Nelson the Seagull lands in Gastown

September 28th, 2011

Nelson the Seagull - The Salient Group blog

At the heart of Gastown, you’ll find a charming and unassuming coffee shop. Nelson the Seagull opened on Carrall Street in May, and within months, the café has become one of the neighbourhood’s best hangout spots.

With its open concept kitchen, Nelson the Seagull isn’t your typical café.  Big couches invite you to just kick back and stay in. Long communal tables make this the perfect spot if you’re eating out with a few friends, or if you want to make a few new ones. Already, the café has hosted events such as The Social Feed long table communal dinner.

Nelson the Seagull - The Salient Group blog

The interior décor differs from the cookie cutter coffee shop style. They have a vinyl collection just beside the couches, and on your way to the washroom, a number of bicycles are on display. Little touches like this make the atmosphere here unique.

When you visit, be sure to check out the chest of drawers where friends and colleagues can leave you notes. This isn’t a professional mailing service, of course — the drawers are just for fun.

Nelson the Seagull (chest of drawers) - The Salient Group blog

And let’s not forget about the food. Unpretentious yet delicious, the food here is fresh and comforting. For about ten bucks, you can get a sandwich and a latté. The coffee here is one of the best in the city.

Nelson the Seagull - The Salient Group blog

For the working folks, WiFi is also available.  If coffee is not your favourite, you can get a glass of freshly squeezed juice or homemade lemonade. Vegetarian and vegan options such as daily soups are also served.

Nelson the Seagull - The Salient Group blog

The unconventional name of the café has an interesting story behind it:

Nelson The Seagull is an obscure nod to Dawn & Des Linbergh’s 1971 folk-environmentalist track The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson, which grew in popularity and mythic significance for many South African’s during Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in prison. (Source)

If you’re worried about the environment, you’ll be happy to know that Nelson the Seagull runs a sustainable business. Because everything is made in-house, you won’t find plastic wrappers here. You can even grab “God Hates Bags” totes here.

Nelson the Seagull is just one of the great  places drawing people  to Gastown.  It’s exciting to see spots  like this help continue to  revitalize the area. We’re thrilled to have Nelson the Seagull as neighbours.

For more info, check out the Nelson the Seagull website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.