I have blogged about dining in Hobart before but I wanted to put together an updated post as things are always changing. As you know… I grew up in Hobart but moved away in 1999. And wow have things changed since then. It is safe to say that the place is completely unrecognisable since the 90’s. What was once a sleepy small town surrounded by stunning natural beauty is now a bustling, crafty, culturally savvy, foodie, artisan haven surrounded by stunning natural beauty! The word on the street is that there are 17 new restaurants that have opened in the past few months and more planned to open soon. There is officially something for everyone now.
Pushing the stroller past historic whaler’s cottages on Sloane Street in Battery Point.
Longely Organic Farm’s roadside stall over the back of Mount Wellington.
Tasmanian produce is front and centre when dining in Hobart and establishments are generally good at catering for vegetarians, vegans and for those of us with other sometimes complex dietary requirements. There really isn’t anywhere better to be, in Australia, than in Hobart over Christmas and New Year. The town has a festival atmosphere and the surrounding regions provide a cornacopia of produce which flood the markets and roadside stalls. You haven’t really tasted apricots until you have had one from Plenty (a region just near Hobart) explode in your mouth and the juice run down your hands and arms and you could easily grow addicted (as did Mackenzie) to the raspberries, strawberries and cherries ripe and delicious at this time.
I like to visit three main areas of Hobart for dining: Battery Point, The Waterfront and Elizabeth Street.
I am very spoilt as my Mum lives right in the heart of Battery Point and we love that the historic centre of Hobart is our base while in town. It is so refreshing to leave the house without the car and stroll around town. Everything is in walking distance and life is so much simpler when parking and traffic are not part of your day.
The view up Hampton Road with Mt Wellington in the distance.
The iconic Jackman and McRoss bakery on Hampton Road is the place to stop for cakes, coffee, bread and pastries. Their display cases are always bursting with too much to choose from and a trip to Battery Point is not complete without at least dropping by for a cake and coffee. One day after swimming I stopped in for their almond milk coffee and a slice of dairy free almond and orange cake. Yum.
Emily and Mackenzie: I love catching up with old friends in Hobart and Pollen is the perfect spot for lunch and a reunion.
My absolute fav spot in Battery Point is Pollen Tea Room. This cute historic whaler’s cottage is an intimate cafe with a sun soaked back courtyard. Their food is wholesome yet sophisticated and complex in flavour featuring macrobiotic principles and house made plant based staples like almond milk. Their coffee is top notch and the raw desserts are not like anything I have ever tried before. I don’t usually enjoy raw treats (as I find them too sweet) but these ones where on another level.
For a super relaxed evening out you can’t go past Preachers. To put it simply: it is a hipster pub in a historic cottage with a large beer garden which has an old bus parked in it. This place is perfect for a couple of quiet ones (local of course) with a relaxed crowd and perhaps a delicious Vegan (or other) burger.
Other notable Battery Point establishments include the new Three Japanese for chic Japanese cuisine, Da Angelo Ristorante for traditional Italian food and Jam Jar Lounge for simple, on trend, food with a coffee or glass of wine in a relaxed yet quirky setting with some jazz.
The Waterfront and Salamanca
Hobart’s Waterfront is a great place to stroll, dine and enjoy a drink at any time but it really comes alive each year over Christmas and New Year. As the Sydney to Hobart yachts set off south the crowds swell and the vibe is electric.
The Taste of Tasmania has been running for many years. Initially a collection of stalls selling Tasmanian produce in a wharf shed this festival of Tasmanian Produce and Dining is now a mature well organised food extravaganza bringing together tens of quality food producers in one premium waterfront location (a renovated wharf shed). Family friendly and sunny during the day with a party atmosphere during the evenings this is a great place to sample a range of dishes and enjoy a glass or two of Tasmania’s finest.
A trip to the Taste of Tasmania is not complete without eating your own body weight in fresh Tassie berries and Tempura Tassie Mushrooms.
There are many dining option and great bars on Hobart’s waterfront but this trip we wanted to try the relatively new The Glass House at the end of the very fancy floating Brooke Street Pier. We got there in time to watch day turn to night in what has to be one of the best views in Hobart. Our waitress couldn’t have been more helpful and professional and they were more than happy to accommodate my special dietary requirements. This is the ideal location for a cocktail, a glass of tasmanian wine or whisky. Small plates complement the view and atmosphere perfectly. We will be back!
Whisky production has exploded in recent years in Tasmania. The markets and gourmet food shops are bursting with stock from the various distillers around the state. Nant Distilling Company have there own bar just off Salamanca which is one of our favourite spots to drop in for a casual drink. Keep this bar in mind for the cooler months as nothing warms you from the inside out like a Hot Toddy.
While checking out the waterfront in Hobart it is hard to miss the camo painted ferries which take visitors to the famous Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) just up river from Hobart. A trip to Hobart is not complete without a visit to Mona and if you have the time you must take the ferry and be indulged with a “Posh Pit” ticket. Here you can enjoy a glass or two of Moorilla bubbly while cruising upriver to the museum.
Enjoying a glass of bubbles, on the Mona Roma I, on our way to Mona.
Apart from the amazing museum experience and enjoyable boat cruse Mona has a few great dining options. Check out the restaurants and cafe, market stalls, as well as wine and beer tasting on site at Moorilla and Moo Brew or enjoy a picnic on the lawn and hopefully catch some live music.
Elizabeth Street runs the length of Hobart: from the waterfront, through the city and up to North Hobart. This street has undergone a complete transformation over the past 10 years. The full length of the street now features cafe, restaurants, pubs, small bars and shops. Again, there is something for everyone, from sophisticated dining at Capital Restaurant (for stunning modern Italian food) to funky chic Mexican small plates, tequila and cocktails at the brand new and incredible Pancho Villa.
Vegan avocado and lime tart at Pancho Villa.
The Hipsters always know where to find a great breakfast and North Hobart’s Room For A Pony is no exception. This service station conversion provides a great outdoor space for enjoying the sun and fresh Tassie air while filling up on spectacular breakfast options, great coffee and fresh juices.
A mini mountain of fresh greens with Pigeon Hole Bakers sourdough toast and poached eggs and the Chinese Chilli Omelette at Room For A Pony. Both top notch!
Thank you for another great trip Hobart… We love you!!!