Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Nelson

Cottonwood Community Market

Close to downtown and next to the surging Cottonwood waterfall, this market encapsulates Nelson. There's great organic produce; fine baked goods, many with heretofore-unheard-of grains; and various craft items with …
Top Choice Fusion in Nelson

All Seasons Cafe

Sitting on the patio here beneath little lights twinkling in the huge maple above you is a Nelson highlight; in winter, candles inside provide the same romantic flair. The eclectic menu changes with the seasons but …
Top Choice Homewares in Nelson

Still Eagle

Fair-trade and Kootenay-produced clothing, kitchen goods and products for the home are sold in this large store, which has a deep environmental commitment. Many products are made from recycled materials.
Lounge in Nelson

Library Lounge

This refined space in a classic hotel has some good sidewalk tables from where you can ponder the passing parade. There's live jazz most nights. The adjoining Mike's Place Pub bustles and has a great beer selection.…
Park in Nelson

Lakeside Park

By the iconic Nelson Bridge, Lakeside Park is both a flower-filled, shady park and a beach, and has a great summer cafe.
Museum in Nelson

Touchstones Nelson

An enormous renovation transformed what was once a baronial old city hall (1902) into Touchstones Nelson, a museum of local history and art. Every month brings new exhibitions, many of which celebrate local artists.…
Fusion in Nelson


Bibo is all about exposed brick inside, while outside tables on the hillside terrace overlook the lake and mountains beyond. Small plates celebrate local produce: enjoy tapas or a cheese and charcuterie plate accomp…
Mexican in Nelson

Cantina del Centro

Bright and vibrant, Cantina del Centro gets jammed with diners. The tacos and other small plates reflect the vivid colors of the Mexican tile floor. You can watch your meal being grilled behind the counter while you…
Diner in Nelson

Full Circle Cafe

A downtown diner beloved for its omelettes, the Full Circle will have you doing just that as you return for skillfully made breakfast classics, such as eggs Benedict. It gets popular on weekends, so prepare for a wa…
Cafe in Nelson

Oso Negro

This local favorite corner cafe roasts its own coffee in 20 blends. Outside there are tables in a garden that burbles with water features amid statues. Enjoy baked goods and other snacks.