If you love healthy and genuinely good-for-you food Byron is the eating destination of your dreams. Coming here I feel like I can eat decadently and self indulge myself in all of my favourite things to eat and yet feel as light and healthy as ever. It’s a detox for the body, disguised via sustainably produced ingredients, organic everything and a real focus on reducing the nasties like refined sugar. So you are eating yummy but looking after your insides (and your waistline, hallelujah). There is so much diversity here, I would be so surprised if you couldn’t find a cafe that you didn’t fall head over heels in love with - these places live up to their Instagram perfectness. Here are my eight favourite finds to start the day right, whether you are up with the sun or have enjoyed a lazy sleep in, all of which I keep coming back to time and time again.  

It’s a big call, but Combi is probably my favourite cafe in Byron. Ok it’s probably an equal draw between it and The General Store (see below). I got myself totally and utterly addicted to their super healthy nut mylk smoothies from our first visit to Byron and have been returning ever since. Beyond the impressive smoothie list, the food here is also heaven and right smack bang in the middle of town Combi is in a great location to sit back in the aestically pleasing pastel pink hues and watch the world go by.

What we ate: We have returned here so many times, it’s fair to say we’ve sampled most of the menu, but the highlights are; Mango Shack Smoothie (my kryptonite), Buckwheat Pancakes, Raw Organic Pad Thai, Organic Acai Bowl, Velvet Cacao Smoothie, Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie. Don’t miss the treats cabinet, it is hard to pick just one, but my favourite was the Beetroot Brownie (and I don’t even like beetroot usually).

Find it here: 5b/21-25 Fletcher St, Byron Bay

The General Store
The General Store has such a special place in my heart. From our time staying at The Bower and having this rustic homely cafe right on our doorstep was a dream. Having sampled a fair portion of the menu I can confirm everything is delicious, but what separates The General Store from the rest is their curated menu of acai and smoothie bowls. I love me a good smoothie bowl - for some reason Sydney cafes just haven’t hit the mark with these for me, so I wait until my Byron time to get my fix.

What we ate: Vegan Buckwheat Waffle, Peanut Butter Cacao Smoothie Bowl, Super Greens Smoothie Bowl.

Find it here: 26 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay

Top Shop
For me Top Shop is THE burger joint in town. Do not miss this one off the lunchtime list. I was also really devastated to see that we had just missed seeing Matt Damon eating here recently (poor thing can’t escape the paps anywhere) but hey if I didn’t already love this place, it now also has his seal of approval.

What we ate: The Americana Burger, the Chilli Chicken Burger, both with a side of fries, because you know, no burger is complete without fries and a Chocolate Milk.

Find it here: 65 Carlyle St, Byron Bay

The Pressed Pantry
Compared to my long-time loves listed above, The Pressed Pantry is the new kid on the block having opened in October 2018 it lives up to the Byron calibre of good eating. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to try the great looking salads or Acai bowls, but the smoothies scored top marks from us and we will definitely be adding this little gem onto our rotation of favourites.  

What we ate: Nuts Smoothie, Superberry Smoothie.

Find it here: 8/8 Fletcher St, Byron Bay

Bayleaf Cafe
This north facing sunny cafe has long been a favourite among tourists and locals alike, always hustling and bustling full of people, but I have to admit I only discovered it on our most recent trip. Amazing food all round, and one of the best Seared Tuna Salads we’d ever had this central spot is definitely worth adding to the list (if you haven’t already).

What we ate: Seared Tuna Salad.

Find it here: 2A Marvell St, Byron Bay

The Farm (Three Blue Ducks)
More than just a cafe, The Farm is a whole experience and a great spot to spend a long laidback lunch just outside of town. Free range chickens, Highland cows and piggys galore are all living and prospering on the farm, we also had a walk through the sunflower fields and down to the Macadamia orchard to crack some nuts. We had all but finished our walk around when our table was ready. Surely that timing couldn’t have been a coincidence? Three Blue Ducks has long been a household name in the Sydney food scene with their Bronte and Roseberry restaurants and their food at The Farm is no exception to this reputation. A can’t miss spot in Byron, and if you don’t have time for a big lunch at TBD, be sure to stop in at the cafe by Bread Social or grab a gelato by Baylato.

What we ate: Kinkawooka mussels, Darling Downs BBQ pork belly from Three Blue Ducks. A chocolate croissant from Bread Social. (Don’t worry, we didn’t mix these, one was a breakfast visit and the other was for lunch).

Find it here: 11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale

100 Mile Table
A new discovery for me, but now my favourite foodie option in the Arts & Industrial Estate. Mix with the local vendors and creatives and enjoy a great bite to eat in airy and relaxed surroundings. The menu changes frequently based on what the best available produce is, along with a selection of standard offerings, so some meals may be a one time thing - enjoy them while you can.

What we ate: Pork and Parsley Hotdog, Roast Pumpkin Salad.

Find it here: 4/8 Banksia Dr, Byron Bay

A great spot to get a little out of town and have a tranquil moment sitting underneath the palm trees. Also a great spot before or after exploring the Arts & Industrial Estate or Habitat as it is really close. As a lot of the cafes around town are, Folk is also organic, plant based and ethical through its menu. All-in-all a vegos delight. Don’t miss their sister cafe, Woods which is located in Bangalow.

What we ate: We didn’t have a chance to eat here, but just had a coffee break - a latte and of course a hot chocolate for me.

Find it here: 1/399 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

What we ate at Woods: Nourishing Bowl, Soba Noodles with Roasted Eggplant.

Find it here: Arts Precinct - 10 Station Street, Bangalow