best vegan food byron bay

The Best Vegan Food in Byron Bay

I’ve taken the opportunity to update this list of the best vegan food in Byron Bay as of May 2024.

This post was originally published back in 2017 and a lot has changed in the restaurant scene, especially since Covid.

There have been closures and pivots and some places are no longer solely vegan.

In fact most of the local eateries now cater for vegans and vegetarians with several options on the menu.

Nevertheless, here are the places with (I believe)

The best vegan restaurants in Byron Bay 2024

1.  No Bones

delicious plant-based food takes center stage here. But the restaurant is also committed to the community and the planet. They reduce their environmental impact by using local produce. They partner with regenerative farmers and are working towards 100% carbon neutrality.

2.  Cardamon Pod

has been delivering a mix of vegan and vegetarian food in Byron Bay since 2001.  It’s all the taste without the guilt. Try the roast pumpkin salad or aromatic curries!

3.  Manna Haven

This non profit restaurant has a new menu every week.  They serve healthy and delicious whole, plant based food made from fresh and local produce.

4.  Yulli’s Byron Bay

is a vegan paradise serving 100% vegan food matched with vegan wine. The menu of plant-based dishes is a fusion of modern Asian and Mediterranean cuisines.

5.  Heart and Halo

this old favourite lives on by offering their vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes frozen for you to reheat.  The menu includes Dahl, Curry and Lasagne and can be picked up at Fundies on the main street or Baz and Shaz in Suffolk Park.

6.  Combi

still going strong!  This organic, farm to plate cafe offers fresh local vegan fare with lots of gluten free options.  The acai bowl is delicious!

The best vegan restaurants in Byron Bay 2017

One of the perks of living in this area is there are a lot of vegan restaurants in Byron Bay for a small town.

Growing up surrounded by a smorgasbord of nature and healthy, delicious food, in many ways I’m not surprised that my life has lead me down such a green path.  For me, being green starts with a nourished mindset.

I’m an absolute subscriber to the belief that good health starts from within – you are what you eat!

Food Preference – Healthy!

I get asked about my food preferences quite often. With the food intolerances in our family and my passion for health and ethics it certainly is a labour of love at our place!

I’m flexitarian.

I’ve been Vegan, Vego and Paleo. And lived to tell the tale with each ????.  I know what my body resonates with and what knocks it sideways. For me these days it’s more of an intuitive approach – listening to my body and hunting and gathering accordingly.

With inner health never too far from top of mind and living in a foodie’s paradise like Byron, I never have to look too far to find something healthy to nourish my body from the inside out.  And when it comes to eating out, I can never go wrong with the vegan food in Byron Bay.

From a local perspective (ahem, mine) here are

1. Heart and Halo…

get there at 8am for an early start and delicious breakfast featuring their signature Morridge. This place definitely has a special place in my heart.

2. Combi…

deliver all things organic and raw, their superfood smoothies are the perfect brain boost to start off the day. Oh and their fresh coconuts are to die for on a hot summer’s day.

3. The Beet…

hats off to the chefs of this lovely vegan restaurant for having a true dedication to inspire people to enjoy and explore ethical, plant-based meals. Relatively new to town, this place is amazeballs. So fresh and vibrant.

4. Woods Bangalow..

a stunning location, and sister cafe to Folke Byron Bay, Woods is the perfect place to grab a morning coffee and organic granola with vegan yoghurt. Their mixed plate with roasted pumpkin, brown rice, fermented beet slaw and other gorgeous goodies is my fave!

5. The Mez Club…

THE perfect place for a Sunday session, line your stomach with a healthy tapas-style snacks in plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. And the atmosphere – you’ll be taken aback by their fresh Mediterranean styling and luxe mezzanine.

In my opinion, these are the best vegan restaurants in Byron Bay.

What are your favourite places to eat vegan food?

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