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Our two families have collaborated to bring discerning readers and drivers a new fortnightly series – MINI Fave 5s. The must-try guide to Sydney, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!
So, Urban Listers, clear the diary and get excited for our Fave 5s. There’s a whole year of eating, drinking and discovering to be done…
Ah Bondi, known for its hipsters, perfectly tanned, toned and hard bodies, and #cleaneating lifestyle, this beachside suburb also knows how to do some of the best brunches in Sydney.
You want lox? You got it. How about some pancakes? Step right up. And don’t even think of passing up a breakfast bowl or cold pressed juice, because if you want to get down with the locals, you’re gonna have to eat like one.
Here are our fave five brunch spots in Bondi. Let’s go!
Named after marketplace in Hebrew, Shuk in North Bondi is serving up breakfast favourites with an Israeli twist. Don’t miss their famed shakshuka, which is a vegetarian-friendly baked egg dish that’s a little spicy, a lot warm, and verrrry comforting. If pancakes are your jam, the Beghrir pancakes should be on your radar. These cinnamon and almond meal pancakes are served with halvah (a Middle Eastern sweet), fruit and crushed pistachios, and drizzled with your choice of maple syrup or chocolate sauce.
Lox, Stock and Barrel
This deli and café in Bondi is hugely popular with locals, and we can see why. The guys at Lox, Stock and Barrel focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, with dishes inspired by their Jewish ancestors. And before you ask, yes, there are bagels—good ones too! Get yours with scrambled or poached eggs and a mandatory side of smoked lox or NY pastrami (we say it’s mandatory because you’re missing out if you don’t order at least one side!).
Fairly new to the Bondi brunch scene, Harry’s is already making waves in this beachside suburb. With a focus on local produce, chef Bryan O’Callaghan’s menu is full of so many tempting options that you may have a hard time choosing (especially if you’re as indecisive as us). Our tip? Go multiple times and work your way through the menu. A good place to start is with the crispy rolled egg that comes with braised black beans, chorizo and an egg yolk so gooey, we’re convinced it’s what the #yolkporn hashtag was created for.
Bondi Farmer’s Market
A clear favourite of The Urban List team (check our Instagram on any given weekend), Bondi Farmer’s Market is a veritable cornucopia of deliciousness. There are a huge number of healthy options for you to chow down on in the form of smoothies from Green Goodness and warming soups from Love Soup, but if you’re feeling a little more hangry or hungover, seek out the baos from Mr Bao’s Buns or the cheesy toastie goodness from Raclettes Plus.
Want more? Check out our guide to Bondi Farmer's Market.
Now before you start visualising men in Speedos (which may or may not appeal to you), we’d like to bring your attention back to this Bondi café. With a prime position across from the beach, Speedos Café serves up a range of healthy and not-so-healthy breakfasts to fill your belly. The egg and bacon brioche roll will cure what ails you (especially if what ails you is one too many cocktails at certain Bondi establishments), but if you’re looking for a lighter option, the coconut chia pot with strawberries and pomegranate is a winner.
We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Sydney. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!
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