also salads, sharing plates and a range of desserts available along with a delicious choice of mixed drinks.
Salute the sun at Yoga by the Sea
Experience Bondi at its very best and participate in a yoga class near the ocean. According to Ralston, this is among the best spots on the planet to do yoga. Yoga by the Sea runs classes year-round, both morning and night, and a drop-in class expenses 25 Australian dollars (₤ 13). Just do not forget to bring a mat! Afterwards, check out the world-renowned Bondi Icebergs Club at South Bondi. Entry to the club is $8 (₤ 4.20) for adults and consists of access to the oceanfront pool and sauna.
Feast on brunch at Porch and Parlour
Brunch is an art in Bondi, and there aren’t many better at it than Porch and Parlour. Think smash ‘n’ hash, green brekkie bowls and chilli labneh eggs. Match all of it with a coconut coffee frappe or a golden gut turmeric tea. Porch and Parlour opens for brunch from 7am till 3pm and is just a stone’s throw from the beach.