Our Favourite Dining Places
For a small city, Nelson has a some great restaurants, cafes and bars and they are all just a few minutes walk from our Hostel. If you want to have a wander, then Trafalgar Street and Hardy Street have more than 20 and most have a menu in their window. Here are a few of our favourites.
Stay with us and walk to fabulous restaurants and cafes
close to our Nelson Hostel
Stay in our Nelson central backpackers and you will be able to walk around the corner to discover Nelson's great restaurants, we can help you find the flavour you are looking for!
East St Vegetarian Cafe Bar
The only licensed vegetarian cafe in Nelson.
Vikki and Tejas previously operated the original East St Cafe from the same building as we ran Accents on the Park, so we know them well. They too have relocated and are now in Church Street (just off Hardy) still retaining their cool eclectic style. The great menu suits not only vegetarians, but anyone who enjoys tasty wholesome food. This is a fun, relaxed eating place that serves fantastic food and will often have live music to add to the groovy atmosphere.
Hopgoods is the place to go for a romantic dinner or a special treat. Consistently voted Nelson's best restaurant it offers modern, seasonally based bistro style food. They source produce including organic vegetables from local farmers and showcase the best wines the Nelson region has to offer. It pays to book ahead.
Urban Eatery - Restaurant and Bar
Their tag line is "No Pretentions - No Reservations".
Great fun atmosphere and fresh changing menu with ingredients sourced from local suppliers, including the oysters! Just turn up and share a table with the locals or fellow travelers
Masa's Restaurant & Sake Bar
Fabulously delicious and beautifully presented, Masa's is the place to go for authentic Japanese food. Order a selection of dishes and share with a group of friends. Don't forget the Sake.
Mexican Cantina with modern and traditional Mexican meals and Mexican inspired cakes and deserts. Fun atmosphere and of course great Margueritas. Also located in Church Street
This Italian-run pizzeria creates some of NZ's best pizza. Thin, crispy, delicious and baked in a traditional stone oven. Enjoy with a beer or a glass of wine then catch a movie next door at the State Cinema.