Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”. How true – in a lot of different ways. The key to dining well is choosing the right establishments. So the haven team has come up with some ideas to keep the tastebuds happy and the hunger pains away while you also dose up on some quality time with the most important people in your life.




Date night dinner


Miss Margarita Mexican Cantina // This bar-style restaurant specialises in authentic street-style Mexican food. If you and your partner are after a night with a little bit of an upbeat tempo, then Miss Margarita is for you. This place is always bustling with life and excitement. The downstairs part of the establishment looks out onto one of the main streets in Byron Bay, where you can often find live musicians playing for dinner guests. The food and drinks from Miss Margarita are something special and there is hardly any waiting time – and trust us, with nachos this good, you wouldn’t want it any other way. The cocktails are made right in front of your eyes, so when you are sitting at your table waiting for your food, you get a fun little live show.

Hot tip: The margaritas from this place are to die for, particularly the coconut margarita // www.missmargarita.com.au


The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co // Home-styled dining with an upbeat twist.

Hot tip: This place does the best sides, so if you are feeling peckish be sure to grab some duck fat chips // www.balcony.com.au


Family friendly


Ginger Pig // Ginger Pig is a super casual café lounge based in the heart of Byron Bay. The establishment is lled with mismatched furniture and cute little plants that have found homes in porcelain tea cups. The mood in this place is extremely mellow and somewhat soothing, making it a great place to treat the family for a lazy Sunday morning brekkie. The breakfast menu at Ginger Pig is actually very different to most cafes. The chefs cater for people with di erent dietary requirements and specialise in making sure that your meal is bright and crawling with avour. The café lounge is fairly spacious, which will allow the kids to roam without upsetting other patrons.

Hot tip: If you have a sweet tooth, order the French toast – it’s ridiculously good! // www.gingerpig.com.au


21 april 2015-2The Farm Byron Bay // There are not many restaurants where you can peruse livestock, walk through crops and then pull up a seat and taste your way through the region’s sublime avours! The kids will love racing around the green elds, playing on the old- school playground and seeing the pigs, chickens and cattle roam.

Hot tip: Make a booking if you can as it’s one hot spot // www.thefarmbyronbay.com.au


The Beach Hotel // Who doesn’t love a countery and burger with a view? This iconic Byron Hotel is sure to please the whole family and has an ace balcony to sink a cold one and refuel all whilst enjoying the sunshine and epic Byron seaside views.

Hot tip: Find a table near the big trees out front where they have a cool row boat for the kids to play in and lots of shade for when they get restless sitting at the table // www.beachhotel.com.au


Ladies who lunch


Fins // Fins is a beautiful little seafood restaurant owned and run by internationally renowned chef Steven Snow. The restaurant has a real beachy, fresh seabreeze feel, as it is located on the beachfront of Byron Bay. The outdoor balcony dining setting is comfortable and open, so you if you are in the mood for a chat with the girlfriends, this is the perfect place. Steven and the staff at Fins really love what they do. This is obvious in the presentation of the gorgeous food. The food itself is incredibly fresh, light and perfectly seasoned. It is basically a seafood lover’s idea of heaven

Hot tip: This place has an amazing variety of gins, so if you love a gin and tonic, make sure you ask the staff to help you choose one from the menu // www.fins.com.au


Cicchetti // Ladies who love to lunch will dig the buzzy atmosphere and sublime Italian avours of this talented bunch. Plates are best shared. You’ll also enjoy the endless wine list (plus the very handsome team!). Open Fridays through Sundays for lunch.

Hot tip: Gold Coasters can rejoice as they also have an Isle of Capri location. For large groups, the banquet menu is the go-to to tempt your tastebuds with as many plates as your tum can handle // www.cicchetti.com.au


For more ideas to keep your tastebuds happy, check out our Brisbane & Gold Coast guides.




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