Bay Leaf Café

Top choice cafe in Byron Bay

Image by Penny Carroll Lonely Planet

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 that would mean missing out on food and drinks that are made with love and a remarkable attention to detail.

Breakfasts are healthy and hearty: coconut quinoa porridge, brimming paleo bowls of kale, broccoli, poached eggs and pulled pork, or young Australia's national dish: avocado on sourdough. Lunches might be a pretty plate of citrus-cured kingfish with watercress and beets. Staff are chilled but passionate about their product, too. Grab takeaways from the bakery offshoot next door, which also does a great range of gluten-free sweet treats.