The Beach Café, Nelson, New Zealand

The worst kept secret in Nelson, The Café (pron. “caff”) is a local favourite, and justly so. It’s a few steps from the beach so families flock – and with tables outside you can watch your kids fly off the merry-go-round as you dine. There are parasols for those alabaster Brits not quite used to the New Zealand rays, and a classically Kiwi attitude to service (so all your meals are served with a smile). The breakfast menu is a wonder to behold: pancakes stacked with fruit and maple syrup, fried potatoes with bacon, sour cream and cheese, doorstops of carrot cake with more cream, berries and fresh pineapple. Toast and fruit salads are also on hand should the cholesterol levels require. There are kid’s portions, fresh orange juice and good coffee. Beware low-flying seagulls – they want your breakfast as much as you do.

Price: From $5 (toast) to $14 (brunch stack).

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