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My husband, Paul, and I moved to the Byron Shire over 10 years ago.  I think that almost classifies us as locals!We now have a family of 5 and run The Source Bulk Foods from Byron and we absolutely love to discover all the amazing food on offer around this glorious part of the world.Food is our passion and luckily for us new restaurants and cafes are opening all the time. We are always keen to try out anything that is new and delicious in the area. We love that a lot of restaurants source food locally or grow their own, this could be the reason why the food around Byron is super healthy and fresh!I haven't picked these places because of their popularity (check out Instagram for that!), I've selected them based on their ambience, service (I'm a sucker for amazing service) and their delicious food!I've been wanting to write this honest Byron food guide for awhile because people are always asking for our food suggestions.  It's been really challenging only picking 10 but here are 10 of the best:
  • 1.Fig Tree Restaurant, Ewingsdale

     

    This has long been a favourite of ours. The tasting and farmers market menus are fantastic.

    There is almost nothing more than I love than a long lunch and this is the perfect setting for it.  Perched on the hills in Ewingsdale (just out of Byron), on a clear day you can look out to the ocean and see the Byron Bay Lighthouse in the distance.  The food is creative and I love that Chef Che Devlin (who also owns and grew up on the property) comes and personally greets everyone. Other restaurants could certainly learn from these guys! The service is professional, friendly, attentive and unpretentious which is just the way we like it. You can also take your own champagne or wine which is a bonus and a lot of the food is picked straight from their beautiful garden.

    Back in the day you used to be able to turn up to The Fig Tree for lunch or dinner but due to its popularity as a restaurant and wedding venue you now need to book months in advance. This makes spontaneous bookings difficult, but if you can organise it, I’d definitely suggest you add The Fig Tree to your list when you’re next in town.

  • 2. Folk, Byron Bay

     

    This little gem (Folk), right outside of Byron, is worth the walk, cycle or drive to get here. The funky, relaxed set up is very Instagramable and the food is simple, fresh, delicious and oh so pretty!

    I’ve tried nearly everything on the menu and it’s all delicious with lots of great gluten free and vegan options.

  • 3. Footbridge, Brunswick Heads

     

    If you have the time while you’re in Byron, make sure you visit Brunswick Heads. Located about 20 mins north of Byron, this seaside and riverside town is one of our favourites. We have been frequenting the Footbridge for many years. It’s our favourite go-to breakfast and lunch spot.
    It’s rare to find a menu full of options you love but there is no such thing as a bad dish on this menu! We’ve tried every dish (the menu changes seasonally) and it’s always delicious and the service is always good. Cameron, the owner, is passionate about service and good food so you won’t be disappointed. And the coffee is great too!
  • 4. The Farm, Byron Bay

     

    No trip to Byron is complete without a trip to The Farm. Set on 80 acres just outside Byron this is the perfect place for city slickers to get a taste of ‘farm life’.  As well as a restaurant run by the Three Blue Ducks team from Sydney’s East, The Farm also has a gorgeous florist, bakery, produce store and huge grounds you can walk around.  You can look at the pigs, scottish highland cattle, chickens and even pick macadamias in the macadamia orchid.

    The Farm gets busy especially during school holidays and weekends so be prepared for a bit of a wait. The vibe is relaxed, busy and family friendly.  I’m not always a huge fan of the menu (it’s a little too ‘hipster’ for me) but I always love the experience. They have a huge selection of wine on tap which is an awesome way to reduce waste and I love their food philosophy – growing your own and eating fresh without much waste.

    We love bringing a picnic rug and picking up a yummy salad and pastry from the bakery and sitting out in the sun.

    Be warned, this place is a time warp. You can lose hours or a whole day relaxing here!

    I hear The Farm are opening a new beachfront venue later in 2018 (The Beach House), which I can’t wait to check out!

  • 5. Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay

     

    The Treehouse is another one of our favourites due to the relaxed, Byron vibe.  In my opinion breakfast is not their speciality but lunch, dinner and afternoon cocktails are always a winner.  The food is good, it’s spacious (great for the kids) and if you’re lucky you’ll also catch a great band or spot a few celebrities (Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are frequently seen here).

    You can walk back to Byron via the beach after your meal for the perfect Byron afternoon!

  • 6. Mavis’s Kitchen, Uki

    The countryside around Byron is amazing and if you’ve got time for a country drive I’d definitely recommend a trip to Mavis’s Kitchen. Set at the foot of Mount Warning with spectacular views, this grand old Queenslander will captivate your heart!
    This is the perfect spot for a long lunch. Be sure to have a walk around the property and beautiful veggie gardens between courses. A lot of the produce from the menu is picked straight from the garden.
    I’d also recommend a coffee or stop at The Rainforest Cafe just down the road. You can sit here, right on the banks of the river and relax.  It’s the perfect place for the kids to run around and splash in the river.
  • 7. The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay

     

    While the food here is typical pub food, no trip to Byron would be complete without a trip to The Beach Hotel, Byron’s iconic pub opposite main beach.
    Even after all these years I love coming here with the family for a drink and casual, relaxed lunch in the sun. If you’re lucky you’ll even catch a great band!
    If you feel like something a bit fancier, The Italian, which adjoins the pub is a great dinner option.

  • 8. Elements of Byron, Byron Bay

     

    Elements is a fairly new conference centre / luxury accommodation venue just outside of Byron. Set on 50 acres of beachfront land this place has got so much potential.   Unfortunately for those of us that can’t afford to stay here (it’s on my wish list!) we have to make do with the restaurant, Graze, which is set at the front of the property (no beach view unfortunately but it does overlook the pool). The decor here can seem a little ‘conferencey’  (which is perfect for a work lunch) but the service is great and the food is enjoyable.  I always feel relaxed here and our kids are always welcomed.

  • 9. Combi, Byron Bay

    This little cafe originated in Melbourne and made its way to Byron a few years back.  Combi has a great range of fresh raw food, smoothies, nourish bowls, yummy coffee, raw sweet treats, and delicious acai bowls! Lots of options when you are feeling like something fresh and healthy or vegan and gluten free.

  • 10. The Mez Club, Byron Bay

    I’ve got to be honest, the food here isn’t my favourite in Byron. It’s good but not great. I wish the menu appealed to me a little more because I’d be here all the time! I love the decor and ambience – white on white with a Moroccan feel. This place is very Instagrammable!
    I feel like I’m on holidays when I come here and it’s a great spot for people watching. The cocktails are amazing (the pink lychee martini is my favourite!) so it’s worth a visit to grab a delicious cocktail (or two) and try something from the menu. It’s very Byron Bay!
    The Mez Club is also a great space for an event if you want to throw a birthday party or soiree when you are in town.
  • When you’re in town don’t forget to grab some snacks, yummy granolas or sweet treats from The Source Byron Bay or The Source Mullumbimby (this is where The Source first started back in 2012!).

Our other favourite foodie picks include: Harvest in Newyrbar, The Courthouse Restaurant in Mullumbimby as well as Top Shop, Beach Byron Bay, The Byron Bay General Store, Miss Margaritas, St Elmos, Balcony Bar and Fleet.

You are definitely spoilt for choice in Byron. This is foodie heaven!  We hope you have an amazing time!

I’ll keep this list updated as new places open so you can come back and view when you are next in Byron.

If you have other suggestions or places you love around Byron we would love to hear from you!

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