Love a café with a water view?
These Eastern Suburbs beach cafes are great spots to get your caffeine fix and snap a few Instagram-worthy pics at the same time.
Chapter One Café + Wine Room, Bondi
Head to Campbell Parade’s southern end to find Chapter One – a cosy little beachside café and eaterie; equally good for a cuppa and a brekkie plate (options for purists, kids and paleo devotees all on offer), or a lunch platter and a glass of wine. Beware: the super-strong Death Wish Coffee will put hair on your chest.
Coogee Pavilion, Coogee
Serving up gorgeous ocean views and a menu with something for everyone, the Coogee Pavilion takes beachside café and dining to classy new heights. Fondly known as ‘The Pav’ by locals, it’s a venue perfect for brekkie, lunch, dinner, drinks – and even a bit of fun too, with a games arena featuring giant magnetic scrabble and ping-pong.
The Bogey Hole Café, Bronte
It can be tricky grabbing a park in Bronte, but if you’re happy to squeeze into a spot on the hill and walk down to the bustling café strip, head straight for The Bogey Hole. It’s a Bronte institution, named after the rockpool at Bronte Beach just across the road. There’s lots of choice in the all-day brekkie, and the lunch menu is just the ticket when you’ve got a post-swim hunger.
Pool Café, Maroubra
Fresh from a dip in Maroubra’s gorgeous Mahon Pool, mosey on over to the rustic, friendly Pool Café with its exposed brick counters and baby blue coffee machine. They do old favourites – eggs benedict, french toast and a moreish stack of corn fritters, plus a few gourmet offerings too. Takeaways available if you fancy a rockpool picnic.
The Nielson, Vaucluse
This harbourside café and restaurant is all about casual beachside glam, with polished wood floors, bright stained-glass windows and a variety of dining experiences on offer. The Nielson kiosk/café overlooks the calm waters of Shark Beach and is open from 8am 7 days a week. Grab a coffee and signature Nielson Brekkie and soak up the ocean air!
Three Blue Ducks, Bronte
Okay, so it’s not technically ON the beach, but I couldn’t go past this much-loved Bronte institution. Brekkie kicks off at 7am at Three Blue Ducks with delicious twists on everything, from the bacon and egg roll with pimento salsa, to the fruit plate with activated charcoal labneh and bee pollen! The veggie patch out the back is nice for a wander if you have little ones.
Dunbar House, Watson’s Bay
Got a hot date or a special occasion? The stunning, refurbished Dunbar House is just steps from the water at Watson’s Bay, serving up alfresco a la carte brekkies with gourmet style. Grab a seat and while away the hours as you nosh on perfect poached eggs and drink in Sydney’s stunning harbour and skyline.