Old school canteen treats are back in Bondi for a limited time
There may not be time machines yet, but the next best thing is biting into two slices of soft white bread with butter, ketchup and slices of smoky devon. You'll be transported straight back to your schoolyard days, only back then your sandwich meat wasn't made by the meat magicians at LP's Quality Meats. And yet somehow it'll still cost the 1990's price of $5 at the Mambo Tuckshop.
Mambo, the clothing company whose outlandish designs are synonymous with an Aussie childhood in the 90s, are opening a classic tuckshop four four days over the January long weekend. They've taken over an old café space in North Bondi, painted the walls in Mambo designs and even commissioned a giant paper mache pie for decoration.
First you grab your brown paper bag and mark what you'd like to eat. Maybe you want a beef and mamboite pie (gluten-free, by the way), with a mini finger lime bun and a sour lemon strap? Or perhaps you want the Warrigal greens and ricotta roll, followed by a macadamia and wattleseed vanilla slice and a hyper-malted chocolate milk? Looking at the weather forecast you definitely want an iceblock – extra sour lemon or a berry spider flavour that tastes like strawberries and cream.
The best part is that nothing costs more than $5.50 (a Sydney steal when we're talking food by the Pinbone crew, plus Pure Pops, Paper Bird, and Yu-Ching Lee) so you can order everything and it'll still barely put a dent in your pocket money.
The Mambo Tuckshop is at 266 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach 2026. Thu Jan 25-Sun 28 Jan form 10am-4pm.