Byron bay is a well-known Australian holiday destination for foodies, surfers, yogi’s and health enthusiasts. It has a little something for everyone. However it attracts the wellness crowd due to it’s plentiful array of health food stores, cafes, restaurants and modalities/therapies. It can definitely get crazy busy, so if possible, visiting on a random weekend is recommended if possible. Mike and I drove here from Sydney in our van, stopping along the way (Newcastle, Port Maquarie, Crescent Head, Bellingen/Emerald Beach) and stayed in a clean, well-located camping ground called Glen Villa. Whether you are camping, glamping, vanning, or hotelling, be sure to check out these 7 must-dine’s… our top vegan-friendly, health-conscious joints that we discovered on our travels… you won’t regret it!
Elixiba – the highlight! 100% vegan. It is the most enchanting little set up with everything your vegan heart could desire – jackfruit, tempeh “bacon”, bean burger patties, coconut “calamari”, nachos, burgers, caesar salad, incredible seasoned sweet potato chips, nutritious macro bowls, matcha mojito’s, elixir’s, tonics, teas, and desserts. Nothing disappointed!
Orgasmic – don’t bother with the plate, get the falafel pocket and enjoy the pita! It is exactly as it’s name describes it.
The Beet – a gorgeous restaurant that makes a lovely date night. I always appreciate a vegan/health-concious dinner restaurant! The beet burger is so worth it, and we really enjoyed sharing the zucchini flowers. Great bar too.
Cardamon Pod – I love this style of food – no-frills, eastern-influenced, casual, wholesome, hearty and tasty! This place just has good vibes. The kombucha is also really good here 🙂
Folk (Byron) and/or Woods (Bangalow) – both are beautifully set up, albeit Woods is smaller and a short drive to Bangalow. Both are not only a boho paradise, but the food, chai and coffee is always on the money! I love the Soba noodle salad here.
Bay leaf / Leaf & Grain – best coffee, hands down. We walked here every morning and took our coffee’s to the beach. Perfect way to start each day.
Top shop – The place to go for good Acai, and believe me, we tried them all! Yum!
Health food stores worth checking out for supplies and snacks: Fundies Wholefood Market, The Source Bulkfoods, Santos Organics