Nanaimo Cafes & Bistros
Light lunches or trendy foodie fare is often on the menu at Nanaimo, British Columbia area cafes and bistros. Enjoy a snack or a main meal in a restaurant replete with charm and charisma. The Nanaimo cafes and bistros listed below feature descriptions and maps to help you decide where to go. Have you tried a restaurant here? Then have your say and write a review.
This contemporary West Coast cafe features French-inspired West Coast cuisine in the heart of Nanaimo's Old City Quarter. Specialties include Nunavik wild cariboo and B.C. wild salmon. The extensive wine list offers over 175 selections.
Gourmet sandwich choices, signature breakfast options, full cafe services and extensive baked goods selections are available at this casual eatery, which also offers solutions for catering needs.
Old fashioned restaurant specializing in comfort foods in newly renovated family restaurant, with an emphasis on creative home cooking. Serving homemade soup and a variety of handmade sandwiches for lunch along with a full breakfast and dinner menu.
The Lighthouse Bistro and Pub is located right on the water. On the lower level, a restaurant with 80 seat patio situated on the water and on the second level is a pub, featuring a pub menu and extensive drink list. This venue also serves as the Seaplane Terminal with flights to Vancouver.
The Buzz is a locally-owned coffee house in Nanaimo with a cosy atmosphere and fireplace, an outdoor seating area for nice weather and early 'til late opening hours. In addition to a wide selection of coffee and tea drinks, the Buzz also serves smoothies, lunch items, gelato and pastries. Closed Sundays.
The Urban Beet is a coffee and fine food cafe that also features a deli and readymade take-away meals. Customers can buy freshly made soup, sandwiches and espresso-based specialty coffees.
Located in Nanaimo's trendy downtown area, Mon Petit Choux is a French style cafe. Enjoy a petit dejeuner like brioche or smoked salmon. Light lunches, sandwiches, soups are more are available.
This is a convenient cafe situated at the Nanaimo airport. A licensed establishment, it features a variety of homemade snacks and sandwiches for breakfast or lunch. It is open daily.
At McLean's Specialty Foods, guests will find a large selection of import cheeses, British foods (the largest on the Island), gourmet cooking ingredients, homemade preserves and more. Stop by for lunch and try the tasty scones.
Dancing Goat Coffee Kabin
This locally-owned coffee shop and cafe is situated in a shopping mall on Rutherford Road and offers Nanaimo shoppers a friendly stop to refuel. Whether it's a cappuccino and a chair for the weary or a soup and sandwich for the famished, the Dancing Goat will have customers recharged and ready in no time.
The Bite Cafe
It's hard to make a choice at the Bite Cafe, with three soups on offer daily, fresh pastas, quiches, baked goods and a selection of hot and cold beverages.
Tea on the Quay
Tea on the Quay overlooks the waterfront and offers a wide selection of baked goods, teas, entrees and desserts.
Modern Cafe's neon signs outfront make it stand out downtown--and in fact, the sign is actually a registered historic landmark from the 1940s. History is preserved with a modern twist inside, with exposed brick walls. The menu is modern, featuring wraps, burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as international cuisine, such as rice bowls. They have a full drinks menu as well.
Enjoy this little lunch spot for soups, sandwiches and more. It is located within the Dorchester Hotel.
East West Cafe
A Western cuisine menu is featured here along with Chinese food favourites. The atmopshere is casual.
This full-service coffee shop and eatery provides casual dining and specializes in breakfast, light lunch fare and fresh baked treats, including cookies, tarts, muffins and gluten-free choices.
Enjoy this down-to-earth cafe for a fresh cup of joe and all-day breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. They are open weekdays as well, with breakfast available until noon. Their lunch menu features sourdough melts, burgers, salads and the like. They are licensed to sell wine and beer.