How to: Bondi

Written by: Zanita Whittington

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photos, me and Sara – editing me

I have a love/hate relationship with Bondi. I’ve never lived there (or in nearby beach suburbs Tamarama or Bronte) but it seems most people I know who work in fashion industry reside there. One reason I can’t stand the place is that if you ever visit on the weekend – its near impossible to leave. Crowds of people wait for buses that are impossibly loaded and traffic out of there moves at a snail’s pace once the sun shows any sign of resigning. It’s called the ‘Bondi Bubble’ because once you’re there you needn’t bother to leave, a beachside microcosm where all the locals know once another and the aesthetic of the place is really unique to itself. Go there during the week if you can – because there’s a solid reason why this place is a mecca for all things chilled, brilliant cafes and small bars and a general good mood that seasons the whole place.

Things to do:

Obvious choice, swim and hang out on the beach. In the high summer its impossibly crowded which I think looks pretty cool but in reality is a bit hectic.. but I’m of that opinion but I’m used to my beaches looking  like this. My favourite place to hang out is around the North Bondi end, on the grassy area with a bit of a picnic (pictured) . Do as the locals do.

Icebergs on the opposite side of the bay could potentially be the most instagrammed place in the whole of Sydney. Bondi Icebergs – with its famous swimming pool and gorgeous bar/restaurant, one of the best vantage points in town, incredible scenery. To be perfectly honest I only visited there for the first time a few weeks back and questioned why I hadn’t done it before. It’s an incredible spot.

Beach Road Hotel is a great place for gigs – if  can plan well enough ahead you can likely catch something cool and have a drink. If you prefer something quieter then I’d say The Hill Eatery should be on the top of the list, a sweet wine bar/restaurant with ethically sourced ingredients and a community kind of feeling.

If you do find yourself in Bondi and the crowds are too much, you can stroll along a scenic coastal walk and visit nearby Tamarama and Bronte beaches which are more favoured by the locals. Bronte is my personal fave – great vibe and cool cafes nearby.

My favourite cafe in Bondi is Jed’s Food store, a great place for coffee and breakfast/brunch that has a carribean/mexican vibe. Think Jamaican porridge with baked bananas and lime , mexican style scrambled eggs, burritos, salads with cactus… all kinds of creative dishes.  Beach Burrito is also a kind of iconic/famous place to eat in the area but my personal favourite is Hurricane’s grill, the pork ribs. Decadent and to die for.

My outfit is something I wore to share a casual glass of wine and a catch with my long lost blogger buddy Sara. I can’t seem to stop repeating myself on red highlights lately which is why this printed skirt from Cue caught my interest.  Feels feminine but still very me, paired with a relaxed fit shirt with sheer detailed from Life with Bird. Kinda bummed I bought this skirt last week because this week there’s a big sale!  Murphy’s law huh?? At least you can get for the damn reduced price now…. 😉

skirt, Cue

shirt, Life with Bird

watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs

watch, Larson & Jennings

bracelet, Gorjana

ring one and two, Sally Skoufis

bag, Delvaux

heels, Mode Collective

sunglasses, Nick Campbell

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