It was no coincidence that our first Cali Cafe was borne into the beachside suburb of Bronte. For us at Cali, Bronte has it all – cafes, sheltered natural rock pools, a wide and grassy park and of course – the beach… tis’ a true, local hangout, all year long. We’ve certainly spent many a perfect Sunday enjoying all that Bronte has to offer and we’ve listed a bunch of our ultimate fave’s for you guys to check out and hopefully enjoy on one of your Sunday’s too.
An awesome way to get to Bronte is actually by foot! With fitness and views combined, the Bondi to Bronte walk is always a good idea… if you’re around Oct 21 – Nov 9th you’ll even be able to catch the annual, Sculpture By The Sea exhibit. Bronte Beach offers some prime surfing culture and the beach as a more cosy atmos compared to Bondi or Coogee. Bronte Baths lie at the southern end of the beach, with a 30-meter lap pool (Bronte Rock Pool) suitable for the serious swimmer, as well as a shallow enclosure (The Bogey Hole) which is just perfect for kids.
FOOD AND BEV
When it comes to food and drink you’ll definitely not have to look far before you’re sorted – but nothing is going to beat a delicious Acai bowl, Cold Pressed Juice and AllPress coffee from our Bronte cafe. The park just behind the beach is spacious enough to host the ever-popular family barbies, excitable dogs, and of course that all essential game of cricket. If you’re keen for a cheeky bevvy and a nice spot to watch the sun go down, we recommend hitting up the Life Saving Club; it’s open to the public on Sunday’s and is a great spot to wind down the weekend.
Bronte certainly plays home to a string of charming stores and hangouts and one of our favourites has to be Iggy’s! Some have called Iggy’s ‘the best bakery in the world’… Iggy’s specialises in sourdough, whole-wheat and rye breads but be sure to get in early as these staples usually run off the shelves by 11am. Once you’re all set with your baked goods, head into Samambaia Flowers where you’ll find the freshest and most gorgeous floral specimens nature could create.
DID YOU KNOW
- Bronte house is open to the public once per year, giving you the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens and brush up on your local history.
- There is a very dangerous rip at Bronte Beach known as the “Bronte Express”.
- The beach is shadowed by hills to the west and can become cool and windy towards the end of the afternoon.
- Bronte is just over a kilometre walk heading south from Bondi.
- The original first group of lifesavers was formed at Bronte in 1903.