Arepas have found their way to Bondi Beach. For those not in the know, Arepas are small handheld flat gluten and dairy free corn cakes stuffed with your favourite fresh ingredients. These can now be found at Costas, just short walk from Bondi Beach.
Owners Cedric and Simone are absolutely delightful and make all customers feel super welcome with their wonderful hospitality. Although growing up in France, Cedric became accustomed to this South American staple thanks to the Colombian influences of his grandmother. We are thankful for this, for Costas are now showcasing authentic Arepas cakes filled with a new take of flavours in the Eastern Suburbs.
The Arepas served at Costas are tasty corn cakes, which are toasted over a cast iron griddle and come with your favourite protein, or vegetarian.
Ronny, the owner of Costas NYC @costas_arepas put together a range of Arepas with flavours inspired by their travels around the world. Cedric and Simone met Ronny and have since brought these Arepas to Australia with a bit of a twist with some added flavours. We tried “Mrs. Chang” – crispy sesame hoki fillet, red coleslaw and vegan wasabi mayo which was superb! We also thoroughly enjoyed “The Yankee” with grass fed short rib, coleslaw, pickled jalepenos and house bbq sauce. They have four other flavours, including some with plantain, eggplant, or chicken. You can order two for $14, as well as sides such as sweet plantain and queso, cilantro rice and black beans (which we had and found incredibly tasty) or watermelon and jicama salad.
If you’re also after a drink, they do sparkling water, juices and kombucha in addition to their coffee. Coffees are made using one of our favourites “”Little Marionette” and come served in a Huskee cup. I also really like their chai latte and cold brew and works to pair this with a morning pastry too!
The styling here is also on point. Beach sophistication at its finest. It could also be described as Bohemian luxe. It’s cool peach and beige hues with wicker baskets and bags, rope weaved stools, comfy benches and pendant lights makes it feel totally at home in Bondi.
The ambiance has a hip community vibe to it and we like that Costas has a focus on the environment and sustainability, serving their Arepas in metal “Arepa stands” in reusable baskets. Salad containers are bio cups and coffees are sold in sustainable and resuable Huskee cups. They also only use sustainable and humanly raised animals and all sauces are made with fresh ingredients.
As they say, “Whilst in South America, Taco is King, but the Queen is the Arepa”. Head on in and try these fabulous Arepas out for yourselves.
Open 7am-2pm daily
112 A O’Brien St, Bondi Beach 2026