Bondi

Calabur Café, Bondi Junction, Sydney

Calabur is truly a hidden gem. A short walk from Bondi Junction takes you to an underground cafe, covered in vines and smelling of Asian curries. It’s a fusion, a flavour explosion with a menu inspired by asian profiles and western tastes. 

The fruit salad and yogurt is absolutely to die for. Is there anything more virtuous and delectable than honey drizzled over fresh fruits and nuts? The green smoothie bowl celebrates kale and spinach but tastes just like banana and coconut. I paired my brunch with lemongrass and pandan tea, refreshing and uplifting. 

I haven’t even delved into the savoury realms yet. Maybe I’ll see you there when I do. 
Hit the link for food pics!



Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Advertisements

Harry’s Café, Bondi, Australia

Harry’s is a minimalist cafe, just a short walk from the beach in North Bondi. I discovered it on social media, and we had a few recommendations from friends. It’s a small place, but it’s open and light. It seems a lot less frantic than some of the other cafés around Bondi, probably because it’s a little ways out, but also because of the cool, sleek atmosphere. 

The coffee is aromatic, not too strong or bitter and not too dilute. We were there in time for the lunch menu to kick in and it seemed more exciting to us, although I’ll definitely be back to try the breakfast menu. As far as brunch goes, it’s on the expensive side, but the meal was delicious, artisan and the produce tasted fresh. I had the sashimi tuna poke salad with soba noodles and tamarind dressing. It was flavoursome and fresh. My friend ordered the tumeric chicken salad and was delighted to taste dairy free cheese- true excitement for a lactose intolerant. My other friend had the seafood cerviche and recommended it highly. 

Wander down, midweek to avoid the crowds, and just revel in fine food.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Speedos Café, North Bondi, Australia

Step out of the ocean, sprint across the sand and find yourself at Speedos Café. It’s a trendy little cafe catering to locals and travellers alike. On grey days you can easily find a seat, but when the sun comes out there’s a queue down the street. I found this cafe by lurking on social media; I was drawn to the pretty colours and beautiful food presentation. I was not disappointed.

The menu offers vegan options, and everything is deliciously healthy, (aside from the cronuts of course, they’re just delicious). Brunch or lunch, I recommend Speedos Cafe as a culinary experience.

 
We shared a “Mermaid Bowl”- a vegan, gluten free pittaya bowl with fruit and nuts. It was like a coconut sushi, light and refreshing.

 

A sunday cronut to share, what a treat!

 

Stunning lunch, with a priceless view.

Disclaimer: This review was posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor, just shares experiences to spread the love. 

Pasticceria Papa, Bondi, Australia 

I had the most wonderful afternoon tea here. A long black with honey on the side for me, a tall mocha for my friend, and we shared a tirimisu and a Nutella ricotta cheesecake between us. The coffees were strong and rich, just like the cakes. Both cakes were fluffy and melt-in-your mouth. They tasted like guilty delights and authentic Italian decadence. They have displays of cakes for birthdays and seem to be part of a larger complex, with a grocery and delicatessen. 

Perfect afternoon tea. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Balsamic vignettes #18- Bondi Beach in January

Puppies learning to swim ¤ small babies in purple tutus ¤ fairybread beach ¤ coronas on the sand ¤ halter necks ¤ hairy necks ¤ torso tatts ¤ drippy pink ice cream ¤ soggy salt and vinegar chips ¤ american accents ¤ professional athletes  ¤ vigilantes in red and yellow speedos ¤ roxy ripcurl pipeline beach towels ¤ uniform bikinis on the twelvies ¤ slip slop slap ¤ “taste of the tropics” coconut snow cones ¤ kiddy pool ¤ flapback hats, zinc and rashies ¤ beach ping pong ¤ tan lines ¤ angry sun burn ¤ clear water ¤

image

Bondi Beach