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Your ultimate guide to Byron Bay

by Phoebe
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Photo: The Byron at Byron

Below are our recommendations for the perfect weekend in Byron, with a few hot tips to help your planning. We’ll let you know our favourite places to stay, where to grab the best morning coffees, where to find the best shopping and all the other hidden gems you have to know about when planning your next visit to paradise.


STAY

The Bower Byron Bay
thebowerbyronbay.com.au

The Bower – positioned on one of Byron Bay’s original properties – is a destination. It’s relaxed, palm-filled compound features accommodation offerings for all experiences: The Bower Suites, The Bower Cottage, The Bower Barn and The Bower House. Each one is unique, re-envisioned and redesigned to offer the understated luxury and simplicity of Byron Beach Abodes, with the emphasis on beauty and simplicity.

Atlantic Byron Bay
atlanticbyronbay.com.au

The Atlantic Byron Bay is a boutique hotel in Byron surrounded by swaying palm trees and the sound of the ocean. It’s in the perfect location and is the perfect getaway for couples with cafes, shops and white sandy beaches all steps from your deck. Soak up the sun on the lawn, hide under a palm tree and enjoy the balmy evenings by the fire pit.  Cast off your bags and start making moments at your home away from home.

The Byron At Byron
thebyronatbyron.com.au

With its stylish design and architecture, the multi award winning Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is set within a stunning subtropical rainforest and provides an idyllic escape in a relaxed atmosphere whilst offering all the special touches you would expect. It really is first class and an absolutely exquisite resort. 

Bask & Stow
baskandstow.com.au

Bask & Stow guesthouse is a boutique, Byron Bay accommodation styled with reference to mid-century design, all things Palm Springs and luxury coastal living. Ideally located only 5 minutes’ walk to Byron’s beautiful beaches and the centre of town. We are also just a short hop, skip and a jump from delicious local coffee and treats at the iconic, ‘Top Shop’ Cafe.


MORNING COFFEE

Folk Byron Bay
folkbyronbay.com

On the fringe of Byron Bay, this local favourite is our go to for breakfast and for the best coffees in town! A popular spot with locals and visitors, Folk is well known not only for their delicious plant based food but also for the charming décor, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. They make a delicious homemade almond milk latte and their breakfast menu is one of the best (order the breaky burrito or pancakes – you’ll thank us later).

The Farm
thefarm.com.au

Beautiful venue just as you drive into Byron Bay, which has an amazing atmosphere, great breakfast and lunch options, high quality fresh food and a gorgeous little general store at the back full of delicious pastries and healthy/organic food. We love stopping here on our way into Byron and picking up a takeaway coffee and toasted ham and cheese croissant!

Bayleaf Cafe
bayleafbyronbay.com.au

One of the best breakfasts in Byron Bay, always packed with locals and visitors, buzzing vibe and amazing coffee!

The Top Shop Byron Bay
facebook.com/TopShopByronBay

This corner store in Byron Bay focuses on local and organic produce. It’s one of our favourite spots to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy a bacon and egg roll (if we have had a few too many the evening before) or choose from their generous menu of smoothies, single-origin coffees, famous burgers and delicious pastries. Alternatively, we love to grab a takeaway coffee and head down to Clarkes Beach which is only an eight-minute stroll away.


DINE

Raes on Wategos
raes.com.au

Raes Restaurant at Byron Bay offers fine dining overlooking one of the world’s most coveted beaches, Wategos Beach. They offer a stylish mix of dining in their acclaimed Raes Dining Room, a laid back yet elegant al fresco dining space or head to Raes Cellar Bar downstairs, a relaxed space where guests and barefoot beachgoers can enjoy an afternoon drink and some of the region’s finest seafood in bite sized form. Raes is in the most ideal location and one of our favourite venues in Byron Bay. It’s a must if you are there!

Loft Byron Bay
loftbyronbay.com.au

Loft is located in an elevated terrace on Byron Bay’s Jonson Street (in the original Hog’s Breath Cafe space), serving a menu that is all about snacking and sharing, with a genuine focus on local produce and sustainability. Loft also boasts a substantial drinks offering, underscored by vibrant cocktails (we’re looking at you, chilli mezcal negroni), craft tap beers, and a wine list with a respectable lean toward organic and biodynamic producers.

Bang Bang, Byron Bay
bangbangbyronbay.com.au

The new kid on the block, Bang Bang is an awesome new restaurant in Byron Bay. Its Melbourne chefs pay homage to the delightfully sumptuous cuisine of southeast Asia in unique old-world surroundings. From sashimi to satay to sticky braised beef ribs, this place is sure to tickle your tastebuds! Cute interiors, great buzz, make sure you book!

Light Years, Byron Bay
lightyearsasiandiner.com.au

A vibey retro-style Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar serving modern Sth East Asian cuisine with amazing cocktails, a great buzzy atmosphere and a killer soundtrack. A hidden little oasis with the best vibe in Byron. You have to come here next time you’re visiting! It’s the most beautiful light-filled patio with splashes of pink in several shades add lots of roses and hanging plants… very 50’s!

The Roadhouse, Byron Bay
roadhousebyronbay.com.au

Amazing woodfired pizzas and evening vibe, however not so great service. But the pizza’s are that good you just have to go. They come out with a pesto sauce to dip your crusts in to… absolute genius.

Barrio, Byron Bay
barriobyronbay.com.au

Barrio is located in the new Habitat community development and when dining here, it feels like you are eating at home with your family and friends. Good food cooked slowly with love to be enjoyed with beautiful wine. If you can’t get one of the 14 seats at Fleet or if you’re overwhelmed by the crowds at The Farm then Barrio is the perfect place to relax and dine. More than that, it’s a great destination in itself and conveniently located next to some of our favourite brands in the Habitat precinct… (think Children of the Tribe, Saint Helena, Kinfolk&Co, The Dharma Door, just to name a few).


DRINK

A list of our favourite drinking spots below…
Mez Club
Mediterranean Cantina Bar. 
4/85-87 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
mezclub.com.au
Locura
A casual Latin American diner and cocktail bar. 
6 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
locura.com.au
Balcony Bar
Specialising in oysters, cocktails and seafood. 
7 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
balcony.com.au
Di Vino Byron Bay
Italian restaurant and wine bar. 
Shops 4, 5/2 Fletcher St, Byron Bay
divinobyron.com.au
The Bolt Hole – Whisky, Gin & Cocktail bar. 
9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay | thebolthole.com.au
Treehouse
A boho restaurant with pizzas & live music. 
25 Childe St, Byron Bay
treehouseonbelongil.com 

SWIM

Below is a list of our favourite beaches in Byron Bay and it’s surroundings. One of our favourite spots is Cosy Corner at Tallows Beach. It’s tucked away and feels like you’re in Europe. Grab your swimmers and make a day of road tripping through Bryon and visiting all these great spots.

Tallows Beach and Cosy Corner
Tucked under the southern side of Cape Byron, at the northern end of Tallow beach, is Cosy Corner… Byron Bay’s very own secret beach. This protected little pocket can sometimes feel like you’re swimming at a beach in Italy… we love to relax here, sheltered from the northerlies winds

White Beach, Broken Head
Recently Voted #1 on the Australian Travellers 100 Incredible Travel Secrets of Australia, White’s Beach at Broken Head is a little oasis where you can connect to the land, the sea and your own spirit, it truly is one of the most stunning beaches we have ever been to. To get there, take the national park turn off at Broken Head and continue until you reach a sign for White’s Beach. You’ll need to walk through a forest track to get down onto the beach, but what meets you there will take your breath away we promise.

Belongil Beach
Situated on a thin strip of land surrounded by the ocean and bushland, Belongil Beach is a very popular place to stay in Byron because it is so quiet, yet so close to all the action. Get there early in the morning to enjoy a beautiful morning walk along the sand before setting yourself up for the day.

Wategos Beach
Picturesque Wategos Beach is a paradise for visitors who come to Byron Bay. This glorious beach is one of our favourite beaches to come to when staying in Byron. And no, it’s not because our favourite restaurant Rae’s is situated there… You’ll adore the peaceful beauty of this sheltered haven, which boasts the most fabulous picnic spot – perfect for morning barbecues – and if you’re lucky enough, you may get to see the local bottlenose dolphins and whales whilst you’re there. It really is stunning.


SHOP

Here is a list of our favourite homewares stores in the Byron region…
1. Bisque Traders – Rear of 12 Station Street, Bangalow
2. Habitat Collective – 248 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
3. Worn Store – Shop 3, 10 Station Street, Bangalow
4. Ha’veli of Byron Bay – 1/5 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
5. Tigmi Trading – Unit 10-11, B1, 1 Porter St, Byron Bay
6. Pampa – Unit 1/12 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
7. Island Luxe – 62 Byron Street, Bangalow
8. Pop and Scott – Unit 4, 57 Centennial Circuit, Byron
9. Hope & May – 2/20 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
10. Nikau Store –  Shop 2 / 30 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
11. Hendrix & Harlow –14 Station Street, Bangalow
12. Marr-Kett – Shop 5a 21/25 Fletcher St, Byron Bay
13. Newrybar Merchants – 19 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
14. Ahoy Trader – 1/3 Marvell St, Byron Bay
Photo: Worn Store, Bangalow

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