A city’s café culture can give real insight into the kind of place it is. From sophisticated joints, to the more eccentric places, there’s always a breakfast and brunch spot to suit everyone. Nelson is spoilt for choice when it comes to the café scene, with every establishment offering something different in this vibrant little city.
Now more than ever it’s important to support local, so take a look at our line up of Nelson’s best local cafés.
Delightfully rustic, is a French style café tucked away out of sight, but definitely not out of mind. As the name suggests, The Baker's is all about the tastiest baked goodies, from artisanal breads, to almond croissants and cinnamon morning buns. If you’re looking for a cosy escape, this is the perfect spot to settle down for a coffee and a treat.
Two words—cheese scones. If that’s what you’re craving, Yaza Cafe's iconic cheese scones are hands down the best in Nelson. They’re big, cheesy with the perfect amount of spice, and come with a generous helping of butter. Absolutely dreamy. Aside from the legendary scones you can also tuck into everything from salads and vege nachos to the loaded deep fried potatoes pictured above. The vibe here is funky and eclectic, and the outdoor seating is the ideal place to people/dog watch at the Saturday Farmer’s Market while you enjoy your snack in the sunshine.
If you’re looking for something to make you feel good, is the place to go. Based on the philosophy that food is medicine, The Kitchen creates delicious wholefoods by the plateful, so you can get your fair share of what’s good for you—and if that includes banana waffles, we’re definitely in! The Kitchen offers a full all-day brunch menu, as well as smoothies and juices packed with everything you need to get on with your day.
Embrace Nelson’s Italian roots at café right in the heart of Nelson city. They take scooter culture very seriously, with literal scooters and memorabilia adorning the walls, and even a couple taking pole position out the front of the building. When it comes to choosing what to order, you’ll be spoiled for choice with what’s on offer on both their menu and in their cabinet—from pizzas to paninis, and some sweet treats too. Bask in the warm Nelson sun at one of the city’s most iconic cafes.
A local treasure, is set within the historic Melrose House and garden, and is the place to go when you really fancy a treat. They specialise in indulgent cakes and signature drinks, and you’ll also want to check out their tempting seasonal menu. Feeling extra fancy? Why not spoil yourself with an iconic Melrose Café , complete with both sweet and savoury treats and a drink of your choice. Once you’ve finished indulging, take a wander around the house and garden and take in a bit of Nelson history.
Located smack bang in the middle of Founders Heritage Park, the is the perfect place to take a break from exploring the park. Their luscious menu has so much to offer you’ll have a hard time choosing. If you fancy something a bit stronger than your usual brew, they’ve got a variety of local beers and ciders on tap to quench your thirst from the hot Nelson sun.
For something a bit quirky and cool, look no further than Deville café. This one of Nelson’s favourite brunch spots, with their classic eggs bene and big breakfast options, this place also goes off for lunch. Deville is all about supporting the local community, so know that whatever you’re served up has come from the Nelson Tasman region. The best part? Dogs are allowed, so feel free to bring your best poochie pal.
Hidden down a side street is this little gem, and it’s one you really don’t want to miss. is all about fair trade, organic coffee from small growers, meaning that every delicious cup of coffee has been thought out from start to finish—it just tastes better. They’ve also got a selection of teas on offer, as well as some top notch cabinet food. It’s not hard to understand why Kush is such a favourite with the locals—go see for yourself!