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Things to do in Nelson

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Grocery or Supermarket
“Popular Health Food Store Shop for your organic groceries, have a healthy meal or pack your lunch for a day of exploring.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They make the best margaritas in town here. Watch out, their regular pour is more than a double. It is possible to get their yummy tacos with a 'cheese tortilla'. Yum!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cafe
“Oso Negro is the granddaddy of coffee houses in Nelson; their coffee is roasted locally and they have a solid selection of snacks, lunches and other drinks (osonegrocoffee.com). Just off Baker St, worth the detour.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Lake
“Beach, cafe, childrren's playground, lots of trees and green space, flowers. Kayak,canoe and paddle board rentals.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Great short hike (30-60 minutes), all uphill to a viewpoint overlooking Nelson and surrounding area.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Entertainment
“There is usually something wonderful playing, from theatre to music genres , often classical. Nelson has a LOT of talent! We are also on the Canadian tour circuit for funded ballets, top notch musicians WHO RECEIVE CANADIAN TOURING GRANTS to perform in smaller towns. Lucky us! This puts Nelson on the MAP!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Night Club
“This venue brings in some wild bands, great dj's and awesome events like Grapes and Grains. They are only open for special shoes so check out their website before heading over.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“This nightclub is normally where the the party is. EDM beats fill up the dance floor and sometimes you may even find yourself dancing to the beats of a big international DJ. Check out their website to know who is playing”
  • 10 locals recommend
Hotel
“Baker has it all! Food, gift shops, clothing stores, outdoor stores, markets, books stores, and tons more!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Another fun local brewery on Baker Street with flights, pints and growler fills. Usually busy with locals and tourists.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“Both art gallery and museum. Beautiful heritage building with well-curated exhibitions and very informative museum.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Night Club
“At the Hume, there is a few different places to hang out. There is The Library, Mike's Place and The Spirit Bar. The food and the locals are quite varied here. Everyone in your group is sure to find something on the menu here to make them happy and it is just a nice place to hang out.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Vietnamese fusion! Same owners as the Cantina on Baker. Fabulous food! Try the Vietnamese steam buns or the Pho #20 if you eat meat! This is rainy day food!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High end dining. Delicious if you're not worried about price. You can easily spend 60$/person with a full meal and wine. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great food all around, including awesome breakies. And a sweet patio to boot.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful spot to check out in the winter, amazing cross country skiing tracks around. If you brought your skates, you can skate on this gorgeous frozen-over lake... I believe you can rent skates at Mallards Sports in town as well. If you want to go skating outside but don't want to go out to Cottonwood, also check out Lions Park just up the hill in Nelson- they also have an outdoor rink there. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“They make the best margaritas in town here. Watch out, their regular pour is more than a double. It is possible to get their yummy tacos with a 'cheese tortilla'. Yum!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Night Club
“At the Hume, there is a few different places to hang out. There is The Library, Mike's Place and The Spirit Bar. The food and the locals are quite varied here. Everyone in your group is sure to find something on the menu here to make them happy and it is just a nice place to hang out.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Vietnamese fusion! Same owners as the Cantina on Baker. Fabulous food! Try the Vietnamese steam buns or the Pho #20 if you eat meat! This is rainy day food!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High end dining. Delicious if you're not worried about price. You can easily spend 60$/person with a full meal and wine. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great food all around, including awesome breakies. And a sweet patio to boot.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bistro
“One of Diane's favourite places for a main meal, outside terrace lovely on a hot summer night. Menu changing seasonally, great chefs. GF options!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Delicious Breakfast! Try the West Coast Benny. Can be a line-up on weekends, so get your name on the list. There is a line for a reason. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Music Venue
“You can get food, drinks and hit the dance floor here while the DJ plays the greatest hits. Watch their websites for special guests both bands and dj's”
  • 4 locals recommend

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