A vibrant community of artists, writers and artisans has contributed to Byron Bay's unique and charming character and this is certainly reflected in its boutique stores. Byron Bay shopping is going along to Butler Street and the Farmers Market for fresh, local ingredients, or picking up an original piece of aboriginal pottery at Bim Bam.
The Byron Farmers’ Markets offer the chance to meet real locals and farmers while soaking up the festive atmosphere and browsing the wide range of stalls. Managed by the Byron Farmers’ Market Association, the original market was so popular that it was split into two weekly events: the Byron Bay Farmers’ Market on Thursdays and the Bangalow Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Both run from 8am till 11am and offer an abundance of fresh local produce as well as baked goods, bread, preserves, nuts and delicious food stalls dishing up meals and coffee on the spot.
If you love cookies and other delectable sweet treats, then the Byron Bay Cookies shop should definitely be on your itinerary. This cookie-maker is proud to offer treats that aren’t your regular storefront cookie, with only the finest ingredients used and a variety of flavours available. Take your pick from the shop’s impressive selection, from the popular White Choco Chunk & Macadamia Nut to the unique Rosemary & Sea Salt-Flavoured Crispbreads.
Located in Byron Bay’s Arts and Industry Estate, the Hammer and Hand Collective is a fascinating hub dedicated to showcasing the work of local craftspeople and artists. It’s an art incubator of sorts, providing artists with the space and resources to hone their crafts and develop their artistry. Artist members act as individual businesses, allowing visitors to come and purchase their work or even watch them create their pieces. Visitors will find a diverse range of work and products for sale here, from sculptures and artefacts to an assortment of jewellery and accessories.
If cosmic and psychedelic art pieces are your thing, then the Gallery Cosmosis makes for an interesting stop. This unique gallery showcases the work of Patti Jacobs, a well-known artist famous for her block prints on fabric materials, as well as other local artists that embody the same sensibilities. Like many other creative enterprises in Byron Bay, you’ll find the Gallery Cosmosis in the Arts and Industry Estate.
Proud to be among the premier galleries in Byron Bay, the Retrospect Galleries on Jonson St is a superb place to discover works by Australian artists both established and up and coming. If you’re an art connoisseur eager to find some cutting edge work, the Retrospect Galleries may just have what you’re looking for. The gallery also runs exhibitions year-round and holds workshops and artist talks throughout the year, so be sure to check the events calendar.