Famous for its beach and bay, the small beachside suburb of Clovelly has million-dollar views from end to end. Don't be fooled by its village-like tranquility. Underneath this breezy vibe lies world-class food, drink and views. Here is a list of our favourite places to eat, drink and explore in Clovelly.
Led by pastry chef Yves Scherrer, who trained under one of France's most revered pastry chefs and went on to work at a private diner frequented by Barack Obama, newly opened patisserie Madame & Yves is home to decadent pastries, desserts and house-made ice cream. When you're hankering for hot chips after a dip in the bay, head to Out of the Blue, a humble burger-and-chip shop that attracts out-the-door queues around the clock. Village on Cloey might look like your standard eastern suburbs café, but inside you'll find a hearty and authentic selection of Portugese breakfast dishes, sandwiches and sweets.
Another card-carrying member of the deceptive names club, Van Expresso Bar is a café by day and a buzzy bar by night. The drinks list has a focus on minimal intervention wines and a small but exciting selection of cocktails, such as the Van With Me, a mix of vodka, plum saké, lemon, rose, palm jelly and lychee purée. Soak it all up with a plate of pumpkin and walnut dumplings or crunchy san choy bao from the Vietnamese-inspired menu. The Clovelly Hotel has been pouring pints for locals for half a century. This is where to sit back in front of ocean views with a round of beers.
The swimmable coastline of Clovelly is as picturesque as any in Sydney, but the sheer sandstone headlands make it more secluded—perfect for a tranquil swim in soft waves or for snorkelling amongst the sea life that is drawn to the area's calm waters. Clovelly Beach is tucked away in a concrete-edged ocean channel. Although waves still wash through, natural buffers make it family-friendly. Around the corner, Gordons Bay is equally good for lazing on the rocks or for snorkelling around the 500-metre underwater nature trail.