Planning a trip to Hobart, Tasmania and not sure where to go/what to do? Or more importantly, where to eat? We have you covered. Hobart has a seriously great food scene and, for a small city, you can pack a lot of activities in. Here’s our hot picks to keep you fuelled and busy!
Daci & Daci (Murray Street, Hobart)
Indulge in something sinfully delicious at Daci & Daci. The decor is gorgeous and there are plenty of treats, sweet and otherwise, to sample. My only complaint is that, after eating probably the best sausage roll ever, and washing it down with a very refreshing homemade ice tea, I was too full to sample any of the delicious-looking cakes and pastries on offer. And when I went back they were closed (granted, it was a public holiday)!
Machine Laundry Cafe (Salamanca Square, Battery Point)
Eat your breakfast retro-style at Machine Laundry Cafe in Salamanca. This place is very popular, so if you’re after breakfast, which I would highly recommend, get there early! This cafe is all bright colours, neon lights and a wall of shiny silver washing machines. And the food is amazing. I was lucky enough to try French toast with raspberry and blood orange curd, and vanilla white chocolate pannacotta (front). *drools*
And if you need a little winter warmer in the afternoon, order the Maximum Hot Chocolate. It is like a large bowl of chocolatey love.
Straight Up (Liverpool Street, Hobart)
Go for something a little healthier, with the vegan and gluten-free options at Straight Up Coffee + Food. We stumbled across this cafe not realising it boasts a 100% gluten free menu. But hey, they served waffles (Mork chocolate waffles with homemade ice-cream), so I was in. And they were good. And I didn’t feel guilty after I finished. So it was a win-win for me.
Brunswick Hotel (Liverpool Street)
Warm up from the inside out with a warm “Hug in a Glass” cocktail at the Brunswick.
After a day walking around in the freezing cold, we ventured into the Brunswick Hotel and the menu of parmagianas was enough to pique our appetite (and didn’t disappoint). But it was the extensive cocktail and wine list that kept us there long after the food. The icy wind outside helped to sell the “Hug in a Glass”. Now I’ve tried it, I think warm alcoholic beverages are my new favourite thing. This particular concoction is made up of buttered vodka, hot apple cider, lemon and spices.
Apart from eating, what else should I do?
Amazingly, there is this great selection of bookshops in Hobart (they are few and far between in Melbourne!). Our favourite was The Hobart Book Shop. This was heaven for bookworms – every nook and cranny of this place is stacked with great books. I’m talking floor to ceiling shelves and tables covered in books. There was a huge YA section too, which was a big bonus.
You can head out to the historic village of Richmond. Full of great little shops and places to eat, Richmond is also home to Australia’s oldest bridge (still in use) built in 1823. It is picturesque and the drive there will take you past vineyards aplenty.
If you happen to be around on a Saturday, head to the iconic Salamanca Market for all your handicrafts, local produce and food galore – you won’t be disappointed. I’d almost recommend going on an empty stomach so you have the appetite to sample as much as you can fit in.
A trip to Hobart isn’t complete without a trip to MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art. Now, I like art, I have an appreciation for painting and sculpture, but I admit, I struggled at MONA. Don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend going and taking a look. It’s something you have to see with your own eyes. There were some pieces that blew me away. And there were a lot of pieces that left me wide-eyed. And there were pieces I just simply didn’t understand. But I am so glad I went and saw it for myself. It really is a pretty special place.
Finally, get some perspective and head up to the top of Mount Wellington. You can’t walk around Hobart without being in the shadow of it’s presence, so heading up and seeing the whole city below you is pretty spectacular. We headed up on a particularly windy and icy day so unfortunately there was zero visibility for us, but our driver was kind enough to stop at the 1000m mark and the view was worth it.
Have you got a hot tip for holidaying in Hobart? Let us know below.