Delectable Food & Wine in NSW’s Northern Rivers & Coastal Region
When it comes to dining in NSW’s Northern Rivers & Coastal Region, the only problem you’ll have is trying all the delicious local produce. What’s the secret behind this unforgettable foodie paradise? It’s a mixture of farm-to-table cuisine, scenic settings and welcoming small towns. Here is our pick of the best Northern Rivers restaurants, cafes and markets.
The Farm/Three Blue Ducks – Byron Bay
Three Blue Ducks is one of Byron Bay’s most recognisable restaurants, known for its fresh farm-sourced food, ethical and sustainable practices and genuine hospitality. Kick back on the outdoor terrace, which has a double spit and wood fire pizza oven, before sampling Australian craft beers and wines at the bar.
Eltham Valley Pantry – Lismore
Located near Lismore, Eltham Valley Pantry exudes hinterland charm with its locally-sourced ingredients and outdoor eating areas. The breakfast and lunch menus cater to a range of diets, including dairy and gluten-free, while the gourmet coffee is roasted daily. Don’t miss out on a slice of pecan pie, made from pecans grown at the on-site orchard.
Harvest Restaurant – Bangalow
The menu at Harvest Restaurant is inspired by regional produce and seasonal flavours, offering an ever-changing line-up of sumptuous Australian fare. Housed in a 1900s cottage, the restaurant lures you in with its rustic charm and welcoming staff. You can dine inside before strolling through the Harvest Garden where the restaurant sources its organic ingredients.
Mavis’s Kitchen & Cottages – Uki
Surrounded by the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park and towering Mount Warning, Mavis’s Kitchen & Cottages is set in a tranquil environment. The former dairy farm complements its charming location with seasonal menus comprising produce from local businesses and the on-site organic garden. Wash it down with award-winning Australian wine or locally-brewed beer.
Potager: A Kitchen Garden – The Tweed Area
Potager: A Kitchen Garden is a multi-award-winning restaurant with an innovative menu that incorporates quality meats and seafood. Australian and New Zealand wines on the menu are perfectly paired with its fine food and delightful setting among native trees and gardens. You can expect a different specialty item or two on the menu each week, from roasted goat to Peruvian fish stew.
Tropical Fruit World – The Tweed Area
A unique farm in Duranbah, Tropical Fruit World treats you to a variety of fresh local and exotic fruits along with an array of exciting wildlife experiences. Start with a plantation tour where you can pick fruit straight from the tree and taste it. Dine on fruit parfaits and other desserts at Plantation Cafe before meeting Australian farm animals at Fauna Park.
Flock Espresso & Eats – Lismore
The vintage-inspired Flock Espresso and Eats is filled with interesting antiques and artwork, where you can treat your taste buds to banana smoothies, homemade desserts and gourmet burgers. Funky tables and bright decor create a welcoming atmosphere, while the staff provide attentive and friendly service. Be sure to try the house blend chai tea and ginger beer float.
Held on the fourth Sunday of every month, the Bangalow Market features a melting pot of artists, farmers, artisans, musicians and viticulturists. These talented and passionate locals invite you to browse stalls selling handmade jewellery, farm-grown produce, plants, paintings, clothing and other unique treasures. Indulge in delicious local food while enjoying live music under the shady trees.
Head to Nimbin on the fourth or fifth Sunday of the month to experience the truly unique Nimbin Markets. The entire town becomes a marketplace, showcasing talented musicians, multicultural cuisine, artisan wares and naturopathy goods. You can participate in workshops and listen to informative talks, before enjoying a restorative massage.
Browse through an assortment of artisan goods, vibrant fashion accessories and garments, innovative food and hand-woven gifts at the Ballina Market, held on the third Sunday of every month. Live music by the Ballina Shire Concert Band creates a peaceful vibe while you chat with friendly Ballina locals, eat well and sip on fresh coffee.
Lismore Organic Market
Lismore Organic Market has been running since 1999 and has become one of the most popular community events in the Northern Rivers, known for its commitment to environmentally sustainable practices. Local producers not only sell some of the region’s freshest vegetables, but also offer invaluable growing tips as you shop.
Mullum Farmers Market
Held every Friday morning, Mullum Farmers Market is one of the best places to pick up fresh local produce while enjoying the community-focused meeting place. Garden supplies, fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, seeds and artisan products are all available. Kids can also enjoy an entertaining play space, while live musicians entertain the entire family.
Casino Riverside Market
Don’t miss Casino and its renowned Casino Riverside Market, which sits beside the tranquil Richmond River. The market features local and imported handicrafts, live performances and an array of enticing food vendors. Browse the stalls to find artwork, clothing and other goods from locals around the Northern Rivers.