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Mouthwatering Italian to seaside cocktails: How to spend a weekend in Bondi


<em>Da Orazio, credit: Jason Loucas</em>
Da Orazio, credit: Jason Loucas
When it comes to sights and bites, this Sydney locale has you sorted.

It’s called the ‘Bondi bubble’ for a reason – for a perfect weekend in Sydney, you don’t need to leave this iconic suburb. Here’s the best way to spend two days at Australia’s most recognisable beach.

Friday night

Whether arriving for your holiday or finishing off the work week, there’s no better way to start a Friday evening than with a drink at the North Bondi RSL. Boasting some of the best views in Bondi, you’ll feel like you’ve gone to heaven if you can secure a spot on the balcony.

North Bondi Fish, credit: Destination NSW

Dinner options are within stumbling distance. If you’re keen to soak up the scene of Bondi and don’t mind loud music accompanying your meal, your easiest bet is to head downstairs to North Bondi Fish.

If it’s more of a rustic vibe you’re after, Sean’s down the road is consistently rated highly for its homestyle cuisine. Or venture just a little further to Raw Bar for excellent Japanese food at this perfect date-night spot.


Coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi, credit: Destination NSW

Start your day off at a Sydney institution with breakfast at Bills in the heart of Bondi’s Hall Street, where you’ll find modern Aussie breakfast options with an Asian twist. Be in your activewear, so that you can head straight to the south end of the beach to begin the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk and soak up the magnificent coastline. Or if you’re extra keen, work up a sweat by walking all the way to Coogee.

If you’re peckish upon your return to Bondi, why not enjoy more views at a picturesque lunch spot? Hotel Ravesis is both scenic and scene-y, with views across the beach and a menu of tasty, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Or check out Lola’s Level 1, offering sophisticated share plates and ocean views. If you’re not too tired from your walk, a spot of shopping is suggested for Saturday afternoon. The best shops can be found on Gould Street, but you can check out Hall Street and Campbell Parade too.

Bills Bondi, credit: Anson Smart

When the evening rolls around, we recommend booking in at one of Bondi’s excellent Italian restaurants. Icebergs is an icon and Bondi Trattoria is always a treat, but for a real Saturday night vibe, head to Totti’s if you can get in. The food is good (the puffy wood-fired bread is a must) but it’s the atmosphere that is its biggest selling point. If you’re in the mood to party and keen to hit the dancefloor, follow up the meal by heading to The Royal Bondi, conveniently located within the same building.


Nursing a hangover? Stuff yourself with bagels at Lox Stock & Barrel, and make sure to order a side of hash. Sunday is a day to relax, so what better way to do that than with a swim and soaking up the sun on the beach. If you’re craving ice-cream, pop in to Anita for a gelato – don’t be put off by the queues, it’s worth it!

When hunger kicks in again, A Tavola or Da Orazio are both popular options if you are keen for another Italian meal. Drake Eatery is great for a relaxed vibe and modern Australian cuisine, or order a Greek feast at new kid on the block Topikós Bar and Dining Room.

Da Orazio, credit: Jason Loucas

It wouldn’t be a proper Aussie weekend without a Sunday sesh, so the Beach Road Hotel in the afternoon is a must. Park up in the beer garden and make friends with some of the locals. Follow it up with some fantastic Thai at Bangkok Bites, where you can bring a bottle of wine if you fancy.


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