Last week Josh and I did an almost 8 hour roadtrip to Ballina: him, for work, and me, for a holiday. I’ve always been comfortable in my own company but I found this trip especially refreshing. I had tonnes of ‘me’ time and definitely made the most of it by visiting some amazing places. I thought this Fortnightly Favourites post could showcase some of my favourite spots across the region, so anyone travelling there knows where to get some delicious food and do a little shopping.
Folk, Byron Bay:
Folk was one of those places I’d heard about before I even started researching where to eat in Byron. And it’s absolutely worth the hype, especially for those with dietary needs. A number of items on their menu are gluten and diary free, and the staff were also very knowledgable about the ingredients in their dishes. Amazing little spot.
Habitat Collective and the Nikau Store, Byron Bay:
These two stores had absolutely beautiful crockery and homewares. Between the two of them I probably spent an hour tossing up which items I could afford to buy because if my funds allowed, I think I would have bought everything they had.
Our Corner Kitchen, Bangalow:
Bangalow is such a stunning little town. My mum recommended I visit because she remembered it to be quaint and full of gorgeous shops. I ate lunch at Our Corner Kitchen where I was once again presented with many options to suit my diet, and attentive and friendly staff. The Flower Barn is a beautiful shop full of gorgeous fresh and dried flowers, and the main street and some of the side streets also have other gems I explored.
Newrybar Merchants, Newrybar:
On the road to Bangalow you can pass through Newrybar, which is an even smaller town with a small handful of shops by the roadside. Newrybar Merchants is a fantastic space showcasing a huge range of clothing, homewares, flowers, beauty and healthcare items and much more. Across the road, Harvest produces it’s own bread (not for me unfortunately) and it also has a deli. Such an amazing spot to drop by on your way to or from Bangalow!
The Belle General, East Ballina:
I saw this cafe while out on a walk one morning and knew from the number of people packed on its tables that I needed to try it out. The Belle General’s menu is based on whole foods and is majority dairy and gluten free – even their french toast, which I absolutely demolished! Would recommend again and again and again – it was so good I went back twice.