Here is a ever-evolving list from a Hobart bred, now Melbourne based Taswegian! Feel free to pop me a line with any questions.
Break the Fast and or Brunch/Lunch
- Machine cafe - My favourite café in the world.
- Born in Brunswick – Cool hip place, run by two brothers who spent some time in Melbourne and wanted to bring that to Hobart; order the iced coffee with the coconut milk (trust me)
- Hamlet – social enterprise café, with local, in season food. Really hearty and fresh – a favourite of mine!
- Jackman and McRoss – famous old bakery, in a few locations, beautiful fresh bread and not bad coffee, heavenly pies, and cakes.
- Pigeon Whole Bakery – gorgeous local bakery, mill all their own flour and make a good coffee (NOTE: go to the old one in west Hobart for coffee – as the new one downtown Hobart does not do normal coffee only cold drip?!)
- Ginger Brown – South Hobart café, good coffee and brunch food.
- Room for a Pony – cool vibe, good food, nice indoor or outdoor seating, also fun at lunch or in the evening!
- Queens Pastry – perfect for just that, a pastry or a famous donut!
- Faro – at MONA, oh myyy! Just go! BUT BOOK!
- Franks - South American Australian infused.
- Franklin – Modern Australian, lovely atmosphere; a favourite for sure. The chefs menu is well worth it.
- Etties – Lovely Tasmanian produce, comes highly recommended; check out their specials (like weekday lunch etc.)
- Agrarian Kitchen – famous chef, Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet have the most gorgeous food and store, about 30 minutes north of Hobart, very much worth it. When you go, do not miss The Drill Hall Emporium.
- Templo – Haven’t yet been but I only hear great reviews
- Fico – Italian – winning reviews often!
- Glasshouse – beautiful menu, all Tasmanian, and great cocktails
- Aloft - phenomenal chefs table, great for a drink, on the higher end, mind you, glasshouse is equally as good, same view, same feel for a lot less???
- Dier Makr – gorgeous, modern, divine interior and amazing food and drink
- Fish Frenzy – Famous fish and chips on the Hobart waterfront – the fish burger is actually amazing, can’t miss! But also, great Tassie seafood.
- Frogmore Creak Winery – beautiful winery, famous for its gorgeous wine and food that is art!
- The Lounge by Frogmore – winery in the city, in the new and very hip/trendy at Mac 1 hotel
- Syra – beautiful middle eastern food.
- Shippies, AKA the Shipwrights Arms Hotel – an oldie but a classic, Tasmanian pub, in Battery Point with the characters to people watch like never before!
- Willie Smiths – down in the Huon Valley (maybe 20-30 mins out of Hobart) well known cider house, with some nibbles, suggest you get the tasting platter of both food and cider
- Lucinda Wine - a new friend for Dier Makr, which has a few bar snacks (including sausage rolls - YAS) and a long list of quite simply gorgeous wines.
- Glasshouse - great for a before dinner drink
- The Den – new local fave for an after work, or after dinner drink, gets going later on, often a live band; worth it for the outdoor ‘fires’ in winter!
- Grape // Brick Factory – if you want to dance the night away after a drink on Salamanca, but also good for a Friday afternoon bevy.
- Willing Bros – wine bar, cute, nice atmosphere
- Lark Distillery - good for a whiskey or a gin, especially good if you want to give Tassie gins and whiskeys a try!
- Botanica – a new one in Salamanca, pretty cool interior, and seemed to be very happening when I was down last!
Bruny Island day trip, or stay the night or weekend!
- Bruny island oysters (GET SHUCKED!) – so worth the trip.
- Bruny Island Cheese – their wine x with other winemakers is always a fave to go with the cheese board.
Others in obvious order of importance/time
- MONA - need I say more? But take the boat if you can, it’s a gorgeous view from the river of the mountain.
- Mount Wellington - well worth the drive up, gorgeous views, beware, cloud can come over at any moment, so don’t expect the clear view you see from the bottom when you reach the top
- Salamanca Markets – Saturday only, and old time institution, I try and go each time I am down.
- Farmgate Markets - Sunday morning only (8am – 1pm) great farmers market, with coffee and beautiful breakfast and brunch options; a must see!
- Port Arthur – about 1.5 hrs north and then south of Hobart, on the gorgeous Tasman Peninsula. You do need a good day, if you want to get down there, and do it properly, but it is well worth it, very rich in history.
- Battery Point – just wondering the streets really is something to do in itself
- Mt Field – closest drive for a bit of Tassie nature, the Russell falls walk is gorgeous
- Richmond – about 15 minutes from the airport, a cute little historic town, with the oldest bridge in Australia!
- Mariah Island – if you have the time
- Freycinet – so darn worth it, like nowhere else! (but only if time permitting, or maybe make time? A good 3 hour drive from Hobart, and a must stop on the way or way home is Devils Corner winery for a wine and a pizza on the grass!)
- Hot springs – down south, gorgeous, but not as good as plenty of others around the world… Sorry Hobes <3
- Female Factory – I have not done in years, but apparently is a good alternative to Port Arthur if you don’t have the time
- Cascade Brewery tour – on my list to be done, report back if you manage it!
- Friday nights @ Franklin Square – a Friday night food market. Great local produce (wallaby, octopus etc.)
- Hobart Museum – I’ve been told one of the better (smaller) museums in Aus. But make time for MONA over this!
Sneaky bit of RETAIL THERAPY
I would not say Hobart is a place to go for shopping, in fact, all Tasmanians head to the 'mainland' for their retail therapy fix, however there are a few gorgeous little places worth mentioning!
- The Drill Hall Emporium - I'll call it, one of the best antique stores, most certainly in Australia, and probably up there in the world.
- Homeroom Design - a gorgeous little one stop shop for all sorts of goodies in the CBD of Hobart
- Botanical Hobart - The CBD store is very cute little florist.
- Ally and Me - CBD store, with gorgeous natural fibres.
- Handmark Gallery Salamanca - lots of beautiful local art, jewellery and sculptures. Head here during your time at the market.
- LUC Design - one of the better design stores in the world.
- Grey and Felt - Sandy Bay classic, gorgeous classic designs, bits and pieces for the home and your person.
- The Hobart Bookshop - a classic independent bookstore, whats not to love!
PLEASE NOTE: this is my personal guide, and by no means a complete list of where to, and, where not to go. However, you should NOT be disappointed in Hobart (in conclusion take my advice) x