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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 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 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 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…
Top Choice Cafe in Brunswick Heads

Milk Bar

A later than usual opening means this lovely cafe, with its rustic communal dining table and footpath seats, is all about the big brunch or late lunch, or a combination of the two. Dishes are totally of the how-we-e…
Top Choice Hotel in Brunswick Heads

Hotel Brunswick

The 1940s Hotel Brunswick is a destination unto itself, with a magnificent beer garden fanning out from its heritage facade beneath flourishing poincianas. There’s live music nightly from Thursday to Sunday, and pub…
Top Choice Cafe in Yamba & Angourie

Leche Cafe

After some backyard yoga at Leche Cafe you might want to tuck into coconut bread and Byron Bay–based Marvell coffee. The sophisticated lunch menu is just as wholesome, with beetroot burgers, cauliflower curries and …
Top Choice Latin American in Lennox Head

Cafe Marius

Hip kids serve and consume a super-tasty selection of Latin American and Spanish dishes, excellent coffee and jugs of sangria from morning to late in this cool little licensed cafe, nestled down the back of an arcad…
Top Choice Cafe in Ballina

Belle General

Eggs on kale; coconut and date loaf; blueberry hotcakes. Lamb burgers, paleo veggie lasagne, nasi goreng…everything is gluten-free, unless you're having something on sourdough toast, but even then you can sub in som…
Top Choice Cafe in Far North Coast

On the Bite

This unexpectedly hip cafe offers imaginatively prepared, super-fresh food with Middle Eastern and Asian bents, not to mention the best single-farm-sourced coffee for miles.