Coogee may not be as well-known as its famous big sister Bondi, but it possesses its own laid-back seaside charm. The beach is home to calmer waters, historic ocean pools and rich marine life. Yet its natural beauty isn’t its only drawcard. Coogee also boasts some of Sydney’s best cafés, eateries and boutique shopping — making it the perfect place to set up your base while in town. Not to mention easy access to Sydney’s CBD, business hubs and the bustling eastern suburbs.

Have an afternoon or morning off work? A break between meetings? Want to take your catch-up outside the boardroom? Here are some ways to make the most out of small breaks in the day during a stay in Coogee.

Socialise

Rosie’s

“Food is medicine” at this wholesome new restaurant. An expansive blush interior, farm-to-table ethos, natural wine on tap and unique cocktails by nutritionist co-owner Shannon makes this spot an education in the art of wellness.

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High Tea at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Buttery scones, intensely chocolatey Opera cake, delightful sandwiches – these are just a few treats gracing the Crowne Plaza’s High Tea by the Sea. You’ll even receive some Lindt Chocolate to take away with you after your cuppa (or perhaps a glass of bubbles!).

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Coogee Pavilion

Merivale’s Coogee Pavilion has it all – a coffee cart, oyster bar, wood-fired pizza oven, rooftop bar, children’s play area. It’s enormous, there’s parking available directly across the road, and it’s right on the beach. To say there’s something for everybody here is an understatement. It’s a popular spot for locals and people from all over Sydney, and the perfect place to wind down and catch up.

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The Little Kitchen

This seaside café with an English twist (or perhaps an English cafe with a seaside twist) boasts an exciting menu spanning well beyond the usual avocado on toast. They’re also open for dinner a few evenings of the week with a rotating menu driven by fresh local produce. Winning dishes such as kedgeree with smoked cod or the succulent pork belly make this a great casual spot with hearty fare.

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Get Energised

The Livingroom

The Livingroom yoga studio is a gentle space with a serene, inspiring outlook towards Coogee Beach. Classes run from the crack of dawn to early evening, making this is a wonderful place to invigorate during the day, or unwind for the night.

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Wylie’s Baths

Visiting here means you’ll be swimming in history, literally. Established in 1907, Wylie’s Baths is Sydney’s oldest ocean tidal pool. The unmistakable yellow and teal panels, the stilts, and the views of waves crashing on Wedding Cake Island will make this one iconic dip. You’ll find locals enjoying the water here no matter what time of year, and, no matter the temperature.

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Gordon’s Bay

Through the shrubbery lies a hidden oasis of emerald water between Clovelly and Coogee beaches. While Gordon’s Bay is part of the Coogee to Bondi walk, it’s a destination in its own right. Down a few curious stairs to the sand you’ll see little fishing boats, or ‘tinnies’ as the locals call them, stored on their skids, the wooden frames around the bay. Locals have been known to enjoy a picnic on the large, flat rocks along the water of this special hideaway.

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Sea View Room at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

There are not many hotels in Sydney that boast uninterrupted beach views. Here, you can fall asleep to the moon and rise with the sun from the comfort of your own bed.

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Be Inspired

Gould Street Boutiques

Only a stone’s throw away from the beach is Coogee’s big sister Bondi, where you’ll find a strip of boutique shops featuring some of Australia’s best home-grown designers, including PLAYA by Lucy Folk, Jac + Jack, Tuchuzy, Bondi Wash and more.

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Ritz Cinema

The Ritz is in an independent cinema, built in 1937, screening new releases as well as classics. The cinema is both historic and accessible – two words which don’t normally go together here in Sydney. There’s also not many places you can enjoy Caddyshack among a sea of regal red seats.

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Waverley Cemetery

Heritage-listed Waverley Cemetery may seem like an unlikely destination. However, with its clifftop location and never-ending views of the Tasman Sea at its horizon, it’s a truly unique experience to visit — all 16 hectares of it. The cemetery also holds the final resting place of key Australian figures who helped to shape the country into what it is today.

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Have some extra time on your next trip? Add on a weekend to explore Sydney’s neighbouring Blue Mountains — popular among locals and visitors alike. The area is famous for its beautiful scenery, national parks and local festivals, making it a relaxing getaway from the state’s capital.

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