Your trip to Nelson is likely very busy, packed full of visits to local heritage sites, cycle trails and the region’s stunning beaches. But sometimes it’s nice to take a breather, slow down and quietly enjoy a cup of coffee. 

Palazzo Motor Lodge understands this, so we have created a list of Nelson cafés where you can take some quiet time out of your day to just enjoy soaking up our beautiful little city. 

Sweet As Café 

With macarons all colours of the rainbow, luscious chocolates and tempting cakes and slices, this Nelson café certainly lives up to its name! Set in the heart of the city on 270 Trafalgar Street, Sweet As Café also serves lunches and great coffee as well as wine, beer and spirits. 

Kush Coffee 

If you’re a serious coffee-lover, you’ll want to meander from Palazzo Motor Lodge Nelson over to 5 Church Street to find Kush Coffee. Kush is an organic, fair trade coffee roaster, roasting beans almost every day in small batches to deliver superior flavour, quality and freshness. You can pop into Kush and watch them carry out their craft over a brewed-to-perfection cuppa joe. As well as their wholesale roasted beans and coffee equipment, Kush offers a quirky little café that has grown itself an extremely loyal following among Nelson locals.    

Melrose House Café 

For a bit of history and class with your coffee – or better yet, tea – head to Melrose House, Nelson’s historic home on the corner of Brougham Street and Trafalgar Street. The café is surrounded by beautifully kempt gardens, native forest and a gorgeous rose garden. We recommend joining them for their popular High Tea, where you’ll feel like you’ve fallen back into a grander time. 

Morri Street Café 

Morri Street Café, at 244 Hardy Street, is a multiple award-winning café popular among Nelson locals for their fresh, seasonal fare and delicious cuppas. Their especially popular for weekend brunches and unique menu offerings. 

The Swedish Bakery & Café 

At 54 Bridge Street is the Swedish Bakery & Café, specialising in European artisanal breads, pastries and baked goods as well as organic coffee. Grab a latte and an almond croissant and, if you’re lucky, nab the small European-style outdoor table and relax as you watch the world go by.