The Top Places to Eat: Byron Bay
Byron Bay is my beautiful home for half of the year, with Melbourne my home for the other half. There are so many amazing things to do when in Bryon, from hitting the beach, music festivals and many markets to browse around. However the Melburnian in me is all about the food, which gives me a sixth sense to hunt down and discover gorgeous food haunts. I have a lot of people asking for recommendations while they are sunning it up in Byron, so I thought I would write this, The Gratitude Butterfly’s Guide to my top places for eating in Byron and Beyond. ♥
This is a gorgeous little café nestled just out of the centre of Byron. It has a 70’s rustic vibe and the food is divine. If you are wanting a place to chill, without the hustle and bustle of Byron centre, then this is your place. It’s a perfect spot to go with friends although I personally love to take my book or laptop and enjoy some down time among the veggie patch! Gratitude Butterfly Special: Nothing beats waking up on a Saturday morning and treating myself to a plate of their delicious pancakes and a hot matcha latte.
Barefoot – If you blink you might miss this one. It is my favourite hidden gem. Located as a little nook in the wall up Lawson Lane, their Chai Latte is the best in Byron. The staff are amazing and the place has a relaxed chilled vibe. Gratitude Butterfly Special: When you go there, ask for a Big M and a Big V special. You won’t regret it!
Bayleaf – If you want an insta worthy meal – this is your place! Everything about this place is vibrant, from their emerald tiles to their edible flower garnish. It can be mighty busy, but the food is worth it. Gratitude Butterfly Special: I am a keen fan of their iced chai lattes with almond mylk and the quinoa porridge.
Beach Café – This place is all about the view! Whether it is raining or the sun is shining, you will want to be sitting by the open window to catch the salty ocean breeze floating in. The best thing is that even if you don’t want to sit inside, there is a take-away window that is perfect for grabbing a snack and walking down to the beach (less than 50m). Gratitude Butterfly Special: Black Magic Tea
Top Shop – If I am feeling naughty – all I want is a Burger and milkshake please! Being gluten and dairy free can be a super downer when it comes to these classics though. Which is why when I found this place – I fell in love. To taste the pure heaven of a milkshake again was a dream come true – and yes, it actually tastes like a milkshake; frothy and everything! Gratitude Butterfly special: A veggie burger on gluten free bun and an almond mylk caramel milkshake.
Lennox Organic Gelato & Coffee Co – If you have been turning into a fried egg on the Lennox Heads beach, and your skin and hair has more salt on it than maccas fries, then you know you need to get an iced-something in you pronto! If you have diary-free needs like me – then have no fear – as this place does DF mylks and a great selection of sorbets. Need I say more? Gratitude Butterfly Special: The chocolate sorbet!
Williamsburg – I stumbled across this place one day after swimming in Lake Ainsworth. I was so hungry and this little place, nestled in between the houses was my knight in shining armor. It is your typical beach front café, with rustic charm and genuine tucker. Gratitude Butterfly Special: An organic cola and … well any of their amazing burgers!
TOWN – This little cutie is always bustling with people, and when you have visited there – you will understand why. They cater to dairy and gluten free, which is perfect after you have been browsing through the gorgeous-ness that is Bangalow, and you need to refuel. If you can – sit in the courtyard out the back – it is quieter and you might spy some special friends! Gratitude Butterfly Special: An almond mylk hot chocolate and a naughty slice of cake!
Footbridge – This is a local favourite – and it isn’t hard to guess why. About 20 minutes out of Byron, overlooking the Brunswick river, it is great for a meal – anytime of day. The atmosphere is chilled and the staff are amazing. There are plenty of seats, inside and out, and once you have finished your meal – why not pop next door to the ice-cream shop and treat yourself to a watermelon and mint sorbet and eat it down by the river under one of the gorgeous gum trees– you will be grateful you did! Gratitude Butterfly Special: Pumpkin Sandwich on gluten free bread and a veggie juice.
Jones and Co – This little gem has just come into my world – and I cannot imagine life without it now! It is run by the lovely Jones sisters and is a little spot of love. There are local ceramics to buy, organic chocolates to taste and sitting under the black and white striped umbrella with your tea, you feel all the stresses of life just float away. Gratitude Butterfly Special: Chai Tea with almond mylk and a Matcha and Mint chocolate.
And last but not least…
Harvest Café – For an amazing short trip – head out to Newrybar. It is 20 min out of Byron, and is like something from a country vogue magazine. Harvest uses its own and locally sourced produce to create a beautiful fine dining experience. Sitting out on the veranda with your glass of wine and the smell of freshly baking bread floating past – you will never wish to leave. Harvest also has a deli next door where you can buy their produce and there are a handful of gorgeous shops around the street where you can browse. If you have time – head down to Killen falls, which is only 10 minutes out of the town. It is a very easy mini hike to the waterfall, with look outs along the way. Remember to take your swimmers, because you will want to take a dip in the lagoon and maybe even get a picture under the fall. Gratitude Butterfly Special: Side of Charred leeks, Local prawns with seaweed butter, Farm leaves with salad cream, Local potatoes roasted with thyme and a lovey glass of Chardonnay.