Located at the foot of Mount Chincogan beside the Brunswick River, Mullumbimby, as it’s affectionately known by the locals, is a short 24-minute drive north of Byron Bay. The eclectic township is laid out in a grid, making the streets easy to navigate and bicycle friendly. Burringbar Street, Dalley Street, and surrounding side streets are lined with a unique range of shops and eateries, including artisan bread shops, organic patisseries and everything in between.
Cake artist Rebel Taylor has been creating one-of-a-kind wedding and celebration cakes in Mullumbimby since 2010. Each cake from the Rebellyous kitchen is baked from scratch, handcrafted and styled onsite. Rebel has a flair for working with fresh flowers and produce, creating stunning results. Her designs range from gorgeously rustic ‘naked’ cakes adorned with figs and blooms to intricate multitiered gold-leaf creations. Rebellyous Cake Co’s creations have been featured in the likes of Cosmopolitan Bride, Hello May and White Magazine, proving the widespread appeal of Rebel’s delicious designs.
OUR PICK: ‘Naked’ cake with fresh blooms and ripe figs
A desire to bake traditionally “from scratch” using organic and local produce led owners Greg and Angie to start Scratch Patisserie in 2010. Since then, the business has grown from its beginnings at the Byron and Mullumbimby Farmers Markets to its own shop in Mullumbimby, where locals flock to sample the range of specialty cakes, tarts and pastries. The Scratch Patisserie team includes skilled traditional bakers, pastry chefs and cheery front of house staff.
OUR PICK: Almond croissant
Surfers, truckies, tradies, holiday makers, Mullumbimbians and the people of Byron Shire have been flocking to Uncle Tom’s for a pie for generations. Tom McLean started making pies with local produce in the early 1930s, and later selling them from its home at the Gateway to Mullumbimby, and since then it’s been a local favourite. Fresh local produce is the secret to Uncle Tom’s pies, which are made on the premises and sold fresh daily. While the region continues to grow, the spirit of the Byron Shire area and the memories of the millions of customers over the decades continue to live on at Uncle Tom’s.
OUR PICK: Beef Stroganoff pie
Operating since 2015, Almond Road is one of Mullum’s big success stories. Started by Jose Aez, the bakery produces a mouth-watering range of high-quality organic and glutenfree artisanal breads and pastries, which are wholesaled to retailers throughout Byron Bay Shire and as far as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Using only natural ingredients and keeping their products free from preservatives, Almond Road’s paleo breads are particularly sought after. Customers can also buy direct from Almond Road’s premises, making it a favourite among locals.
OUR PICK: Organic glutenfree paleo bread
Mullumbimby Bakery is the sort of bakery you love both as a child and as an adult. The locally-owned bakery is a morning tea and lunch hotspot for Mullum locals, as well as being a popular stop for tourists. The bakery produces an assortment of fresh bread, rolls, pies and sausage rolls, as well as sweet temptations such as cakes, vanilla slices, lamingtons, fruit flans and loads more. One of the bakery’s online reviews reads, “Great local bakery. Sourdough is perfect. Get here early and get one hot. Bread perfection.” What more could you ask for?
OUR PICK: Vanilla Slice