Welcome to the stomping ground for all things surf and sand. There’s only one thing, okay make that two things, that you need to know about this beachy paradise.
Firstly, no one gets hangry in Cronulla, and secondly, there is no shortage of awesome things to do. Whether you’re after some fine dining feels or want to hit up a grubby and delicious hotdog feed, you'll find all this and more in Cronulla.
So whilst the locals are already killing it when it comes to eating, drinking, and their all-round loving of life, we thought it was time you guys were all let in on the worst kept secret that is the Shire. Insert obligatory “don’t forget to pack your passport” joke here.
Queen Margherita Of Savoy
Pizza is always a good idea and so too is hitting up Queen Margherita of Savoy. If you’re looking for the tastiest doughy base around, the pizza here should not to be missed. Like any good pizzeria, classics are popular, but your carb options range far wider. Think toppings like pork and fennel sausage, potatoes, rosemary and grilled king prawns.
They’re old school sandwiches with one helluva delicious twist. Think big colourful sambos packed to the rafters with slaw, meats, sauce and specials like an eggplant parmy sandwich oozing with cheese (oh yea, they went there). You’ll also find pure pops made from cold pressed juice and heads up—the crew here does wicked catering so you should definitely hit them up before your next event.
If you haven’t already, it’s time you jumped on the Blackwood Pantry bandwagon. Known for their festive and colourful spreads, we’d order everything on the menu if we could (believe us, we have tried). The Pantry has an all-day food offering filled with coconut pancakes (because pancakes in the afternoon are totally fine) and miso avocado with cashew nut butter on sourdough just because they get us millennials.
The Press Cronulla
When you’re all about health (or just generally super tasty eats), The Press is one place you’ll want to hit up, STAT. And just so you know, this gem is open as early as 6am so for all you early risers and pre-work gym goers your coffee needs are well catered for. And should you crave a sweet potato wrap or Nutella bar later on, they’ve got those too.
It’s almost overwhelming coming to Henrys because let’s just say, the crew here is nailing everything. From drinks to food and one killer vibe, this locale is the type of place you’ll want to hit up. Our hot tips? Order the dry aged striploin for main and the goat’s curd passionfruit cheesecake for dessert, plus a cocktail for obvious reasons.
Get ready to stuff your face silly. The locals are going crazy over this one and you will too. Located on Cronulla’s High Street, Dogma is churning out street food flavours with quality Dogs, fantastic coffee, beer, wine and cocktails. This hot dog joint is mastering gourmet sausage reinventions with all sorts for meat lovers and veggie peeps in mind.
Vegetarians (or anyone who loves an epic feast), this one is for you. These guys plate up super tasty vegetarian and vegan delicacies from breakfast to lunch and even have our Mexican favourites on offer too. Start your day with fluffy buttermilk pancakes served up with yoghurt and banana or hit up the Mexican side of the menu with soft tacos, burrito bowls and enchiladas.
Next Door Cronulla
There’s no hiding the serious #brunchgoals getting churned out at Next Door on the daily. We’re talking about buttermilk waffles topped with spring berries, mascarpone, honeycomb, maple and mint FYI. Aside from the sweet stuff (they also have baklava vanilla ice-cream and yes, you need it), the crew here sure knows how to end a day with a dinner spread dotted with date braised lamb and maple beef brisket. It’ll do, we guess.
If the name doesn't give it away, this is where to head when all you want to do is eat a damn burger. Here, they do everything from loaded fries (loaded with bacon, bacon jam and pork crackling crumb FYI) to triple-double burgers (as extreme as they sound) and spiked shakes, you know, for good measure.
We are all about no-nonsense food joints, extra points if they come with killer views, cue Giro Osteria. Food here is designed to share, which is lucky because we choose carbs over abs every day. The entrees are absolute killers with the polenta and parmesan chips (with added truffle) being our absolute favourite— and you thought plain chips were already amazing.
Don’t let these bowls fly under the radar. With all our favourite dishes in one spot including acai bowls, sushi bowls, thick smoothies and ramen bowls, D Bowls is your one-stop shop for a delicious on the go snack (but you can totally lounge around and devour your bowl there).
Inspired by the owner’s Greek heritage, the food at Ham is seasonal, beautiful to look at and even better to eat. These masterminds are blessing us with a breakfast and lunch menu we want to completely conquer twice over (we’re looking at you toasties). And we don’t need to tell you their caffeine game is on point because everyone knows they do a killer cuppa.
This leafy beachside pavilion automatically spells out an awesome feed with coastal ingredients and flavours from far and wide (think the Caribbean, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy and India). You’ll find BBQ grilled everything around here and smoked oysters, kangaroo sandwiches, prawn toast and house-made halloumi are all up for grabs.
The Nun’s Pool
Because relaxing sea-side eats are life.The Nun’s Pool has a serious case of paradise vibes to it and believe us when we say that the menu is full of our favourite staples. The crew here has your mornings and arvos covered. Kick off your day with a BAE roll sloshed with mustard mayo or slide in at midday to grab their pulled smoked brisket burger (packed with buttermilk slaw and chipotle aioli).
Our hearts (and our stomachs) have been stolen by the team behind Alphabet Street. This little nook is churning out authentic Thai and it’s winning in all ways possible. There’s curries and cocktails so you’re stomach is pretty much set. Be sure to hit up the Massaman curry with lamb shank and sweet potato, or get on top of the chicken wings with chilli dipping sauce (these are too good to be shared).
Croydon Lane Wine And Tapas Bar
Croydon Lane may be hidden down an alley but the awesome wine times here are no secret. Because antipasto and booze is always a good idea and these guys are nailing the delicious combo.
Stop by this glorified holiday beach house for tiki-style cocktail offerings, tropical carafes, wine from Australia’s most revered vineyards as well as all your favourite beers, ice cold and on tap. The signature salted caramel espresso martini is decked out with spiced rum and butterscotch schnapps but if you’re looking for a glass with a bit more punch, the strawberry caprioska is for you!
Cronulla RSL has several bars all in the one spot #convenient so they’re all over it for every occasion. Hit up the Main Bar which showcases the best views in Cronulla, we’re talking the entire Bate Bay area. The Deck Bar should also be on your list for lazy and chilled drinks with a vista through to the boat harbour. Nothing beats the pop-up pirate bar in the Sunroom though, which serves up mid-week footy clashes and pizzas on the weekend. If you’re all about live music and entertainment, the lounge bar is the epicentre of action at Cronulla RSL. And for you sport-fanatics, the classic sports bar is where you’ll find pool tables and an outdoor terrace, AKA the Shire’s version of a sporting nirvana.
Low & Loftys
Get yourselves to this good time bar and BBQ joint featuring Texan inspired food and Caribbean flavoured drinks. With a quirky fit out and arcade games (in case you think of yourself as a pinball wizard or something) Low and Loftys is the fun establishment with pancake pina coladas (not even joking), beers on tap and a killer atmosphere.
Blind Bear Saloon
Head to the 1920s themed Blind Bear Saloon for an epic booze affair. With craft beer and American-style eats, this little speakeasy bar is the perfect set up to order up a bucket of wings (the best around) and a pint or two to wash it all down.
Visiting Cronulla and not checking out Cronulla Beach would be like ordering a mocktail—it’s great and all but you’re kind of missing out on the best bit. There’s surf, sand dunes, parks (and you don’t even have to leave your canine friends at home), sunsets, rock pools, walks, everything.
You don’t even have to be remotely coordinated to have a good time (so that’s a win for us). Whether you consider yourself pretty savvy with a club or still struggle with the whole “swing with the hips” stuff people are always going on about, Cronulla Golf boasts a beautiful course, eats and even some live entertainment, so now you just need to learn how to play.
Ferry to National Park
Hop on a ferry to cruise all the way to Bundeena (the gateway to the Royal National Park) across the Hacking River. Pack your swimmers, load your picnic baskets and tie your walking shoes because there’s a heap of things to do and explore at the Royal National Park. It’s heritage listed and boasts incredible views (you know, the insta-worthy kind) plus it’s home to the well-known Wedding Cake Rock and Figure Eight pools.
For lazy surf-wear that makes dressing well look easy, cruise on into Union Store on Kingsway Street. The collection bears a no-fuss attitude with brands like Vans, RVCA, One Teaspoon and Oscar and Frank all on the rack.
South of the Border
Mixing sequins, studs, silk, leather, embroidery, cotton and cashmere, South of the Border is Australian designed with pieces that will not go out of fashion. You’ll find token items like special-handcrafted leather, hand-woven kaftans, beaded dresses and artisan jewellery.
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Image credit: Caitlin Hicks | Loaf, Blackwood Pantry, Eat Burger, Next Door, HAM, Cronulla Beach