A view of the outside of buildings from across the street in Nelson.

Discover the best places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Nelson Tasman with our guide.

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East St Café

Retro lampshade on the bar with James Dean photo on the wall.
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A pioneer in plant-based fare.

The Moutere Inn

Exterior at The Moutere Inn, Nelson Tasman.
Place Nelson Tasman
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The oldest pub functioning in its original building in Aotearoa and proud of it, The Moutere Inn is a definite destination in this part of Te Waipounamu.

Golden Bear Brewing Company

Dining area with customers drinking and eating at Golden Bear Brewing Company, Māpua Tasman.
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Golden Bear Brewing Company opened its doors back in 2008 and quickly became a hub of great beer, honest food, and regular live music.

Arden + Porta Via

Customers sitting on a bench seat at Arden.
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Arden is a culinary experience you shouldn’t leave Nelson without enjoying.

TOAD Hall Café

Exterior of Toad Hall, Motueka.
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TOAD Hall Café in Motueka is one of those places you enter once by chance, and never pass up again.

Kismet Cocktail & Whiskey Bar

Barman placing a petal on a cocktail at Kismet.
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Bespoke drinks and graceful service is what you can expect at Kismet.

The Free House

Patrons having drinks in the outdoor seating area at The Free House.
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Once you’ve stumbled by The Free House once, you’re bound to return.

The Boat Shed

Woman holding a glass of white wine at Boat Shed Cafe.
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Come dine with sea at Boat Shed Café.

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East St Café

Retro lampshade on the bar with James Dean photo on the wall.
Place Nelson Tasman
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A pioneer in plant-based fare.

Arden + Porta Via

Customers sitting on a bench seat at Arden.
Place Nelson Tasman
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Arden is a culinary experience you shouldn’t leave Nelson without enjoying.

TOAD Hall Café

Exterior of Toad Hall, Motueka.
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TOAD Hall Café in Motueka is one of those places you enter once by chance, and never pass up again.

The Smoking Barrel

Interior view of The Smoking Barrel with people dining and old cuban car.
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The Smoking Barrel is a bit of a Motueka institution. The family-owned and operated restaurant specialises in low & slow American style BBQ, statement burgers, and gourmet donuts.