Nelson Café Is NZ's Best cafe | Coffee News |

The nation’s best café is in Nelson. The Jester House Café between Richmond and Motueka on Aporo Road has taken out the top title of New Zealand’s Café of the Year 2013.

Runner up is Black Cottage Café in Coatesville north of Auckland.

Jester House and the Black Cottage Café were up against the 16 other People’s Choice finalists judged by a panel headed by Kerry Tyack. Jester’s winning dish was a Moroccan inspired tagine of tomato and goat.

Jester House owners Steve Richards and Judy van den Yssel-Richards have not only scooped the esteemed best café title – they’re also driving home in a brand new Fiat 500S.

The winning café also receives $2,500 worth of Wattie’s and Goodman Fielder products for their kitchen as does the runner-up.

Head judge Kerry Tyack says the race for top honours was extremely close.

“Although offering very different experiences, both impressed across the board and the special dishes they prepared were of equal quality,” Tyack says...