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Refurbished and re-opened Dec 2015. A funky kitsch cafe, reported fully vegan Dec 2018. Offers lunch, dinner and desserts. Many dishes are gluten-free. Sometimes live music. Was originally at 335 Trafalgar Square E. Open Wed-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm. Closed Sun-Mon.

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96 Reviews

First Review by Gertrude225


Points +45

29 Nov 2023

A welcomed night out...

Very well staffed, nice people, good atmosphere and decor and most importantly a varied and exciting menu...

I had the stack, wasn't sure what to expect but it was pretty cool and different to anything I've had before. Cheesecake was great as was the oat milk latte...

I am now back at my hotel feeling very full :-)



Points +44

27 Nov 2023

Soooo good

It's the only fully vegan place in Nelson and its amazing! It's so hard to find vegan hot chocolate and theirs is amazing. The food is great, they sell giant vegan marshmallows and it's full of plants.

Pros: Great food, Good atmosphere


Points +1414

19 Nov 2023

Best restaurant in town!

All vegan, all delicious.
Pretty much can’t go wrong here with the food and staff are always welcoming.


Points +26

11 Nov 2023

Finally a completely vegan restaurant!

Lovely service, phenomenal food and cozy atmosphere with lots of plants. Definitely coming back to try the other dishes! We had the Teriyaki bowl and a burger - both so good!!!

Pros: Tasty food, Cozy, Super friendly


Points +6509

10 Nov 2023

So good

Unique menu items, very delicious. I've never had broccoli on a reuben, but it was surprisingly amazing. Delicious food and a really cool place. Definitely don't miss it if you're passing through


Points +32

29 Oct 2023

Delicious !

We ate very well ! We also had desserts which were delicious! The staff is very friendly. A very good experience, we will return without hesitation! And the coffees are great too!


Points +48

07 Oct 2023


We had a great meal here last night! Loved the burgers and the cocktails were delicious 😋

Pros: Food was great. , Staff super friendly , Loved the pink lady cocktails

Cons: Nothing , Still nothing , Nope nothing


Points +1519

28 Sep 2023

My dream place!

Seriously, if I ever opened my own vegan place, this would be it! The items on the menu are exactly my favourite (don't get discouraged by the delivery menu on their website, that's not the full menu!) - burgers, quesadillas, reuben sandwich, pasta, risotto... O-M-G. There's also daily specials! Separate menu for lunch/snack/dinner. Service is quick and the food amazing, the interior of the restaurant is very cosy and beautifully decorated, and they host interesting events. I wanna eat there every day for the rest of my life, please.


Points +851

23 Aug 2023

Best vegan restaurant in NZ

We went there 2 times and it was so delicious!! I loved the vibe, the food tasted really good and was original and different that what we had so far
I loved their cinnamon roll 😋
I definitely recommend it!

Pros: The wide menu, The vibe, The taste

Cons: A bit pricy


Points +84

29 Jun 2023

Best Caesar salad

Loved everything we got. Garbanzo fingers were amazing and this should be a thing everywhere. My favorite was the Cesar salad. Can't remember exactly what else we got but everybody went home happy. It's also a very cute, plant-filled space which I'm sure is even nicer in summer and with live music.

Pros: All the food was great, Lovely quirky vibe , Kid-friendly options


Points +28

27 Apr 2023

Fully vegan menu, great atmosphere.

Visited East St twice, even though we were only planning on passing through Nelson! Unforeseen circumstances of our travel saw us back in Nelson and we headed straight back to East St to sample more.

Pros: Completely vegan menu, Great atmosphere , The menus come in old record sleves!


Points +91

19 Apr 2023

So glad we came here

From excellent friendly service to a truly inspired menu this restaurant is definitely a haven for vegans. So good we went back twice in the short time we had in Nelson. Everything we tried was wonderful!

Updated from previous review on 2023-04-14

Pros: Food is ALL vegan so choose with abandon, We each had 3 courses all were delicious , Creme Brule excellent!

Cons: Pricey but worth it


Points +23

Mostly Veg
19 Apr 2023

So good we ate here 3 x

Great food. Great staff. Ate here 3x in 3 days while we were on holiday.

Pros: Totally vegan , Great flavors , Great vibe

Cons: Not the cheapest but worth it , Parking can be difficult


Points +482

15 Mar 2023

Best vegan burger!

I had the Mama burger with chunky chips, absolutely gorgeous. Best burger I've had for a while.


Points +310

21 Feb 2023

Seriously awesome restaurant

This place is just the best. I am avoiding added artificial preservatives as they seem to trigger migraines for me. So finding vegan without artificial stuff and not smothered in oils, can be a little tricky to say the least. These guys rock. Try them!

Pros: Vegan tasty food, They cook without artificial preservatives, Super nice staff


Points +900

12 Feb 2023


This place, the staff, the food and the incredibly EXTENSIVE non alcohol drinks menu felt so refreshing. One of the best vegan restaurants I’ve been to in NZ!
The staff are super friendly and the cafe is really cosy and welcoming. Tuesday hours are incorrect though, they don’t open until dinner.

Pros: Great vibe, Creative menu


Points +22

14 Dec 2022


Very delicious food at a cute place with lovely staff! I'm happy!


Points +534

30 Oct 2022

Best Vegan place in Town

Fully vegan menu. Ate here both nights I stayed in Nelson. Cool and quirky vibe. Had the house special which was a lasagne on the first night and quesadilla on the second. Happily recommend both. Also I had the hot chocolate with macadamia milk (out of curiosity) but may be stick with something like oat milk. The sell vego bars!!!! and other little vegan treats at the front too. Decent and varied menu; you are bound to find something you fancy.


Points +166

15 Oct 2022

Proper Vegan Food

Lovely interior, great garden seating & the best menu covers in town. Poke bowl was tasty, filling and very fresh, one of the best I've had. The noodle salad was ok but missing a bit of flavour. Try some of the homemade cool drinks, they are an interesting mix of flavours. A little shop at front for your vegan treats

Pros: Variety on menu, Querky interior, Good quality & fresh ingredients


Points +966

13 Oct 2022

Can’t go wrong

Meat free menu brings great joy! One of my fave spots in nelson for a meal. Everything I’ve ever tried was delish


Points +836

30 Sep 2022

Best meal so far in NZ

This was so far the best meal of my trip. Highly recommend heading to East street if your looking for a healthy and hearty meal in Nelson.

Pros: Delicious, Portion size


Points +128

28 Aug 2022

The only fully vegan restaurant in Nelson

Nice burgers, salads, soups, and quessedillas. My favorite was the garbanzo fingers and the 2 above, not to mention the chocolate cake. Great hot drink options and take-away foods like muffins and cookies 🍪. Always nicely presented, and they use local ingredients. They also have daily menus. Unique ambience and design inside. Worth checking it out. Oh, and often they have live music on Saturdays! 😉


Points +49

28 Jul 2022

Best In New Zealand

Really great food (I'm an ex chef), presented well, very tasty, good portions for price. The setting is interesting & fun, well set out & not cramped. Staff are always polite, friendly & honest. I cannot find fault in East Street. I've been on many occasions, slowly trying everything on the menu, all of which I'd definitely return to buy again. 100% 👍


Points +1698

28 Jul 2022

Great food, great people, great ambience

My hubby and I come here as often as we can because the food never disappoints. We would eat here everyday if we could afford it! We've tried nearly everything on the menu and can recommend everything. All of the food is top notch, 100% vegan and the people who work here are all lovely and friendly. We also love the abundance of plants everywhere, which makes it feel like we're eating outside amongst nature. 100% recommend!!

Pros: Everything is vegan and tastes amazingly, Abundance of plants everywhere! , Nice staff and good service


Points +96

19 Apr 2022

Fantastic food and service.

Great lunch, friendly crew. Loads of choice.

Pros: Loads of options (it’s all vegan)


Points +27

21 Jan 2022

Great if you like your food w/a heaping of anti-science

Be warned these are anti-vaxxers in disguise. Huge disappointment after nearly 7 months of doing it hard in lockdowns in Auckland with my vegan kids and hubby. Road trip and THIS CAFE was among main reasons to head to Nelson.

Great food. Long looked forward to coming here. But staff claim “medical mask exemptions” and “takeout only” while STILL serving folks in the back. At least come out and post your anti-science views friends. Don’t try to have it both ways. Needless to say good didn’t taste great once we realised it was drizzled into defiance of public health measures in the time of covid.

Kia kaha, fellow NZ vegans and science believers. Give this one a hard pass. So disappointing.

Pros: Anti science folks so, Not thinking anti-vax tastes good, (But desert delightful)

Cons: Clear experts at hiding anti-vax beliefs, Refused to wear masks, Serve people anyway in outdoor space


Points +18

06 Nov 2021


It never misses. Lunch and dinner are awesome

Pros: Everything is delicious

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