A quaint country town with an old world charm, its no surprise Bangalow – and its neighbouring villages – is home to some of the most memorable cafés in the region. World-class coffee, cakes and atmosphere abound in some of the best-kept secrets the Byron Bay Hinterland has to offer.
With a focus on organic and homegrown, the Northern Rivers region has some of the best coffee in Australia. Local coffee specialists Zentveld’s provide 100% Australian Arabica coffee blends, grown in the lush rolling green hills of the Byron Bay Hinterland. Bun Coffee Byron Bay similarly brings forth distinctive regional nuances with an emphasis on the growers, environment and the community.
Located in an historic cottage, Harvest Café is open for breakfast and lunch, and dinner on weekends. A five-minute drive from Bangalow, Harvest Café is situated in nearby Newrybar and serves up fresh sourdough and pastries daily. Cosy up next to the indoor fireplace in winter, and spend leisurely summer days on the sunny veranda. A favourite with locals, expect organic local produce that showcases the best of the region.
Harvest Café’s hole-in-the-wall outlet Sparrow brings the same artisanal food principles to downtown Bangalow – and offers a more accessible way to get your hands on a steaming hot loaf of sourdough from Harvest’s popular bakery. With an emphasis on fresh local produce, Sparrow runs a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu. It also serves up a range of sweet treats and coffee, minus the guilt: most are dairy-free, gluten-free, organic or sugar-free – take your pick!
Barefoot Brew Room
Byron Bay’s best coffee can be found at Barefoot Brew Room, a hole-in-the-wall espresso bar tucked away behind Byron Bay’s busy main street. A café for the truly caffeine-obsessed, Barefoot Brew Room roast their own blends, and serve them up with a smile and a friendly conversation that will have you feeling like a local quick smart. Head to this Byron Bay favourite for good vibes and good coffee.
Not your typical café, Federal’s Doma Café is an unexpected gem that serves up traditional Japanese cuisine. Always buzzing around lunchtime, Doma Café is set in the heart of Federal and also serves coffee, hot chips and homemade burgers. There is ample outdoor seating for long lazy lunches, as well as a traditional Japanese doma room. Make this your lunchtime stop on the way to Nightcap National Park or when passing by Federal.
Bangalow’s best bet for a delicious cake is Town Café, located on the heritage-lined main street of Bangalow. Drop in and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, sweet treats, abundant breakfasts, lunches and hot coffee. While local produce is brought to the fore, the desserts are the real stars of the show – be sure to grab a slice of cheesecake. A culinary delight, Town Café is a Bangalow favourite.
Bangalow Heritage Museum and Tea Rooms
The charming café equivalent to a cup of tea and scones at your Nanna’s house, Bangalow Heritage Museum and Tea Rooms is a must-do for Bangalow first-timers. Set in a classic heritage building, the tearooms on the verandas look out over the parklands on the eastern edge of Bangalow. The ideal spot for a morning tea or light lunch, “Heritage House” – as it is known locally – is also a museum run by volunteers, showcasing the history of the region. Open Wednesday to Friday only.
The Italian Diner
A café with a distinctly European vibe, The Italian Diner offers authentic Italian breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee every day of the week. During brunch, the café serves up a special brunch pizza and pastries to tide hungry tummies over until lunchtime. The atmosphere is fun and friendly with a modern edge. Every month, The Italian Diner takes taste buds for a trip around Italy with a themed regional night, showcasing the best culinary flavours of specific locales in Italy.
A chic Bangalow favourite, Utopiais a popular venue serving up exquisite breakfast and lunch fare in a welcoming atmosphere. Situated on the main street of Bangalow, Utopia’s display case selection of desserts is all the rage with sweet-toothed foodies and those looking to indulge. Not limited to sweets, Utopia’s repertoire of fresh dishes has the café buzzing on a daily basis. The perfect pit stop for a relaxing meal in Bangalow.
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