Nelson is home to a number of interesting cafés and coffee houses.

We've scoured the beach township to find the best ones.

The Neat Taste Trail of Nelson Tasman

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A journey of edible delights and surprises for your tastebuds.

Bacca Bakery

A staff member working behind the counter in the Bacca Bakery cafe.
Place Golden Bay
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Flavour, nutrition, and affordability are the calling cards of Bacca Bakery, a two-person operation of love in Parapara.

The Historic Langford Store & Post Office

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Place Golden Bay
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Stepping into The Langford Store in Golden Bay is like stepping into a piece of historic Kiwiana, and immediately brings a smile to your face.

The Wholemeal Café

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Arguably the town’s most recognisable eatery, The Wholemeal Café, is housed in the former Takaka Theatre that dates back to 1910.

The Courthouse Café

The blue and white Courthouse Cafe building.
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It’s easy to see how The Courthouse Café got its name, housed as it is in Collingwood’s former courthouse.

Tasteology

The coffee machine inside Tasteology with take away cups stacked on the top.
Place Nelson Tasman
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The outside of the building is simple and understated in white and sage green, the inside overflows with colour.

Little Dove Cafe

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Wholesome food and aromatic pastries inspired by the Levant—the eastern Mediterranean region encompassing Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and parts of Syria—might not be...

Rabbit Island Coffee Co.

A woman pouring black coffee into a cup.
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Located in a chic, airy storefront a few doors down from 

TOAD Hall Café

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

Hardy St Eatery

Customers dining at Hardy St Eatery.
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Celebrating honest food in all its glory is what Hardy St Eatery does best.

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.

Bobby Franks

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Place Nelson Tasman Editor's Pick
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Bustling with locals on any given day.

Deville

Person holding a plate of halloumi and poached eggs from Deville, Nelson.
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Deville is quite possibly Nelson’s best-kept hospitality secret.

Alberta's

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It’s hard to find a more picturesque spot for brunch than Alberta’s at Māpua Wharf.

Java Hut

Exterior of Java Hut, Māpua.
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Keen to find that secret local’s coffee spot in Māpua? Make a stop at Java Hut on the main road into town.

Sublime Roastery & Brew Bar

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A place to appreciate coffee in its purest form.

Red Gallery & Café

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Sit amongst art while sipping a great cup of coffee.

East St

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A pioneer in plant-based fare.