Who doesn’t love exploring a new place? I know I do. Today, I am going to share with you one of my all-time favorite cities that I love road tripping to.. Some of my fondest memories have been in this city and I look forward to making more. If you’re looking for a getaway, this city should be a “MUST VISIT” on your list.
The place we are talking about is “Nelson”, a beautiful place located in the region of Central Kootenays of the scenic British Columbia of Canada.
You’re probably thinking where is Nelson? If you’ve heard of it, you’ll probably know it to be a little hipster town. Nelson is known for its “care-free spirit” and independently owned businesses. You won’t be finding chain restaurants or coffee shops in this downtown core – which is what makes it different! Nelson lies in the Kootenays in southern British Columbia experiencing all four seasons – a perfect place to travel to any time of year. Full of historic buildings, farmers markets in the summer, and an impeccable art scene, this is what makes Nelson so special.
So how do you get to Nelson ? I have been very grateful to Poparide which is an online carpooling platform where people can upload their trips online and if someone is headed towards the same route then can tag along with them. Apart from Poparide you can also drive to Nelson from Kelowna or take the bus ( you can find the bus route and the link to the website at the bottom )
The Heart of Nelson’s Downtown is known to be Baker Street which is one of the main streets connecting all the areas of the city. One of the factors that makes Nelson’s downtown so unique are all the local commercialised business and restaurant outlets. Jacob, who was driving me to Nelson, also told me that, “ Nelson has one of the highest number of restaurants per capita in British Columbia”. And the best part of these restaurants is that they all are easily accessible as they all are located in the core downtown area.
Here are some of the famous eateries and coffee shops I would like to highlight which might be able to tickle your tongue:
Yum Son was one of the first eateries I experienced as soon as I reached Nelson. It’s a Modern Vietnamese restaurant which will make your experience exceptional. What do you think would make this spot so unique? Their broth, yes you heard it right, they cook their broth for 24 hours, to get all the flavours. If you are looking for a dining experience to be remembered then this is the place you need to visit.
El Taco would definitely be one of my go to eateries when it comes to grabbing a quick bite, y’all know how much I love Mexican food and not a single trip of mine is complete without going to a Mexican food joint, the Huichol Bowl is my favourite as it is the concept of a burrito bowl and the best part is that it comes along with gluten free tortillas.
Sprout Plant Based Eatery is an option for all my vegan and plant based friends, some days you don’t need a big menu to satisfy your cravings, grab a Caesar bowl and a smoothie from here and it’ll fill you up till your next meal.
Right across from Sprout is Big Dee’s, the perfect place to grab a scoop of quality ice cream. It makes me happy when I have more than required options to pick from dairy free ice cream. And thinking about that CHAI GINGERSNAP ICE CREAM always blows my mind away.
We all know none of my trips are complete without checking out the local coffee shops, Oso Negro was one of the local coffee shops known for their impeccable flat white and Empire Coffee known for their Chai Latte, dont forget to check out their vegan and dairy free treats, they’ve got you covered in every possible way.
Another thing which can be done is to drive to Kaslo which is about 45 minute away from Nelson. Get some breakfast at the Treehouse Restaurant and take a stroll around this small town, and don’t forget to hike down the Fletcher Falls for a breathtaking view and get lost in its mesmerising beauty.
And last but not the least, don’t miss out on the view from Gyro Park, to get a beautiful panoramic view of Nelson. Got your hiking boots on? Hike up to Pulpit Rock for the perfect sunrise / sunset shot to start or end your day with.