Whether you’re into superfoods or something more indulgent, this sustainably focussed eatery in the centre of town has something for you
Those who have visited Byron Bay and spent time in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales will know that it is renowned for its diversity of sustainable, innovative culinary offerings. Byron Fresh Cafe on Jonson Street – one of the main foodie streets in the popular beachside township – is one of the most popular. It is a one-stop shop for bakery items, sit-down meals all day, and take-away food packages for just about every occasion. Diners are able to enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner meal or simply stop off for a coffee and a quick bite in a comfortable space packed with personality and stay-a-while appeal.
Markus Hofer took ownership of the eatery in 2004. On the market for a new venture, the industry veteran snapped up Byron Fresh after being sold on its position – 50 metres from the beach – and impressed by the fact that it had ample parking for patrons, a positive reputation and good visibility, not to mention a fresh approach.
“We go out of our way to buy as local and organic as we can,” he said in an interview after acquiring the business. “We certainly try to stay true to what our name suggests.”
Sustainably sourced organic and free-range dishes with a focus on reduced refined sugars and salts is the name of the game here. The menu is packed with everything from fresh burgers, organic toast, healthy bowls, quinoa dishes, zucchini hotcakes, salads and fruit smoothies. The antioxidant smoothie bowl and nourishing Buddha bowl are popular staples while those who follow vegetarian or gluten-free diets are well catered for too.
Those who enjoy having a cheeky sip with their meal, you’re in luck, Byron Fresh is licensed and serves plenty of local drops from distilleries and breweries within the region. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner patrons can expect ‘real’ food with a focus on super and healthy ingredients, much of it sourced from local producers.
This cafe’s beach shack vibe combined with its cosy indoor and outdoor seating set-up make it one popular establishment. The engaging team provides exemplary service and are welcoming and knowledgeable about the establishment’s offerings. Aside from this, the rustic vibe and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere is a huge part of the appeal too.
Its part-Parisian, part-surf shack design is the work of Byron Bay’s own concept interior designer Nyree Mackenzie of Mackenzie Design, and blends French-style wrought iron, delicate geometric tiles, bistro chairs with a weatherborn exterior. The interior is lit up with paint-splattered industrial hanging lamps and the double-height French doors are an eye-catching feature.
One of the coolest elements of the design is the Love Booth – a nook ideal for Instagram selfies – that’s lit up with neon lights in the evening, you can’t miss it.
Address: 7 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Monday – Sunday | 7.30am – 10pm