Places to Eat & Drink
Nelson Kootenay Lake Dining
No matter what season it is, Nelson’s reputation for diversity of food and dining sets it apart from other mountain towns. Whatever you crave, from organic coffee roasted right here in the Kootenays to fusion plates prepared by top chefs, you can find it in one of the more than 40 restaurants here. Cap the night off with one of the best bar and live music scenes anywhere.
In Nelson, every restaurant is within an easy stroll of one another, so you can try something new every night. Your options range from Indian, Mexican, Italian, and Greek to Thai, Chinese, Japanese and more. Raw food, seafood, pub food, we offer it all. Add in wine and brews from the top vintners and brewers in the region. Check out the restaurants on tap.
Here, coffee has its very own culture, and people-watching is a leisurely past time. There’s a café on every corner, tempting you to interact with the locals. And with the scent of breads, savories and sweets wafting from alleyways, forested country lanes and heritage homes, our bakeries and bistros are all but irresistible. See the variety of café options available.
When the sun drops behind the mountains, the stars come out in Nelson. More big name musical acts stopover here than any other place its size. From award winning acts to up-and-comers, the musical lineup is a diverse as the selection of venues; intimate clubs, down-home pubs, dazzling nightclubs and rural hall, including the Capitol Theatre, the Shambhala Studio 80 and other cutting-edge performing arts venues set the stage for great comedy, drama, ballet, and symphonies, year round. View local nightlife options.