There are so many great things about living in a big city. There’s an endless amount of restaurants and bars to choose from, you don’t have to drive 20 km to your nearest supermarket and you can leave the house in trackpants and no makeup without running into everybody you know. But every now and again, you need a break from the constant hustle and bustle. And when Sydneysiders are in need of some R&R, they know exactly where to go — Byron Bay.
The idyllic coastal town in Northern NSW, Australia is the perfect destination to detox your mind and body. Once known as a hippy haven, the area has transformed into a health mecca in recent years. With no McDonalds or KFC in sight, the region is filled with organic, vegan and vegetarian cafes and restaurants. In fact, there are so many that If you’re only there for a short time, it can be hard to know which ones are worth visiting. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the 5 best healthy cafes and restaurants Byron Bay has to offer.
? Another day in paradise up here in our Combi Byron Bay store… so privileged to do a little photo shoot this morning…
It doesn’t get much healthier than this beachy cafe! From the bright, superfood bowls to the toasted sandwiches on sprouted bread, everything is organic, raw and gluten-free. Combi is the perfect place to go when you want to indulge a little but not feel guilty about it — their selection of decadent raw cakes and treats are to die for!
Address: Combi, Shop 5b 21-25 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
#2 Bayleaf Cafe
A little place we like to call home. #bayleafcafe #byronbay #breakfast #lunch #coffee #food #marvellstreetcoffee #home
This hip cafe is never not busy, which is a testament to the delicious, fresh produce they use in all their meals. Their breakfast menu is second to none, with a great range of options catering for vegans, vegetarians, Paleos and everything in between. You may have to wait a little while for a table, but we guarantee it’s worth the wait.
Address: Bayleaf Cafe, 2 Marvell St, Byron Bay
What a way to kick start the week. Mixed grains, chia, almond milk, coconut parfait, lemongrass, ginger, chilli and mango whilst soaking up the sun at the farm. @threeblueducks
If you want a dining experience rather than just a quick bite to eat, head to Three Blue Ducks on the outskirts of Byron Bay. Located on a sprawling, 32 acre farm in the Byron hinterland, the restaurant takes paddock-to-plate dining to the next level. While everything on the menu is undoubtedly delicious, it’s hard to go past the steel cut oats with lemon myrtle yoghurt, banana, honeycomb, buckwheat, seeds, vanilla, mint and cacao.
Address: Three Blue Ducks, The Farm, 1 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale
N E W R Y B A R Hamlet on a sunny winter afternoon…The @HarvestDeli this way ?? for these necessities and more…..
Okay, so this one technically isn’t in Byron, it’s located in the neighbouring town of Newrybar. But it’s too good not to mention! Everything is created with fresh, local and organic ingredients and presented with Instagram-worthy flair. There are some really interesting combinations on the seasonal menu that shouldn’t work but totally do — like baked sweet potato, macadamia cheese and plum.
Address: Harvest, 18-22 Old Pacific Hwy, Newrybar Village, Newrybar
#5 Top Shop
Top Shop is a favourite with locals and tourists alike — and it’s not hard to see why. The cafe has a relaxed, beach shack vibe and the menu has a great mix of healthy and more indulgent options. Their halloumi burger is an absolute must-try, as is their acai fruit bowl. They also have an extensive range of juices and smoothies: perfect for cooling down after a long day at the beach!
Address: Top Shop, 65 Carlyle St, Byron Bay
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