Bite into Byron: Where to Eat in Byron Bay

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Byron Bay, the laid-back surfer haven where barefoot chic meets bohemian soul, offers a surprisingly diverse culinary scene. Forget the stereotypical image of greasy fish and chips on the beach (though that’s here too); when you start to research where to eat in Byron Bay, you’ll find a much more complex variety of flavours worth exploring.

There’s farm-to-table places in Byron’s hinterlands as well as quirky cafes serving up Instagram-worthy favourites. Byron Bay’s food scene has something for every palate and budget. As a solo traveler, I found cosy places for breakfast or lunch, but if you’re in a group you’ll find friendly places with top-notch fusion foods too.

And the best part? Byron Bay doesn’t discriminate against the budget-conscious trekker. Yes, you can splurge on fine-dining experience with some of the best ocean views in Australia, but you can also discover hidden spots with locally sourced meals at surprisingly affordable prices.

Where to Eat in Byron Bay: Daytime Eats

Street Sushi

Cavanbah Arcade, Shop/4/4 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Where to eat in Byron Bay: sushi edition

There’s a whole thing known as Australian Sushi. If you’re Japanese or have eaten in Tokyo, you will struggle in an everyday cafe like this to find familiar options like sashimi and nigiri options. For lunch, ‘Australian’ sushi loves the sushi roll, often with a pre-cooked filling like chicken, tuna mayo, or simply avocado. Salmon, when available, might be seared. Street Sushi is in a small arcade off the main drag, but it offers a great value lunch special alongside freshly made juices like beetroot and ginger juice, which was delicious.

Where to Eat in Byron Bay: Comfort Eats

Coop Rotisserie and Larder Byron Bay

91A Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

This casual joint is open through the day, so come here for a heavier lunch or dinner. It strikes me as the kind of place you can rock up and collect a full roast for a family meal if you live in Byron. However, for the solo traveller, The Coop offers a quarter roast chicken in one of three kinds of flavouring, alongside a raft of different sides. These included heavier potato and root veg options, alongside salads, quinoa and fresh veggies.

Where to Eat in Byron Bay: Casual Evening Eats

Japonaise Kitchen

2/25-27 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

This is a very popular “authentic” Japanese restaurant that still manages to be casual with inside and outside seating. My chicken katsu curry was super tasty, but the portion was simply much too big for one person. If you’re going there with a friend, it’d be wise to share one main course and add in extra rice or a side salad. It always seemed to be busy (a great sign). However, when I arrived without a reservation, they gave me a table for one hour until the next booking showed. Close to the main beach for post-katsu strolls.

Where to Eat in Byron Bay: Self-Catering & Supermarkets

If your hostel or hotel allows you to cook something, there’s no shortage of options. You can pick up a prepared meal in somewhere like The Coop or, better for your budget, go to the Aldi or Woolworths, both of which are in the centre of town or close by. As usual, Aldi has restricted stock options and is much smaller than Woolies, but it’s a LOT cheaper.

ALDI – Cnr Byron Street, Fletcher St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

WOOLWORTHS – 106 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Where to Eat in Byron Bay: Summary

There’s no shortage of food options in Byron Bay, but do watch your budget as it’ll slip quickly through your fingers if that’s something you care about! But you can make the most of your solo adventure and feel comfortable doing so. You may enjoy my tips for dining solo. Otherwise, enjoy Australia or planning your visit, it’s fantastic!

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