As Sydney starts to sizzle and the city dwellers flock to the beach, I’ll be bringing you a special treat by giving you a guide to some of my fave beach side hangouts, starting with beautiful Bronte.
I discovered Bronte when I first moved to Sydney a year ago whilst staying with my cousin and his gorgeous fiancee (now wife), Jess. I would indulge in the sun filled evenings by exploring the area with Jess as she filled me in on all her favourite eateries (yes she’s a fellow foodie) and how to get the most out of my new hometown.
During my time mooching, I joined Evolution for Wellbeing Outdoor Training and despite the fact I now live further away from Bronte beach, I’ve been part of the Bronte KLIK (group) for almost a year. There’s nowhere else I would rather exhaust myself each and every morning than Bronte, given I get to stare at glorious sunrises, frolicking dolphins and migrating whales, oh and a cute lifeguard or two. Yes, this is what happens on a regular basis at Bronte.
Alright-let’s get to the stuff I love the most about this delightful seaside hotspot… Food (now you can see why I need to be a member of a hard-core fitness group)! Bronte boasts some of the best cafes in the east and whilst I adore Bondi, if you’d rather a hot spot with less foot traffic, actually less traffic in general, is more family friendly and a little more rustic and not so hipster, then Bronte is an exceptional alternative.
Some of the top notch places to dine are Bellagio Café (their baked beans with smoked bacon bits are #droolworthy), Eugene’s and a little more towards the Bondi Junction side of Bronte, there’s Ruby’s Diner – a little art deco hideaway that’s dog friendly!
However, if I had to choose my ultimate Bronte eatery it has to be Three Blue Ducks. Fresh produce – most fruit and vegetables are grown on site, socially conscious, impeccably plated and it won’t break the bank. Best of all they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, although brunch wins me over every time. A perfect spot to catch up with girlfriends (in fact I’ve met many of my fellow exercise junkies there for a coffee after training). You can dress down or why not adopt a little more beachside chic to your style. Obviously for the purposes of this post I’ve opted for the chic option, given no one needs to see me in my fitness gear and there’s something lovely about getting dolled up and indulging in some bountiful brunch and banter with a bevy of beauties (aka my friends).
They change the menu frequently but still pay homage to a few staple dishes. So if you are after something quite hearty (ie. after a big night out), they always have the black pudding on rotation which is a brekkie fave. Or if you’re trying to eat light (what I try to do but continually fail at), the quinoa and fig bircher with caramalised peaches, fresh fruit, yoghurt and toasted nuts is heavenly. I’m also a big fan of the fresh drinking coconut on offer; so refreshing after a workout down the beach or as mentioned before, when you might be feeling a little dusty from the previous night’s shenanigans #hydrate. Finally to top it all off if you’re a sweet tooth like me you will not find a more delicious lemon meringue mini tart anywhere else in Sydney. Trust me, I have sampled plenty and this is by far the best I have ever smacked my lips around (OMG I am salivating on my Macbook just thinking about it)!
So for an area, in my opinion which truly has it all, why not head down to Bronte this summer and explore it for yourself and be sure to let me know anything and everything you discover.