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Bondi Coffee Culture

Jan 28, 2016  ·  4 min read

By Ben Stephens.

The Bondi bubble may at times seem to be all about sunrise Instagrams, cold pressed juices and #healthyeating. There is no argument that sort of thing goes on, however there is another addiction that courses through the beachside burb’s veins… and that’s an addiction to the golden crema. From the grassy knoll in the north to the skate bowl in the south, the area is awash with incredible coffees, served in picture-perfect settings. As we like to get our hands dirty here at QT Life, we went out and found some of favourite drops across the neighbourhood. Starting at one end and winding through to the other, here are several directions to some damn good coffee with equally awesome backdrops.

The Hill Eatery

Near the top of the North Bondi hill, you’ll find yourself in a part of town that oozes the relaxed and very chilled, Bondi vibe. When you get to The Hill Eatery, before you grab a coffee and a table outside, take a look at the freshly baked joys that are spread around the counter top. Check the muffins out and then order one – delicious. The calm hill side vibe is ideal to either catch up with an old friend or bring the laptop for a working brunch. However you enjoy it, trust us on the muffins.

Porch and Parlour

Pancakes. Fat, doughy little edible disc-like menu items. Not here, the team at Porch will have you dreaming about their pancakes. Made from green peas, served with a freshly poached egg, avocado, feta and radical little mint salad. Team this magic piece with a coffee supplied by the good people of Will & Co (another Bondi local) and you have yourself in prime position for another well spent morning in the bubble.

Drake Eatery

Just behind the Bondi Hotel, over the road from QT Bondi, you’ll walk into a local neighbourhood spot, Drake Eatery. The breakfast menu is kept concise, no need to be anything else as it provides everything you could need for an early morning breakfast. The eatery holds a super relaxed air about itself, which can be dangerous as the minutes in the hour skip past rather quickly and soon you realise its closer to 11 than you thought.


Stepped in history, Sonoma officially opened their first store in 2001, however it was three years prior that the art of baking a seamless sourdough started and a generation before that is where the love of baking came from. After conquering the baking side of things, the team spent time sourcing their own coffee blends, that are all for sale in take home bags. With all this expertise, the Sonoma squad have got all your needs sorted behind the counter. For a quick snack on the go, grab a Ham and Cheese Croissant, pair this with your coffee of choice and you have your own recipe for an unspoiled day.


As you make your way out of your sunrise yoga class, you find the only thing that could make the morning even better will be a classic cup of coffee from one of Bondi’s longest loved brew houses. Stop by Gusto on Hall St to feel a local vibe like no where else in town. Dating back to somewhere in the 90’s Gusto still have the same friendly service that they were loved for back in the day. Grab a cup and enjoy the people watching as Bondi wakes up.

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