There isn’t a Vancouver instagram account without a photo of Gastown favourite, Nelson the Seagull’s, avocado on toast in its feed. Whilst Nelson the Seagull does undoubtedly do a fantastic brunch there’s also some great coffee to wash it all down with!

As a top Vancouver brunch spot this isn’t a great cafe to sit with your laptop. But, if you want to impress some friends from out of town then head here on a Sunday morning (go early or be prepared to queue!).


Nelson the Seagull isn’t predominantly known for its coffee but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. You can still get a great flat white ($3.75) and the baristas have a Rancillio hand pump espresso machine at hand too. They know how to steam the milk well and it always looks good once set down on those wooden tables of theirs.


At least one of the members in your party should order the avocado on toast with some poached eggs for good measure. Obviously it comes on sourdough bread – one of the menu items that Nelson the Seagull is well known for. Oh, and then you should instagram it!


Nelson the Seagull has an old school Gastown look but at the same time isn’t too pretentious. There’s a vintage vibe and nice wooden tables. You’ll see plenty of people catching up over plates of avocado, toast and coffee or relaxing with an artsy, indie magazine.