What’s hap­pen­ing in the world of Qan­tas – and be­yond

Mar­garet Merten re­veals the hotspots in the sub­urb syn­ony­mous with Aus­tralian beach cul­ture.

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This pop­u­lar café (speedoscafe. com.au) 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 (bills.com.au) 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 (seanspanaroma.co), 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 (speakeasy­bar­bondi.com.au). 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 (bondi-hard­ware. com.au) boasts in­ven­tive cock­tails, ar­ti­san brews and an ex­pert mix of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional drops.


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.


Throw your­self into the briny Pa­cific Ocean and learn to surf in the space of two hours with in­struc­tion from Let’s Go Surf­ing (lets­go­surf­ing. com.au). Even if you don’t man­age to stand up, you’ll have fun tak­ing on the surging bar­rels on a soft­top board. After­wards, tackle the clas­sic Aussie art of shak­ing sand out of your wet­suit.


Hit up Tuchuzy (tuchuzy.com) for high-end la­bels (like Hel­mut Lang and Alexan­der Wang); Love Sto­ries (lovesto­riesin­ti­mates.com.au) for lux­u­ri­ous lin­gerie and in­ti­mates and Mamma Mia In­dia (mamma mi­ain­dia.com.au) for finely cu­rated vin­tage finds.


With its play­ful sen­si­bil­ity and thought­ful lux­u­ries, QT Bondi (ho­tel.qan­tas.com.au/qt­bondi) 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.

But first, caffeine…

For one of Bondi’s best brews, head to Pas­tic­ce­ria Papa (ppapa.com. au), a clas­sic Ital­ian café serv­ing the smoothest, creami­est cof­fee.

(Clock­wise from top) Bills and its scram­bled eggs; the pool at the Bondi Ice­bergs Club; a King room at QT Bondi; and Bondi Beach

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