Byron Bay's top farm-to-table restaurants
Calling all locavores. Don't miss these sustainable farm-to-fork restaurants with menus celebrating local and organic produce.
- October 2019
It's reputation as a haven for hippies has also led to the North Coast of NSW’s Byron Bay having some of the best produce-centred eateries in the country, proving that menus that are vegetarian-forward, organic and locally-sourced can be top quality, Instagram-ready and most of all, delicious!
More of a phenomenon than a restaurant, this hyperlocal “community” is anchored by the crowd-pleasing, regularly changing menu from Three Blue Ducks and The Bread Social bakery (don’t miss the Sunday roast). A 32-hectare property – with produce store, gelateria, market garden, nursery, macadamia orchard and adorable farmyard animals – The Farm also runs tours, workshops and kids’ activities. It doesn’t get more bucolic than this.
Cnr Woodford Lane & Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale, +61 (0)2 6684 7888, thefarm.com.au opens in new window
The slow-cooked smoky BBQ pulled “pork” burger is a riot of melted cheese, slaw, aioli house BBQ sauce and pickled jalapenos and comes with French fries. The calamari is magicked from konjac root and fries are dipped in no-egg garlic aïoli. Welcome to this new “plant-powered” restaurant. No animals are harmed in the making of its tasty menu.
Shop 1/11 Fletcher St, +61 (0)2 6680 7418, nobonesbyronbay.com.au opens in new window
Not-for-profit store Santos Organics, a cornucopia of organic groceries, has a café and juice bar with superfood smoothies, healthy snacks, raw desserts and Fairtrade coffee. Bonus: your dollars help fund community and environmental projects. There are three outlets: on Byron Bay’s main drag, in the nearby industrial estate and Mullumbimby.
Byron Bay: 105 Jonson St, +61 (0)2 6685 7071, santosorganics.com.au opens in new window
The clever vegetarian menu at cult café Folk squeezes every ounce of flavour from organic produce in dishes such as pretty-as-a-picture nourish and granola bowls. Find a shady spot on the deck or in the garden and soak up the chilled vibe.
1/399 Ewingsdale Road, folkbyronbay.com opens in new window
Recreating the experience of dining at a hospitable friend’s home – it is housed in a historic Queenslander - the restaurant prides itself on celebrating wild native ingredients in innovative mod Oz dishes, many of them sourced from around the region by the in-house forager or procured from the on-site organic gardens. The weekly changing gourmet menu can include dishes such as local fish with native spiced broth, fennel and coastal succulents or kangaroo loin with celeriac remoulade, smoked chocolate, cavolo nero and pickled shiitake, but if you can book a spot at one of their guest chef dinners – which has seen the likes of Ben Shewry manning the kitchen in past editions – then prepare to be surprised. During the day, you can get your sustainable eating fix at Harvest Deli, which offers local, artisanal goods – and great coffee.
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village, +61 (0)2 6687 2644, harvestnewrybar.com.au opens in new window
Whether it be Paleo crumble probiotic yoghurt or bucha-spiked booze, The Roadhouse morphs from café to bar with ease.
6/142 Bangalow Rd, roadhousebyronbay.com opens in new window