The Most Beautiful Cafés in the Eastern Suburbs
Our café culture is thriving, and along with serving up grade-A coffee, cafés are taking it up a notch in the style stakes. They’re setting the scene for a great experience before you even take a sip. The Eastern Suburbs is catering to Sydneysiders’ demand for beautiful design, with a string of spaces that are both practical and visually pleasing. At these cafés, the interiors are just as fabulous as the food.
A wholesome brunch spot Bondi locals swear by, holly. is a dietary friendly, all-day breakfast serving, insta-worthy café. Upon dining, expect funky breakfast combinations, a home-baked bakery cabinet, superfood smoothies and unique brewing methods for your cup of coffee. To make the most of the beautiful interiors, opt for an inside table where quirky Palm Springs vibes meet Art Déco chic.
6/241 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction
Paddington’s Barbetta is an all-day Italian-style caffe known for its authentic cuisine and hospitality. The traditional Italiano vibes extend beyond the menu and provide the basis for a warm and welcoming space. Like an old-school diner, Barbetta's look and feel is elevated with the use of leather, a primary-colour palette and beautifully executed exposed brick and render wall accents.
2 Elizabeth Street, Paddington
Food as medicine’ is the philosophy at this effortlessly chic beachside eatery. Rosie’s offers a health-centric menu where everything has the sugar free, organic and sustainable tick of approval. Get your iPhones at the ready, because the millennial pink room sets the backdrop for their equally Instagrammable fare.
31 Alfreda Street, Coogee
Vaucluse House Tearooms
Vaucluse House’s Art Deco-style Tearooms are straight out of the 1930s, and look out over perfectly manicured gardens that stretch to Sydney Harbour. Ask for a table on the terrace, and set aside a couple of hours to work your way through sandwiches, sweets and scones – be sure to layer on a thick spread of the three-berry jam and vanilla clotted cream.
Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
Celebrity chef Bill Granger studied interior design and fine art before becoming a restauranteur, so it’s no surprise that his eateries are stunning spaces. Bills Bondi matches its seaside setting. With vintage tiles, wooden ceilings, rattan dining chairs, raw concrete pillars, brass accents and soft lighting, it has a chic yet comfortable beach-house feel.
79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
After strolling through Parterre’s homewares haven, head out back to the café, where you can dine in a glasshouse (complete with a glass chandelier), or sit in the Parisian courtyard. The space is seriously lush: plants, olive and citrus trees in terracotta pots sit next to wrought iron mirrors, sandstone stairs, rustic gates and 1900s French garden chairs.
33 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Over in Double Bay, this sun-drenched café and bistro pulls in crowds for its creative menu, and modern yet beautifully subtle design. The props go to interior designer Cameron Krone (from Smith and Carmody), who made the small space feel bright, airy and intimate at the same time. If it’s warm, nab a seat by the window.
Shop K1, 1 Kiaora Lane, Double Bay
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