Byron is definitely one of my favourite places to holiday in Australia and we recently took my mum and the kids there for a couple of weeks vacation.
My sister lived there for a number of years while she was at Uni and I have travelled there for a number of reasons over the last decade, always experiencing something new and wonderful.
As I have gotten older the Ford ‘hatchback’ made way for airplanes, the backpacks filled with festival clothes made way for nappy bags and kids buckets and spades and my nourishment of choice has also changed from existing only on from – cough – wine and kebabs, to craving balanced, local, nutrient dense meals.
Many people who go to Byron Bay buy their food from the shop fronts on the ‘main drag’ and can miss some of the best local produce around simply by being close to the ‘default’ choices. There are so many great places to pick up yummy and healthy food in Byron and while we didn’t get to eat at all of them on this trip, I’m going to share our top pics as well as LOTS of pictures of our trip.
1 Marvell St, Byron Bay.
The owner of Bayleaf Cafe, Dan, hails from Melbourne, which could explain the efficient, friendly and professional at Bayleaf Cafe. They who work in the food scene in the Southern Capital know you can’t be lackadaisical about the way you approach your food, coffee and customers if you want to impress.
We took the kids to Bayleaf most mornings at about 6.30am to soak up the sunrise as it hit their front, open verandah. Bayleaf supply the pavement and the chalk to keep the grommets busy and kids fruit platters and great smoothie choices for them to start their day well. The breakfast dishes for adults are all the bomb (I can’t choose a favourite!), big serves of eggs and sides and always a heap of greens. All lunch salads fit the bill for a balance of fats, carbs and protein.
And I mustn’t forget: COFFEE!
Single origin coffee from and the option to choose different roasts. SPOT. ON. (Bayleaf coffee saved me from quite a few murderous early-morning kid wake-ups)
Also Bayleaf has a pretty cool vibe if you want to come across a little suave. Owners Dan and Nikki are really great hosts and I’m not surprised to find out this cafe is popular with a lot of holiday’ing foodie ‘blow-ins’. We sent my in-laws to Bayleaf when they were in Byron recently and my mother-in-law tried to convince Dan to open up a cafe in their home-town of Noosa, so you might say Bayleaf has won our whole family over.
Any place you can eat amazing food, drink excellent coffee AND take your kids all while remaining incredibly cool 😉 is a winner!
6/142 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Paleo and gut healing powerhouse!
Roadhouse was launched by ex-Sydney whisky fanatic Dan Woolley, and boasts what is easily the best whisky collection on the north coast. Though I wouldn’t know because, well, I don’t drink whisky! I do however love me some healing medicinal foods and Roadhouse has that covered! Famous for their bone broth soups, fresh locally sourced vegetables and meats and fresh, healthy flavours.
Great coffee too, though I couldn’t go past the magic mushroom hot chocolate. With 17 medicinal mushrooms and a great dose of spice.
Topshop Byron Bay
65 Carlyle St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
We were staying directly across the street from The Top Shop, and so this place became our saviour on many a caffeine requirement occasion, a snacky-poo’s in the afternoon occasion, an after-swim occasion and for my husband, an after-ride occasion. They also inspired this amazing quinoa bread recipe I made a few weeks ago because theirs, served with sliced banana, tahini, seeds and mint was THE BOMB!
Their burgers are excellent and they have many gluten free and paleo options on the menu. What I loved the most about The Top Shop is their dedication to using local produce, as you can see on the board below.
Great coffee, easy-to-eat offerings and a relaxed vibe. Loved it.
5/59a Station St, Mullumbimby NSW, 2482
Best pizza ever.
Best pizza ever.
I don’t know what else to say. This pumpkin pizza below, was the most delicious pizza I have ever eaten. I want to fly back to NSW just to eat this pizza. Mullumbimby is about a 30 minute drive from Byron Bay and we specifically rented a car for a 48 hour period JUST to drive to Milk and Honey for this pizza. Great vibe also.
(we hear the balcony meals at the pub across the street are also pretty good but because of this pizza we didn’t get the chance to try them!)
11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
A little bit fancy. Three Blue Ducks was our ‘Adults Only’ dinner date night while we were in Byron. It’s a pretty special venue. We spent a bit of time at The Farm during the day, nibbling on yumminess from The Bread Social (also at The Farm), but for the evening… Three Blue Ducks is the way to go. They also have an incredibly impressive beer selection and don’t scrimp on the wine either.
Head chefs Darren Robertson and Mark Labrooy use the best local produce to create dishes with bags of flavour. There’s an 86 acre green space to create a unique farm-to-table dining experience at this beautiful restaurant and many of the cuts of meat come from right there on the farm.
The meals were delicious and noticeably fresh, but I have to hand it to the Blue Cheese Ice-cream at dessert. It was AMAZING. We ordered two serves and could have gone back for more.
We also noted that Adriano Zumbo happened to be enjoying a few bevvies at Three Blue Ducks while we were there so hopefully they keep their blue-cheese ice-cream recipe safe! 😉
I only wish I had more pictures of the food for you – but my mouth was too full and my hands too busy to click away while I devoured my meal.
(+ also make sure you check out the Yoga at The Farm schedule.)
Folk kiosk and general store
1/399 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481
We made it to Folk on our second last day for a lazy lunch and it was delicious. Fresh, colourful and hearty. They also have their ferments lining the shelves, which I loved of course, and the decor is something really special. It’s got a really wonderful vibe, made all the more spesh by Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ playing on the record player inside.
2/3 Marvell St, Byron Bay, 2481
Right across the road from Bayleaf cafe, we went to Naked Treaties for the golden mylk, a LOT. Spiced fresh grated turmeric and hot almond milk. Delicious. I also grabbed a few raw treats during my time in Byron from Naked Treaties and LOVE that they have switched from using agave to RMS.
Naked Treaties do pretty amazing smoothies which can be treated like a whole meal, a lot of yummy hot drinks and fresh raw salads and wraps that make you feel health A.F every time you take a bite! 😉
Fresh, healthy, friendly, YUMMY!
The Bread Social
At The Farm 11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale NSW, Australia
We don’t eat much bread in this family… but when we do…
I’m not going to lie, I ate a custard donut from The Bread Social because LOOK AT THEM!!!
And it was bloody good. Holly also tried a fresh chocolate croissant and my mum the homemade sausage rolls. All was great. If you’re a bread fan then I am pretty darn sure you are going to be in heaven at this place. And let me remind you it is in the same place as Three Blue Ducks, The Farm Yoga AND Flowers at The Farm. Go. Meander.
There’s a mean long black to be had out of this place too!
We wished but missed…
There was a couple of places we really wanted to head to but due to baby sleep times, swimming, being booked solid, lazing or lack of wheels, we simply couldn’t get there. We have heard EXCELLENT things about the following eateries and recommend them by default.
100 Mile Table 8 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay
Doma Cafe 3-6 Albert Street, Federal
Fleet 2/16 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads
Harvest Cafe 18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
Table View 30 Mullumbimby Street, Brunswick Heads
Is there any we’ve missed?
We would love it if you would comment below to let us know whether we’ve missed any ‘must-try’ foodie destinations in Byron Bay and surrounds.
Thanks for reading. Alice. X