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A hipster guide to Byron Bay

Published January 18th, 2016

Byron Bay is the NSW coastal haven where you can rub shoulders with hippies and millionaires, gorge yourself on scrumptious organic food, and sun yourself on pristine white sand beaches to your heart’s content. It’s a laid back town and if you’re a bit of a hipster at heart you’ll love its stylish personality.

Below are some of the best places you can get your hipster on in Byron Bay.

The Byron Bay sign
Photo: Cassandra Laffey

Breakfast & Coffee

If you’re a true hipster, breakfast and good coffee will feature high on your list of must-do’s on holiday and Byron won’t disappoint. One of the newer hipster kids on the block is the understated and very cool Folk cafe located on the outskirts of town, serving up delicious mostly vegetarian dishes and superb coffee.

  Also located on this side of town, make your way to the Industrial Estate to find the dynamic hub that is 100 Mile Table on Banksia Drive. Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch this is a very cool warehouse style set up, popular with locals. On the outskirts of town on the Suffolk Park side, the Roadhouse on Bangalow Road is an ultra cool rustic style cafe sitting under shady palm trees, serving up simple organic local delicacies and esteemed Allpress Coffee. If you’re in the town centre and you want to grab a coffee or healthy treat on the go, local hipster faves are Barefoot Coffee Roasters on Lawson Lane, and Naked Treaties on Marvell Street.

Breakfast in Byron

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Shopping

If you’re in Byron on a Thursday morning, head to the local Farmers Markets on the Butler Street reserve for some of the best local produce available. Saturdays are big for the Byron hipster scene, with hundreds of garage sales popping up through town. Head down Bangalow Road to stock up on pre-loved fashion and accessories before hitting up some of the now internationally renowned Byron bohemian fashion labels such as Spell and Arnhem. Sundays are market days in Byron and surrounding hinterland towns. The Byron Shire markets are a fun day out, with local fashion, crafts, homewares and yummy food, as well as live music and street entertainers.


 

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Up for a few Bevvies?

All that shopping may parch your thirst, so visit the local Stone and Wood brewery in the Industrial Estate for a relaxing arvo tasting session. Next head to Belongil Beach for beach cafe vibes at the breezy Treehouse cafe where you can enjoy good beer, woodfired pizza and live music under the swaying palm trees. If you find yourself in town, check out the new nightspot the Bolt Hole on Fletcher Street for some cool whiskey and cocktails.

Wellness

Byron is famous for its health and wellness scene, so make some time to rejuvenate while you’re visiting. Check out the Secret Garden for yoga and the new hipster fave, Stretch Therapy. Just around the corner opposite the cinema you’ll find Thai Sabai, a popular Thai massage parlour where you can get the knots kneaded out of your back or enjoy a relaxing foot massage. Afterwards take a hike up to the lighthouse and watch dolphins dancing in the waves below, before taking a cooling dip on one of Byron’s beautiful beaches.

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.