Writing half of this blogpost out of the back of my campervan! I’m on a surf roadie down the Australian East Coast and I’m definitely challenging myself here! The places we go and the things that we do affect us in who we are and and who we become. I think it’s important to find yourself in places that inspire you and to surround yourself with positive people! I just love to start my day (preferably after a surf) with a good coffee and a nourishing breakfast followed by some yoga, a meet up with friends (if not working) and being in the outdoors. There’s no doubt – this is what Sydney is all about! Coffee lover and food addict as I am, discover my favorite coffee joints, eateries and hangouts below…they will make your day! These are 10 hotspots in Sydney you should know:
1. Porch & Parlour
A little gem in North Bondi just one street off the beach. A heaven of wholesome foodies, fresh juices, cruisy vibes and ab-so-lutely amazing coffee! Make sure to plan a little bit of time as they mostly cope with a waiting list of approx 30 min (can’t blame them and its worth the wait!) My all time favorite is the green breaky bowl! Oh and the sprouted bread with avocado is yum too! 17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi. Website
2. Gertrude & Alice
Cute little bookstore with coffee place inside. I spend hours just reading books (trying to get wiser..) over great coffee and freshly baked muffins which makes it one of the best chillout hotspots in Sydney. 46 Hall Street, Bondi Beach. Website
Well known by locals. One of my favorite dinner joints. The food is amazing and you’ll love the atmosphere too. Cool detail: Bondi radio station is based inside! Get the tuna ceviche and the lamb shoulder, you’ll be hooked… 143 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach. Wesbite
4. This is Yoga
Feel amazing after a sweaty yoga session at This is Yoga! I love the place because its small, personal and inspiring. Modern yoga keeps my ‘’zen’’ levels up and I can only advice everyone to give it a shot… 34 Burnie Street, Clovelly. Website
5. Three Blue Ducks
The Ducks is a different story…not only mentioning this one because they were my employers for a little while but also because its just best of both worlds. It all started with two surfers Chris and Sam that started to travel the world to find the best waves. During their trip they came along different business ideas and one day Sam just wanted to start his own little cafe/restaurant, sustainable, locally and fair, and so it began.. The food is outstanding with fresh produce every day. Better be there early because the waiting list can get long! 141-143 Macpherson Street, Bronte. Website
Photo by Top Dup.
6. Coffee Tea & Me
This is one of the cutest places you will find! With its old school interieur, amazing Campos coffee and mouth watering bagels you simply can’t miss out. I love the toasted salmon & cream cheese one but the tuna is tasty too! 87c Macleay Street, Potts Point. Website
“These are some of the best hotspots in Sydney”
7. Tamarama Beach
Tamara is your better option if you want to get away from the busy Bondi beach crowds. The surf is good, currents strong so swim between the flags! I like to find a spot near the rocks on the left side that gives you an even more secluded feel. Stay for a sunset because the pink sky makes it so incredibly beautiful! Funny fact: When Elke traveled through Australia she stayed alongside this beach for about 3 weeks and absolutely loved it!
Tamarama Marine Drive, Tamarama. Info
8. Bronte Rockpool
Favorite one out of all the rockpools… Early morning 6/7am! Get up there for sunrise and start your day fresh after a dive into the salty sea water. Even during the hottest times of the day hang around the poolside as it keeps you cool and you’ll have great views over the ocean. Bronte Road, Bronte. Map
9. The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds…yep another (big) gem in town! The suburb of Alexandria never attracted me as it’s more of an industrial area, until you discover this epic venue. Funny as it sounds I’m in love with the bathrooms! Its all build as being horse stables with saddles and all hanging there. So cool! Furthermore you’ll find a potting shed eatery, big coffee roastery, lots of flowers and dreamy outdoor areas to enjoy great tastes of food and beverages! They even have their own parrot, ducks, a pig and organic garden. 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria. Website
10. Coogee Pavilion
Last but not least, the pavilion in Coogee never lets me down. Big venue with a fine dine restaurant, rooftop, bar area, barbershop(!) and pingpong tables. Great place for a date (how would I know haha)! Loving the vibe, interior, wine, pizza’s and basically everything. Good weekend hangouts, day or night!
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee. Website
Hope you’ll enjoy these hotspots in Sydney as much as I do! In the meantime…I’m gonna catch my flight to Bali. Stay tuned!
*Mandy is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam who lives in Australia, living her dream! You can follow her on Instagram @littletravelbookofficial
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