I’ve written about where to go and what to eat in both Bondi and my hometown, Bronte but I’ve never delivered my faves from the other side of the coastal walk, Coogee.
Coogee is a beautiful beachside hot spot, brimming with tourists and locals alike and many, many, Irish. If English people chose to settle in Bondi then the Irish sure chose to settle in Coogee. I think that’s part of what makes this part of the eastern suburbs so relaxing. It’s laid back, carefree and non-pretentious. It is what it is, a humble beach, with amazing cafes, unique shopping and lovely locals.
As I’m sure you know I love to start my weekend with the coastal work from Bronte to Bondi and I normally take this route as I have friends in Bondi who I meet up with at the other end. However, on the odd occasion the boy and I will head in the other direction and go to Coogee. I see an amazing massage therapist in Coogee who practices a Japanese style massage and yoga. After I’m fixed up by Bruce (my massage man), it’s usually time to hit the Coogee cafes. Two of my favourites are Black Pony Café and Barzura. Black Pony is situated on the main strip, Coogee Bay Road and it’s a delightful café/bistro where the food looks divine and tastes even better. Cute for a quiet catch up but also ideal for a group get together. On this particular morning I was craving scrambled eggs accompanied by an array of surprises. Steamed asparagus on sourdough with scrambled eggs, shaved Parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and a side of pancetta seemed like the ideal choice. It was! After brekkie we grabbed a takeaway juice from a juice bar a couple shops down and hit the pavement looking for more unique nooks in this part of Sydney.
Now if Black Pony isn’t for you then perhaps try Barzura located below The Living Room Yoga School (also where my massage man is). On this particular day I was again craving scrambled eggs (obviously a regular occurrence) and the toasted sourdough, avocado, crispy pancetta, roasted tomato and aioli with scrambled eggs was right up my alley! Barzura is the perfect spot to sit and read the paper while indulging in a delicious spot of brunch and a hot latte. An ideal situation for the individual diner…
So, we’ve discussed food but what about fashion. Ambition Fashion was originally an online boutique which now has a bricks and mortar store in the heart of Coogee on Havelock Avenue. It stocks some amazing labels at various price points, including Elliatt, Lucid, Wheels and Dollbaby and Talulah. For this post, I wanted to style an outfit that was cost affordable but still bang on trend. The skirt, t-shirt and sunglasses all came in under $150 and are pieces I can mix and match with existing items in my wardrobe. I am in love with the PU skirt in pale blue, I’m even considering wearing it to my Birthday lunch this weekend. If you love it as much as me or simply want to check out some amazing fast fashion in the eastern suburbs this is a definitely a boutique to check out when venturing Coogee’s shores.