Sydney has a lot of famous markets that are only open on a given day every week. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to see of them, except for the ones over at The Rocks for Vivid Sydney. I also didn’t have time to see both Manly Beach and Bondi Beach, the two most popular our of the many beaches in Sydney.
So the Sunday that I was there, we decided to check out Bondi Beach, which luckily has market day on Sundays. Most people, if they have time, do the Bondi to Coogee Walk, which is a 5-kilometer coastal walk that ends in Coogee Beach. Again, our time was limited as we had tickets to a talk by Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti at 2pm back in the city.
On Sundays, the Opal Card, which is the stored-value metro card used in Sydney, is unlimited for AUS$2.50. We took the train then a bus, and got off somewhere on Bondi Road. Already on Bondi Road you can catch the beachy vibe with surf shops next to cafes and tattoo parlors. As we got closer to the ocean, the shops disappear to be replaced by houses with big front lawns, some of them with yard sales.
Then we hit a small park called Hunter Sculpture Park. We went through until we hit the coast.
To the right is the Bondi to Coogee Walk. There were already lots of people on their way by the time we reached that point.
We went left. A few meters later, we saw a building called Bondi Icebergs Club. It has a resto-bar, a cafe, a gym, and a swimming pool. The best part is the pool is adjacent to the ocean, and the waves do splash into the pool.
There was a swim event when we were there so we got coffee and did a bit of people-watching. Speedos. Speedos everywhere. Icebergs also has free wifi, so you can upload that ocean pool picture right away. There’s actually a number of them in Sydney, but if you’re only in the city for a short time, then Icebergs’ is probably the easiest one to get to.
Bondi Beach was pretty cool, and an ideal place to spend the weekend in. Even in the winter some people surf with thermal surfwear. Or you can just lie on the sand, or if you hate sand, then grass is also an option.
There’s also a skate park: one for more advanced skaters, and a small one for little kids with scooters.
But the real clincher for me to visit Bondi Beach was the street art. I had started taking pics of street art in Sydney during my trip and really wanted to check out the ones I heard about in Bondi. It’s right by the parking lot, next to the skate park. More pics on this later but yeah, that was pretty cool and I love how art is so integrated into Sydney life.
On the main street fronting the beach, there are more shops, cafes and restaurants. Sydney loves its cafes. And brunch places. Bondi Beach would be a perfect spot for brunch. If you’re into activewear, shopping in Sydney might be a good idea. I noticed that the have a pretty good selection of sportswear, and not just for surfing.
Our next and best stop was the Bondi Market. It’s every Sunday from 10am to 5pm at the Bondi Beach Public School grounds. There’s a great selection of random items that make really better souvenirs than the ones you see from shops in the city center. I got coasters, and a necklace with a tiny infinity sign pendant.
Then we reached the building itself, where food stalls are set up. Small tables and chairs, which I assume are from the classrooms, are in the middle so you can sit while you eat. There was also live music when we were there around noon.
Shoutout to the Nonna Norma stall for the freshest piadina I’ve ever had.
There’s a bus stop right across the school and back to the city we went so as not to miss that talk. I totally would’ve spent the rest of the day in Bondi Beach otherwise. It had such a chill, relaxing atmosphere. I imagine taking an AirBnB here next time I’m in Sydney.