There’s much to love about Byron Bay – the beaches, the headland walk, the people – and one element visitors enjoy is discovering unique and eclectic businesses, almost a vanishing species in Byron. For seven years, Byron Bay has been home to a unique little business that has been serving French inspired crepes, desserts and offering artisanal collections of divine chocolate. As a result, chocoholics have bookmarked Love Byron Bay creperie and chocolate boutique as their favourite little sweet spot in Byron.
When it comes to exploring chocolate varieties suited to connoisseurs, this is the place to venture. Courverture chocolate is the real deal, containing both cacao solids as well as cacao butter. Compound chocolate, on the other hand, has no cacao butter and a small amount of cacao. This, amongst other elements, explains the price and health variances between the two categories.
Courverture chocolate is made by artisan chocolatiers in small batches in an almost alchemical process. The journey begins with roasting and willowing cacao beans, conching and flavoring, then tempering to induce crystallization, and then the final bar emerges, glistening! Understanding this process leads to a true appreciation of the chocolate you are tasting.
Complementing the chocolate boutique is Love Byron Bay’s French inspired and vegan friendly creperie, which opens onto Lawson Street, enabling the passersby to experience a meditative and mesmerizing front row view of delicious crepes being freshly flipped and cooked in front of your eyes.
If this isn’t enough window-shopping for you, then indulge in the pleasures of standing in front of the traditional French cakes, ganache, tarts, éclairs and pastries prepared by L’Ultime, an institution in Byron. Unfortunately, they had to close their doors in Lawson St in 2020, but they are still baking, and you can see their pastries in the window of Love Byron Bay. Yum.
If you’ve ever visited a French patisserie, you would know the desire to do what the French call ‘lecher les vitrines’, literally meaning ‘licking the windows’, an activity somewhat frowned upon in these covid times, so please exercise some restraint!
Love Byron Bay love chocolate, and Byron Bay, as much as we do. Their creperie and chocolate boutique is located on Lawson St, (next to Spar Supermarket).
Open 7 days & nights,
02 6685 7974.
Why Love Byron Bay?
Alison Campbell has been walking the Lighthouse track since well before she started her business, and was regularly asked to take photos of visitors. She used to herd the people together, then ask them: ‘How do you feel about Byron?’ So often people used to shout out ‘We Love Byron Bay!’ that she thought it was a good name for her chocolate shop.