One of the wonderful things about a visit to Byron Bay is the variety of nutritious, tasty and unique cafes and food vendors, which are all within walking distance to one another.
It’s common nowadays for food to take a direction into the World of sugar free or organic but Byron Bay seems to take this trend further. There’s no shortage of the good stuff but you’ll also find pioneers of flavours too. Here are the best Byron Bay cafe’s for a non-pretentious, chilled food and cafe experience, packed with flavour.
6/8 Jonson Street
The Spice Byron team are pioneers. Spice Byron is a game changer for chai drinkers. They’ve created “Australia’s smallest cafe” specialising in chai. Their extensive menu offers an assortment of chai styles and flavours including lavender chai, spice golden chai, coconut chai, shanti chai, and iced muddy cha, to name just some of the options available.
Instagram tells the story of a duo who spend months at a time researching the best spice blends in India before heading home to Byron Bay, armed with authentic flavours untouched elsewhere this side of Australasia. They’re a lovely team to connect with each morning too.
Our favourites were the lavender chai for a slightly sweet flavour with subtle notes of turmeric. Indulge in a Byron Bay Brownie from Spice Byron while you’re there; they’re melt in your mouth delicious.
2 Jonson Street
Like Mexican? This is your place. With Mexicans trademark vibrant atmosphere, Miss Margarita is one of those rare Mexican restaurants that follows through with excellent dishes. Don’t be put off by the fact that restaurant is small and there will likely be a queue for a table because the kitchen and wait staff are clearly equipped to manage the demand by delivering excellent food and service, without long waiting times.
Miss Margaritas is a smart choice for a large dinner appetite, somewhere fun. Our favourite dish was the nachos; both the pulled pork and the bean options were the best nachos we’d had before. House made nacho chips, generous portions of guacamole and sour cream, friendly waitresses. What more could you ask for on holiday? If you’re having an alcohol free night, the pinacolada mock tail tastes heavenly, or for those looking for decent tequila, Miss Margarita has an extensive menu.
18 Fletcher Street
Acai bowls are dime a dozen in Australia and let’s be honest, they tend to leave us more hungry than satisfied but with a large dent in the wallet; return on investment = low. This is why we love Barefoot Blender; for the price of an acai bowl elsewhere you’ll get a “bucket” ($13) of smoothie including granola and fruit. The outcome is deliciousness and surprisingly satisfied until the next meal.
Choose from snickers, mango, or acai flavour pick a smoothie or juice instead. Our favourite is the snickers bucket and it’s a flavour that we remembered for the 2 years between Byron Bay visits until we could hunt barefoot blender down for another dose.
There’s a cute picnic table next to their caravan, tucked off the roadside, to sit and enjoy your meal too. We recommend you don’t plan your day around when you might eat from here though; their Facebook page says they open at 9am but the reality is they open when they feel like it on the day.
Sunday Sustainable Bakery
95 Jonson Street
Don’t be fooled by the name; Sunday Sustainable Bakery is much more than just a bakery. Positioned slightly backwards from the main bustle of Byron, yet in the kid of place where sitting to people watch over a coffee and brunch is ideal, Sunday Sustainable Bakery has an assortment of high end breads including spelt, gluten free and sourdough, with with they create tasty brunch with hints of health. Avocado on toast never tasted so good but if you’re in a hurry, artisan bread assortments line the counter too.
We recommend strolling down to Sunday Sustainable Bakery for a chilled brunch among the chaos.
Fish & Chips at Sunset from Fish Heads
1 Jonson Street
No trip to Byron Bay is compete without watching sunset while sitting on the rocks lining the beach. One way to make this trademark activity even better is with a takeaway meal from Fish Heads. Cleverly Fish Heads has a menu tailored to groups and we highly recommend the meal for 2 (if there are 2 of you!) which includes more than enough fish (your choice of battered, grilled or crumbed), chips, calamari and potato scallop, plus tartare and lemon; everything you need for a sunset alfresco meal. Packed into a handy cake box makes dinner much easier to manage on the beach front too.
11 Bay Lane
The title nails it. For Mediterranean food, Orgasmic Food won’t be beaten, delivering fresh meze platters and pitas with by the far the best humus and baba ganoush tasted this side of the globe. We found the dips had that silky texture with loads of flavour, making them totally fresh.
Being on Bay Lane also takes diners off the main street and enclosed into a relaxed dining experience for either eat in or takeaway. Home made lemonade is a nice touch for the non-alcoholic diner, but there is also beer available.