Cable Bay Cafe: A Must When Visiting Nelson, New Zealand

Cable Bay Cafe

Visiting Nelson, New Zealand?! Stop in for lunch at the Cable Bay Cafe! 

While I was travelling through New Zealand, I stopped in Nelson to visit an old friend Helen. We became friends at 13 at our all-girls private school in Vancouver Canada. After living in England, she and her Kiwi husband moved to Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand. One of the days I visited, we went for a hike through Cable Bay and then finished our outing with a delicious meal at the Cable Bay Cafe. 




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Cable Bay Hike

Gorgeous scenery in Cable Bay near Nelson, New Zealand

After our Cable Bay hike, Helen and I rewarded ourselves with a nice late lunch at the Cable Bay Cafe. The cafe overlooks the Bay and Pepin Island. The restaurant seats 20 people inside but almost more outside the cafe. Their food focuses on local seafood and vegetarian dishes and they also serve wine from local wineries.

Cable Bay Cafe

My green lipped mussels

When I dine out I don’t order much seafood except in my hometown of Vancouver. But when in Rome right? Trying local seafood in New Zealand was a must. My lunch was green-lipped mussels with an arrabbiata sauce and cheese served with ciabatta bread. I also tried Helen’s kedgeree and it was tasty as well.

The Cable Bay Cafe is only open in the summer months (New Zealand’s summer which is our winter!)!! If you happen to visit Nelson, I definitely recommend a visit for a meal, especially after a hike.

Cable Bay Cafe 

799 Cable Bay Rd
Cable Bay
20 minutes north of Nelson
ph: 03 546 8799

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