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The Olive Place is a café and deli inspired by the south of France. Ideally situated in Byron Bay’s Arts & Industry Estate, it caters to locals and visitors alike with Mediterranean fare and flair.

It all began when Antoine Quezel, a native of French Provence, founded Byron Bay Olive Co in 2015. Following in his parents’ footsteps, he started selling his own marinated olives, antipasto, and charcuterie at local markets throughout the Northern Rivers. A few years later, La Cuisine deli and takeaway café was born. Although just a little hole in the wall, it quickly became the go-to neighbourhood spot for Provençal sandwiches, olives, and deli goods. In October 2022, Antoine took over the much more spacious café next door and from there he created The Olive Place. Step inside and be transported to the South of France, or dine al fresco in the sunny garden.

Locally renowned French chef Bruno Pouget leads the kitchen, crafting authentic dishes with flavours true to the Mediterranean. The menu evolves with the seasons and includes sandwiches filled with Byron Bay Olive Co products, salads rotating daily, mouth-watering pastries, and the best quiches you’ll ever taste. Their philosophy is to work with Northern Rivers-based farmers and producers to source the best quality ingredients.

The coffee, chemical-free and certified organic, is roasted by the legends at Marvell Street based just up the road. If you’re not a coffee drinker, grab a chai or a tea blended by their neighbours over at Mayde Tea.

No visit to The Olive Place is complete without a taste of Byron Bay Olive Co products. Have a gander at the deli fridge for marinated olives and antipasto, free-range pork saucissons, a variety of tapenades, and a curated selection of artisanal French cheeses. The knowledgeable deli staff will sort you out with everything you need for your next apéro hour.

Cooking up an epicurean feast or just curious to explore Mediterranean cuisine? The pantry section is brimming with specialty products and French market staples. Escargots, confit de canard, pâtés and terrines line the shelves alongside locally made artisan sauces, vinegars, biscuits, and bonbons.

A breezy, inviting space, The Olive Place is a gathering place for all to enjoy. Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea, seating is plentiful indoors and out in the garden. Take a seat, relax in the French Mediterranean ambiance and watch the world go by.

Byron Bay Olive Company
2/29 Brigantine St, Byron Bay

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