Having spent four months living in Sydney, it’s safe to say I did my fair share of eating and drinking. We arrived with good intentions, cooking beans and rice in our hostel kitchen, but there is temptation everywhere. Frugal eating lasted about a week. After that, my bank balance took a considerable beating, but I was at least working which helped cushion the blow of spending $18 on avocado toast. *shudders*
This had to have pride of place in my list as it was undoubtedly the place we visited the most during our time in Sydney. Epic Pizza are serving up serious slices, the size of your head, with a huge selection of toppings to satisfy vegans and carnivores alike. We love this place so much, we once made a drunken 1.5 mile detour on our way home to get a slice of the good stuff. The Happy Daize pizza is full of veggies and even has vegan ricotta. Yum.
Bondi Wholefoods is a health food haven. Their extensive menu caters to all dietary requirements, and the presentation is never less than Insta-worthy. There is no hangover a brunch here cannot cure; but if you need a little something extra, they’ve also got raw desserts and an array of salads and wraps to go. Although it’s a little pricier than some places, it’s worth paying more for the quality and care they take in making food that’s as good for you as it is tasty.
Ever wondered what the cocktail equivalent of the unicorn emoji was? I like to think it’s the Fairy Floss Martini from Li’l Darlin. Just the right amount of sickly sweet, this vivid pink elixir comes with a generous cloud of fairy floss attached to the side, for the sassy drunk princess that lives in all of us. Don’t fear if fairy floss isn’t your thing, they’ve also got a Popcorn Martini and a Gummy Bear-tini… Just be sure to bring your sweet tooth.
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If you’ve ever watched any of the Sydney based vegan YouTubers, you’ll probably be familiar with Speedos Cafe in Bondi Beach. This is the perfect place to fuel yourself for a day of surfing, with a mouth-watering range of vegan treats. The pittaya bowl is a favourite of mine, loaded with fresh fruit – ideal for a hot summers day. Get there early to bag the window seat for brunch with a side of people watching.
Soul Burger is the first entirely plant-based burger joint in Australia, but they could rival any meat-serving restaurant with their menu. Whether you want ‘beef,’ ‘fish’ or even a vegan halal snack pack, they are out to prove that plant-based food is not only better for you, the animals and the environment, it can taste even better than the real thing. Seriously, their garlic aioli is the stuff of dreams. All of the flavour, none of the cruelty.
If you like rosè and frozen cocktails, this is the place for you – meet your new favourite drink, frosè. Perfect for a post-beach refreshment, served alongside their moreish sweet potato fries. You can’t beat it. If you’re not feeling the frosè, they’ve got jugs of beer and cocktails too, and at pretty reasonable prices for Bondi. Sit back, relax and watch the sunset over this iconic Sydney beach.
What are your favourite spots in Sydney?