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Published August 6th 2011
Mark Twain put it best when he said 'part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside'; if that's the case then Gertrude and Alice have created such a war.
Located in the iconic Bondi Beach, this place serves up fresh meals and incredible coffees that books can only write about and luckily for this place you can get both. Unpretentious, Gertrude and Alice is undeniably the best little café bookstore to kick back and read a good book. Invoking old school charm; and surrounded by old books, you will feel transported to another place, another time.
Open for breakfast and lunch, I would recommend their Bircher muesli chased by one of their sensational coffees, the perfect way to kick off your mornings. If lunch is more your thing, make sure to check out the blackboard specials. My favourite would be their lentil stew served with sourdough bread. After eating this homely dish, not only do your taste buds tingle with satisfaction but you walk away feeling light as this stew does the impossible; it stays clear of stodge.
My only critisim is that this place is extremely small and bulky, so finding a place to sit can sometimes be incredibly impossible, which is a shame because the food and atmosphere is amazing. The only solution is to wait for your food and a table to become available. But don't let this put you off, this place is a must to visit when in Bondi Beach, even if it's for a browse at its books or a quick take away coffee.
Went here recently and loved it, unusually laid back and unpretentious.
By tomra - reader Monday, 8th of August @ 06:38 am
What is the address?
By sesam - reader Thursday, 11th of August @ 02:59 am
This looks like a really cosy place. The bookshelves look really inviting, more like an old library rather than a bookstore. Sounds like a great place to buy a book, and then sit down and read it over a coffee. I think mixing bookshops with coffee shops has to be one of my favourite combinations. :)