Covid-19 has set a different pace for travellers. The sleepy town of Byron is busier than ever. People from all corners of NSW are flocking to this beach side town, chasing a slow paced week away on the cusp of Queensland.
With restrictions looming, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants are all limited to the amount of guests they can hold. This means your care free holiday just turned into a complete planned escape. Almost everywhere requires you to book ahead in order to secure your spot. In saying this, there are still a lot of takeaway options and smaller venues that will allow you to walk in.
Point being, if you want to dine in at a particular venue your best option is to book ahead to ensure you don’t miss out!
Best Breakfast in Byron
Byron Fresh cafe
An all time favourite of mine is Byron Fresh Cafe, which is located just 1 block back from Main Beach. The Cafe has an awesome Covid safe plan which allows you to browse their online menu using a QR code which they provide for you. There are lots of tables and the food is considerably fast for how busy they are.
The Pass Cafe
Overlooking the iconic Pass Beach and surf break, The Pass Cafe is one of the best brekky spots in Byron. It is also an ideal location to park your car for the Byron Bay Lighthouse walk making it a perfect place to grab a bite before or after the walk. The cafe has great vegetarian options including halloumi and corn fritters served with fresh greens, a super filling and refreshing option for brekky or lunch.
Bars & Pubs
The loft is a chic venue that offers a range of delicious cocktails and specialises in finger food. Just a block away from Main Beach, The loft is the perfect place for a few drinks before a night out in Byron. Don’t miss out on their happy hour from 4-6pm every day where you can get a range of their classic cocktails, house wine and beers!
Combining the sensational taste of Mexican food with beachy Byron Bay vibes, Miss Margarita is a trendy lunch/dinner spot. The food is super affordable with most mains starting from $20. They have a salt and chilli squid tossed in spices, served with chipotle mayo & fresh lime that you MUST TRY.
Miss Margarita is walk ins only and have a reduced amount of tables due to Covid-19. So I recommend you pop by and talk to their host out the front about an hour before you would like to eat. They will give you an estimated wait time and text you when they have a table available.
The Beach Hotel
Live music is hard to come by during these unprecedented times but this hasn’t stopped The Byron Bay Beach Hotel. This beautiful open restaurant situated right on Main Beach, provides all your pub favourites accompanied with live music most nights of the week. Check out their Gig guide to see Whats on!
Things to do
After an extended closure over the height of Covid-19, The Byron Bay Markets are back running! The 1st Sunday of every month from about 8am – 3pm you can be amongst over 100 stalls selling homegrown goodies as well as arts and crafts. Don’t forget to indulge in some international favourites at the range of food stalls.
Byron Bay Lighthouse
Take a break from all that eating with the Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk. The walk takes you around Wategos Beach, via the most easterly point of Australia and up to panoramic views of beautiful Byron Bay.
Don’t be fooled The Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk isn’t as breezy as the town itself. The walk involves a fair number of steep stairs, so make sure to pack your joggers and a bottle of water.
How does unlimited peach Bellinis with brekky sound? For as little as $29.99 you can take part in The Balcony’s boozy brunch. The only catch is you must order breakfast with this deal and unfortunately they don’t have a huge range of breakfast options.