Where to go for great coffee and food in Nelson?

Nelson is the sunshine capital of New Zealand. Tahunanui Beach is a stone's throw away from town centre and although well patronised by locals, it's large enough to ensure you're not on top of everyone else. Take a towel, plenty of sunscreen and a good book!

And once you've soaked up our gorgeous sights, take the time to visit Lambretta's Café Bar, we are located in the Nelson City at 204 Hardy Street.

Lambretta’s opened its doors at 204 Hardy Street, Nelson on 13th October 1999, originally with four business partners; Rob McKegney, Steve Russell and Rhys and Leanne Odey, all acquaintances and friends, looking to start something new for Nelson. 

When searching for the perfect space for the new café, the old NZI Insurance building lent itself to a art deco theme, a 1950's glass fronted building with impressive 15m pillars a feature. Rob being from the historic Hitching Post Restaurant era (a very popular pizza restaurant in Nelson in the 1980’s) along with Steve, Rhys and Leanne decided to theme their new café around the popular 1960’s Italian scooter, the Lambretta, calling the new café Lambretta’s.  Adorning the walls with actual scooters, posters and paintings and with the help of Jill Alexander, Interior Decorator, a plan was hatched!

Since 2005, Rhys and Leanne have been sole owner operators of Lambretta’s Café Bar, and you will find us working front of house each day.

Lambretta’s Café Bar appeals to a wide range of people, its sunny aspect means great alfresco dining all day, with a safe, enclosed area, equipped with toys, for the kids to play out the back.

Our Café brews rich, aromatic coffee fresh daily from Pomeroy's roastery. The Italian theme prevails with gourmet pizzas, fasta pastas and smoked antipasto, all of huge proportions to challenge even the heartiest appetite. Children are welcome here and they can choose from a great kids menu. We operate a healthy 'minimal fried food' policy and provide double filtered water, literally on tap!

We offer catering for a range of private and corporate functions, including morning and afternoon teas, lunches, cocktail events, corporate meetings, events, private parties, special occasions, birthdays, reunions, weddings and more.

We can arrange a variety of nibbles, finger-foods, whole cakes, bowls of salad, meat platters, antipasto platters. We are happy to discuss specific catering requirements with you and can arrange special dietary requirements for your order (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian etc).

At Lambretta’s Café Bar, we have a strong focus on customer satisfaction and strive at being the best we can be. So why not come in and see us today!

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