One of the perks of yoga teaching is having spaces between (that could be interpreted on many levels but for the purpose of this tale I mean time between classes). In said periods I tend to gravitate towards establishments of eating…
Sydney, in particular the eastern suburbs, is full of darling cafés in which to nourish the body and soul in.
Here is my current line up of favourites:
Orchard St Elixir Bar – 2 Brighton Blvd, Bondi Beach. Plus new location at Glenmore Rd, Paddington.
OK my 2 best friends are the raw chefs behind this beauty but their creations are simply the BEST on the planet! I’m confident that’s not an over statement. Raw cuisine with extra thought by way of herbs and botanicals that serve specific uses in the body, every dish contains seriously high vibes and a pinch of star dust. I LOVE the coconut dosa’s and the green falafel balls as well as the copper bar serving kombucha on tap. Go here for organic cold pressed juices, smoothies, warm elixirs, and decadent desserts.
Smiths organic markets – 146 Queen St, Wollhara.
A simple selection of salads and sandwiches (on an awesome gluten free bread) plus breakfast dishes like chia pudding, raw porridge and house made granolas. They make the best dandelion lattes in town with a choice of 3 different house made nut mylks. They also make amazing smoothies and juices, raw cakes and chocolates, and organic produce to go. I call it sparkly cell food.
Lox, Stock and Barrel – 140 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach.
I’m a big salad fan and this place turns out some seriously tasty vegetable arrays. The olive, pickle and dips board is a highlight as is the friendly service and sweet Italian flavoured decor. They make their own nut mylks (sign of an establishment that goes that extra step) and they’re open from breakfast till dinner.
Boots Darling – 333 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst.
I just love the vibe of this tiny place with a tinier kitchen that turns out unique takes on classic dishes. Always great beats, friendly faces and a premium tea menu!
Venus Cafe at the Stables – 352 Bourke St, Surry Hills.
Seriously tasty salad territory, 5 giant plates made fresh every morning and you can have a selection with one of the tasty dressings for $10!! Eat in or take away. They also have an extensive coffee menu with a few unique offerings and the chai is good too, especially with the house made almond mylk. Lunch with coffees for 2 under $30 is near impossible in this neck of the woods, the staff are lovely and the decor simple but sweet.
Three Blue Ducks – 143 Macpherson St, Bronte.
You’ll probably have to wait for a table (especially at the wkds) but you soon discover why. The food is great, twists on classics using quality local and sustainable produce, like this 5 grain carrot and ginger porridge with poached rhubarb and hazelnuts. The menu is seasonal so constantly evolving. I can’t wait to visit their new establishment in Byron Bay, bringing the farm to table philosophy even closer to home.
Eugene’s – 96 Macpherson St, Bronte.
This is a sweet little spot, the food, the decor, the china is pretty. It’s a very easy going kind of place, I always feel comfortable on my own or with friends and they have a great spread of salads (which by now you may have noticed is a draw card for me). They’re open for dinner Thurs-Sat too.
Henley’s Wholefoods – 310-330 Oxford St, Bondi Junction. Also in Alexandria and coming soon to Paddington
The staff here are always so lovely and accommodating. They usually have a couple of vegan options on the menu but they are also more than happy to make changes to suit everyone. The emphasis is on wholefoods obviously and they also do their bit on the local and organic fronts, respect! They have a great cold pressed almond mylk and botanica’s juices, Mayde teas (one of my favs). I also love their contemporary but warm decor.
Iku – various locations around Sydney.
Iku is like fast food for health nuts, based on macrobiotic principles, all vegan, think curries, soups, salads, wraps, nori rolls. Real food, fast and reasonably priced. I love the mushroom and cardamom toor Dahl, the brown rice tofu pockets, and the rosewater pistachio marabba. They offer catering too.
Egg of the Universe – 711 Darling St, Rozelle.
This one is not in the eastern suburbs but it’s worth the 1 hour bus trip anyway. The huge open plan kitchen spills out onto the pebbled garden with communal tables and yogi vibes. The perfect circle plate is RAWesome and the kitchari is serious comfort food of the healthy variety. They also make their own kombuchas and kefirs. The focus is on locally sourced sustainable ingredients.
I’ve also had great meals at Fratelli Fresh in the CBD, Otto at Wooloomooloo for fine dining (they have a vegan menu if you ask for it), Sefa Kitchen, Porch & Parlour in Bondi, About Life (especially the Double Bay store), Sadhana Kitchen in Newtown (epic raw creations), Luxe, Earth to Table at Bondi Junction, and Organic Produce on Crown St Surry Hills.
I could go on, and likely will at a later date.
I’d love to hear of your experiences at these places or any other great suggestions so feel free to comment below.
Eat will, live well, be well.
Oh and something sweet to finish – the now famous dulche de leche raw, refined sugar free, organic creation by my dear friend Rita at Orchard St.