Nelson, a foodies paradise! Nick’s tips for where to dine

Local eats

For the best local dining recommendations in Nelson City, follow staff member Nick and get to know his top foodie spots.


“Life’s too short to drink bad wine – if it’s not good enough to drink, it’s not good enough to cook with!”

Profile pic Nick

Nick’s top picks:

  1. Espresso martinis at Urban Eatery & Oyster Bar on Hardy Street on a Friday night … great atmosphere and staff (warning: Friday nights get crowded!), followed by a nightcap on the way home at Rhythm and Brown bar on New Street
  2. Favourite Nelson (central city) restaurants – Cod and Lobster Brasserie (lots of seafood) and Hopgoods – both at the top end of Trafalgar Street
  3. One of the newest additions to the hospitality scene in Nelson Nelson Arden Bar and Kitchen - terrific small bites and unusual wines
  4. Browsing the shelves for fantastic Mediterranean ingredients at Prego Mediterranean Foods on Collingwood Street (grab some great French cheeses)
  5. One of Nelson’s best-kept secrets – dining in at New Asia Chinese restaurant on Hardy Street – the boneless roast duck is AMAZING!
  6. Almond croissants and the best European pastries in Nelson are located at The Baker’s Coffee Shop on Collingwood Street (the coffee’s great as well)
  7. Wandering the Nelson Market on Saturday morning (sadly, I don’t get to do this often enough!)
  8. Book browsing (the sci-fi/fantasy section in particular) at Nelson’s best bookshop – Page & Blackmore Booksellers on Trafalgar Street

Meet Nick

He enjoys eggs Benedict at the weekend, sniffing out great cheese scones, enjoying a good glass of Shiraz or Riesling on the fun side of the bar, working two jobs and managing a coffee addiction!

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