Putting together a list of 10 Byron Bay Breakfasts You Need to Try was not as easy as it might sound. Don’t get me wrong; I was completely happy to do the legwork. The problem is, there are almost too many café and restaurant breakfasts in and around Byron Bay to recommend! And lets not forget the local bakery scene, the patisseries and the market food stalls. We are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to Byron Bay breakfasts.
But after many mornings enjoying the Byron Bay breakfast culture with fellow food loving friends I have put together a shortlist of 10 Byron Bay Breakfasts You Need to Try. It was pretty hard to narrow it down to 10 dishes. In fact it was so hard that I might need to write a future post called: 10 MORE Byron Bay Breakfasts You Need to Try!
If you’ve got any ideas for other Byron Bay breakfasts I need to try for Part II – let me know!
10 Byron Bay Breakfasts You Need to Try
Chicken and Ginger Congee – 100 Mile Table
4/8 Banskia Drive, Byron Bay
Open Monday – Friday
There is nothing more soothing than a warm, nourishing bowl of congee and the Chicken and Ginger version at 100 Mile Table is the best around. There would be a cacophony if the congee was ever removed from the menu. The rice-based dish is creamy and satisfying and features tender chicken pieces, a hint of savoury and a subtle ginger warmth topped with fried shallots. You can choose to pimp it up with a fried egg or keep it pure and simple. Try the congee with the house made chilli sauce too. But go gently as it packs a punch.
Green Eggs and Ham – Belongil Bistro
33 Childe Street, Byron Bay
Open 7 days
I do so like Green Eggs and Ham and the Belongil Bistro version is another crowd favourite. I adore the contrast of colour in the dish and the luscious scrambled eggs piled high are some of the best you will try. The eggs are flavoured with salsa verde and come served on lovely toasted sourdough with a generous layer of local Bangalow Sweet Ham, tomato relish and baby herbs.
Popeye Om – Luscious Foods
1 / 6 Tasman Way, Byron Bay
Open Monday to Friday
For an authentic Middle Eastern Byron Bay breakfast make sure you visit Luscious Foods. Their Popeye Om dish features a wood-fired two egg omelette made with pesto, spinach, black olives, feta and caramelised onion. It is presented on a wooden platter with labneh, a zaatar spice blend, a refreshing tabouli and rocket salad and toasted organic sourdough. I love this dish for its authenticity and originality – I don’t think there is anywhere else in Byron Bay serving Middle Eastern breakfasts from a wood fired oven.
Scrambled Eggs with Toasted Corn – Town Café
33 Byron Street, Bangalow
Open 7 days
Ok, so this one is just up the hill from Byron Bay in the village of Bangalow but it is absolutely worth the drive. The dish is a tip of the lid to vibrant and fresh Mexican cuisine. The golden and smooth scrambled eggs are served with toasted corn kernels, punchy cheddar cheese, a fresh and piquant ranchero sauce, coriander sprigs and soft and delicious blue corn tortillas for scooping and dipping. You can add some chorizo as well if you want to really ramp it up. A tip – sit out in the courtyard with the water dragons if the weather is fine.
Tamaki – Doma, Mullumbimby Farmers Market
Mullumbimby Showgrounds, Mullumbimby
Friday mornings 7am – 11am
Fancy some sushi for breakfast? While raw fish and cold rice might not sound like your ideal Byron Bay breakfast the Sushi Hand Rolls or Cone Shaped Tamaki crafted by the team from Doma Café every Friday morning at the Mullumbimby Farmers Market are essential market fare. With fillings like an Organic Egg Omelette with Mushroom or the Organic Pumpkin and Sweet Potato tempura freshly prepared to order it is the most wonderful street food you can enjoy with one hand while roaming the market. Doma also has a café up in the neighbouring village of Federal if you feel like taking a country drive for breakfast.
Top Shop Set Box – The Top Shop
65 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay
Open 7 days
When you can’t decide what to choose for breakfast the Top Shop Set Box set is a fabulous way to try a little bit of everything! Featuring an Egg Roll with housemade tomato relish, a little cup of bircher and a mini berry smoothie it’s a Happy Meal Byron Bay style! The organic bread and organic egg roll is simple and a bit nostalgic, while the bircher is made on thick yoghurt featuring nuts and seeds and fresh fruit topping and the mini berry smoothie is zingy and chilled. Enjoyed inside or out on the lawn picnic style I love this little combo. It’s perfect after a lighthouse walk!
Nomelette – Brunswick Picture House Kiosk
30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads
Open Wednesday to Sunday
Nom Nom. The Nomelette at the Brunswick Picture House Kiosk is an Asian style noodle omelette served with a crispy bean shoot salad, lime, palm sugar dressing and crispy shallots. It’s sweet and sour and salty and spicy and savoury all at the same time. Like the venue it’s a quirky and creative dish that comes served served piled high on a retro enamel camping dish. Loads of fun.
Croissant – Scratch Patisserie
Byron Bay Farmers Market
Thursday mornings 8am – 11am
A plain croissant or an almond croissant? I’ll let you pick whether you’re in the savoury or sweet breakfast mood. Either way, if you’re searching for a buttery, light and flaky croissant to nibble with your morning brew then get thee to the Byron Bay Farmers Market on a Thursday morning and head directly to the Scratch Patisserie stall. Go directly. Do not let anything else catch your eye. The croissants from Scratch Patisserie are seriously good and some market days they can sell out early. Don’t panic if you do miss out though as Scratch Patisserie has a stall at the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets on Friday mornings from 7am – 11am and their home base at 6/108 Stuart Street in Mullumbimby is open Tuesday to Saturday.
Socca – Bayleaf Café
2 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Open 7 days
OK, I might be going out on a limb here choosing the Socca over some of the other breakfast delights at Bayleaf Café but I love this dish because it is healthy, tasty, pretty as a picture and I don’t know any other café or restaurant in Byron Bay doing Socca for breakfast. It’s a chickpea crepe served with housemade salsa verde, asparagus, mushroom, quinoa, kale and roasted cherry tomatoes. It’s gluten free and you can ad a poached egg if you wish.
Folk Burrito – Folk Kiosk
Sunrise Boulevard, Byron Bay
Open 7 days
It would be remiss of me not to include a breakfast burrito in the Byron Bay breakfasts you must try list. But this one is oh so Byron and bloody yummy. The vegetarian burrito is filled with spiced biodynamic rice and quinoa, organic black beans, relish, roast pumpkin, house coriander and chilli kraut with greens. It is fresh and balanced thanks to the sweet pumpkin and tangy kraut with a gentle chili warmth that’s food for the soul.