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There's a reason we have more cafes per capita than anywhere else in BC! Coffee (and tea) is taken seriously, and the great cafes reflect that.
Cafes in Nelson
The famous Oso Negro cafe, home to our own home-roasted coffee, is Nelson’s informal meeting house. It has an intimate cafe, and a welcoming garden to relax in during the warmer months.
Trendy Empire Coffee is located in the Adventure Hotel, and offers a lively atmosphere with fine coffee. Don't miss a visit to their sunny glassed-in patio.
Downtown has several other options. John Ward Fine Coffee, named after historic Nelsonite John Ward, is on the corner of Ward and Baker Streets. They have a large selection of organic coffee and teas (including Josephine Teas, named after John Ward's wife), and is home to our own Lucky Cupcakes. Dominion Cafe is a classic style cafe located in a heritage building on Baker Street, and serves up delicious, fresh muffins, as well as raw sweets and teas and coffees.
Sidewinder Coffee Co is a friendly spot towards the end of Baker Street with a modern wood interior. Farm Fresh Cafe in the Savoy Hotel is a local favourite, and offers a wide selection of grab and go lunch options. Located just off of Baker Street is the otherwordly Yellow Deli, with a warm, rustic ambience and hearty meals and drinks.
Pairing organic coffees and drinks with bakery treats, the Kootenay Bakery Co-op is a co-operative bakery and cafe, all made in-house. Or visit No 6 Coffee Co and taste the fresh beans at the micro-roastery. Located in the recently restored railway station is Railtown Coffeehouse, where you can sip a hot beverage and enjoy the heritage charms of the century old building.
Even the local grocery stores offer inviting coffee shops. The Kootenay Co-op Grocery Store has a spacious cafe with a rotating selection of local artwork, while Ellison's Market features an eatery on site with fresh local food and live music during the winter.
And for an intimate setting with an artistic vibe, Cake Betty is located off Baker Street, in a quiet space near the Civic Theatre. Located near Nelson's iconic Big Orange Bridge is AM Radio Cafe, a charming spot with a modern meets vintage feel. Cafe Momento on Baker Street also serves up fresh beverages and is often open late.
If tea is more your thing, don't miss a visit to Starbird Bakehouse on Baker Street, with their tasty selection of healthy meals and gourmet teas. The cozy How Shang Shway Tea House is open for lunch and is one of Nelson's hidden gems.
Cafes in Kaslo
Kaslo also has some fine cafe experiences. Visit the Blue Belle Cafe or Treehouse Restaurant —both are community meeting places as well as great places to grab a beautifully made drink.
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- 604 Ward Street | 250-352-7661
Railtown Coffeehouse is located in the recently restored CPR station, and serves Nelson's Oso Negro coffee and other local delights.
- 91 Baker Street, Nelson | 250-551-8965