Byron Bay is a town with a beautiful heart and a whole lot of hippy spirit. Located in the far north-eastern corner of New South Wales, this part of the world is home to crystal ocean waters, flooded sunshine, a big surf culture and a super chilled vibe (walk around town barefoot, and you’ll fit right in). The spirit of Byron Bay also extends far beyond the bay itself – the neighbouring Hinterland towns and greater region are smattered with wellness attuned, organically focussed eatery havens aplenty.
Coffee hearts, muesli fanciers and professional brunchers alike, here’s a list of my favourite Byron Bay cafes. A top tip to set the scene? When you arrive in Byron Bay, arrive hungry.
Sitting on the outskirts of town, Folk is either a beautiful introduction, or final coffee pitstop destination for Queensland-hailing roadtrippers.
Arrive and your heart will skip beats – you’ll find whitewashed weatherboard panels, hairpin stools, clipboard menus and kitschy-hipster vibe. The coffee is on point, the avocado toast is zesty, the food is mostly vegetarian and the staff are all kinds of lovely. Don’t miss it.
399 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
The Farm + Three Blue Ducks
If there is ever a time to claim the title foodie mecca, this place can. A 32 hectare sustainable-farming focussed property, The Farm is 100% spray and chemical free, and on a mission to grow, feed and educate. The Farm space ‘residents’ include a yoga studio, flower shed, Bread Social patisserie (name = winning) and restaurant.
Hailing from Bronte (Sydney), The Three Blue Ducks have set up a second eatery here – a sizeable warehouse and outdoor deck space overlooking the farm. We arrived for brekky and made an immediate decision to book a spot for dinner the same night. It was a good call. The same lovely staff remembered us hours later, and the fun recommenced.
11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
A fifteen minute drive out of central Byron and into the Hinterland, you’ll find Newrybar, a town one part sleepy and two parts lovely. Harvest is a foodie institution here – and it doesn’t end at brunch. There’s also a Harvest general store next door, where you can find locally made produce, and breads baked on site. There is also a cheese room. And a kitchen garden at the back.
Open seven days for breakfast and lunch, and from Thursday to Saturday for dinner, this place wins awards (and not just from me). Get the baked eggs, sit on the leafy, sundrenched verandah and you couldn’t be anything but happy.
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village
A purveyor of ‘raw’esome, Naked Treaties is a haven of green smoothies, superfood-loaded and remedial bush-essence infused abundance, and colourful juices you can drink out of coconuts (in corn starch, biodegradable straws, of course).
The space gets blessed with sage and incense each morning, and the perpetual lineup outside the door isn’t really surprising – because everyone in queue knows they are basically lining up for a serve of radiance.
In the words of owner Jemma Gawned, “from sacred geometry to crystals and our colorful prayer flags, our aim is to create a hub of joyous, conscious living” – and that, she has.
2/3 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Road House Cafe Bar
When we arrived here and parked right across from a lime green Kombi, I knew we were in for a treat. Road House has a rustic-chic charm and is definitely on-trend without trying too hard. The Road House believe in thriving through sustainable farming and consuming nourishing, organic whole foods and elixirs. The cafe is fully licensed, but we enjoyed tumeric-infused Kombucha.
6/142 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
Just a handful of streets from the ocean, head to iconic Bayleaf for brunch o’clock. The locals totally adore this place, and the coffee rivals the best on offer in town. It’s well versed that Bayleaf is basically Byron Bay in a nutshell – relaxed vibe, bustling and attentive staff that treat you like a best friend, locally roasted coffee, Creedence Clearwater Revival pumping on the sound system, and an indoor/outdoor breezy space to people watch, be merry and while away the day.
2 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
The Top Shop
A tiny nook on the outskirts of town, The Top Shop is a well loved destination. Grab yourself a drink, then relax and recline on the grass outside to blend right in with other smoothie-sipping locals. Here you’ll find muesli and baked treats, great coffee, cold-pressed juices and smoothies. I recommend a watermelon juice for the road.
65 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay
Over to you! Have you been to Byron Bay? Favourite coffee or brunch destination not mentioned here? Spill!