By Niall Roeder.
Winter is coming. Cue collective sighs from all Game of Thrones haters and collective “wasssssup” head-nods from all Game of Thrones frothers. Despite your thoughts on the show, the phrase stands true. Winter is coming. In fact, it’s here. And does that mean we batten down the hatches? Hell no. We take it in our stride, we carry on, we persevere, much like the honourable (?) men of the Night’s Watch… Winter gathers, and our watch of Bondi begins. No yoga mat shall go unused, no café unvisited and no wine un-sipped.
Compared to a lot of places, the coldness of Sydney’s winter is nothing. You can still pretty much do everything… but we’ve put together a little list of things that are extra nice to do when the mercury dips.
When thinking of a pleasant winter brekkie, most will think of two things; warm and cosy. If you don’t, you’re wrong. Fact. Gertrude and Alice is a charming book shop/café that dishes up awesome food and has seats outside that cop the sun. It is warm and it is damn cosy. Rock up here for a post-yoga Warm Breakfast Crumble (poached apple and berry with baked crunchy granola, topped with sweet yoghurt and spiced rhubarb) and a mug of Alice’s Famous Chai.
If retail therapy is your bag, then hit up Jac+Jack for some modern and stylish winter knitwear. These guys are killing it. Be prepared to drop some cash, but rest assured it is all top-notch ware, made from quality and luxurious yarns, like cashmere and Australian superfine merino wool. Get toasty.
32 degree yoga
Whether in summer or winter, yoga is an awesome way to start the day. Power Living Yoga has morning Vinyasa classes in a toasty 32 degree room. In the wise words of Nelly, “it’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes”… Don’t take off all your clothes, but get comfortable and embrace the warmth. Expect it to be sweaty, stretchy and intensely satisfying.
Picnic in the sun
There are often sunny days during winter in Sydney. Grab a rug and head to Hunter Park (headland at south Bondi), Bondi park (the grassy knoll at the south end of the beach) or Biddigal Park (the park at the north end of the beach).
Now for something to warm the cockles of your heart – a hot chocolate. Our organic brethren at Sadhana Kitchen serve up a powerful hot choccie in their Hot Superfood “Milo” (cacao, coconut sugar, mesquite, lacuma, maca, a pinch of salt and your choice of milk). Get this in you.
Pancakes. Are. Epic. We’re big fans of those sweet floppy discs and we’re guessing you are too. Head to Trio for their Buttermilk Pancakes (mango and lime buttermilk pancakes with strawberries, lemon curd, double cream and Canadian maple syrup). An all-day brekkie menu means afternoon pancakes are most certainly a thing. Winter… what winter?
If pancakes don’t stir your flavour loins, mulled wine surely does? Bar 34 does an epic mulled wine, which happens to be the manager’s family recipe from Germany. Finish the winter mission getting warm and fuzzy, listening to some live tunes.
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