We are now open and following Alert Level Two guidelines.


Café, Bar // Find us in the heart of Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, New Zealand

Welcome to Founders Cafe

A little piece of paradise in the heart of one of Nelson's favourite attractions. Our aim is to provide a homely spot where all are warmly welcomed and can relax while enjoying life at their own pace. Be it a barista coffee and fresh baked scone, a lengthy lunch in the hop garden or an afternoon soaking in the sun and enjoying a great Nelson craft beer, we've got you covered. 

Newly refurbished, we are proud to have enhanced the heritage feel of the building while focusing the menu and great service to the needs and wants of our treasured guests.  Our front of house staff are trained and experienced in providing top quality coffee, understanding a great craft beer, or delectable Kono wine. Our team love making sure you are well looked after. Our trained and experienced chef has carefully considered what it is the Founders Cafe customer is after. From a delectable piece of carrot cake with your morning flat white, to a burger of the day and fries with a glass of Hop Federation pilsner, you won't be disappointed. 

At Founders Cafe we welcome you home. Stay a while by the fire in winter or in the outdoor hop garden in summer.  The playground is situated in the perfect spot for grown ups to observe while they take a breather and let kids be kids. We welcome all ages. 

Live music with free entry every Friday evening in summer.

Private hire including full bar and catering packages available for all occasions. 

Entry to Founders Heritage Park is free for locals. Entry to Founders Cafe is FREE TO ALL. Just let the friendly staff in the windmill know that you are coming over to see us. 


Our opening times are:


Wednesday-Thursday –10am-3pm
Friday-Sunday – 10.00am-4.00pm
Follow us on Facebook for Friday night music (free entry) and extended hours as Alert Levels relax