Food Places you MUST try in Byron Bay, Australia

Last week I travelled with my best friend to Byron Bay – a beachside town in New South Wales, Australia, known for it’s laid back beach & hippie culture. We purposely booked this trip over Valentines Day, as a cheeky ‘romantic’ getaway for the two of us.

I’ve traveled with friends and family to Byron many times, but this was the first time I noticed HOW DELICIOUS and diverse all the food options were.

They have everything – vegan cafes, vegetarian restaurants, chocolaterie’s, wholefood cafes, Egyptian cuisine, fancy bars, Contemporary Australian cuisine, Indian takeaway, Asian fusion, Japanese dining, pizza and pasta… the list goes on.

What I was especially amazed by was how easy it was to eat healthy. With green juices, fresh coconuts, protein balls, fresh fruit, and superfood slices, on offer all over the place, I was spoiled for choice.

Breakfast

Safya Cafe

Safya Cafe serves Egyptian inspired dishes, in a beautiful spot where the ocean breeze flows right in. We went here three times for breakfast (because I could not get enough of their avo/dukkah toast & dandelion latte), but they also do a delicious lunch and dinner menu.

Bayleaf Cafe

If you want to enjoy the contemporary Australian brunch scene, head to Bayleaf. They offer all-day brekkie options in a beach-shack setting. Think house-made bircher, corn fritter stacks, and dill/salmon eggs. The place was packed for a reason.

Lunch/Dinner

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

$1.50 oyster specials, daily sunset happy hour, live music, and $12 Espresso Martini’s – you can’t say no. Obviously we went for the oyster deal and then finished the night with an abundance of cocktails, a King Crab Salad and Lamb/Beef Pappardelle.

The Mez Club

We booked this for the night of Valentine’s day and readied ourselves for a Mediterranean feast. O went all out and ordered the Share Mezze Platter (for herself..), which hosted kofte balls, hummus, pita bread, oven-roasted tomatoes, falafels and more. I went for two dishes; stuffed bell peppers (with basmati rice/whipped fetta/dukkah) and the lamb kofte balls. Safe to say both were delightful.

Dessert

Byron is known for organic/wholefood food spots that do mouth-watering raw treats like vegan strawberry cream and caramel donuts. Check out Combi and Fundies Wholefood Cafe if that’s your thing.

However, if I’m having dessert I’m always going to have chocolate or ice cream. Safe to say we had more than our fair share of In The Pink gelato that week.

They are constantly introducing eclectic flavours like strawberry chocolate fudge, Nutella caramel, Gingerbread, and Orange Sorbet. On the last night I treated myself to a double scoop of chocolate fudge and Nutella caramel.

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P.s. if chocolate is your thing – be sure to check out Love Byron Bay – Crêperie & Chocolate Boutique.

Uni Break: Cocktails, Gelato and Gourmet Chocolates

It’s my week off from uni and despite the pile of work eyeing me from my desk I’ve decided to have a bit of treat week. Otherwise, I won’t make it through the upcoming exams without wanting to run into a wall.

A highlight of the week was getting gelato and drinks at Coogee Pavilion – the large, beachy, dining venue has a rooftop bar with beautiful ocean views,  good food and cocktails.

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After trying a cocktail or three – the Pavilion Piña Colada was fantastic, we bounced down and grabbed gelato in waffle cones. As usual, I went straight for the chocolate – going for a creamy chocolate gelato with gooey brownie chunks inside.

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I’ve also been on an acai bowl hunt recently. I’ve discovered this fantastic place called My Fruitologist, which I can confidently say has the most aesthetically pleasing acai bowls in Sydney (a big call I know, but I’ve eaten there four times in the past fortnight and I can’t get enough).

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Close to My Fruitologist is a chocolate shop called Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates. I always go for the following chocolates:

  • Rose – milk chocolate ganache with rosewater
  • Strawberry and Cream – dark chocolate filled with whipped cream and strawberry
  • Honeycomb Ravioli – smooth milk chocolate with hazelnut praline and crispy honeycomb chunks.

Yum!

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