We are now open and following Alert Level Two guidelines.


Founders Café is located in the picturesque Founders Heritage Park in Nelson.

Whether you are after a hot coffee on a fresh and frosty morning or an ice cold sav in the sun, we'll have something just for you at Founders Café.


Extra hot flat white with 2 sugars? Oat milk caramel latte? A frothy fluffy with a dusting of chocolate? Whatever you and your whanau are craving, our trained baristas will do their best to get you your caffeine and hot drink fix. We grind Grinders coffee throughout the day and have plenty of gluten, dairy free and vegan options available in our chocolate drinks and milk alternatives.



We offer a delicious range of local craft beers on tap. We like to rotate our beers to flow with the seasons, but you can usually find our favourites, like Wakachangi from McCashin's Brewery and Captain Cooker from Mussel Inn ready to pour, as well as a regular range from Hop Federation. 

If a wine in the sun is more your style, you will enjoy our range from Kono wines. Kono wines are made from carefully selected vineyards in Marlborough and Nelson - New Zealand's pre-eminent wine regions. These vineyards are certified Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

We also offer a wide range of soft drinks, from the classic Coca-cola soft drinks range, to juices and fizzies from Most and Deep Spring, as well as Stoke's spicy Ginger Beer on tap.


Our opening times are:
Wednesday-Thursday –10am-3pm
Friday-Sunday – 10.00am-4.00pm