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Local Bloke… Diogo Ferreira from Clovelly

By James Hutton on October 24, 2019 in People

Perfecting the Portuguese tart, by James Hutton.

Clovelly’s Diogo Ferreira is the friendly face behind Village on Cloey and Tuga Pastries. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in Clovelly for 14 years now, in the same apartment.

Why do you live here? I’ve got everything right on my doorstep. The best beach, the best café and the best pastry shop. It’s like my own little village.

What’s your favourite beach? In the local area, Clovelly is my definite go-to. I love the fact that you can immerse yourself in deep water and not get covered in sand when you get out.

What’s your favourite eatery? I’d love to be biased and say Village on Cloey, but that’s because I’d be cooking for myself. Room Ten in Potts Point is a favourite for sure.

Where do you like to have a drink? I’m a simpleton so I love going to the Duke of Gloucester.

Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The best thing about Clovelly is that it’s not like any other suburb. It’s very much a locals’ area with a reasonable influx of tourists. The best thing about the east is the variety of beaches right on our doorstep.

Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The summer congestion around our popular beaches and the lack of a real nightlife. Everything is so heavily monitored and we’re unable to just enjoy being out in the evening like you can in most of the best European cities .

Do you have a favourite sporting team? I only follow the league and my team is the Roosters. I love union and soccer but I don’t watch it as often.

What music are you into at the moment? I’m into many beats so it’s hard to choose a favourite. It all depends on the mood and venue. I’m enjoying lounge music and reggaeton at the moment.

Who is your favourite person? My godfather, who lives in Portugal, has always been a big part of my life and a great role model for me.

What do you get up to on the weekends? Unfortunately weekends are my busiest days with my business so I’m usually working. When I can escape I enjoy going out for a relaxing evening at a mate’s place or a quiet restaurant.

What do you do for work? I own two businesses, Village on Cloey and Tuga Pastries, both in the same building on Clovelly Road.

What’s your favourite thing about work? I love to make and create, and I also enjoy having a chat with all the locals that come in to the café and the bakery.

Do you have a favourite quote? “You only live once.”

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? Always smell the roses and remember what’s most important. Oh, and make sure to always eat cake!