I normally find inspiration for my blog when I should be doing some mind boggingly boring assignment for uni and today is no exception. I’d much rather tell you all about the amazing food I ate on a recent trip to Sydney than research macrophage infiltration and TNF alpha, but that’s just me!
(Edit: the research assignment took over my life so this blog post is being resumed 2 weeks later. Thanks uni!)
I love Bondi Beach. It is one of those places in Australia that is just so unique and you can’t compare it to anywhere else. It really is, city meets surf beach in a hip, modern, touristy, health-obsessed, picturesque place. This was my third time staying in Bondi and each time there is still so much to explore and eat, of course! It is a bit of a health hub with new places popping up left right and centre and we definitely explored our fair share in the short time we spent in Sydney.
In no particular order, I present you our favourite eats in Sydney!
- Sadhana Kitchen Bondi
132 Warners Ave, Bondi Beach
After a morning walk and swim, we headed to Sadhana Kitchen on our first full day in Bondi. This entirely plant based cafe is a dream! We both had the Bondi Bowl (I think that is what it was called) and it was the best deconstructed bowl I’ve ever had. Often, I find these underwhelming and boring but this had so much going on, it was delicious.
2. Cali Press Juice
2/16 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
This was our go-to for a morning smoothie before heading off for the day. They’re smoothies are blended with their house made cold pressed juices, so you really get your moneys worth. My personal favourite was the Godfather – containing espresso almond milk, espresso shot, banana, dates, vanilla, cinnamon and almond butter because who doesn’t want their morning coffee and breakfast in one? These keep you full for hours!
Pictured: The Cali Berry in the front and The Field of Greens in the back.
379 King Street, Newtown.
We need a Gigi Pizzeria in Melbourne. It is hands down the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had by a mile. The whole restaurant is plant based but appeals to a much wider audience thanks to their authentic thin crust and true Italian style dining. We went with a big group, me being the only vegan and everyone was really impressed and satisfied.
My favourite pizza was the cavolo with cauliflower puree, artichokes, pinenuts, capers, currants, garlic & parsley, extra virgin olive oil. They were all very unique and different with amazing vegan cheeses and creams. I would highly recommend making a visit to Gigi if you’re ever in Sydney!
4. Gelato Blue
318 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Three words. ALL VEGAN ICE CREAMERY! Visiting Gelato Blue has been a long time coming and I was not disappointed when I stepped into to find over 30 flavours of completely plant based ice-cream. It can be hard to find a vegan version of my childhood favourite – chocolate mint so I enjoyed a big scoop of that on a delicious cone. Definitely check this place out after dinner at GiGi pizza.
5. Speedo’s Bondi
126 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi North
Straight off our flight, into an Uber and off to Speedo’s for lunch! We had a super delayed flight (thanks Jetstar!), so we were starving and drenched thanks to Sydney’s unseasonal rain. Living in Melbourne my whole life, I’ve been told countless times in regards to the Melbourne vs Sydney debate – that the weather in Sydney is always better. Less rain, more consistent and warmer. I’ll have you know, the week we were in Sydney, it rained, was windy and grey at least 80% of the time. At the same time, the sun was shining in Melbourne with blue skies… the roles were certainly reversed!
Where were we? Oh Speedo’s! Situation on a little sloped street looking over North Bondi beach, this little cafe is a great spot for vegan and non vegan noms. Grab a outside on the footpath if you can!
We dug into a pitaya bowl and the vegan burger. Don’t ask me why or how but the burger tasted like a McChicken! Maybe it was the sauce or the sesame seeds but something about it weirdly resembled the iconic McChicken. It was up there with one of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had! Would recommend.
6. Banana Blossom Bondi
18/2A Jacques Ave, Bondi Beach
This little asian noodle salad place is popular for good reason. We ate here twice in our short time in Bondi. Quick, cheap, wholesome and delicious noodle salads. I highly recommend getting the Pure Buddha’s Delight Tofu bowl with rice noodles, pear, papaya, pineapple, cashews and sweet tamarind dressing. All the salads come with greens and cabbage and are perfect to devour on the grass looking over Bondi Beach at sunset. The last part is optional but highly recommended!
7. Mr Topper’s Toast Bar
222 Campbell Parade, North Bondi
Last but not certainly not least, is Mr Topper’s Toast bar. This was our go-to for our morning coffee and we enjoyed the most decadent toast we’ve ever had on our last morning in Bondi. Top marks go to the banana/PB/granola one the yummiest thick cut fresh sourdough. Stella had the same but with strawberries instead of banana so they were very accommodating with changes.
Places I can’t forget to mention;
- The Health Emporium – Don’t go here for anything but the cocowhip cause damn, this place is expensive! However, we shared a mango/passionfruit coco whip and it was delicious!
- Bodhi in the Park – it’s going in this list because I didn’t get any good photos but this is the place I dream most about when I’m in Melbourne. We would book another Sydney trip to go to Bodhi alone. It’s an all vegan yum cha by day and they were some of the best vegan dumplings I’ve ever had. Honourable mention goes to the passionfruit dumplings from the dessert tray.
- Scoop Wholefoods – for providing us with an afternoon snack every day of chocolate covered berries/nuts/lot of funky things.
Thank you for reading!