A Food Guide to Byron Bay

Byron Bay is my happy place and what I love most about it are the amazing eateries!

I’ve just returned from a week long trip and had the chance to try out a bunch of different eateries. I’ve decided to collate some of my favourites cafes for you in a handy guide.

I first visited Byron Bay over 10 years ago and remember being blown away by all of the amazing healthy cafes and restaurants. As someone who loves fruit and veggies to an unhealthy degree, I was in heaven.

While Byron Bay has changed tremendously since that first trip (more commercial and touristy now), it has still retained its love of healthy living. If you are vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or simply love to eat healthy, chances are you will find somewhere to eat in Byron Bay.

Here are some of the best eateries in Byron Bay!

Best healthy cafe in a trendy setting

Combi Cafe: 5b/21/25 Fletcher St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Combi Cafe offer a range of healthy alternatives to drinks and meals. If you are lactose intolerant or gluten free, Combi Cafe will be a great option for you. Their raw cakes and nut milks are house made and organic ingredients are used where possible. Combi are passionate about using organic ingredients, free from synthetic pesticides and chemicals and have a wide selection of coffees, smoothies and breakfast options. FYI, this was easily my favourite cafe in Byron for breakfast (Combi reposted my photo on Intagram, check it out here!).

What to order: Try the iced chai with the granola bowl; heavenly!

Check Combi Cafe out here

Best breakfast/lunch in a laid back atmosphere

Bayleaf Cafe: 2A Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

*Image via Instagram

Bayleaf Cafe is a breakfast and lunch eatery with a large selection of meals, coffees and teas. They also own a takeaway cafe next door called Leaf & Grain, perfect for grabbing a meal and coffee on the go. Their meals are hearty, filling and the service is impeccable. While Bayleaf is always super busy, their friendly staff will always try to find you a table.

What to order: Try the granola bowl with fresh fruit, nuts and almond milk, washed down with the cold drip coconut latte!

Check Bayleaf out here

Best all round cafe with live music

Byron Fresh Cafe: 7 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Byron Fresh Cafe is a bustling cafe offering breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a range of juices, coffees and alcoholic beverages. Ingredients are free range, organic and local where possible and the menu boasts an extensive range of meals for everyone (kids included). There is a live act each night, so be sure to grab a table outside for the best views. FYI, you can also purchase fresh bread, homemade muffins and fresh flowers from Byron Fresh Cafe.

What to order: Try the egg and bacon roll for breakfast, with a pot of tea (the teapots are huge and make 2-3 cups of tea!).

Check Byron Fresh Cafe out here

Best for fresh seafood and cocktails with a view

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co: 7 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Balcony is a laid back restaurant and bar located on the corner of Byron’s busiest street. They specialise in oysters, cocktails and seafood however it’s their amazing views of Byron Bay that really make it special (in my opinion!). Their inside decor is reminiscent  of a Hampton’s beach house, with plenty of cosy armchairs and boho artworks adorning the walls. The gigantic wraparound porch outside is perfect for relaxing with a drink while watching the sun go down. FYI, Happy Hour is from 4pm-6pm each day and worth going to as their cocktails are only $13! Also, we saw Matt Damon here with some friends in the private dining room one night!

What to order: Try the crab pasta with a strawberry daiquiri.

Check Balcony Bar & Oyster Co out here

Best burgers in a casual setting

Main Street Burger Bar: 18 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Main Street Burger Bar offer burgers, milkshakes and beers in a retro inspired setting. Their food is simple, tasty and local where possible. They also have a fully stocked bar!

What to order: Try the Main Street Beef with the Outback Passion soda (add booze for a fun twist!).

Check Main Street Burger Bar out here

I hope you enjoyed this food guide to Byron Bay! Let me know if you’ve visited any of these places or if you’re planning a trip there soon!

Roxane.

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