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June 25, 2021

Sundays are for Habitat

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Barrio morning vibes. Photo Kitti Gould.

Looking for an oasis within the oasis that is Byron on a Sunday? A quiet little spot, away from the madness of town, where the food’s delicious, the shopping’s unique and the car parks are plentiful? Then you need to visit Habitat in the Arts & Industry Estate. 

There’s a different vibe around Habitat on a Sunday. Gone are the office workers and spandex-clad gangs hitting the gyms and health studios. Instead there are groups of locals, reclining around the courtyard, enjoying a lazy coffee in the sun and not really doing much at all. 

And why would you move, when you’ve got Vagabond serving all their plant-based yumminess from 7am, including silky smooth oats with poached pear, or buckwheat waffles and berries. The perfect start to a winter morning. Then Barrio fires up the woodfired grill from 11am, and start serving their incredible Sunday Seafood Roast. Think chargrilled prawns, wood-fired scallops, lobster and whatever else they’ve sourced that’s fresh and local. Paired with a glass of something special, and you’re in foodie heaven.

Topping off your dining experience, Habitat have wrangled the legendary Benilato to wheel his gelato cart down from the village of Federal each Sunday. As a fourth-generation gelato maker from Italy, Benilato have a passion for their product that you just can’t find anywhere else. Oh, and there are vegan and gluten-free options. 

What else to do, now you’re full as a goog and happy as a lark? Why not take a stroll around the shops and treat yourself to something special? Habitat have carefully curated every flagship store, independent boutique and fashion label, so you can find the iconic style you’d expect from Byron – without the hassle of going into town. There’s The Beach People, Children of the Tribe, Mr Simple, Prae and Shackpalace, just to name a few. And now they’re all open on Sundays from 10am–2pm.

Traditionally, Sundays used to be a day of rest. Whole towns would be closed, and people would take the time to recharge, spend time with friends and family, mentally preparing for the week ahead. We all need a refuge and some relief from the crazy pace of life. And that place is Habitat.

Sundays from 7am. Habitat in the Arts & Industry Estate, Byron Bay. habitatbyronbay.com

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