You could say that Bronte is one of Sydney’s undiscovered beauties – but make no mistake, it has been discovered, and it is full to the brim with food, drink and clean living. A popular haunt for long-term visitors from Italy, Spain and the like, Bronte is on its way to being a new Bondi; a centre for international culture and experience.
Come to Bronte with an empty stomach and an open soul.
Three Blue Ducks
For organic, Fairtrade food bursting with flavour look no further than Three Blue Ducks. This award winning Bronte restaurant sources most of its ingredients from its on-site kitchen garden, and serves boutique beers, ciders and wines. Three Blue Ducks is all about good service, good food and being good to the environment. Not to be missed on a visit to Bronte.
It’s love at first bite at Vacanza Pizzeria – every mouthful of flavoursome handmade pizza transports the eater into the heart of Napoli and all its passionate Neapolitan glory. The pizzeria has earned itself a cult following since its inception in 2010, with customers flocking to sink their teeth into il pizzaiolo del presidente diavola (tomato, fior di latte, hot calabrese salami, chilli and olives). The more traditional pizza lover will be quickly satisified by the bufalina margherita, a simple but exhilarating combination of buffalo mozzarella and fresh tomato. What are you waiting for? Vai!
Moxhe Restaurant brings the wonders of Sydney Fish Market straight to your plate. With a menu focused on obscure, uncommon species of fish masterfully cooked to perfection, this is a night out not to be missed. Order a-la-carte, or brave the degustation menu and have co-owner Dave tailor your six-course meal specifically to the day’s catches. Moxhe is the perfect spot for wine-lovers, with a diverse, ever-evolving wine list and wine-matching by co-owner Helen Diab.
With owners passionate about health and clean living, it is impossible to go wrong at Cali Press. The cold-pressed juices at Cali Press’ Bronte store are made with fresh, seasonal organic produce sourced from local farmers. The nutrients and enzymes of the fruit and veg are kept intact by the cold-pressing method, ensuring that as you sip it on your way down to the waves your body is praising you in thanks.
If you’re looking for the ultimate pit stop before, during or after the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk look no further than Jenny’s. Known as the Bronte-siders’ favourite local haunt, Jenny’s serves all-day breakfast, coffee, juices and baked goods perfect for refuelling after a dip in the surf or a beachside yoga session. It also welcomes all those who prefer to observe, rather than participate in the action and is a prime spot for people-watching.
Frequented by It Girls like fashion blogger Margaret Zhang, Café Salina is one of Bronte’s best kept secrets. Great coffee, great food, and a myriad of juices, smoothies and hangover cures. Whether you’re coming in after an early Sunday swim, or a (very) late Saturday escapade, Café Salina will provide.
The Bogey Hole Cafe
The Bogey Hole is another cult favourite, for tourists and locals alike. Named after the rockpool where generations of Bronte babies have learned to swim, the café is a special place for Bronte families. If you want to live like a real local, The Bogey Hole is the place to be.
Keeping in stride with the wholesome Bronte lifestyle, Sunday Tracker’s clothes stick to a philosophy of ethical and sustainable fashion that can be worn from the beach to the bar. Their trademark pom-pom sandals are handmade in Greece and will instantly add flair to any wardrobe, but it doesn’t stop there. The store is packed full of internationally sourced, ethically made pieces that scream summer beach style.
Who ever said takeaway food was bad? If you’re pressed for time, fear not: Favoloso is famous for its homemade, Italian style takeaway meals reminiscent of dinner at Nonna’s house. Whether you’re a lasagne person, or a meatball sugo fan, trawl through Favoloso’s freezer of goodies before you’re tempted to take a Maccas run.
For all your carbohydrate needs, head to Iggy’s. Lauded by many as Sydney’s best bread, Iggy’s uber high quality, hearth-baked artisanal breads are affordable, tasty and nice to your body and the environment.
If you’re an art lover, Aboriginal Contemporary (previously known as the Gallery Shop) is not to be missed. With handpicked pieces from remote aboriginal communities all around Australia, the gallery captures the passion and culture of our nation’s traditional custodians. Owner Nichola Dare sources work from names established and unknown, from the Kimberly to the Western Desert, and ensures each artist’s background and story is on display for all to appreciate.
Yoga by the Sea
The amount of good food one eats in Bronte can only be balanced by Yoga by the Sea. Pairing hatha and vinyasa yoga with the salty ocean breeze and breathtaking views can only make for a calm, content mind and happy soul. Think a dip in the sea, a Cali Press and a yoga session, followed by lunch at Three Blue Ducks, and you’ve got yourself a perfect day in Bronte.
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