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East St Vegetarian Cafe Bar

4_half star rating
6 reviews

Cuisine: Cafe, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

335 Trafalgar Square
(under accents on the park backpackers)
Nelson City
03 970 0575


  • Lunch: Wed-Sat 12noon – 10pm
  • Dinner: Sun – Tues 4pm – 10pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Children's Menu
    • Live Music
    • Out Catering
    • Private Functions
    • Romantic Dining
    • Breakfast Meetings
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
  • Seating for: 40
  • BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
  • Parking: Free Off-Street, Pay & Display
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
  • Wi-Fi: Free

East Street Cafe Bar sets itself apart by being the only vegetarian café in Nelson. Our focus is to provide affordable quality food to cater for the growing number of people that are vegetarian, vegan and gluten intolerant.
However we have as many repeat customers, local and backpackers, that purely come for to enjoy our fantastic food and atmosphere. Extra effort goes into sourcing local goods and producing the components that make up our menu from scratch. For example we make our own burger patties, hummus, mayonnaise etc.
The food, service and environment all complement each other in being professional whilst homely and caring at the same time.
Many times we hear comments such as “this is my home away from home”,
“That was the best pasta/burger I have ever have”, “if I ate like this all the time I could happily be vegetarian”
100mtres from Trafalgar St tucked away in the underground of a backpacker’s, with a sunny courtyard adds to the freshness of a new Café in Nelson. The punters like the fact it’s right in town, slightly off the main drag and there are always new people to meet.
Owner operated gives East St Vegetarian Cafe that added personal touch that other businesses can lack.
We provide a service creating great tasting vegetarian food that caters for all. See you down there :)

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6 Reviews for East St Vegetarian Cafe Bar



3rd May 2013
5 star rating
East Street Vegetarian Cafe has outstanding food, atmosphere, service and price – can’t wait to go back. NZ lacks well priced, healthy yet real tasty places to eat but this place hits the spot. I can assure any rescuers they won’t be disappointed with their experience, what an asset to Nelson. Well done to the owner/owners for not following the trend in NZ and offering overpriced and poor served food, you are doing great. Thanks and look forward to being back.

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Lucy M.


10th March 2013
5 star rating
Came here with a group and had a great time. The bartender was experimenting with coctails and made us a lovely summer one which was HUGE for $10.
The food is full of flavour and reasonably priced. I’m a meat eater but this is a place I would happily go to time and time again. The quesidila is a must have.

Visited February 2013

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9th March 2013
5 star rating
East St is my favourite place in Nelson, every time I eat there I don’t want to leave, the staff feel like family and the cafe feels like an old friends home. The food is so good I usually end up ordering everything on the menu at once!!

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Comment from Vikki R. of East St Vegetarian Cafe Bar 9/03/2013   
Thanks so much for your comments! It is like our home were always there haha. I wondered who that person was that would never leave now we know! :) see ya soon!



1st December 2012
4 star rating
I absolutely love the food at East St Vegetarian Cafe Bar. The servings are large, the food tastes great, and the staff are friendly. I would recommend it to anyone who is after a good meal.

Visited November 2012

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21st November 2012
5 star rating
Absolutely our favourite place for a bite to eat and a drink on a Friday after work – East St has the most fantastically delicious food, at excellent prices.
None of our regular group are vegetarian, and we ALL love the food. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and there are always interesting people to meet.
The decor is also intriguing and gives plenty of talking points.
I highly recommend East St to anyone, local or visitor, and it’s definitely going to be my regular spot all summer!

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17th November 2012
4 star rating
Nelson prides itself on its restaurants and cafes but practically all of them not only share much the same menu but also serve tiny mains. If asked they respond that their menus are designed for those eating three courses. The food at East Street is great and the portions are very large. the ambience, it really is outrageously different in furniture and decor, is both amazing and comfortable. Recommended for the adventurous

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