Whale watching, brilliant stretches of sand and surf, cafes/restaurants and the lighthouse walk – No wonder Byron Bay is so popular.
Byron has only been a town for just over a century. Before that people came to this secret bay when they were sick, or to give birth, believing it to be a healing place. The first Australians here were farmers, followed by surfers.
WHERE TO STAY IN BYRON BAY
The Lord Byron Bay – Located in the heart of Byron Bay. You can relax and enjoy the resort with a quiet tropical atmosphere. A short stroll to the beach while passing by the many colourful shops, restaurants and cafés is a must.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK IN BYRON BAY
A popular Byron Bay hangout where you’ll get local, organic plant-based fare served thoughtfully on old-school enamel kitchenware, turned wooden bowls and kitsch 70’s era ceramics. Already buzzing from early morning and busy throughout the day, this cool little cafe on the outskirts of town is perfect for breakfast or brunch before hitting the beach. Top marks for the well thought-out interior design and the breezy laid-back vibe that carries through from the inside to the many leafy spots to bunk down in outside. To drink try the coconut iced latte or the fresh orange juice with their avocado toast & granola.
Fav: Avocado bread, granola bowl and coconut iced latte.
No Bones believe great food should be enjoyed by everyone. There are no obvious vegan cues and most guests don’t even make the connection that the menu is plant-based. They just know that the restaurant is inviting, the food is satisfying and delicious and the cocktails are incredible.
Fav: Vegan Mac N’Cheese, king oyster mushrooms & peach crumble.
Here’s a cute little coffee shop across the street from the Byron Hotel. They play great music, are very friendly and operate a welcoming establishment. The coffee is superb and they have many breads, pastries and sweets even though we didn’t order any with our almond lattes. Inside and outside tables. Highly recommended for morning coffee.
Fav: Acai bowl, Pad Thai & vegan açai cheesecake.
Elixiba has created a high vibrational environment that allows you to step out of you’re everyday world and into your bliss. Consuming plant based food and drink is just one part of the vegan experience. Your food, health, and social life choices should be a positive impact on the environment and be good for your body without you having to even think about it. They created that place for you. You’re welcome.
Fav: Tofu Skewers & Jackfruit lettuce wraps with tempe and mushrooms.
Established in 2007 and located in the heart of Byron Bay. A modern twist on the Japanese cuisine in a clean and contemporary environment. Dishes range from innovative sushi, share plates and fusion inspired main meals.
Fav: Organic Tofu and Mushroom Steak – Fried organic tofu cubes & portobello mushroom
served on a sizzling plate with pan-fried vegetables.
It’s among Byron Shire’s oldest commercial buildings still standing. Over the last 70 years it has had many different names, looks and identities, however one thing has always stayed true – it’s an iconic place for locals and visitors to meet, gather, eat, drink and buy goods. Produce from only the best local and organic farmers in the area which directly translates to healthy, high quality food. There is something for everyone on there menu, no matter your preference. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available as well as sustainably sourced meat options, dishes for the sweet tooth and choices for the health conscious.
A go-to for Byron Bay locals and visitors to town. Excellent, single origin coffee, healthy and delectable breakfast choices and delicious burgers. Part hipster-hangout, part coffee-shop this excellent cafe on top of the hill manages to combine good service with a genuine friendliness. The grassed area out the front is populated most days so if you’re wanting to kick back in the sun, get amongst it early.
Byron Bay has a huge range of places to eat for all budgets and tastes. Hopefully my insider tipps will help you make the most of your time in Byron Bay and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy it as much as I do. I’ve no doubt that you’ll want to extend your time in the Byron Bubble as long as you can.