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Top cafe recommendations from locals

Art Gallery
“The Cafe is lovely set on the outskirts of the gardens, there's a fantastic gift shop with a lot of local artists and potters work available for sale. The galleries are fantastic!”
  • 42 locals recommend
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“A must stop on your way to the Abel Tasman. Real fruit ice creams​, extensive lunch menu and a playground to put a smile on the face of any child.”
  • 39 locals recommend
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“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
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“Quirky cafe in lovely garden. Food is delicious and there's lots for kids to do while you sit in the sun and enjoy your meal - from eel feeding, to exploring a maze, to climbing to the lookout of a pirate ship. Great fun for all the family. It does get busy during peak holiday periods. 15 mins from Hawkridge. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
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“Situated in what was a garden centre back in the 1970's and 80's, most of the cafe is in an enclosed courtyard with some inside tables in a cosy space next to the counter and kitchens. I love Deville's atmosphere - all kinds of Nelsonians and tourists come in for a coffee and their excellent food. Their date scones are big, full of dates and delicious, especially if you come in early when they are just out of the oven. Another favourite is the Caesar Salad. It is occasionally also a music venue at night. Deville can't be beaten as one of Nelsons many gems.”
  • 30 locals recommend
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“Sit, enjoy good food and watch the yachts at anchor as the tide moves in and out.”
  • 20 locals recommend
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“The pizzas are divine, as is pretty much everything else you eat at the Dangerous Kitchen!”
  • 18 locals recommend
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“Whether you want a quick bite or a farmer-sized meal, the Wholemeal has something delicious for you!”
  • 15 locals recommend
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“Good selection of drinks and snacks, lunches etc., in a relaxed atmosphere centrally located.”
  • 12 locals recommend
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“Great food (try the goat curry or venison burger), great music and amazing people!!!”
  • 12 locals recommend
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“Passionate BBQ meat smokers and decadent donut creators, in the heart of Motueka. Oh, and they do great cocktails too. Check out their Facebook page for their latest specials. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
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“Indoor and outdoor seating for all day menu. Pizzas at night in the summer months. Seven minutes drive away.”
  • 14 locals recommend
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“Top tasty Indian, can eat in or takeaway, most affordable eat in restaurant with BYO, our choice for Takeaways. Best to ring ahead for takeaways as very popular, menu available on guest fridge.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“great location and fantastic service - look out for the friendly seal in the river at high tide ”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“A local favourite. Luncheons Wednesdays through Fridays, dinners Fridays. Often hosts live entertainment.”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Situated right at the beginning of the iconic Abel Tasman track, this cafe has been operating for many years. Great food, with real fruit ice cream and woodfired pizzas available in the courtyard in summer. There is often gigs here in the summer and open mic nights. ”
  • 8 locals recommend