Great places to eat in Hobart

Our smallest state has long been our best kept secret when it comes to gourmet cuisine. Chris Bright checks in with a list of amazing places to eat and drink in and around the Tasmanian capital Hobart...

Great places to eat in Hobart

Great places to eat in Hobart. Image: Chris Bright

Often the things you taste while travelling are just as memorable as the sights you see.

Nowhere is that more the case than in Tasmania, where the food is seriously out of this world. If you’re lucky enough to be planning a visit to the Tassie capital, here are some tips for great places to eat in Hobart and the surrounding region.

If it’s your first time in Tasmania, use Hobart as a base and hire a car for a day or two to explore. There are leisurely day trips on offer in every direction. Each route takes you through beautiful countryside and offers a plethora of taste sensations.

Start by heading east to the Port Arthur Historic Site to learn more about our fascinating convict past. On the trip home, pull over at any of the small roadside teahouses for afternoon tea. Generally everything on the menu is homemade.

Great places to eat in Hobart

Great places to eat in Hobart. Image: Chris Bright

Just north of Hobart you’ll find the gorgeous colonial-era town of Richmond, which is home to the country’s oldest stone span bridge. Richmond offers plenty of great options for lunch, including the very tasty Ashmore on Bridge Street. There are also several good wineries in the area and wine tours from Hobart are popular.

On the way back to town you might get a view of MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) on the Derwent River. Head there at some point during your stay to explore the museum and perhaps push the boat out on lunch at fine dining restaurant The Source.

Great places to eat in Hobart

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Heading southwest of the city will take you along the scenic Huon Trail, through villages like Kingston, Woodbridge, Verona Sands, Cygnet and Huonville. Before heading back to Hobart, pay a visit to William Smith’s Apple Shed for a cup of hot cider (don’t drink and drive!).

Bruny Island lies south of Hobart and is an absolute gourmet’s paradise. The full-day Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour with Bruny Island Safaris comes highly recommended.

Great places to eat in Hobart

Enjoy fresh oysters on Bruny Island. Image: Patricia Maunder

There’s plenty of tasty tucker on offer in Hobart itself. The city offers a diverse range of cuisines to suit all tastes and budgets — not to mention a standard of coffee that rivals Melbourne! For breakfast and brunch, try Tricycle Cafe & Bar in the Salamanca Arts Centre. Vegans and gluten-intolerant travellers can also get amongst it at speciality cafes such as Straight Up. The petite Pollen Tea Room in Battery Point is another must-try.

Great places to eat in Hobart

Great places to eat in Hobart. Image: Chris Bright

Frank on the waterfront is a top option for lunch or dinner. Enjoy the vibrant interior and pumping atmosphere. It underscores the South American-inspired menu of shared plates perfectly.

Image courtesy of Frank. Image: Andrew Wilson, Everything Everything Photography

One of the best things to do while on holiday in a cool climate is to find a warm nook for a quiet drink. If that floats your boat, head for the IXL Long Bar at the Henry Jones Art Hotel — which is housed in a former jam factory on the historic waterfront. There’s an extensive cocktail list and live music to enjoy.

Great places to eat in Hobart

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Hobart has a great craft brewing scene and is also becoming world-renowned for its whiskys. Sullivans Cove Distillery has taken out numerous awards for their single malt, while Lark and Nant offer impressive drops as well. Enjoy!

Do you have any tips for great places to eat in Hobart? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Additional images: Bigstock


Chris Bright

About the writer

Chris Bright is a freelance writer based in Melbourne with a passion for travel, food, music and film. He’s travelled to South-East Asia, India, Japan, parts of Europe and most of North America — the most memorable of which was hiring a 7-foot RV and driving from Miami to LA with a bunch of close mates. Chris is willing to try anything once, whether it’s leaping from great heights or eating things that don’t look the least bit appetising. When it comes to travel, he loves nothing more than meeting new people and sharing a laugh over their local drink of choice.


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