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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Café
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“Follow the board walk or set your own trail along the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay & make your way to the lighthouse, the most easterly point in Australia. Take in the views of the distant hinterland and gaze down into the beautiful pacific ocean. Grab a coffee whilst you check out the historic museum & learn about our abundant sealife. Return through an ancient coastal rainforest taking in the cool breeze off the ocean, and if your lucky enough spotting some australian wildlife. All this right on your doorstep.”
  • 167 locals recommend
Café
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“Quality of the food and drink far surpasses anywhere else in Byron. Also next to creature yoga so grab a healthy meal after sweating it out ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Resort
“Can't miss this, it's right by Main Beach and a lovely spot for a beer, pub food and live music. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Café
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“If you like shared tables, casual healthy eating, sitting outside on the grass to eat - or HEALTHY TAKEAWAYS - this is the place to go. Top Shop is the fave after-surfing pit stop for locals, which is always a good recommendation! Great place for travellers to meet like-minded people. And they have amazing burgers - try The American burger or The Fish burger. Many healthy and vegetarian options. Closes at 4 pm. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Treehouse is just down the road in Belongil Beach and is open for lunch and dinner. They often have live music and it’s a great spot for a cocktail and bite to eat under the trees.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Wednesday it’s a dollar and oyster! Great cocktails and bottomless bellinis Sunday brunch! ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Café
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“Bay Leaf Café (Marvell St) seems to be THE breakfast place! Super cool and busy hang with great, creative, healthy food sourced from the best local suppliers, where possible. Also has a casual outdoor area.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Incredibly popular beachfront Mexican joint. Great atmosphere really good food and yummy margaritas. What’s not to love? You can’t make a reservation just rock up and they’ll take your name down and call you when a table comes up 👍”
  • 60 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Stylish Mediterranean eatery - great tapas, tasty meals, licensed, cocktails - and coffee. Smart casual vibe. Sophisticated Mediterranean decor. Great people-watching vantage point. Interesting menu. Lunch, dinner and in between. Great atmosphere, Great meeting place. Great Food!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great place for an inexpensive but tasty evening meal - plus entertainment. Suitable for all age groups. This venue has stood the test of time with locals and holidaymakers. BEST TIME TO VISIT: Nighttime”
  • 52 locals recommend
Lodging
“The Byron at Byron Spa offers revitalising massages, facials and spa treatments, using natural ingredients. Each treatment is designed to deliver maximum relaxation and leave you with a sense of wellbeing. Location: 77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay Open times: 7 days from 9am Contact / bookings: (02) 6639 2110”
  • 36 locals recommend
Place to eat
“ - Vegan/Vegetarian - Folk is a small, funky daytime café where all products are made in house with a commitment to vegetarian & plant-based eating. Folk advertises as: Organic, local, ethical. Super food, it is super enjoyable to sit there and it has super friendly owners ;-). Has featured in Vogue, Monocle, Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveller and in many more. It is a bit out of town (1/399 Ewingsdale Rd) but everyone seems to find it! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Special night out? Look no further than St Elmo’s - amazing food, and a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere. The only drawback is snaring a table as, even on a quiet night, St Elmo’s is often booked out, so remember to book early. Whether you start at the bar or head straight to your table for some of the Bay’s best tapas, you‘re assured of a fantastic evening at this superb venue. REMEMBER: Put on your best holiday outfit and head to St Elmo’s for a night to remember! Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm st elmos byron bay ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Café
“Sitting just below Byron’s iconic lighthouse, the Cape Byron Lighthouse Cafe is a great morning tea destination. Great whale-watching spot overlooking the ocean. Tasty snacks, muffins, coffee and cake. (For a special occasions, ask about booking a sunrise breakfast - one of the most interesting breakfasts I’ve had in Byron.)”
  • 37 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This beach is absolutely stunning! My favourite for swimming and relaxing. Very hard to find parking, probably best you get an Uber.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Thursday mornings, 7-11 am, come and check out Byron Bay's delicious fresh produce. A range of food outlets sell yummy breakfasts and pastries/muffins/bread. Coffee is ok (but we prefer it in town).”
  • 37 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Quality of the food and drink far surpasses anywhere else in Byron. Also next to creature yoga so grab a healthy meal after sweating it out ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Treehouse is just down the road in Belongil Beach and is open for lunch and dinner. They often have live music and it’s a great spot for a cocktail and bite to eat under the trees.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“Wednesday it’s a dollar and oyster! Great cocktails and bottomless bellinis Sunday brunch! ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Incredibly popular beachfront Mexican joint. Great atmosphere really good food and yummy margaritas. What’s not to love? You can’t make a reservation just rock up and they’ll take your name down and call you when a table comes up 👍”
  • 60 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Stylish Mediterranean eatery - great tapas, tasty meals, licensed, cocktails - and coffee. Smart casual vibe. Sophisticated Mediterranean decor. Great people-watching vantage point. Interesting menu. Lunch, dinner and in between. Great atmosphere, Great meeting place. Great Food!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Special night out? Look no further than St Elmo’s - amazing food, and a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere. The only drawback is snaring a table as, even on a quiet night, St Elmo’s is often booked out, so remember to book early. Whether you start at the bar or head straight to your table for some of the Bay’s best tapas, you‘re assured of a fantastic evening at this superb venue. REMEMBER: Put on your best holiday outfit and head to St Elmo’s for a night to remember! Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm st elmos byron bay ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
“If you like a hit of golf, the golf course is challenging and stunning. The club house offers an outside deck area for dining and drinks and Sunday's you usually can catch a live band. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Open from about 7 am the Kiosk at the Beach Cafe is an ideal place for a grab-and-go snack or coffee from early morning. Simply order your coffee, snack etc and relax on the tables provided on your way to or from Clarke’s Beach. Convenient, casual ‘beachy’ eating - in your swimmers! Can suggest the prawn roll, when available, as a great after-swim light lunch. ”
  • 38 locals recommend

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