Tigmi Trading's Guide To Byron
Our insider's guide to the hidden gems of Byron Bay.
Byron Bay; “It’s a lifestyle” - and whether you’re here for a few days, a couple of weeks or a recent addition to the area – this here is your one stop shop for doing Byron well. If you’re a local, you’ll most probably cringe at the fact there’s another ‘Byron Bay guide’ floating out there in the internet-sphere, but fear not; we’ve compiled a not-so-typical list of places to eat, sleep, retreat and repeat.
Before reading on, here are a few key terms you’ll need to get acquainted with:
*Induzzi (Industrial estate)
*Lighty (lighthouse walk)
*Bruns (Brunswick heads)
Try using one or two of those throughout your visit, and you’re well on your way to earning some serious street cred here.
19 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
A house of creatives, hidden in the hills showcasing a collection of handmade goodies for the home. Each room introduces a new Merchant and their products, so allocate a good half an hour to wander through the rooms here. Side note: be sure to get your takeaway coffee and a fresh pastry from Harvest Deli, serious shopping requires a serious dose of caffeine. Also, no one likes a hangry shopper.
1 Porter Street, Byron Bay Arts & Industrial Estate (off Bayshore Dr)
Hashtag #HabitatHome and Hashtag #HabitatWoman is where it’s at. Basically all of Byron Bay’s best brands are found in these two spaces, and want to know the best part about them all being in the one space? That’s it, that’s the best part.
1/36 Byron St, Bangalow
The best place to go in Bangalow to hunt out some truly special pieces. Plenty of beautiful natural linens, timbers and natural tones & textures. Think Scandi meets coastal / hinterland chic. Conveniently stationed next door to Our Corner Kitchen, which offers a delicious drop of moonshine (the local bean supplier), yummy breakfast options and tasty AF rice paper rolls (our go-to option for lunch on the run).
23 Byron St, Bangalow
There’s hopefully no real reason you should go here, apart from the fact that the interior of this space has managed to keep it’s authentic, old world charm and pays special tribute to Aesop, which is totally understandable.
Shop 1 / 3 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Pretty much a Byron institution. The first bespoke homewarers space in Byron run by the enigmatic Byron local artist Jai Vasicek – it’s a beautiful collection of Jai’s works and unique finds from his travels.
27 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Bookworms beware! There are hours to be lost pursuing these shelves for the PERFECT holiday read. If however you are looking for that rare, hard to find book that has been on your ‘to read list’ for a while then just ask John, and guaranteed you he will be able to dig it out of even the dimmest corner.
Shop 2/16 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads
With a reputation as impressive as their waiting list, Fleet is an experience you MUST have. Total Euphoria, where tastebuds dance until the late hours of the evening and unwillingly take themselves home. This place is not for those on a budget, and if you’re going to do Fleet well, be sure to have matching wines paired with your set-menu.
3-6 Albert Street, Federal & DOMA Pop Up, Brunswick Heads
The term ‘DOMA’ (“dirt place”) refers to the central area of a traditional Japanese home, and whilst the lack of dirt is replaced with white pebbles, outdoor umbrellas and palmtrees – This Japanese café/restaurant has kept it’s soul alive with HANDS DOWN – the best lunch I’ve ever had. Two words – sushi cone. Any or all of them, no judgement here.
And yes, you heard correctly – DOMA pop up. They’re THAT good, that websites are irrelevant and publicity isn’t a necessity. We happened to be driving and noticed a small food caravan by the road, I asked a Bruns local and quickly learnt (and committed a criminal offence with an illegal U-turn) that DOMA have indeed popped-up.
18-22 Old Pacific Hwy, Newrybar
Where to start. Harvest hails from two Newrybar locals who set-up camp in what was then a bit of a 'no man's land', which is now a 'Margot Robbie fav'. Paying special tribute to fresh, local produce – Harvest offers seasonal menus across their restaurant, bakery and deli. It's probably worth mentioning they have a fancy wine connoisseur by the name of Russ Berry, who is incredibly choosy when it comes to who does & who doesn't make it on the list (It's kind of like the Berghaine of Byron – but for wines).
11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
We know what you're thinking, The Farm is general knowledge 'round here – and you're right. At first, we weren't going to include it, but for those of you who really have no damn clue on where to go in Byron – you have to go here at least ONCE during your stay. Also, it's a great spot for those of you with kiddies (or young babysitters) who need to get out of the house, let the kids run free, sip your flat white in peace and stare mindlessly at a field of sunflowers. Open for brekky, lunch and dinner – our new Saturday ritual involves grabbing a pastry or two, a loaf of sourdough from Bread Social and a fresh bunch of flowers from the on-site florist. Geez, life's good.
Broken Head Hall, Brokenhead Rd, Byron Bay
Everyone has this idea that diets start on Monday, but not here, NOPE. Mondays are hard enough, so bring yourself, perhaps a bottle of vino and a blanket – get comfy, and enjoy the rustic charm of Broken Head Hall, with a woodfire pizza. Operating every Monday from 5pm, these pizzas are Legit. The right ratio of toppings, a thin yet lightly toasted base with flavour that'll get you feeling like it's Friday.
Habitat Byron Bay, 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay Arts & Industrial Estate (off Bayshore Dr)
New kid on the block, HELLO. Designed by Architecture firm Dominic Finlay Jones, the fit out is as lust-worthy as their cocktail list. Whether it’s a coffee after an exercise class from their neighbours F45 and BENDE, lunch after a leisurely shop or dinner & drinks in ‘North Beach’ (oh yeah, this is newest Byron hot spot) - add that to your Byron Bay vocab.
Bangalow Bowlo, 21 Byron Bay Road, Bangalow
This is Banglow’s best kept secret no more! After managing to ride incognito for a year or so, this little local gem is THE go to place for some seriously amazing smoked meats served cantina style with some of the finest (& healthiest) salads seen. But lets' face it, for strung out mums and dads looking for a good feed and sneaky bevvy’ the ‘fenced’ grass playground is THE biggest attraction by far.
6 - 8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay
We’ll admit, this is probably our most hashtag #Byron recommendation so far, but if you’re going to do Byron Bay well, do Rae’s. It's the closest you'll get to the Mediterranean, with a bit of a tropical tone, and being located in Wategos means you're a stone's throw away from one of Australia’s most incredible & instagrammable beaches.
13 Marvell St, Byron Bay
Communal but chic. If you're like us, sometimes being left alone is all you want on a Summer Holiday – but The Atlantic have managed to subtly force you to interact with other human beings, in an enjoyable way. The whole space evokes the charm of beachside Bahama bungalows, is conveniently located to a miriad of eating & drinking 'hot spots' and gives you the option to enjoy a drink or two around the campfire with fellow artistic, nomad explorers who may just turn out to be your annual holiday pals.
28 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay
What used to be the former ‘Flamingo Hotel’ has had a serious face lift, like – the tell us who your surgeon was kind. Contemporary, cool and oh so chic – fitted out with some serious lust-worthy homeware pieces from some of Australia’s most loved. Whether it’s a solo stay, a couple’s retreat or a mad hens weekend – The Bower beckons you all.
26-28 Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads
A little slice of California, a stone's throw away from Byron Bay in the quaint Brunswick Heads. A motel isn't meant to be glamourous, schmick or even instagram-worthy – but The Sails Motel is all of those things, in an unpretentious way. Environmentally friendly & (kid friendly); using solar for energy, fairtrade eco-friendly products for the amenities and keeping health & wellbeing as a focus with occasional yoga pop up's and live music events. Don't worry though, it's not 'too healthy' - alcohol is very much accepted here, and their new onsite restaurant means you can basically have everything you want – delivered to your room, or even poolside – this place is all about #OPTIONS.
Killen Falls Dr, Tintenbar
Two crucial things for this kind of venture – a car, and snacks. It's the kind of place you'll most likely spend a few hours at, and everyone knows it's a universal rule that a day of swimming requires salt, specifically a packet of salt & vinegar chips. Killen is about a 10 minute drive from Newrybar Village, and about a 5ish minute walk down to the waterfall/swimming hole itself. Arrive early to snag a park, and we'd suggest spending the morning here and escaping just after lunch.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Bruswick River, Brunswick Heads (near the bridge)
Brunswick is a beauty, and for a cheap thrill – stand up paddle boarding is our answer to enjoyable exercise. Gone are the days of lighthouse runs and green smoothies, treat yourself to SUP and a beer after at the Brunswick Hotel. SUP is child friendly, relatively easy to do for first timers and low-cost. For $20 you'll have yourself an hour of whatever the hell you want. Paddle, or don't – heck, lay down and let the currents take you where they will. Whatever you do, it'll be enjoyable, just make sure you aim for high tide – otherwise sand banks will be the bane of your existence.
7A / 11 Banksia Drive, Arts & Industrial Estate, Byron Bay
You've probably heard of Gaia, and whilst we have a special spot for the not so hidden gem in the hills – we've got a new love, and it's name is COMMA. We thought it was pronounced co-ma, like the heavenly realm you enter when you're unconscious, but no – it's COMMA like - ,. It's a little pricey, but worth it. The whole experience is indulgent, and just real bloody good for you. From the products, to the interior and furnishings, oh and don't even get us started on the playlist. If shazzaming we're acceptable during a treatment, we would have – to use for later personal use. Afterwards (if it's a weekday) grab yourself an espresso from Allpress, a personal favourite of ours.
Seven Mile Beach Rd, Broken Head
Hesitant to add this to the list, mostly because until not so long ago – it used to be a total 'locals only' spot, and the local in us made it hard to hand over this valuable insider information– but now, (no) thanks for Instagram geotagging, Whites Beach is not so much of a secret. So if you're going to go to a beach, make the White choice (excuse the pun). A long stretch of white sand, crystal clear water and NO PHONE RECEPTION – what more could you want? Just keep in mind, meeting friends here is impossible – so either car pool or meet on the road and venture down to whiter pastures together.