A few years ago, that ‘typical Sydney’ stereotype – sun-kissed locals en route to the beach fresh from yoga – was true mostly of just the Bondi Beach or Eastern suburbs crowds. These days it’s not short of reality across the whole city.
Already famed for its surf and laid-back outdoor culture, Sydney now has an abundance of whole food markets, juice outlets and raw food specialists. It is fast becoming a must-visit for the nutrition-conscious and fitness obsessed.
Whether you’re visiting Australia’s unofficial capital city for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival later this month, for a relaxing getaway, or perhaps you’re a local in dire need of a detoxing weekend, this guide offers you plenty of fantastic choices.
From the Bondi hallmarks to the hidden health gems, here is Sporteluxe’s top picks for a healthy weekend in our home city.
Sporteluxe guide to a healthy weekend in Sydney
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Raw, vegan, gluten-free and organic, Sadhana Kitchen ticks just about every health food box. With a seasonal menu, this foodie favourite boasts dishes brimming with fresh, local produce all year round. Think sprouted flaxseed and banana crepes for breakfast and walnut mince tacos with fermented sour cream for lunch. They even do a Friday night degustation and daily high teas. Whether you’re vegan or not, their food is guaranteed to get your mouth watering.
A: 147 Enmore Rd, Enmore 2042
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After a fresh salad large enough to keep you satisfied all afternoon? Banana Blossom has you covered with nine Asian salads to select from. There’s no shortage of choice, but we can’t go past the local favourite, Tokyo Classic (Chicken or Tofu): green cabbage, avocado, cherry tomatoes, green tea soba noodles and Asian herbs on a bed of Asian salad mix and topped with a creamy white sesame dressing you’ll be trying to recreate. All salads are free of dairy and many have gluten-free and vegan options too.
There are now two beachfront outlets – one in Bondi, the other in Manly – so it’s the perfect treat after a beach walk regardless of which side of the harbour you are. You can dine in or opt for take away and eat al fresco at the beach.
A: 2/15 The Corso, Manly 2095 | 18/2A Jacques Ave, Bondi 2026
What better way to get to know an area than to get outdoors and go exploring? Renowned for its beautiful beaches and glistening harbours, Sydney is brimming with scenic walks that inspire you to stretch your legs. Our picks? The iconic Bronte to Bondi and Spit to Manly coastal walks are both hard to beat.
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Bronte to Bondi
Spanning three winding kilometres each way, this walk hugs the breathtaking eastern coastline offering panoramic ocean views from start to finish. If you’re a seasoned walker, why not add three more beaches to the repertoire by starting the track at Coogee Beach? If you really want to get your heart pumping, try the workout stations along the way. Although you’ll be dodging tourists and local joggers, it’s a bucket list tick for visitors (and Sydney-sider for that matter).
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Spit to Manly
For a less bustling thoroughfare, The Spit to Manly walk is an equally picturesque alternative. Covering 10km of sea, sand and bush, this track snakes its way from Spit Bridge to Manly Wharf. Traversing the forested harbour side reveals secluded bays and untouched nooks most tourists never get to see. We’d suggest starting the track at Spit Bridge and finish up in Manly for lunch at Banana Blossom; with a Tokyo Classic in mind you’ll be on-the-jog in no time!
TIP: when in Manly, cool off on the harbour by hiring a stand up paddle board (SUP) from Manly Wharf. It’s a great way to get out onto the harbour and, if you’re up for the challenge, you could even give SUPBall a try. Never heard of it? Go take a look for yourself. If you thought the Australian Football League (AFL) was a strange sport, this will really surprise you!
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This Californian-inspired store is a local institution – imagine a rainbow wall of juices and a sky blue breakfast bar. The great news is no matter which end you finish your Bondi to Bronte walk, you’ll find a Cali Press there to quench your post-exercise thirst. The Bondi store, however, is larger than its Bronte counterpart and also offers a range of heartier cold-pressed smoothies, a few new elixirs and tonics, along with food. We love the DIY breakfast bowl for indecisive muesli lovers and the chicken salad which changes daily. If you’re anything like us, you’ll find it hard to say no to the salted maple balls, too.
A: 2/16 Hall St, Bondi 2026 | 140B Macpherson St, Bronte 2024
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Single Origin Roasters
If you’re a self-confessed coffee snob, you can’t go wrong with Single Origin Roasters. Acclaimed coffee masters ‘Single O’ have a long-standing reputation for providing consistently great coffee. They have three stores: the flagship in Surry Hills, the Roastery in Botany (also known as the Mothership), and the hole in the wall in the CBD. We’d recommend visiting their Surry Hills haunt. Although positioned on a quiet street, it is constantly buzzing with customers who are as passionate about their coffee as the staff. Don’t be surprised to find the baristas engrossed in playful banter or throwing things around the cafe. It has a quirky, vibrant atmosphere not to be mistaken for flippancy (if there’s one thing they take seriously it’s their coffee).
A: 60 – 64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills 2010 | 28B Cranbrook St, Botany 2019