Restaurants

Top Choice Modern Australian in Brunswick Heads

Fleet

With a teeny-tiny and simple (if effortlessly stylish) shop front (entered from Fingal St) and most bookings snapped up on release, Fleet might be Australia's most cultish dining destination. Josh Lewis (chef) and A…
Top Choice Farm Restaurant in Byron Bay

Three Blue Ducks at the Farm

The legendary Sydney team behind Three Blue Ducks moved up north to showcase its paddock-to-plate food philosophy. Their rustic barn cafe and restaurant forms the beating heart of The Farm. The breakfast menu does t…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Cabarita

Paper Daisy

Boutique hotel Halcyon House's gorgeous ground floor is given over to its restaurant, which is open to nonguests. It's a busy, visual space with bistro chairs and lots of small oils hung salon-style, but manages nev…
Top Choice French in Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest

Tillermans

Long-time Francophiles Kerry and Peter Hodges serve a fabulous three-course French lunch (book ahead in summer) at this rustic old riverside beauty, where you can kick-back with, say, roast chicken with olives and p…
Top Choice Cafe in Byron Bay

Bay Leaf Café

You might be tempted to snigger at the raft of Byron clichées on offer at this always busy cafe (golden lattes, coconut cold brew, kombucha, tousle-haired locals of both sexes, a '70s psych rock soundtrack etc), but…
Top Choice Spanish in Byron Bay

St Elmo

Perch on a stool at this moody modern tapas restaurant, where rock-star bar staff create wicked cocktails or can pour you one of the better wines by the glass found in this part of the world (including natural and m…
Top Choice Italian in Coffs Harbour

Fiasco

Upmarket Italian fare is prepared in an open kitchen using produce from the best local suppliers and herbs from the restaurant's own garden. Expect authentic delights such as organic Angus beef with celeriac purée, …
Top Choice Turkish in Yamba & Angourie

Beachwood Cafe

Cookbook author Sevtap Yüce steps out of the pages to deliver her bold Turkish Flavours to the plate at this wonderful little licensed cafe. Most of the tables are outside, where the grass verge has been commandeere…
Top Choice Cafe in Byron Bay

Folk

This delightful wooden-cottage cafe sits beside a busy caravan park but is a world unto itself. The barista may pause while making your organic cow, soy, macadamia, coconut or almond latte to wander out and flip ove…
Top Choice Bakery in Tweed Heads

Bread Social

Bread Social's concession at Byron Bay's The Farm is the worst kept secret; now the word is really out with this dedicated bakery and cafe, opened just a block from the border. Pick up loaves and pastries or stay fo…