By Sylvia Lee
What: Laurie’s Vegetarian
Where: 286 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach
Tofu burgers for $8, you say? Laurie’s Vegetarian is a rustic eatery known for its home-cooked style vegetarian and vegan dishes, which you can opt to takeaway. It’s the epitome of a cheap eat with delicious and healthy tofu burgers, curries and salads for under $10. Too good to be true? We don’t think so.
What: Envii Salad Bar
Where: 40 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Envii is a special place for “the eats you adore,” where you create your own salads ($11.90) and wraps ($10.90) from scratch. The salad bar offers a fun and exciting way to eat healthy because you get to choose what goes into your meal. A great way to be clean eating with fresh ingredients that won’t cost your wallet.
What: Organic Republic Bakery
Where: 98 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach
Organic Republic is a trendy bakery and a favourite among locals that stays true to its roots by “letting the bread speak” through locally sourced, organic ingredients. We recommend the mini focaccia ($4.80) or the classic-hit avocado and feta smash ($9.50) on a freshly baked bread of your choice with its tasty blend of olive oil, pepper and lemon juice.
What: Earth to Table
Where: 85 Bronte St, Bondi Junction
Earth to Table offers raw, organic meals that are not only beautifully presented but also gluten free, wheat free, dairy free and sugar free. Try a slice of their signature vegan cakes ($10.50) or a mix of their fresh and nutritious salads ($12.95), which are mouth-watering yet so healthy they won’t leave you feeling guilty.
What: Funky Pies
Where: 2/144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach
Did someone just say vegan pies? Funky Pies has got you covered with their freshly baked eats with eccentric flavours. They have also reduced their ecological footprint with their use of biodegradable takeaway packaging, sweat-shop free staff uniforms and organic ingredients for their coffees and juices. We recommend the creamy Funky Chunky and the delicious Rustic Bolognese ($6.50).
What: Gertrude and Alice
Where: 46 Hall St, Bondi Beach
Bookworms and coffee lovers rejoice. Gertrude and Alice offers an inexpensive Mediterranean inspired menu with their Breakfast Jar or Toast Toppers for $10 and a regular coffee for $3.80. We love the café bookstore for its quirkiness and its shelves upon shelves of books that will make you feel at home and relaxed.
What: Shop & Wine Bar
Where: 78 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach
With an impressive collection of wines, the Shop is a buzzing café on the corner of Curlewis St that moonlights as a wine bar at night. This tiny yet charming watering hole offers a delicious breakfast menu including a scrumptious bacon and egg roll with tangy chipotle relish and creamy aioli ($9) as well as a wide assortment of fresh sandwiches ($11).
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