Not Just A Coffee Shop – Oso Negro Café in Nelson, BC

Oso Negro Cafe

Oso Negro Café is one of the best cafés in Nelson, BC. The town is nestled in the majestic Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia, Canada.

Along with freshwater, clean air, stunning landscapes, good food, and friendly faces; there is also fantastic coffee.

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The Town of Nelson, BC.

Nelson, BC. Canada
Nelson, BC. Canada

Nelson has over 350 beautiful restored heritage buildings and is full of small local shops, art galleries, and is home to a few microbreweries. Oso Negro Café is located one block above the famous Baker Street.

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Some other excellent places to eat at are Finley’s Bar & Grill for the best burger I have ever had, the Beetroot Burger. Next door to Finley’s is Sage Restaurant. Dine amongst the best views in the town on their outdoor patio. Additionally, one of my other favorites in Nelson is All Season’s Restaurant.

Nelson, BC. Canada
Nelson, BC. Canada

The town is a great year-round destination.

The summer months in Nelson are great for golfing, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and relaxing on the beach. During the winter months skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and winter hiking are common activities.

The vibrant arts and cultural scene in Nelson, BC is becoming an international sensation with one of the fastest-growing burlesque scenes in Western Canada.

Home to the Canadian Legend of Burlesque, Judith Stein, and the sensational Vesper Valentine this small town is a hotbed of burlesque talent!

Vesper Valentine - Viktor S De Vice Photography
Vesper Valentine – Viktor S De Vice Photography

Leading the charge to help bring burlesque to the forefront of people’s minds and hearts is the vivacious and vibrant Vesper Valentine. No stranger to the stage this producer/performer has had the pleasure of performing in a variety of Burlesque Festivals across North America.

Utilizing her background and skills as an event coordinator, Vesper quickly took to producing where she has enjoyed being able to offer a place for local artists to showcase their talents. Over the past three years, she has brought her local shows from an audience of 160 to a record-breaking 350 at her Tease the Season Christmas Cabaret.

She is currently working on bringing in a vast array of talent for the 1st Annual Kootenay Burlesque Festival. It is a two-day celebration of all things burlesque that showcases some of the best local and international burlesque performers. The first annual Kootenay Burlesque Festival happened on June 29 & 30, 2018.

Kaslo, BC. Canada
Kaslo, BC. Canada

A short drive from Nelson is the Ainsworth Hot Springs. It is worth going for a few hours then head up to the Wing Creek Resort in Kaslo for a digital detox. Kaslo is about an hour’s drive from Nelson.

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Oso Negro Café

Oso Negro Cafe
Oso Negro Cafe

The Oso Negro Café is a “hub for creativity and connecting with the community.” They buy fair traded and organically grown coffee whenever possible which makes up approximately 97% of their inventory.

They also roast five days a week to keep all their coffee as fresh as possible. Here you can enjoy one of more than twenty blends of coffee available either outside in their expansive perennial garden, or inside the large café.

The outdoor terrace is the ideal place to relax with your favorite cup in the summer months. In the snow-covered winter months, enjoy the warmth and welcoming indoors amongst the artwork of local artists and artisans.

Oso Negro Cafe
Oso Negro Cafe

Oso Negro also offers an extensive food menu. They have seasonal, wholesome foods catering to a variety of dietary requests. Don’t forget to try some National Dishes of Canada they will not disappoint your tastebuds.

History of Oso Negro Café

Oso Negro Cafe
Oso Negro Cafe

1993 – Oso Negro Café opened in Nelson
1996 – they joined up with The Only Bagel Co. and expanded with a larger roaster
1999 – growing steadily they upgraded to a larger roaster, almost double in size.
2004 – they moved into their new and flagship café location one block away from their original location.
2016 – once again they upgraded to a larger roaster, this time it was a little more than double the last one.

Enjoy more than just coffee

Oso Negro Cafe
Oso Negro Cafe

Oso Negro Café is a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch. Here you can grab a cup of your favorite blend to go or stay, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. With more than twenty blends available, the hardest decision of the day may be which blend to try.

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  1. Now this sounds like a lovely little cafe to pop into – I am loving the look of the muesli bowl is it?

    1. Sally Pederson says:

      Yes, it is a muesli bowl. Not only is the coffee fantastic, the food is as well.

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