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.
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.
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.