Three Blue Ducks may have now expanded to Byron Bay and beyond, but the original café was right here in Bronte. By day, the café offers the beachy 'burb an Inner West-style coffee bunker, covered in graffiti and staffed by hot folks. By night, it turns into a restaurant people are booking weeks ahead to get into. It's the sort of feel-good venture serving honest, elegant food in a laid-back setting.
A visit to the beachside neighbourhoods of Bronte and Tamarama is about as quintessential a Sydney experience as you could ever hope to find. Sun, sand and surf – the holy trinity of life in the Harbour City – are perhaps the biggest draws, with plenty of foot traffic, via the ever-popular Bondi to Coogee Coastal Path, strolling through the area, and the ridiculously beautiful Bronte Baths offering one of the best saltwater lap pools in the city. But there’s more to this corner of Sydney than just a day at the beach. There are some of the city’s most charmingly stress-free brunch spots and it’s an ideal place to head for a blissful sundowner as dusk moves in from the west. Be sure to check out these under-the-radar waterfront gems the next time you find yourself in these chilled-out suburbs.
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