In ode to our #gettothewater photographic series with Tim Denoon, we’ve put together a guide to the best places to grab a bite, sink a drink, and cool off in Bondi.
Dine in: Bills, Bondi
With his love for Bondi’s urban beach glamour and down-to-earth local vibe, it’s no surprise Australian chef and food writer Bill Granger would choose the popular destination for his third Sydney café. Walk straight from the beach to thick ricotta hotcakes served with honeycomb butter. At lunch, tastebuds stand to attention for delectable mains such as the mouth-watering wagyu burger with grilled swiss, club sauce, and a tumble of pickles. At dinner, the room goes dark and slinky, with cocktails taking over from chai lattes.
Drink up: Bondi Hardware
Formerly a – you guessed it – hardware store, this Bondi bar is seriously attractive. Low lighting, exposed brick walls, lush green pot plants and some leftover hardware items make up the decor. After snaring a perch, down a McLaren Vale pale ale, Lord Nelson Three Sheets or a Batlow cider. Cocktails are sweet and cheerful. Treat yourself to the Bondi Tai with rum, Amaretto and pineapple and lime juice.
Dive in: Bondi Icebergs Pool
A landmark of Bondi Beach for over 100 years, this is a gleaming star of a pool. Steeped in history dating back to 1929, it’s now a chic, modernist, beachy clubhouse complex complete with a gourmet bistro, two bars, fitness facilities, and a 1,600-square-foot sundeck. A day pass for non-member will set you back for the price of a coffee.
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