Best cafes in Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast

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With thousands of excellent cafes in New Zealand, it’s always difficult to work out which are the best to try, especially if you are new to a place.

Thankfully, the annual New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards help sort out the best through objective judging and public feedback.

The best cafes in Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast

Cafes from the upper South Island shortlisted by judges for the national awards:

Best Suburban

Vanilla Bean Café 

355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson

Best Rural

Melrose House Café

26 Brougham Street, Nelson

Penguin Café/ Bar 

822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, RD1, Takaka, Golden Bay

Classic Kiwi

Chantilly Café

77 Queen Street, Blenheim

Maggie’s Kitchen

65 Mackay Street, Greymouth

2016 People’s Choice regional winners

South Island region

Jester House

320 Aporo Road, Tasman, Nelson

Source: New Zealand Cafe of the Year Awards 2016, run by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.  Factors considered by the judges including atmosphere and appearance, menu and coffee, service, staff interaction and overall impression.

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