Nelson’s best places to eat

The only guide you’ll need on dining in Nelson. With a mix of cuisines, food styles and options, find out the top 5 places to go next time you visit Nelson.

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Nelson is the place to be. With sun, sea, sand and so much more to see in the area, it should definitely be on your travel bucket list if it isn’t already. Hire an affordable car from us and drive across the country to pitch up for a week in Nelson. When you travel you need somewhere to eat, right? Luckily we’ve put together the only guide you’ll need for eating out in Nelson. Here are our top 5 picks that’ll put an end to those road trip belly grumbles.

Burger Culture
Nelson’s favourite burger joint is the only dedicated restaurant for fresh, handcrafted burgers. Burger Culture comes with a whole theory around their food.

1. Homemade or locally sourced produce that is prepared fresh, on-site, every day.
2. Unique and original offerings that push the boundaries.
3. Tasty, satisfying products that promote indulgence and putting the joy back in eating; be who you are and eat whatever the hell you want.

What’s not to love about that? Sink your teeth into musically-pun inspired burger names with tons of sides, extras and epic milkshakes on the menu.

Harry’s Hawker House & Bar
Looking for a slightly more adventurous choice of cuisine may land you on the doorstep of Harry’s Hawker House & Bar. Inspired by vibrant flavours of South-East Asian street food and hawker markets, this delightful restaurant will surprise you and satisfy you with their love of food translating into a beautiful meal using hand-picked vegetables and delicious cuts of meat.

Babagatto
Classic Italian food from Nelson’s Babagatto. Indulge in as much pasta, pizza and carne as you can manage in an old school restaurant that will transport you from your Nelson trip to the Italian heartland.

Mama Cod
Is it really a trip to Nelson without stopping at everyone’s favourite seafood-inspired restaurant? With a modern-day approach to the tiki bar culture, Nelson’s most iconic historic buildings offers tropical decor and cocktails galore to create a memorable dining experience. Not limited to seafood, Mama Cod’s is ideal for all foodies – but we do recommend a dozen oysters and catch of the day if that’s your kinda thing.

Boat Shed Cafe
Down by the iconic Nelson waterfront is a restaurant with a view. A seasonally driven menu aims to celebrate exceptional New Zealand produce using local ingredients. With perhaps the most breathtaking location to eat in Nelson, Boat Shed Cafe is a must-see eatery for you on your next Nelson excursion.

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Contact

If you have any questions or need help or advice about rental cars or your New Zealand travel plans we’re here to help you. Please contact us

New Zealand Free Phone: 0800 800 956

Australian Free Phone: 1800 771 302

Other international enquiries. Find your nearest New Zealand rental cars branch.