Byron Bay: A surfing town brimming with healthy, vegan eats 0

Byron Bay may have a reputation for being a sleepy surfer town, but it’s also jam-packed with vegan-friendly cafés and a few organic grocery stores.  The best part is that all of these food establishments are within a few blocks of one another.  Take a short walk around town and you’re guaranteed to encounter some delicious food along with some business owners that are passionate about health, wellness and nourishing the body with nutrient-rich, plant-based food.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Naked Treaties Rawganics is 100% raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.  Their food is fresh and unadulterated, hence the name “naked.”  While a bit pricey, you’ll know that you’re consuming food that is extremely kind to your body. The floor to ceiling length juice and smoothie menu might seem a bit overwhelming, but just ask for a recommendation and you’ll quickly understand the passion and dedication behind the Naked Treaties team.  You can find Naked Treaties raw bars and desserts throughout Australia in health food stores and cafés.

The gluten-free bircher muesli with goji berries, coconut cream and berry purée was a perfect way to kick-off the morning.

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The “I am Beautiful” smoothie contains strawberries, raspberries, greens, blueberries, almond milk, coconut water.

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From the outside:

Naked Treaties Rawganics, Byron Bay

From the inside:

Naked Treaties Rawganics, Byron Bay

Here are the details for Naked Treaties Rawganics:

Address: 2/3 Marvell Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 4pm, Sunday: 9am – 3pm

Heart and Halo, an entirely vegetarian restaurant, is located on a quiet side-street away from the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay’s town center.  Pick a few hot and cold dishes from the case, pile them high, and grab a table on the shaded patio.

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Make sure to save room for the Halva Coconut Cream Pudding for dessert.

Heart and Halo Halva Coconut Pudding

Also, come back for breakfast.  The Mooridge has the perfect sweetness from the stewed figs, dates, apricots and black currants, but it also has a rich nuttiness from the combination of the quinoa, millet and pumpkin seeds.  The coconut cream on top ties all the elements together perfectly.

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Here are the details for Heart and Halo:

Address: Shop 4/14 Middleton Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 8:30pm, closed Sunday
Phone: +61 2 6685 6685

Manna Haven is a light-filled vegetarian café on Byron Bay’s Jonson’s Street.  Grab a seat by the window or snag a table outside on the front porch.  The food is carefully crafted and beautifully presented, and while there might be a bit of a wait during the peak hours, hang tight.  The wait is well worth it.

The walnut, brown rice and shredded veggie patties below were excellent!  I could have had this meal everyday for an entire week and I would still want to come back for more.

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The Munchy Crunchy Torilla Bowl consists of a baked wholegrain tortilla bowl filled with beans and piled high with greens, beetroot, carrot, tabouleh, and cashew cream.

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Here are the details for Manna Haven:

Address: 97 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Hours: Sunday – Friday: 10am – 3pm
Phone: +61 2 6685 6926

Santo’s Life Organic & Natural is just a block or two from Manna Haven.  The store is a non-GMO zone, meaning that none of its products are genetically modified, or “altered” as they say here in Australia.  Stop by Santo’s for your basic grocery needs or pop in for lunch, a smoothie or a cup of coffee.  Santo’s has an extensive selection of bulk nuts, grains, flours, and dried fruit.  The café offers an array of hot, vegan and vegetarian pies as well as a selection of savory salads, tarts and pizzas.

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The impressive bulk section

Santos's Life Organic & Natural

Both pies are vegan and gluten-free

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Vegan beetroot, spinach and sunflower seed tart and an Indian sweet potato and coconut “lasagna”

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Here are the details for Santo’s Life Organic & Natural:

Address: 105 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 6:00pm, Saturday: 9 am – 5pm, Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Phone: +61 2 6685 7071

Fundie’s Wholefoods Market is also a grocery store-café duo, offering everything from cashew-based Tiramisu ice cream to locally sourced produce.  The café has a variety of savory dishes as well as a number of raw desserts.  Get there early as their more popular dishes run out quickly!