The Unlikely Bookworm

Brunching in Bondi

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Brunching is a big thing in Sydney. The choices are plentiful; the avocados smashed to perfection, the smoothies boast goodness in abundance, and you can guarantee a lively atmosphere, regardless of how early you rise.

One of my favourite places for brunch is Porch and Parlour, a hip cafe on Ramsgate Avenue whose distressed walls, elegant tile work and rough wood paneling give its interiors a beach-chic feel with a mediterranean edge. Offering locally sourced and seasonal produce, the brunch menu ranges from a green pea pancake to the devil’s breakfast – spicy chorizo, roasted potatoes, bean molé, and chilli and papkrika doused eggs, but my personal favourite is the green brekkie bowl – the perfect fusion of kale, quinoa and creamy avocado.
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Down the road from Porch and Parlour is beachside brunch spot Speedos, whose menu varies from the cleanest of plates to the tastiest of treats – both of which I’ve sampled during my time in Bondi. And while the protein power plate is a undoubtedly tasty; for me their cronuts – complete with syringe full of chocolate sauce – are the cafe’s pièce de résistance.

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And if you’re after the Sydney-staple that is smashed-avo, few places do it better than Lox Stock and Barrel. Bustling with surfers, yogis and families-alike, Lox Stock and Barrel is located on Curlewis Street and boasts an old-school, lever-powered manual piston coffee machine and a charming courtyard at its rear. With black-top tables, a white-tiled counter and a massive, open kitchen along the back wall, its vibe is more Euro-canteen than Bondi Beach chic and with four varieties of bagel baked onsite every day, the menu a carb lovers’ dream.


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