These are the best restaurants in Byron Bay for brunch

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to enjoying a mid-morning meal at these fab cafes and restaurants in Byron Bay.

A flatlay of meals from Bayleaf.
  • Vanessa Frey
  • October 2019

Wondering where to go for brunch? Byron Bay is stuffed to the brim with restaurants and cafes offering a wide variety of delicious breakfast dishes, lunch treats and coffee.


It’s not all about the Instagram close-up at Bayleaf – good food (plated perfectly) and great coffee (made with ethically sourced Blackboard beans) are the cornerstone of this Byron institution. Single-origin, batch-brewed, filtered, pour-over, plus a signature series – it’s all here. If you don’t fancy the wait, grab the Breakky Greens – one poached egg with broccoli, shredded kale, avocado, chilli, buckwheat kernels, fresh herbs and pistachio nuts – and a brew from the takeaway counter.

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Bay Grocer

The old Green Garage at the southern end of town has been reborn by 100 Mile Table duo Jeremy Burn and Sarah Swan. There’s a café serving cracking counter food up front (daily pastries, foccacia and sweets) and a heaving grocery store out back. Swing by for picnic supplies (sandwiches, salads, roasted chicken) and pastries, both sweet and savoury, made in house by the team at Bay Grocer. Oh and did we mention the on-site parking?

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A waitress holds a plate of baked desserts at Bay Grocer.
Bay Grocer has a fantastic selection of house-made salads, sandwiches and sweets.

Barefoot Brew Room

Rodney Contojohn has been supplying locals with their daily caffeine fix since 2012 at his hole-in-the-wall espresso bar in Lateen Lane. Under the award-winning Barefoot Roasters label, the Sydney-trained barista roasts specialty blends, single-origin beans and – who knew? – mountain-washed decaf from Mexico. Drink it kerbside with a blueberry bagel or banana bread, minus the queues, or take home a bag of his signature Blend II.

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The Byron Bay General Store

It was meant to be a low-key hangout for locals. But word got out and now this earthy eatery on Bangalow Road is on everyone’s radar. It could be the infectiously friendly atmosphere, the recycled-timber fit-out – a respectful nod to its general-store roots, which stretch all the way back to 1947 – or even the plentiful vegan, vego, gluten- and dairy-free options. Kids will love the play space and yummy buckwheat waffle with banana, coconut ice cream and maple syrup.

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A flatlay of acai bowls and salads at Byron Bay General Store.
Since 1947, Byron Bay General Store has been a meeting place for locals.

The Top Shop

Occupying a pretty hilltop corner on the way to Cape Byron Lighthouse, this former ’50s milk bar does a roaring trade in açaí bowls, smoothies, burgers and rolls (add a side of loaded fries if you’re not feeling virtuous). As well as Single O coffee from Sydney’s Surry Hills, kombucha flows freely on tap.

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Looking for other great places to eat in town? Check out the best farm-to-table restaurants in Byron Bay.