Byron Bay cafes burst into life as soon as the sun peeps over the horizon, with the clatter of plates and cups catering to the breakfast crowd. With its unwavering paddock-to-plate ethos and top-notch culinary scene, it’s no wonder that Byron Bay is considered the ultimate destination for brunch enthusiasts.
Whether you’re in the mood for clean-eating vegan delights or decadent hearty feasts, we’ve scoured the town to uncover the eight coolest Byron Bay cafes for a cheeky girl’s brunch.
So, sleep in a little longer because the brunch doesn’t start until 10, and let us take you on a culinary journey through the best cafes in Byron Bay.
The Top Shop Byron Bay
Set in a hip milk bar-type abode, The Top Shop is a tip-top spot for brunch. Whether you’re hankering for a light ‘n’ easy acai bowl or a satiating breakfast bagel (try the Spicy Hayter’s Hill sausage), you’ll leave with a smile on your dial.
This cosy vintage charmer blends 50s retro fair with a carefree coastal vibe—it’s about as Byron as you can get.
Seasonal produce is the hallmark of each delectable dish at this cute countryside café. The restored weatherboard venue exclusively uses local organic produce to ensure everything is 100% fresh.
Located 20 minutes from Byron in the tiny town of Newrybar, Harvest is a tad off the well-trodden track. But it’s worth the detour to devour its flavoursome menu, spanning everything from café classics to gourmet deli goods. In fact, it’s actually one of our favourite stops for a tailored private tour of the region.
The Farm Byron Bay
This wouldn’t be the best Byron Bay cafes without The Farm and it’s iconic onsite paddock-to-plate restaurant, Three Blue Ducks on the list.
Pastries straight out of the oven and produce straight off the farm just metres away. Three Blue Ducks provide the goods. Sit down for a long leisurely brunch or grab it to go and wander around the amazing property. Alternatively, you could opt for The Farm Long Lunch & Husk Distillery private tour, which includes an indulgent 5-course banquet before a lazy afternoon on the grass sipping ink gin cocktails.
Folk Byron Bay
The animal-loving folks at Folk have a firm commitment to cruelty-free living. Therefore, expect plenty of plant-based goodies on the vegan-vegetarian soul food menu. From the organic tahini and citrus granola to their soba noodle salad with roasted broccolini, every dish is light and breezy.
Snag a seat outside amid the hanging ferns to sip a piping hot coffee while you wait.
Byron Bay General Store
Nope. You won’t find your everyday essentials here. The Byron Bay General Store serves up quintessential café cuisine with a focus on fresh. Since 1947, the local institution has been wowing residents with hearty brunch delights and light plant-based bites.
Need something nourishing? You can’t go wrong with the gluten-free Brekkie Bowl. Made from mixed grains, sweet potato, and roasted mushroom, it’s a wholesome way to start the day.
Out in the oh-so-quaint town of Bangalow, this homely farmhouse-style number oozes regional charm. On any given morning, its rustic wooden interiors and a buzzy open-air patio host scores of food enthusiasts from Byron and beyond.
If you’re a smashed avo gal, you can’t go wrong with Avo Dreams. The house deposit-destroying dish comes topped with lemon, pea and edamame crush, salsa verde, and cashew furikake. Yum.
COMBI Byron Bay
The sister venue of a long-standing Melbourne café, Combi specialises in raw organic food. Pop into the ever-popular downtown establishment for nourishing acai bowls, ram-packed sandwiches, or coconut cream-lathered buckwheat pancakes.
Need something to wash down those wholesome delights? Their vegan smoothies and cold-pressed juices hit the spot.
A bustling local hangout, this hip little eatery encapsulates Byron’s boho vibe. The café sources all ingredients fresh from local farmers and growers. As such, you can taste the paddock-to-plate philosophy with every bite.
If you can’t find a seat in this perpetually popular place, pop into the takeaway shop and munch on your brunch by the beach.
Explore Byron with Kiff & Culture
Have these yummy Byron cafes got you craving the gourmet delights of the Northern Rivers?
Then book yourself a spot on one of our Byron Bay tours. We frequent Byron’s finest gastronomic institutions and swing by a few artisanal booze-makers en route.