Our guide on Nelson restaurants!
With a fabulous art scene, it’s no surprise that Nelson restaurants are equally as fabulous. Whether you’re looking for a nice splurge with the family or a quick and cheap meal out, we’ve got a great line-up of restaurants for you to try on your next holiday in Nelson.
See our top 5 places to eat in Nelson…
1. Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery ($$)
Once you go to Urban Eatery, you’ll always be wanting to come back. A favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, Urban provides both fabulous food and atmosphere. Fan favourites include their sticky Korean lamb shoulder, kung pao popcorn chicken and oysters (obviously).
Cuisine: Gastropub and Winebar
Opening times: Mon-Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM
Address: 278 Hardy Street
Contact: 03 546 7861
2. Hopgoods ($$$)
Every holiday deserves a splurge! Hopgoods is on the pricier side, but well worth the indulgence. They are well known for their 5-course degustation menu but their solo dish options are also equally as delicious. They also have full vegan and vegetarian menus and it’s clear that each dish was designed with food lovers in mind.
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 5:30PM-9:30PM
Address: 284 Trafalgar Street
Contact: 03 545 7191
3. Viva La Vaca ($)
If you’re looking for cheap eats in Nelson, head over to Viva La Vaca. It’s clear the owners of Viva La Vaca love food. They are so passionate about their fare, that if you aren’t satisfied with your meal they will happily refund you your money. Operating under the motto “love at first bite”, their hero dish is the choripan – which is chorizo in a bun with coleslaw, mayo, secret gravy recipe and a whole lot of deliciousness! Grab enough to feed the whole family and enjoy from the comfort of your Nelson holiday home.
Cuisine: Argentinian BBQ
Opening times: Fri-Sat: 11:00AM-4:00PM
Address:105 Bridge Street Kirby Lane
Contact: 021 155 6948
4. Boat Shed Café ($$)
If you’re looking for great food, lively atmosphere and ocean-front views – then the Boat Shed Café is the perfect place for you. It’s also a really lovely family friendly restaurant in Nelson, so even the young ones can dine in style! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you can’t go wrong. We recommend their banana waffles for breakfast and fried oysters for lunch or dinner.
Cuisine: Seafood and European
Opening times: 9:30AM-9:00PM
Address: 351 Wakefield Quay
Contact: 03 546 9783
5. Headquarters Café & Bar ($$)
If you’re after a low-key dining experience but high-quality food then Headquarters Café & Bar is for you! Serving breakfast and lunch, they do all the classic café meals really well. But they have quite the reputation for their extreme milkshakes, which the kids are sure to go crazy about! Book a bach in Nelson so that the kids can burn off all that extra energy running around a private backyard!
Opening times: 8:30AM-4PM
Address: 38 Ellis Street Brightwater
Contact: 03 542 3850
Already daydreaming about all the foodie experiences you’ll have in Nelson? Check out our Nelson holiday homes now and start planning your next trip!