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Nelson the Seagull | Gastown – Vancouver

on September 16 | in Coffee & Cafe Reviews, Vancouver | by | with No Comments

Coffee: 75%

Service: 85%

Vibe: 90%



I first heard about this place from experiencing their breads at Matchstick Coffee Roasters. After they told me where they sourced their loaves, I made my way down to Gastown to find the source. Aside from the proverbial “its hard to finding parking in Gastown” the store is quaint and warm with its old brick interior.   What makes it even more homey is the smell of fresh bread from the bakery at the back of the establishment. In the back there is flour and dough in its various stages of work in progress towards the freshly baked breads that give the place another warm golden glow. While coffee is not its prime business, it is an important adjunct because I found myself like many others just wanting to lounge around.   There I found myself trying out their breads and local organic poached eggs which just seemed too good to pass up. Jodi Balfour and the sibling duo of Jonathan and Lee Snelgar are the braintrust behind this authentic and local establishment. While coffee purist might complain that coffee is not front and center, I found that this place is reminiscent of the Mill in San Francisco and that is a wonderful thing. In many ways because the food items are so varied, I found Nelson the Seagull one of the best places in Vancouver to spend time and hang out or have a meal.   It does not hurt that the amazing social enterprise East Van Roasters is right next door.

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