I spent more than two months in Byron Bay – time enough to get to know this beautiful area and discover some cozy spots for coffee and great places to enjoy clean, delicious local food.

I wanted to share my favorites with you here on the blog so that if you find yourself in Byron you can be sure to drop by (and tell them I said “Hi!”).

If you do try these venues, please tell me what you think in the comments. I always love to hear from you…

I hope you have the best time in Byron!

1. GENERAL STORE @byron_general_store
A general store renewed into an environmentally conscious cafe, this cool place uses recycled materials and does its best to be plastic-free. The friendly staff will bring you smoothie bowls served in recycled coconut shells, as well as organic and local made pastries, avocado toast, waffles… There’s something for every taste!

My choice: This place makes the best avocado toast in Byron Bay. Why? They slather on the tahini, then spread on a huge amount of avocado, herbs and seeds. Actually, it’s so generous that you may find it hard to eat, but it’s soooo satisfying! I also love their refreshing iced coffee with organic soy milk.

2. SANTOS @santosorganics
I visited this organic, local grocery store every single day during my stay in Byron. Not only because I bought most of my bulk ingredients here, but also because Santos has the best organic coffee in town! Plus they serve up delicious smoothie bowls, lattes, homemade food and raw treats.

My choice: I always had my coconut or soy latte served in my personal mug (you get a discount of 50 cents if you bring your own). If I happened to be hungry I always ordered the nori avocado roll. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

3. FOLK @folkbyronbay
Located close to the industrial state of Byron, this famous ethical and plant-based cafe is always busy. The best time to go is for an early breakfast. The space is outstanding, with wood and picnic tables set out in a beautiful garden. The organic menu at Folk is small, but who needs lots of options when the offerings they have are this good!

My choice: The hibiscus vegan yogurt with granola and a chocolate tahini smoothie (the best smoothie I had in Byron!). I also loved their gorgeous turmeric latte, which in my opinion has the perfect balance of spices and sweetness. The edible-flower garnish on top is the crowning touch!

4. WOODS @woodsbangalow
Folk’s “little sister” establishment is – no exaggeration – one of the cutest cafes I have ever been in, anywhere. Not only because of the vibe of this space, but also because it is located in beautiful Bangalow, a small town about 20 minutes by car from Byron. The menu is similar to Folk, so here you have another chance to try a different yummy dish.

My choice: The nourishing bowl (ask for an extra of avocado mash!) and the spiced cacao and cardamom hot chocolate. Hands down the best latte ever!

5. ROADHOUSE @roadhousebyronbay
Another favorite of mine, this cafe has a great location, just a five-minute drive from my apartment in Suffolk Park (so I could skip the crazy traffic in town). Roadhouse is well known for having some of the best coffee in Byron – their outdoor terrace is always full of groups of people.

My choice:  You can’t leave without trying the Magic Mushroom Latte. I was kind of addicted. I didn’t take pictures of it because I was always so excited that I always had a sip before I could grab my camera. Raw cacao, mesquite, medicinal mushrooms, cayenne, honey…Just try it and thank me later! I always enjoyed it along with their avo smash toast, garnished with seeds and sprouts, tossed in a delicious lemon dressing.

6. DOMA @federal_doma_cafe
It’s funny to find one of the best Japanese restaurants I have ever tried in tiny Federal, a village 25 minutes by car from Byron. Owned and run by the sweetest Japanese family, these guys offer a varied menu to please everyone’s taste using the freshest organic ingredients. Not many vegan options, but enough to have a wonderful experience.

My choice:  I have been there at least 3 times and my faves are the miso eggplant salad and the avocado sushi rolls (made with brown rice with no sugar added, I literally could eat them every day!) Also try the avocado and sweet potato tempura hand roll. Soooo good!

7. MOONSHINE CAFE @moonshineroasters
Located next to Doma Cafe, this cozy, family-owned business roasts its own coffee by hand, so expect to enjoy one of the best lattes of your life. And if you are a coffee freak like me, you will also appreciate the Moonshine’s stunning restored vintage espresso machine by La Marzocco. Open only on week days until 1.30pm, make sure not to miss Moonshine if you find yourself in Federal.

8. BAYLEAF CAFE @bayleafcafe
Although I usually avoided the busy and touristy center of Byron, I broke my rule a few times to enjoy brunch in this popular, always packed cafe. The delicious food, nice service and cool environment really invites you to join the crowd on a sunny weekend morning.

My choice: I’d go for the nut-cheese stuffed zucchini flowers if you crave something savory. But if you’re in the mood for a sweet, go for their sago porridge. I’d never tried sago before, and now I’m obsessed with this tasty starch. Sitting at the small table outside on the left, it was my cozy happy space at Bayleaf.

9. THE BEET @thebeetbyronbay
One of the best vegan restaurants in town, The Beet is not located in the coolest area, but the food is totally worth a visit!

My choice: Although I almost never order a burger in restaurants, I couldn’t help but try their appealing quinoa and beet burger. I loved it so much that I ended up licking my fingers. Served with the crunchiest and most delicious sweet potato fries, believe me when I say this is the best vegan burger I have ever devoured!
I also tried the Beet’s big bowl and I shared the glass-house zucchini flowers (tip: never agree to share this incredible dish!).

10. HARVEST @harvestdeli
Situated in Newrybar aka my favorite village on earth, this famous restaurant also has a deli and a bakery, which are not to be missed if you are in the area. The bakery is open only from 8 to 10 am during the weekends, offering an incredible spread of fresh-baked pastries and breads.

My choice:  I started a tradition of kicking off the weekend with a French croissant or pain au chocolate (no regrets!) with a soy latte (bring your own mug!). If you love bread as much as I do, you must buy a loaf of Harvest’s black-olive sourdough.

11. RED GINGER @red_ginger_byron
The best vegan dumplings ever are not in China – they’re in Byron Bay! This cute Chinese shop features a counter with a huge variety of homemade dumplings, buns and gyozas (also vegan!) for 2$ each. Take them away with you or else enjoy them on the spot with a cup of tea – If you are lucky enough to find a seat in this tiny space!

My choice:  at least one of each!

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