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A leafy cafe popular with the locals, just off the main street and worth searching out for the best coffee in town.
USD 8 - USD 28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Australian, Cafe, Healthy
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Where do I start. The customer service was amazing all the girls working at the cafe smiling working hard. Both waitresses we had where lovely and happy to answer any questions about the food or about what to do in Nelson Bay. The lovely girl...with the orange hair was amazing happy to help me out when I asked what to do in Nelson Bay on a rainy day. The atmosphere of the cafe was super bubbly and relaxing everything was extremely clean and tidy. Where do I beginning when it comes to the food. My partner had the Bacon Benedict and I had the French toast. The bene sauce was smooth and creamy which you wouldn’t think being on soy the French toast was the perfect amount of sweetness and the fruit was extremely fresh. The coffee is great but the chai latte is so yummy. I highly recommend The Little Nel for anyone who comes to Nelson BayMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only went here for a coffee, based on tip from a friend. Great atmosphere. Staff really nice. Coffee was great and the meals and snacks looked good. Will be back.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 10 May 2021 via mobile

Excellent service. Amazing food and coffee. We already can’t wait to visit again. Do yourself a favour and go here!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 May 2021

Great location and food quality really good. I loved the small cafe vibe. The cafe is attached to hotel nelson

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 28 April 2021 via mobile

Called in to catch up with old friends that have recently moved to NB. Coffee- excellent - and we are rather fussy. Food being served to adjacent tables looked delicious Restroom very clean Service very efficient and friendly Recommended

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 27 April 2021

WE were recommended this Restaurant and were thoroughly happy we went. We were a group of eight and all of us were amazed at the service and food varieties. Would definitely rate Nels highly.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 26 April 2021

The little nel is a nice cafe that is usually busy because the food and coffee are great. Service is shocking though. On this occasion the staff actively ignore people who are waiting to be seated, it took a long time to have drinks/food orders...taken, others (who arrived after us) received their coffee before us, food took ages and was dumped in front of us with the waitress looking in another direction. Coffee was good, great flavour and temp. Food was great. In short food and coffee are pretty good but the service is terrible. There isn’t much competition for them and most people here are on holidays so they put up with it.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 20 April 2021 via mobile

Perfect location. Great food. Lovely staff. 2nd time in here and as always great service. Lovely food and the location is perfect.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 16 April 2021

Enjoyed daily breakfast which was always a delight. Staff was friendly and cafe was clean Recommend and would visit again Lisa&Jess

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 16 April 2021 via mobile

The food and coffee are amazing. I had Salmon eggs Benny and it was absolutely wonderful! I ordered with fresh spinach as they usually do cooked. Seems to be always a wait, even in a Friday morning. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: April 2021
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4 April 2019|
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Response from john o | Reviewed this property |
Yes gluten free bread with breakfast and gluten free available option on most of the lunch menu. Chefs are very good and can accmmmodate most intolerances. Go for the GF chocolate brownie with your coffee if it has not sold... More
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yes its very friendly 4 dogs
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Little Nel Cafe

Yes, The Little Nel Cafe offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Little Nel Cafe offers delivery services.

The Little Nel Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5