Byron City Guide

Simple City Guides // Byron Bay

By chef and co-owner of Three Blue Ducks, Darren Robertson

Getting local knowledge from an Englishman who’s only lived in Byron for a few years might seem an odd choice, but chef Darren Robertson has immersed himself in the famous beachside community deeper than most. Busy running some of the best bars and restaurants in Byron, Darren’s constantly exploring the shire for tasty new experiences. You’re in good hands…

Favourite Cafe?

I do like Milk Bar in Brunswick Heads. Awesome smoothies, food and coffee. Their curry nights on a Wednesday night are epic too. To be honest though, most importantly for me (or anyone with little ones) they have ice cream. So, when you're done walking around looking at the Brunswick fairy trail, you can pop in for 10 precious minutes of peace and quiet.

Favourite place for a drink?

Right now, it’s Supernatural on Bay Lane. It's an awesome little natural wine bar run by Andrew Love and Peter Windrim. I'd start there, then drop into Light Years for a beer and a snack then head up to Locura for tacos and a few sunset drinks.

Favourite Restaurant?

It has to be Fleet. What those guys produce from that tiny kitchen is incredible. Thoughtful, creative food with amazing wines and impeccable service. It's booked out for months for a reason.

A Shop You Like?

The Department of Simple Things is up there. It pretty much has everything you need in life – Yeti gear, BBQs, tees, sunglasses and hot sauce! My son and I have a routine of coffee and a baby chino at Barrio, check out the nearby worm farms and then we head to The Department to terrorise the staff by pulling down clothes, sitting on their vintage motorbikes, and opening the knife cabinet. Pretty sure we're gonna get banned soon.

One Thing To Avoid?

The carpark at The Pass on a public holiday weekend. That can bring out the worst in people.

One thing everyone should do?

Have breakfast cooked by Rob at Nomadic Kitchen at one of the many farmers markets in Byron. Some of the tastiest food you'll get to eat.

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