10 Must Do’s: Bondi Beach, Sydney
Making our first global footprint on the yoga travel guide trail we’re profiling our local stomping ground… Bondi Beach, Sydney. To start off we’ll dip your feet in a neat 10 Glomad-approved suggestions. Of course there’s some yoga, some out and about, super nourishing (and tasty) eateries, a dash of cultural connection and a few spots to spend a little pocket money… enjoy our sampler of Australia’s ocean-hugging hub.
1. Icebergs Pool + Yoga by the Sea
Start your day at the most panoramic swim spot in town. Head to Yoga By The Sea on the poolside platform for an unforgettable 6.30am sunrise yoga flow. Breathe in the salty air, bathe in golden morning light and move to the sound of waves crashing against the rocks below. A post asana plunge will have you in with some of the more senior locals sporting oversized ‘budgie smugglers’. There’s even a café onsite with fresh coconuts.
2. Bondi to Bronte Walk
More of a night owl? Sleep in sneakers and drag yourself out of bed for a vista-loving walk along Sydney’s iconic Eastern Coastline. You’ll weave in and out of bays and beaches as dolphins, joggers, surfers and ocean swimmers sail by. This city’s problem? It’s just too damn beautiful. Enjoy this panoramic teaser of what you’ll experience.
3. Reboot Camp – Sunrise Beach-side Meditation
Yes it’s all about mornings. Every Thursday a.m. at South Bondi Beach the Bondi Meditation Centre runs a sunrise group meditation… greet the day with an inner smile crocodile. Everyone’s welcome and yes it’s a freebee. Just meet 5 minutes before sunrise on the yoga platform at South Bondi Beach. Look for the Reboot Camp sign, and bring something padded to sit on.
4. Yoga in the Hood
With the huge increase in yoga love over the last few years has come a solid injection of quality yoga schools in the Bondi area for both local and international visitors. Dharmashala, aka ‘The Original Bondi Yoga School’ offers traditional hatha, Vinyasa and Yin classes. The more contemporary studios are Power Living and Body Mind Life, both with heated sweat-flowing styles of class. If you happen to be in town for the first Sunday of the month head to North Bondi for some body beautiful Acro Yoga fun with Yoga Beyond Studio.
5. Bondi Farmers Markets
Saturday is Bondi’s market produce day for purchasing local apples, honey, raw treats, organic yoghurt, quinoa porridge and 400 varietals of kale. Try the free 9.00am lawn-side yoga class run by the ‘Namaste Bitches’ girls who keep the whole yoga experience fun, real and inspiring. After your asana plant it at the chai tent for what is Sydney’s best chai… well ok there’s also the recently opened Bills on Hall Street, then there’s No.6 below… oh yes how about…
6. Earth Food Store & Café
Just one block from the main drag is one of Sydney’s oldest organic establishments stocking the A to Z of happy tummy must-haves – buckwheat bonanza, kale chips (It's all about kale), coconut ‘everything’, cacao chocolate indulgence and gluten-free treats that hit the happy place. The best thing is the café sitting smack bang in the middle of the store where you’ll meet locals, mums and bubs devouring plates of goodness.
7. Orchard Street Elixir Bar
Specialising in plant-based certified organic elixirs with medicinal healing properties (what a mouthful), Orchard Street’s menu features such cleansing ales as Green Guru, Tumer Kefir, Roella Elixir and Cashew Chai. The rather styling copper pipe and raw timber interior is filled with cold-pressed juices, comforting nut-milk brews, raw salads and treats, herbal teas, calming candles and organic skin treatments. The staff appear to be floating in an ethereal state… they’re onto a good thing.
8. Aquabumps Gallery
Strolling Bondi’s promenade in the earlier hours you are sure to spot photographer Eugene Tan with his super-sized lens capturing the essence of local life. Tan has made Bondi his muse since 1999 with a focus on surfers, paddlers, endless rolling waves, morning light, the passing crowd and sun-worshippers. His Aquabumps gallery is definitely worth a visit, showcasing his iconic works which are all for sale. Be sure to visit his site and subscribe to a daily newsletter filled with soulful imagery (All images featured in this article shot by Eugene Tan).
9. No Lights No Lycra – Let it all go
Operating within the confines of our daily lives, it’s far too rare that we are able to let all our inhibitions fly away. Back in 2009 two Melbourne students created a space to completely let go… shake, sweat, laugh, get lost in the music and connect with your physicality. Now in it’s sixth year No Lights No Lycra is available in 55 locations across the globe, one of which is Bondi Pavillion on Monday nights at 7.30pm. Forget your well-rehearsed foot moves… it’s time to let loose.
10. Lox, Stock & Barrel Deli Diner
‘Cooking doesn’t start with a recipe, it starts with great ingredients’. The mantra of this back-street eatery says it all. It’s farm to table, abundantly seasonal, pickled, preserved, intimate, relaxed and friendly, and encourages the shared eating experience. The menu speaks from the heart, calling on some of the best comfort dishes from pre-war Europe with a suitably contemporary twist. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Lox, Stock & Barrel is always abuzz with happy tummies. In a nutshell it’s very, very, very good.