Where to Eat, Drink and Play in Byron Bay.
Byron Bay, known for its crystal blue water, bone white sand and tropical climate. There are funky vintage stores all around town, bustling bars and cafes, and plenty of unique characters just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re planning a trip to Byron, or we’ve inspired a road trip, this guide provides the essentials for all your foodie needs.
Folk Byron Bay
The epitome of old school 70s Byron Bay, this organic, ethical and plant-based café is the ultimate breakfast spot. From within this white wooden bungalow emerges many vibrant and wholesome creations. Don’t be fooled though by Folk’s location. Situated within the Ewingsdale Road caravan park, it’s the last place you would expect to find such a café. But trust us, this luxurious bohemian cafe serves one of the best breakfasts in town.
Folk, Byron Bay, Lot 1, 399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02 6685 5265), 7.30am-2.30pm
Combi Cafe – where city slicker meets beach babe complete with golden wooden interiors, pops of copper and pastels in-between. With potted palms and other growing greens, Combi sure knows how to bring the outside in. Especially when it comes to their menu. Top off your morning with one of their colourfully delicious super bowls. Swap your ordinary coffee order for a double shot espresso poured directly into your fresh coconut with the espresso fresh green coconut ($8). Caffeine has never been so hydrating.
Combi, Byron Bay Pty Ltd, Shop 5b 21-25 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6680 7426, 7am-3pm, http://wearecombi.com.au
Byron Juice Bar
For a body rejuvenation, head to Byron’s well known Byron Juice Bar. This drop of nourishment comes at a range of $8 to $14. If you’re feeling a little dusty, the staff will welcome your throbbing head with a warm smile. Their enthusiasm coupled with a good juice is sure to bring you back to life. Their chalkboard is not lying when it says “Best Juice in Town”.
Byron Juice Bar, Shop 4, 3 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6685 8618, 6am-7.30pm
The Beach Hotel
A favourite amongst both locals and tourists, The Beach Hotel, is known for their live music. From reggae to pop, this beachfront location is known for afternoon drinks but having breakfast there is one of Byron’s best kept secrets. For a fry up as dirty as your wake-up, but as tasty as that last cocktail, order the big beachy breakfast ($23). Although a staple on almost every café breakfast menu, morning glutton has never tasted so good.
The Beach Hotel, 1 Bay Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6685 6402, 8am-Late http://www.beachhotel.com.au
Orgasmic Food Byron Bay
This Middle Eastern (Yemen) influenced hole-in-the-wall is home to what has been described as “the best falafel in town”. You won’t get a comfortable, air conditioned experience here at Orgasmic Food. But this no frills venue is all heart and does a killer hummus. If your sceptical about the “best falafel”, keep your eye out for the free samples! Often during the day one of the waitstaff will stand on the corner of Lawson Street and Bay Lane. One try and you’ll be asking for more.
Orgasmic Food, 11 Bay Lane, Byron Bay 2481, (02) 6680 7778, 11am-9pm
Byron Fresh Café
The heart of Byron’s café scene exists in rustic elegance at Byron Fresh Café. With unique wooden detailing and pale sea hues, this haven is home to all your health and hunger needs. Byron Fresh boasts a takeaway kiosk, florist, and a mini bakery filled with the makings of local bakery, The Bread Social. Although a popular breakfast spot, and home to quality coffee, it’s their simple and fresh approach to lunch that keeps you going back.
Byron Fresh Café, 7 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6685 7810, Open 7am-11pm
Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. is where all your seafood dreams (and more) come true. Nestled above Byron’s buzzing main street, this is an ultimate display of surf and bohemian culture. While you people watch, let award winning Executive Chef and Owner Sean Connolly whip you up a seafood feast. The freshness of the locally and sustainably sourced produce is absolutely noticeable.
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co, Corner of Jonson Street and Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6680 9666, Open Monday-Friday 11.30am-12am, Saturday-Sunday 9am-12am
Loft Byron Bay
Situated in the heart of Byron Bay’s buzzing dining district is Loft Byron Bay. Loft is fairly new to this beachside food and drinks scene, recently replacing the old Hogs Breath Cafe. A light and breezy interior welcomes you with open arms, with a combination of relaxed lounges and more formal seating filling the space. Stay for a seasonal cocktail or two, or otherwise dive headfirst into the pasture to plate-inspired food menu. Oyster lovers are strongly advised to dabble in the Oyster Bar menu, while those looking for something more substantial should order a selection of share plates. Highlights include the pork jowl ($19) and the petite tender, comprised of perfectly tender grilled beef tender with confit eggplant, fresh radish and black rice crumb. With the beach waves crashing in the background, you’ll quickly enter Island time at Loft.
Loft Byron Bay, 4 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, email@example.com , 02 6680 9183.
Rae’s on Wategos
With soothing surrounds, hues of blue, white and natural wood, this Mediterranean oasis provides the perfect backdrop to a magical evening. Let alfresco dining take you from land to sea, as you sip a botanical cocktail, and stare into the sun-flickered glass top of Wategos Beach. A helpful tip – make sure to bring a posse so you can try more than just one main dish.
Rae’s Restaurant, Rae’s on Wategos, 6-8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6685 5366, Open 11.30am-late, http://www.raes.com.au
This Mexican cantina is the perfect modern blend, mixing the energy and tastes of Mexico, with Byron’s beachy vibes. Get your maracas out foodies, as Miss Margarita will have you doing the Salsa! After a long day, lounging along Byron’s favourite cool down spot, Main Beach, take a short stroll to meet Miss Margarita at 5pm for $10 Mojitos and Margaritas. Sip fast because the offer ends at 6pm. Ordering Nachos can often be hit or miss but not with this missus. With house made corn chips and zesty guacamole, we’ve heard it said, Miss Margarita makes the best nachos outside of America. Mix it up with a Taco Tasting Tray (3 for $20), or if your beach day has got your stomach churning, grab a Deluxe Beach Burrito.
Miss Margarita, Mexican Cantina, 2 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6685 6828
Open Monday-Friday 12pm-3pm; 5pm till close, Saturday-Sunday 11.30am-close
Stone & Wood Brewing Company
Are you recovering from yesterday’s sun assault and need an escape from the day’s rays? Head to the Stone & Wood Brewery where not only the beer, but their dapper cheer will brighten you up. Entering the iron shed, gaze over the hills of greenery, hanging pieces of history and a forest of wooden crafted furniture. Next you’ll notice the shimmering silver gleam of the monstrous tanks filled with the brewer’s latest concoctions. Stone & Wood’s brewery tours are available daily, visit their website for times. Cheers!
Stone & Wood Brewing Company, 4 Boronia Place, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6685 5173
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-6pm, https://www.stoneandwood.com.au
The Bolt Hole
Peering above the sunlit heart of Byron Bay from a second story hideaway, is a dimly lit escape. The first thing you’ll see as you enter The Bolt Hole is a six metre tarnished copper bar, holding the weight of over 200 whiskies and gins. Turn around and you’ll find an elegant lounge area lined with vintage green chesterfields, framed by panoramic views of Byron’s beautiful hinterland. The old school essence is amplified by William Hogarth’s London’s depictions of Beer Street and Gin Lane hung upon the walls.
The Bolt Hole, 9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6685 8410, Monday closed, Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-12am and Sunday 5pm-11pm, http://www.thebolthole.com.au
Places to Be
Broken Head Reserve
Calling all thrill seekers and beach lovers! Do as the locals do, and take a short drive out of Byron and into the Broken Head Nature Reserve. Dotted along the edge of a one-way windy sand road, at the base of every valley sits a strip of beautiful beaches. At the end of this path, Seven-Mile Beach offers easy access to peaceful seclusion. If you’ve got your walking shoes on, make the tight park at the head of the Whites Beach Walking Track. At the bottom of this steep decent you’ll wish you’d brought survival provisions as you build yourself a beach hut to call home. Many more beaches line the expanse of the Broken Head Reserve ready for your footprints to be left in the sand.
Set upon an 80-acre former dairy farm, The Farm represents an ethically sustainable and healthy way of living. Cradled in pastures based below the iconic hinterland, full of nourishment, love and passion, exists a collection of micro-businesses. You’ll find a café, florist, boot camp, yoga studio and bakery all in one location. This establishment aims to “grow, feed and educate” those interested in living a similar lifestyle. A stark contrast to the busy hub of Byron just 10 minutes away, this Eden will provide a whole day’s worth of activities for you and the family. Heading this venture are the boys from Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks cafe in Bronte and Rosebery in Sydney. Their ever-changing menu is designed based on the available produce directly from The Farm or neighbouring suppliers.
The Farm Byron Bay, 92 Woodford Lane, Ewingsdale, NSW 2481, (02) 6684 7888, Monday-Thursday 7am-4pm, Friday-Sunday 7am-10pm, http://www.thefarmbyronbay.com.au
Byron Bay Farmers Markets
Since December 2004, a colourful conglomerate has gathered upon the Butler Street Reserve bringing the local community a grower’s market. This flourishment of colour blooms every Thursday from 8am-11am. Grab an almond croissant and a coffee from the Scratch Patisserie stall as you stroll around the markets. You will find all types of produce to meet your foodie needs. From the freshest fruit and veg, flowers and fine meats. There’s even stall dedicated to garlic! As you near the exit, arms hanging with goodie bags, be sure to revitalise. Head to Jungle Juice for your choice of juice or smoothie. For something more exotic, traverse to M2A Cane Juice, it’s a must.
Byron Bay Farmers Markets, Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, (02) 6687 1137, Thursday 8am-11am, http://www.byronfarmersmarket.com.au
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Now, at last, if you’re up for it, and find pleasure in early morning rewards, walk to the lighthouse. As the most easterly point in Australia, from this location is where you will see the first sunrise of the day (within Australia that is). So, wipe your weary eyes, put your walking shoes on and get going. From the inner hub of Byron, to the Cape Byron Lighthouse is roughly a 40-minute walk. Once on top, find a cosy spot and watch the sky churn through sherbet shades of purple, blue, pink and orange until at last, it is day. The walk back down isn’t too bad either. Take it slow and soak up the views of The Pass and Main Beach, as the morning light shimmers across the ocean’s surface.