Byron Bay is just overflowing with hip cafes, cool vegan restaurants, seafood kiosks, food trucks, juice bars and more. On my recent holiday to this gorgeous town, I was lucky enough to sample some of the local favourites. Based on many recommendations from friends and a bit of foodie detective work, I narrowed it down to four favourites that you must try, if you haven’t already.
Short version: A Vegetarian but hip cafe, without being too hipster. Kid friendly, lovely atmosphere.
Recommended dish: Haloumi burger. Out of this world.
They describe themselves as ‘Organic, ethical and plant-based’. I was dying to check this cafe out so we headed into Folk for breakie on our first day. This place is adorable. It is a vegetarian menu, but you really won’t miss the meat. We took a large table inside, but it offers outdoor seating, with picnic rugs and tables. The menu offers an inspiring range of healthy, happy meals that you just know are doing good things to your body.
Loved: The chilled out, peaceful atmosphere.
Short version: A destination restaurant /cafe experience, set amongst a fully operational farm, executing the ‘paddock to plate’ mantra brilliantly.
Recommend: The Eggs benedict.
Everyone we spoke to about our trip told us that we MUST go to The Farm, so off we diligently trotted to this charming food oasis just outside of Byron.
It didn’t disappoint. Made up of the award winning Three Blue Ducks restaurant, The Bread Social cafe and bakery, The Produce Store and Flowers at The Farm florist this place is full of delightful surprises. We enjoyed breakfast and a kid-friendly atmosphere on the outdoor deck in the restaurant, while our three year old explored the amazing, nearby playground.
The food at Three Blue Ducks is mostly organic, locally sourced and in-season too, which is truly admirable.
This place just buzzes and captures that distinct Byron Bay laid back vibe that everyone loves.
Loved: The play-groud and the farm animals for the kids. The florist and gift store is beautifully styled, and they will post anything you buy to wherever you are.#bonus!
Short version: A stunning and inspiring cafe, with sweeping views of the ocean, immediately making you want to book in a long seafood lunch with friends.
Recommend: The giant raw prawn. (I know but trust me).
I discovered The Beach by accident on my own when I took a bike ride around town. Kind of like The Stokehouse of Byron, this place sits right on the clifftop of Byron, with sweeping water views. The Beach offers an Italian inspired menu, and a beautiful selection of Italian inspired seafood dishes. It also has a cool takeaway counter proffering coffee, fresh pastries, and fish and chips.
Recently refurbished this place oozes sophistication without being pretentious. Newly appointed chef, David Lovett, hails from the Sydney food scene and lifts this place into a league of its own.
I reviewed the menu over a coffee and booked lunch on my way out. They wait staff were amazing – particularly with the kids, even offering to make a ‘special’ pasta not on the menu just for them. I can tell you right now it was the best spaghetti and tomato sauce I’ve ever tasted!
We loved: The sandpit out the front for the girls, the friendly yet professional service, and the food – Bellissimo!
4. Top Shop
Short version: Nestled amongst the more established Byron Bay neighbourhood, this is a relaxed hangout for the locals, surfers or visitors like us who want to look like locals!
Recommend: Great coffee & take-home sourdough bread.
My husband actually discovered this place on his way back from a morning surf. He loved it so much he took the girls back there. The owners apparently wanted to create a spot for the locals to enjoy a coffee, off the main drag.
My daughter got chatting to a little girl at the cafe when there, and my husband started chatting with her dad (as you do). Turns out the guy used to live in the house we were staying in before it was bought and renovated by the current owners, Zoe and Jimi Paul. That’s uncanny don’t you think?
Loved: Location, walking distance from home.
So that’s my pick of cafes in Byron. There are so many to choose from and it really was hard to narrow it down. What is your favourite cafe in Byron?