For those of you who have been to Byron Bay, you will know it is absolute heaven for health foodies. For those of you who haven’t… You must! There is certainly no shortage of raw cake and green smoothies – very fitting with the natural Byron Bay lifestyle.
Sophie (@coconutandbliss on Instagram) and I had a very relaxing and rejuvenating stay, keeping ourselves busy with a long list of must-try cafes. I have to say, we were pretty successful in ticking them off! I wanted to share my favourite places with you all (Sophie and I were very much on the same page with these top-picks.) I’ve included some vegan day time cafes as well as some of my favourite dinner spots – all of which have lots of healthy options.
As well as trying out just about every health food cafe in town, we also really enjoyed soaking up the Byron culture – walking barefoot just about everywhere, swimming in the beautiful waters at Wategos beach and of course, buying a few tie die tees, anklets and rainbow beach dresses… just the essentials, really.
Also, if you’re in the mood for a cocktail, I would recommend trying the roadhouse – they have a great selection of healthy cocktails that taste amazing. The pina colada, made with fresh fruit and whipped coconut is really something special… Probably the best cocktail I have ever tasted and with no refined sugar.
I hope you all enjoy these suggestions!
Despite not being particularly close to where we were staying, we managed to fit in a few trips to Folk cafe. The food is wholesome, delicious and beautifully presented and the cafe has a very authentic ‘Byron Bay’ feel. There are several vegan options (without being strictly vegan) as well as several gluten and dairy free options. If you’re there in the Summer I would recommend trying one of their salad bowls or Summer poached eggs (as pictured).
Naked treaties was our local go-to for a superfood smoothie or little something sweet. They have a range of ready made meals if you’re on the go, including a falafel salad plate, as well as a selection of dishes that are prepared fresh. If you’re dining in I would highly recommend trying the sweet buckwheat crepes with raw ‘nutella’, banana, berries and coconut yoghurt (as pictured) – it is insanely delicious!
O Sushi is a great dinner place for lovers of Japanese food. It is an award-winning restaurant that is renowned for dishing up healthy, authentic Japanese food. We love their brown rice and avocado sushi as well as their teriyaki tofu served with a tahini dressed side salad.
Asia Joe’s is conveniently located, about 100m from the main beach and serves a range of great curries, stir fries and salads. It is a small, hole-in-the-wall style restaurant and it is always packed (you will understand why when you taste the food!) so be prepared to wait. We love the thai lemongrass curry and the bikini bowl.
Byron juice bar
After seeing a number of people walking to the beach holding thick and creamy takeaway smoothie bowls, we knew we needed to try the Byron Juice Bar… And I can assure you, the superfood chocolate (pictured below) bowl did not disappoint! It tastes just like nice cream and is topped with cacao nibs, coconut, almonds and cashews. It is a great breakfast to enjoy on the beach.
Bay leaf is also on the main strip of Byron Bay and has several healthy breakfast and lunch options. We tried the green break bowl with kale, buckwheat, avocado and poached eggs which tasted so clean and nourishing. It also happens to be across from Naked Treaties if you can fit in a little raw dessert!
A few other highly recommended places we didn’t have the chance to try were Three Blue Ducks and 100 Mile Table. I’ve heard great reviews about them both so will have to leave them on the list for next time… Always good to have an excuse to go back!