In fact there is more than one market on in the area every Saturday and Sunday of the year, with fresh produce markets and seasonal markets thrown in for good measure. They’re all about new products, new ideas and new ways of just being to ponder. It’s about local, making, baking, sewing, growing and then selling to locals and visitors from across the globe and we can’t get enough of them!
Want to share our typical stroll through Byron’s Community Market? A visit to Butler Street Reserve is locked into our calendar the first Sunday of every month.
It's only a gentle 1km walk from The Bower and if your day doesn’t start well without a coffee, you can get your fix at a couple of our favs – right next door at The Byron Bay General Store or en route at Sunday Sustainable Bakery, Sparrow or Kombi. We're in the habit of saving ourselves for the markets though, which you’ll hear before you see them. It’s the sound of great local performers and buskers plying their craft, creating a fabulous backing track for this dynamic community market.
First stop: Brunch. And it’s Byron Bay organic doughnuts for one (ok some…) of their dribble-worthy cinnamon doughnuts and a hot steaming coffee. Sugar rush and caffeine high satisfied in one stop. Win-win.
Then it’s a slow meander through the aisles of the markets, packed full of stallholders showcasing their creative genius and ingenuity. There are always lots of wearable hemp products which give a nod to the hippie culture that influenced Byron Bay for so long, but homewares and pieces to spark your home décor abound too. We love picking up things like a new hand-woven basket to hold our must-have cotton throws from Hale & Mercantile or to use as a plant holder for a lush green kentia palm, or maybe it’s some delicate strands of tiny threaded shells to hang off a doorknob or a length of hand-died fabric to create a new look for our cane hanging chairs or sofas. (As long as it’s in our signature colour palate of white, grey, black, the colours of natural raw linen with maybe just, a splash of gold or bronze - of course!)
Then it’s on to the farmers’ market stalls and it’s hard at this time of year to go past the selection of beautifully coloured summer fruits and a big pot of honey from one of the regions dedicated beekeepers. Another favourite is the Byron Bay Olive Company whose superbly marinated morsels, pickled garlic and homemade dips are staples on any of our antipasto platters. And a big bunch of freshly picked blooms to delight our senses is a must.
We finish how we start. Same same but different, with a visit to Hari Har Chai who’s had a presence at the markets for more than 20 years. Her selection of chai teas is amazing and our go-to is the Chocolate Chai with subtle hints of licorice and cinnamon. Yum!
And to eat? Not more donuts. It’s always Baylato - a lustworthy vintage caravan with pink and white stripes and loaded with homemade, authentic and fresh gourmet gelato made by In The Pink. They’ve been making gelato in Byron for 25 years and so good are their icy confections, they were nominated by Delicious mag as ‘one of the 10 best gelaterias in Australia’. Why wouldn’t we finish a day at the markets like this?
And if you don’t happen to be in Byron the first Sunday of the month, here’s the calendar of markets for the other weeks of the year.
PS. If walking isn’t your thing after spending the night before chowing down at one of Byron’s amazing restaurants or bars, or hanging poolside around our new 5-star IG-worthy pool with a cheeky cocktail, you could opt to hop on one of The Bower’s retro-inspired Lekker bikes and peddle your way that lazy kilometre to the markets. And the basket’s already strapped on, just waiting to bring your market goodies home.
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ADDITIONAL MARKETS IN BYRON BAY
For fresh produce and local meat products, head to the weekly farmers' markets across the region. Many local farmers also offer certified organic fruits and veggies. See below for a list of dates and locations of farmers' markets.