Bondi area guide

The best things to do in Bondi

A wide shot of Bondi Beach showing crowds of people both sitting
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Ahhh Bondi – once an outpost for the vain and backpacking, now one of Sydney's most exciting emerging food and drink hubs. Suddenly, there's a reason for the bus-train-bus trip east to Bondi Beach.

We're loving the transformed Gould, Hall and Curlewis streets, with their nook-y cafés for coffee and their relaxed, comfortable bars for a tipple. And does beachside dining get any better than a drink at Icebergs or the Da Orazio? Or a piece of fresh fish at Matt Moran's North Bondi Fish? (The answer is a no, if you were wondering). Sean Moran is still serving his tasty guilt-free plates at Sean's Panaroma if you want it fresh and local; Darlo favourite A Tavola is making pasta here now; and Neighbourhood is one of the cosiest neighbourhood bars in town.

Even the junction – long infamous for thick and tasteless ham and cheese sandwiches and some of Sydney's ugliest concrete blocks – is lifting its game. Admit it, you too love a bit of a guilty designer shopping spree in the east's own Westfield.

Bondi highlights

The best restaurants in Bondi
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Bondi

The best bars in Bondi
Bars

The best bars in Bondi

The best coffee in Bondi
Restaurants

The best coffee in Bondi

The best shopping in Bondi
Shopping

The best shopping in Bondi