This weekend is set to be an absolutely cracking introduction to summer in Sydney (finally). So it only seemed right that we round up a few of our favourite beachside restaurants and cafes. Whether you’d prefer to eat out every single minute of the weekend, or want to take it easy with a relaxed dinner— we got you.
These are the best beachside restaurants and cafes to visit in Sydney this weekend.
Three Blue Ducks
Three Blue Ducks is one of the Eastern Suburbs most beloved local eateries. Their breakfast menu is worth getting up for, serving classics with their signature health conscious and sustainable flair, like the corn fritters with guacamole, fermented cabbage, jalapeno, herb salad, labneh and poached eggs. Dinner here comes complete with candlelit tables and dimed lights to deliver those romantic, chilled out vibes. They serve a selection of local wine, beer and cider to compliment their light seafood focussed menu, with dishes like mussels with chilli, coconut sambal and naan as well as delicious grilled king prawns with wilted cos, daikon and kaffir lime butter.
The only thing better than the view on the rooftop at Coogee Pavilion is the food. Dishing up all things seafood (think sashimi, ceviche and octopus) the menu is designed to be shared, so go on, order the seafood platter and get one of everything from rock lobsters and Moreton Bay bugs to king prawns and scallops.
North Bondi Fish
Fresh seafood and summer drinks are king at North Bondi Fish, where the great food is only rivalled by the uninterrupted view of Bondi Beach from the North end. The menu befits the beachside locale, with light share-style dishes like tuna tataki and whiting tacos, through to larger offerings of bug meat linguine and a whole baked snapper with sweet potato scallops and seasonal salad. Make sure you hit up the wine list while you’re there, because it’s almost summer and you deserve it.
Swap the scorching concrete jungle of the CBD and head north for a day of tanning, followed by a beachside feast at The Collaroy. Enjoy sea views while devouring a dozen (or two) freshly shucked oysters, beer battered fish and chips and sharing a cocktail bowl. Yes, they have cocktails BOWLS. No, we won’t judge you if you order one for yourself.
Papi Chulo is one big celebration of the beach and BBQ, with a menu filled with smokehouse meats, share platters and seafood. Our fave is the mussels with pomme frites and smoked garlic aioli, mainly because it feels wrong to eat beachside without ordering fresh seafood. If you arrive hungry, order the BBQ platter, which serves up to four people with smoked lamb ribs, wagyu brisket, pulled pork, farmer sausage and sides of coleslaw, soft rolls and BBQ sauce. Don’t skip out on the drinks though, because the marmalady cocktail (mint infused Beefeater gin with ginger syrup, lemon, orange, ginger and honey) is definitely worth a look in.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
There’s no better way to unwind from the week than at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. The Beach Club boasts some of the best views in Sydney and any place that offers Smashed Avo on toast gets a big fat yes from us. It might seem like it’s too hot for pie but if you’ve already overdosed on avo, order the Old Fashioned Fish Pie. It literally melts in your mouth.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso at North Bondi Fish