The first place locals stop at after exiting the buses in North Bondi is Nio and Tony’s, as do thankful tourists seeking a bottle of water or a box of bandaids for that pesky blister. This local grocer is where those lucky enough to live at the top of Campbell Parade, with endless views over Bondi Beach, have gone to shop for more than 40 years. Trays of organic produce are stacked out front and everything from cat food to quinoa lines the packed shelves inside. Go for a punnet of berries and leave after a nice natter with one of the family members working the till or rearranging the fruit out front. It’s relaxed and family focused, just like North Bondi.
Sometimes you want to shop without having to leave your suburb or stop at a dozen stores. Enter the bodega, the neighbourhood shop (or, literally translated from Spanish: wine cellar) where you can grab the Sunday paper, a bag of mandarins, dinner fixings and aluminium foil all in one go without having to sit in Sydney traffic. This catchall corner store is a neighbourhood necessity for urban dwellers the world over. Sydney might not sport bodegas in name, but it’s home to close cousins – mixed businesses and local grocers. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of these local favourites, you need never step inside a dreary mall again. Plus, they don’t discriminate on price, or if you’re after just one Banjo carob bear to sate your sweet tooth, these eight venues have no minimum spend on card purchases.