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The following dining halls are not limited to but best suited to the health conscious, hipster crowd fleeing Sydney for a quiet weekend by the sea 😉 

(My choice to eat a Vegan diet isn’t always convenient but the following establishments had plenty on offer or were happy to accommodate.) 

The Roadhouse – 6/142 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay

Their whiskey collection is meant to be the feature but the hot drinks list was more impressive to me (hot cacao with roady almond mylk anyone?). Food was creative, tasty and healthy. They’re open from early until late so you could try all 3 meal sittings throughout a wkd or just drop in for a coffee or cold-pressed juice. 

The Farm – 11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale

The Ethos of this project by the same team behind Three Blue Ducks in Bronte is local, sustainable and educational. You can stroll the farm to check out it’s residents (some sweet piglets – pink & black were happily grazing the wide open spaces on my visit), the veggie gardens, grab something to go from several canteens or stay for a meal in the converted farmhouse. The yoga space is super sweet too. 

Bayleaf – 1 Marvell St, Byron Bay

Right in the centre of town I had a feeling this place was worth trying when I walked past early one morning and it was packed with a queue! I enjoyed the Socca (chickpea crepe) with kale, quinoa, sweet potato & asparagus. My partner devoured his vegetarian burritos. Drinks wise – they take the coffee seriously here (I saw some new styles come out I haven’t even heard of yet), plus kombucha, organic cold-pressed juices & teas. 



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Leaf & Grain – Marvell St, Byron Bay

Bayleaf’s sister business designed for a quick get away, serving Marvell St Coffee, great chai and organic cold-pressed juices as well as a small but smart selection of salads, breads, chia or granola porridge boxes. 

The Belle General – 12 Shelly Beach Rd, East Ballina

I loved this sweet spot with a homely vibe and friendly staff. The gluten-free vegan lasagne with cashew cheese was on the money. The vegan Nasi Goreng with salt & pepper eggplant and cauliflower rice was a winner too. They also serve some naughty & nice sweets plus Allpress coffee and organic local teas. Great last supper stop on the way to Ballina airport. 



Naked Treaties – 2/3 Marvell St, Byron Bay

This is the place to be for raw, vegan smoothies and cake. Offering light meals too, mostly raw with a few cooked options. This is high vibration food amongst simple decor & the local health conscious crowd. 

Also recommended for casual Byronian style Vegan/Vegetarian dining: Heart & Halo, The Cardamom Pod, Manna Haven.

Red Ginger in Byron town as well as Bangalow for tea & dumplings. Kinoko had plenty of delicious vegetarian sushi options.

St Elmo and the Balcony for a vino or an elegant dinner option. 

And a few more crowd pleasers: Belongil Bistro, 100 Mile Table, The Top Shop

STAY: The Atlantic Byron Bay guesthouses with beautiful open shared kitchen & living areas is perfect for you to bring some of the local produce back to your table to enjoy as you please. This sweet guesthouse is an interior design addicts seaside dream. 


Happy travels.