4 Local Hangouts in Byron Bay That You’ll Love
Even if you’ve been to Byron Bay many times, it’s not the same as being a local. You don’t have the knowledge of someone who lives here day in and day out.
But we do!
So we thought we’d share a few places that us locals love to hang out. We’ll let you in on some of our local favourites that make you feel like you’ve lived in Byron Bay for years. We bet you’ll love these places just as much as we do!
1. Get Your Coffee On
If you love, and we mean really love, coffee, then you need get yourself to Bayleaf Cafe next time you’re in Byron Bay. Here you’ll find some of the best local coffee served up in the area, Marvell Street Coffee, as well as they often brew up what they call “guest roasters.” For example, they recently served up Skittle Lane Coffee from Sydney.
But what you need to try is the cafe’s “Bayleaf Coffee Experience” because you may find yourself coming back again and again during your holiday. You’ll be given two specialty coffees to try as well as a taste of the amazing coconut cold brew. Warning! You might get addicted to the coconut cold brew, which is a “coconut infused cold brew” that you add coconut cream and shredded coconut to and serve over ice.
Plus while you’re here you should think about trying out some of the yummy breakfast and lunch items as well. You won’t be disappointed!
Where to find Bayleaf Café: 1 Marvell St., Byron Bay
2. Pack a picnic and get to the beach
Head to the Byron Farmers Market to pick out food to take with you for a delicious, locally sourced picnic. When you visit the market, which you should plan to do on Thursday between 8 and 11 am, you’ll be able to select from food from more than 70 local farmers and growers in the Byron Bay Area.
Located in the Butler Street Reserve, you can buy fresh bread, olives, olive oil, cheese, fruit that is in season as well as many other locally produced food and even beverages, such as organic coffee and wine. There’s even meat, and there are free beachside BBQs at the beach we recommend, so go ahead and pick out something to cook. There are all the makings of an excellent picnic, so pick up what sounds good to you and your crew.
Then head to our favourite locals beach, Wategos, which is found on the northern side of Cape Byron Lighthouse. (See featured photo for this blog post to get an idea of what the beach looks like!)
Once you hit up the farmers market, then it should be about 10 minutes from there to the beach. Now that you’re at the beach, you can find those BBQs and eat either at a picnic table or on the beach. Watch for bottlenose dolphins while you’re there—they like to hang out in the area. Plus, you might hop over to Little Wategos Beach while you’re there and check some amazing rock pools during low tide.
All in all the makings of an awesome Byron Bay day!
Where to find Byron Farmers Market: Butler Street Reserve
3. Must-eat falafel
Check out some of the reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor, and you’ll know why Orgasmic Food is a popular local hangout as well as something visitors to Byron Bay should try out. You might have even tried one of their awesome falafel balls since they hand out free tastings at the end of Bay Lane.
“I’ve been to 45 countries in the world including ones that make falafel traditionally and this was hands-down the best falafel I’ve ever had in my life! No kidding.”
“I visit this shop at least once a week for the best falafels I have ever tasted! highly recommended!!”
So head here after a long day of surfing, kayaking or any of the other great things to do in Byron Bay.
Where to find Orgasmic Food: 11 Bay Lane
4. Grab a cocktail and relax
The Mez Club is located along Jonson Street, so it’s a perfect spot to stop by for either it’s regular happy hour between 4 and 6 pm or the late one between 9 pm and midnight. Either time you’ll want to check out the unique signature cocktails.
During the early one, you can pick from:
- $6 Stone & Wood Pacific Ale
- $10 Ink Gin & Tonic, Brookies Gin & Tonic, Kir Royale or Aperol Spritz
- $12 MezClub Margy, Mojito, Too Easy, Cloud 9, Too Easy, Daiquiri, Gimlet
- $14 Espresso Martini
The late night happy hours offers up $12 concoctions, such as the Psychedelic Sunset and the Salted Caramel White Russian. But don’t stop there as you’ll want to check out all the signature cocktails.
Plus, you can grab some food while you’re here, and you can truly soak up the vibe of this gorgeous restaurant and bar.
Where to find The Mez Club: 4/85-87 Jonson St.
Check out all the local hangouts and stay at BHHP
Stay with us at Broken Head Holiday Park where you’ll be able to book reasonable accommodation that will give you more budget to check out all the local hangouts. Plus any of the fun things to do in Byron Bay that you’ve got on your to-do list. We can’t wait to hear what you think of these and other local hangouts!