Eat, Drink, Explore: The Ultimate Guide to Clovelly

From world-class patisseries to hidden swimming holes, the beachside suburb of Clovelly is delightfully underrated.

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.

EAT
Madame & Yves, 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.

DRINK
The Clovelly Hotel, Clovelly.

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.

EXPLORE
Gordons Bay, Coogee.

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.