In addition to great road biking, Nelson BC also boasts an amazing combination of heritage charm, cafes and cultural vibe. If you spin by John Ward Fine Coffee, you can have it all in one place.
Located in the heart of downtown Nelson, this bright and bustling café is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Huge street front windows let the sunshine pour in at any time of year, while the corner patio is a fine people watching spot. It’s also the ideal place to sit and take in Nelson’s gorgeous heritage buildings that line the downtown.
Hungry cyclists will find plenty of yummy options. Fresh baked croissants, energy balls, cookies, brownies and “Rickety Uncles” are all great choices. Grilled sandwiches are also tasty, especially the grilled cheese, made with locally baked Kaslo sourdough bread.
A strong Americano or a Chicory Chai Latte are surefire winners. John Ward serves up both No. 6 Coffee Co. (roasted in Nelson) and Origins Organic Coffee from Vancouver. All sorts of green plants lend the café an earthy vibe, giving it the feel of a greenhouse. Eclectic furniture, including vintage school chairs, adds to the modern-heritage feel. Splurge on the $2 Baker Street Bingo – with boxes such as “Someone dressed like an elf” and “ZZ Top beard”, your morning can get booked solid pretty quickly. Top it all off with a colourful collection of patrons and it’s a lively spot.
The connection with nature continues with the handy bike racks out front. Giant metal leaves double as outdoor art installation and safe keeping for your trusty steed. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a hot beverage after a ride along Nelson’s rail trail, local favourite Blewett Road, or a cruise along the waterfront.
If you’re thinking of a bike tour in British Columbia that combines fine food, scenery and culture, Nelson offers no shortage of compelling reasons to visit. And with superb cafes like John Ward, you won’t have to look far to get your caffeine hit.
John Ward Fine Coffee is located at 503 Baker St in the heart of downtown Nelson. It’s open at 6:30am daily, and 7am on Sundays.