It’s no secret that we love our food in Byron Bay and you probably won’t be surprised to hear there are plenty of delicious vegan and vegetarian spots in town. With new plant-based eateries popping up all the time, we thought we should share some of our favourites. We hope you’re hungry!
It might be beloved of vegans who routinely describe it as “the best food I’ve ever had”, but you don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate all the goodness on offer at this Sienna favourite. The menu at Yulli’s Kitchen is 100% vegan and is probably best described as both ‘modern Asian’ and ‘insanely good’. The crispy tofu deserves poetry it’s so good, but you can order anything here with confidence. Whoever is working that kitchen is a magician for modern times, as far as we’re concerned. There’s also a pretty impressive wine list, cocktails and, of course, the full selection of famous, in-house Yulli’s Brews craft beers. Head to their Insta and prepare to drool.
No Bones has found a home in a sweet spot downtown Byron Bay, and thank goodness for that. The food is creative, delicious and oh-so more-ish. Everything is sourced locally (where possible), made in-house and like many other Byron businesses, the No Bones girls do it all with a strong commitment to sustainability and the environment. The cocktail list is also a thing of beauty – try the John Meloncamp or the Grateful Undead. This is a great place for an early family dinner, but if you were searching for a place to take the special plant-based someone in your life… No Bones could be it.
Byron bay general store
The Byron Bay General Store is a local icon. It was established in 1947 and is one of our oldest buildings. When the current owners opened their doors in 2017 after six months of renovations and planning, they were greeted with queues down the street! The General Store is a friendly, laid-back place for locals and visitors and it serves up cracking coffee alongside delicious, great quality food – all sourced from local suppliers. They describe themselves “as mostly plant-based”. We describe them as “delicious”. We’re talking about vegan waffles here, people. They have a cute play area for kids (so good for the parents), the nourish bowls are out-of-this world-good, the people watching is great and you get 10% off your bill if you walk or ride your pushie there. What a time to be alive!
Folk is one of our favourite spots, and many a meeting was held in their lush garden during the early Sienna days. It might be set in a slightly unlikely location (next to a caravan park), but that doesn’t stop it from being a super-sweet, chilled-out garden café with the most innovative wholefoods menu you ever did see. Do not start us on the joys of their vegan burrito. Okay, just one word: phenomenal. Everything is made in-house with a commitment to vegetarian and plant-based eating. The coffee is consistently excellent and so is the music. Don’t just take our word for it though. Folk has had plenty of love from magazines like Architectural Digest, Monocle and Gourmet Traveller. Get yourself there, stat.
There’s a lot of vegan love in byron bay
So while these might be some of our favourite plant-based eateries, Byron Bay is a pretty accommodating place. Most places will ‘veganise’ a dish for you if there is something on the menu you really fancy, and we’re hard-pressed to think of anywhere that doesn’t have at least a couple of vegan and plant-based offerings on their menu. You’re in Byron Bay, baby! It’s just how we roll here.