Seventh Heaven At Seven Ways
Apparently Seven Ways in Bondi is so called because there are seven streets that all converge into the one spot, but I’m sure there’s more to it than that when it comes to explaining the healthy buzz that radiates from the place. It’s got to be something about the number ‘seven’, perhaps. The seven wonders of the world, the seven pillars of wisdom, the seven ancient planets, the dance of the seven veils and the seven steps to feng shui are all renowned, and it’s fair to say that Bondi’s Seven Ways fits right in with the best of them.
Seven Ways in known for its wide range of shops within a relatively small area. It boasts a number of organic produce outlets: Hannan’s Quality Meats has been in the Eastern Suburbs since the 1930s and offers quality meats, including prize-winning sausages and certified organic meats; The Friendly Organic Grocer stocks fair-trade coffee, chocolate and other organic produce; and locals say the Organic Republic Bakery is simply sensational!
The healthy theme also runs through Seven Ways’ restaurants and cafes, each offering something unique and delicious. La Piadina specialises in Romagna flatbread delicacies filled with spicy sausage, mozzarella, salami, prosciutto and even Nutella, while Mamasan’s owners pride themselves on creating unsurpassed Asian tapas and serving up an enormous range of Asian beers and sake. They put on live jazz every Sunday afternoon as well.
There’s also Jed’s Café with its Caribbean-Mexican influenced menu and laid-back retro-Rasta vibe, Iku Wholefoods who specialise in organic and biodynamic ingredients, and Sun Café around the corner, whose famous Sunday brunch and freshly-squeezed, made to order juices are second to none. If you’re after a bit of fast food, Piazzaiola offers traditional thin-based Italian pizzas topped with fresh ingredients and Bondi Top Tucker do one of the best hamburgers in town.
The arts are well also represented in this local shopping village. The Beach Road Hotel is home to a bar and gallery dedicated to showcasing creative photography through quarterly group exhibitions and the local framer, Bondi Picture Framing, is expert at making any daub look like a masterpiece.
Of course, no village would be complete without its fashion fix and Max Garage fits the bill perfectly. The amazing husband and wife combo stock great local brands including Mimosa, Phyllis BoHo, Grab denim and Tilly Rose shoes.
If all this is too much and you simply need to relax, The Last Resort Day Spa will solve your worn out, post Seven Ways woes.
With all the heat and indulgence over the last few months, bunkering down in Seven Ways, the organic heart of Waverley, certainly is seventh heaven.
Check out the specials being offered at Seven Ways this month on the 30 Days of Hidden Treasures Facebook page, www.facebook.com/30daysofhiddentreasures.