We love travelling south from our northern Tassie home to Hobart for a hit of big(ger) city culture. Hobart is the perfect blend of history, natural wonder and cultural hot-spot. Since MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) opened in 2011, visitor numbers from the mainland have grown every year. But beyond MONA, there are so many other reasons to drop into this cool city, including amazing food destinations. Here’s our list of the Top Places to Eat in Hobart.
If fresh handmade pasta is up your alley, don’t miss Fico. Here, you’ll enjoy modern interpretations of old favourites showcasing produce from local farmers, fishmongers and butchers. Indulge in the house-made sourdough with the Gorgonzola dolce. Or go for the Valrhona chocolate tart with salted vanilla gelato and maple syrup. Either way, you’ll leave with a smile on your face.
Address: 151a Macquarie St, Hobart
A short drive, maybe 30 minutes, from Hobart’s CBD, is the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store. This charming place began as a cooking school and farm with a longing by its owners to connect to the earth and to grow and cook authentic food. It has since morphed into a wonderfully warm and open space where local, seasonal produce is celebrated in the restaurant. The ingredients speak for themselves – simplicity is key. Relationships with local producers are fostered and excess produce is preserved as pickles, jams, ferments or is cured in the dedicated preserving kitchen, then featured on the menu or sold in the store. A beautiful experience.
Address: 11A The Avenue, New Norfolk
A small 20-seater tucked away in the back streets of Hobart, Templo may be small in size but its charm is next level. The food has an Italian flair – try the rosemary and olive focaccia, the house-made pasta with cheese and pancetta or the silken gnocchi with broccoli and crunchy breadcrumbs. This is satisfyingly simple food served with love. It delivers every time. Open for lunch Saturday-Monday and dinner Thursday-Monday.
Address: 98 Patrick St, Hobart
New-ish kid on the Hobart food block is Dier Makr. Its seasonal produce-driven degustation menu talk to you in chalk on the wall, in very minimalist terms, like “Cucumber”, “Pork, Peach” and “Blueberry, Goat’s Curd”. The best bit is waiting to see how these ideas are interpreted on the plate. The international wine list has a minimal intervention theme. And the cocktails are whimsical yet refined, often topped with local wildflowers. Dier Makr is intimate yet ambitious in its goals, and often exceeds them.
Address: 123 Collins St, Hobart
No-one comes to Hobart and misses a trip to Mona. There’s a great bar and restaurant on the island, but on your way upgrade your ferry tickets to grant entry to the Posh Pit, which includes drinks and canapés in an exclusive lounge area, and on arrival, a tour of Moorilla Winery.
If you like your food with fire, drop into waterside Latin American hotspot Frank, where chargrilled octopus and pork and chipotle empanadas meet charcoal grilled skirt steak and Tassie oysters dressed in chorizo salsa. Sitting on the historic Franklin Wharf, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more fun and fiery dining spot.
Address: 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart
No need to trek all the way to Bruny Island to sample this cheesemaker’s delights. Drop into its little shop in Hobart, tucked under the stairs in the Salamanca Arts Centre (opposite Hobart’s gorgeous fashion store, The Maker). It showcases all of Bruny Island’s cheeses and beers, as well as a few others for good measure. The store also stocks a broad range of artisan Tasmanian produce. Pull up a pew and enjoy a beer and cheese platter.
Address: Salamanca Place, Hobart
Drop in here for top-notch brekkie – bircher muesli, anyone? These people are serious about their coffee. And they knock out a pretty good sweet treat, too – fuel up on cocoa waffles with peanut butter cream, dulce de leche and fresh banana and your day is made.
Address: 48 Argyle St, Hobart
Paddock to plate is the word, here. The owners opened Pigeon Hole as a showcase for their farm’s produce, Weston Farm Produce, and the “fresh farm” vibe is evident once the food arrives. Open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week, it’s also licensed and serves Tassie wine, beer and cider. For breakfast, you can’t go past gingerbread granola, seasonal fruit, whipped yogurt and Weston Farm honey. Coffee is solid, too.
Address: 93 Goulburn St, West Hobart
Sweet toothes MUST drop into Sweet Envy in North Hobart. It’s the traditional Aussie cake shop on steroids. Treats from your childhood memories call you from behind the glass cases – pecan sticky buns smothered in caramel sound tempting? Cookies, cakes, ice-cream and pies are all there for the taking…
341 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
Housed in an old sandstone warehouse on Hobart’s waterfront, Peacock and Jones is connected to The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Its interiors juxtapose the old-world charm of exposed high rafters against slick furniture and tableware. You could call the food “gastropub”. Fish and chips, roast chicken, lamb rump, Berkshire pork – all come accompanied by fresh local ingredients that highlight the brilliance that is Tassie’s fresh produce industry.
Address: 33 Hunter St, Hobart
For each $100 spend on wines purchased, you will receive one entry to go in the draw to win a weekend for two in Tasmania.