Byron Bay is not only home to some of the best beaches, but incredible cafes, restaurants and bars. With so many great options, it’s hard to choose which one to go to! Here’s a list of our favourite hotspots in the area for the ultimate Byron Bay experience.
Folk Byron Bay
This local favourite cafe is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay’s city centre. Here you feel you are tucked away in the woods, which makes for a very relaxing atmosphere. Their unique menu is completely plant-based, organic and changes seasonally, ensuring that your meal is always made with fresh and in-season ingredients. Their Nourish Bowl or Vegan Burrito is jam-packed with nutritious ingredients and is one of my go-to choices. A wholesome spot, with good food, incredible coffee and super chilled vibes.
1/399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay
The Bayleaf Cafe is one of the most iconic breakfast spots in Byron. I absolutely love the modern rustic vibe created by the dark timber/brick mix interior, boho decor and lush greenery arrangements. Their dishes are made with locally sourced, ethical and sustainable ingredients. Not only that, they use some of the freshest locally-grown avocados in town, so all you avocado-on-toast-lovers will be in for a treat! It’s hard not to dance or sing along to the seriously good tunes that they play, making it the perfect place to kick-start your day on a high note. However, you may need to wait for a table – so grab a takeaway coffee from them in the meantime, as it is definitely worth the wait.
2A Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Three Blue Ducks at The Farm
The Three Blue Ducks at The Farm is the place to go if you love enjoying a seriously incredible view while you eat. This venue is set up on an 80-acre farm in Byron Bay, and offers some of the best views of the surrounding hinterland and the Cape Byron Lighthouse. The menu emphasises ‘real food’ and is based on a farm-to-table approach, where the available produce on their farm guides their menu. Any ingredients that aren’t available on-site is sourced as regionally as possible. You also have the option of bringing a rug, purchasing one of their food hampers (which includes a variety of meats, cheese and dips) and setting up a daytime picnic on their beautiful farm. Great food and even greater views is a winning combo!
11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
The Mez Club
As soon as you step foot into the front doors of The Mez Club, you feel as though you have been transported to a Mediterranean summer getaway! The white-washed walls, wooden furniture and rattan decor together create the ultimate island-luxe interior in this eatery and bar venue. The influence of Europe, Morocco and the Middle-East extends from the architecture to the menu, which offers a number of delicious meze-inspired dishes. I absolutely loved the roasted cauliflower and the roasted carrot hummus with pita bread. But, my favourite thing about this venue is the cocktail list! The Mez Margarita or Passion Spritz are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and are a must-try.
4/85-87 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Located in the Newrybar village just outside of Byron Bay, Harvest is a food paradise that every foodie should experience at least once. This award winning establishment is home to a restaurant, deli, bakery and private dining space. Their restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and offer a contemporary and creative menu list which utilises regional produce and organic ingredients. Every Wednesday, Head Chef Alastair Waddell and Forager Peter Hardwick launch a new menu which incorporates under-utilised native Australian ingredients to craft their ‘rare, wild and creative’ dishes. Plus, their award-winning wine list is an experience too, and includes many lesser-known Australian varieties. On weekends, their restaurant offers opens its menu up for breakfast options, or you can head to their deli and bakery for Sourdough Weekends where they offer a variety of incredible sourdough, pastries and treats.
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village
With only 14 seats available inside, this restaurant is home to literally some of the hottest dining seats in Byron Bay. It’s no surprise that you’ll have to book a couple months in advance to score a seat at this table. This fine dining venue, masquerading as a bar, is located in Brunswick Heads and offers a unique and intimate dining experience. Each dish is presented with creativity and made with local and seasonal produce straight from the farmers markets and local growers. There is also a great wine and cocktail menu to match. Not only that, the minimal and modern interior design, adds an extra luxe vibe. This is a must for anyone who loves to indulge in the finer side of wining and dining.
2/16 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
Located literally just a few meters away from the beach, Balcony Bar & Oyster Co is the perfect spot to wind down after a long day spent on the sand and in the salty waves. The name says it all really – a bar on a balcony which serves up some of the best freshly-shucked oysters in town! But if oysters aren’t really your thing, don’t worry. This bar is also home to some incredible cocktails, with an iconic cocktail menu that will make you want to try more than just one! There is such a lively atmosphere here, but also laid-back enough, making it an awesome relaxation spot too.
7/3 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
Supernatural Wine Cellars
Calling all wine lovers! This hidden gem is tucked away in the busy streets of Byron Bay, and offers a unique wine and food experience that you’ll never forget. Their one-of-a-kind wine list includes 50 natural wines sourced from 50 different vineyards from around the globe. The unique offering of organic and bio-dynamic wines is a perfect fit for the environmentally-conscious ethos of Byron Bay. But make sure you don’t skip on their food! Their carefully crafted menu includes everything from bite-sized dishes, main meals and desserts. Their zucchini, mint & sumac fritters with lemon & parsley cream caught my eye!
9 Bay Lane, Byron Bay
The Bolt Hole
This cozy bar sits on the top of a two-storey building, and is located upstairs from the hustle and bustle of the main streets The antique-rustic interior features dark timber, a unique mix of furniture and decor, as well as a beautiful tarnished copper bar. It is definitely a unique spot amongst the boho and summery vibes typically found in Byron Bay. While you’re at the bar, you’re certainly spoilt for choice as their offering spans over 300 different whiskeys and gins, artisanal spirits and organic wines from all regions of the world. On top of that, they have a great menu of cocktails that are too pretty to drink! Our tip – try to snag a seat by the window to enjoy a gorgeous view of the Byron hinterland whilst sipping on your drink.
9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay