Avocado on toast—also known as ‘smashed avo mate’—has gotten a bad wrap lately.
But you know what we like to do when someone tells us our fav brekkie item is “the trouble with our generation”? Eat it. Loudly. With an egg on top.
Go forth and conquer the best breakfasts in Bondi because you’re worth it (and you’re hungry).
Lox Stock And Barrel
Offering mixed grain porridge so damn warm and cosy it could rival your own mother’s hug, Lox Stock and Barrel are friendly, passionate about breakfast, and largely farm-to-plate. Grab a bagel with smashed av’, a ‘golden dandy’ turmeric latte (so good for you, so tasty), or chia, quinoa and coconut bircher, you won’t be disappointed. Lox Stock and Barrel also offer a kids brekkie menu, so you can bring them along too.
A standout on the breakfast scene, Harry’s is quintessentially Bondi in every way. And we couldn’t be happier. Jump in for avocado and tahini on toast with green harissa, a breakfast Reuben with provolone cheese, pastrami and fried egg, or perhaps a cashew cigar (brick pastry, cashew cheese, heirloom tomato). You won’t find a slice of white toast for miles at Harry’s, but we promise you’ll be happy about it – the quinoa and poppy seed purple sourdough is tippy top. Everything is artfully crafted and it shows, adventurous souls should try a beetroot and cacao latte, or a flu fighter smoothie (mango, passionfruit, coco water, turmeric and ginger) if you’re feeling a little sluggish.
We’ve written about the wonder that is Shuk before and its amazing vegan set menu, but did you know these guys put on a decent brekkie spread? Served until 12:30pm, the Shuk breakfast includes an A-grade almond and hazelnut granola, Teff pancake (coconut mousse, sweet dukkah, maple, banana) and cilbir bagle (labne, avocado, scrambled egg, cherry tomato, dukkah and more). Try the big Israeli breakfast if you’re particularly peckish or a slice (or two) of the house baked sourdough if you’re still stuffed from dinner (we’ve all been there).
The Shop & Wine Bar
Calm down now. We’re not advocating wine for breakfast—or at least, not openly. The Shop & Wine Bar does breakfast too ‘kay? Located on Curlewis Street, The Shop, as it’s fondly known, is perfect for those in search of an egg and bacon roll, and maybe a turmeric latte (don’t knock it ‘til you try it). We also highly recommend the nourishing bowl with kale, avocado, and poached egg. See you after sundown for a cheeky wine.
Nelson Road Tuckshop
This one goes out to those in search of a breakfast that’s equal parts delicious and pretty –aren’t we all? Try a breakfast salad with a side of pancetta, or beans and cheese soldiers with smoky barbeque baked beans, Gruyere fingers and poached eggs. The buckwheat, rye and beer porridge is also B-E-A-UTIFUL with seasonal fruit worn like a damn crown.
Bennett Street Dairy
Ah, Bennett Street Dairy. We couldn’t begin to count the ways we love you. Located on Bondi Road, Bennett Street Dairy specialise in being freaking amazing and serve breakfast all day. Cards on the table, we practically cried at their $20 breakfast (steal!) consisting of roast wild mushrooms, crisp polenta, poached egg, roast tomatoes and smoked bacon or salmon. The poached egg with labneh, hummus, pita, tomato salad and dukkah is also well worth a go as is the nut and maple granola.
Located, you guessed it, right near the Bondi bus depot, The Depot is undeniably where breakfast dreams true. Breakfast here gracefully straddles colourful and trendy with ‘fair dinkum tucker’. Try the caveman breakfast (beef and chorizo ragu on toast with pesto, goats cheese, Parmesan and eggs) or green eggs and ham (rocket wrapped prosciutto, poached eggs, pesto, and baked Parmesan on sourdough). If that weren’t enough, The Depot is pet friendly. So grab your four-legged bestie and head on over.
We’ve officially hit the fancy, Mediterranean-inspired breakfast of the bunch. Yippee! Dig in to ouzo-cured salmon with poached eggs, herb salad and beetroot or everyone’s favourite, shakshuka with sucuk sausage and spiced tomato. You won’t find the classic bacon and egg butty on their menu but if we’re honest, that’s what makes SEFA Kitchen so great, especially as sustainability is a large part of their daily practice. SEFA follow 400 year-old cooking traditions, so you know they’re on to a good thing.
THE NINE is a breakfast spot for the guy or gal who values the source of their supper (or breakfast in this case). Using only high quality organic and chemical-free ingredients, THE NINE mix Mediterranean influences with everyone’s fav Bondi lifestyle. Breakfasts to note include the coconut polenta porridge (topped with lavender, sumac and salted almond praline) and a perfectly balanced autumn granola .THE NINE’s coffee is also on top of it’s game, so get movin’.
Set up in North Bondi, Speedos caters to every single type of foodie; The Health Nut, The ‘I Can’t Eat That’, and The ‘Just Feed Me’. Conveniently, we could be all three on any given day, so you can understand our appreciation. Every meal is as colourful as your Instagram dreams (seriously, you need to follow), but we recommend the vegan waffles and vegan pancakes (caramelised banana, chia, triple berry compote, pistachio crumb). Not a sweet tooth? Try an egg and bacon brioche roll with BBQ/tomato relish, cheddar and a side of hash browns. They also have a takeaway menu, so there’s no excuse not to indulge.
I think we can all agree that the lyrics of the 1987 Def Leppard classic are “pour some Brown Sugar on me.” Brown Sugar, nestled on Curlewis street, is chilled, contemporary and serves breakfast from 8:30am–12:30pm. Dig in to spicy Moroccan eggs (spiced capsicum, tomato, poached egg, tahini, zhoug and za’atar toast) or chia, quinoa and coconut bircher (figs, passionfruit, strawberries, peptias, coconut, almond and sesame seeds). They also have a kid’s brekkie menu with buttermilk pancakes and scrambled eggs. It’s safe to assume anyone who’s tried to take a tot to brunch is weeping in joy right about now.
We like bakeries. Ain’t no secret, ain’t no shame. Bakeries are where bread live, so we love ‘em. TinPin Bakery is no exception to this love with all products made fresh daily and a cosy, friendly, family-style atmosphere. Looking for a hand-held brekkie on the go? TinPin’s pastries and croissants can’t be faulted. TinPin also sell organic produce like eggs, so you can hit two birds with one stone and spend more time enjoying the breadier things in life.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso | Speedos