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At the heart of northern Tasmania’s rich food bowl, discover why Launceston has been named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. 

Provenance is the essential ingredient in the food scene here. Cafes, restaurants and bars celebrate the special connection between food, tradition and people, and you can taste it in every bite.

From conversations over a glass of Tamar Valley wine in a cosy bar to indulgent seasonal feasts in an 1830s flour mill, the northern city offers special experiences for food lovers. 

Here are a few of our favourite places to eat and drink in Launceston.

 

Brunch

Kickstart the day with brunch made from fresh, seasonal, locally grown produce.

Sweetbrew

It’s not just the coffee that’s sweet here. Try brekkie with a Middle Eastern twist. Think feisty egg butty, falafel bowl and baked chilli eggs. 

Inside Cafe 

Whether it’s the green bowl, chai bircher or apple crumble waffle, the seasons are captured in every dish.

Earthy Eats 

Fancy a pesto stack made with hemp bread, pesto, feta, hazelnut dukkah and eggs? Dig into goodness at this cafe focused on plant-rich wholefoods.

Cafe Mondello

Everyone is welcome here, including the dog. Enjoy breakfast classics such as corn fritters, eggs Benedict and French toast. 

Elaia

Indulge in a bottomless brunch on Fridays and Saturdays. It begins with a breakfast platter, turns to heartier fare such as marinated chicken and chilli salted squid, and ends with dessert. Take the indulgence a step further with bottomless cocktails. 

Sweetbrew
Sweetbrew
Lusy Productions
Cafe Mondello
Cafe Mondello
Chris Crerar

Family affair

Choose a fun venue and spend quality time with the clan.

Apricus Launceston

 Three donkeys, two ponies, two goats and six rabbits are just some of the furry residents you’ll encounter at breakfast or lunch. 

Neighbourhood Launceston

The focus on wood-fired cooking extends way further than pizza. How about wood-fired octopus? And wood-fired stone fruit?

The Metz

Grab a booth and share a selection of small and large plates, from pan-seared scallops to crisp Scottsdale pork belly. 

Mudbar Restaurant

This waterfront restaurant celebrates paddock-to-plate dining, with much of the produce originating from the Mudbar farm. 

Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market

This is an essential outing. Farmers and makers come to town every Saturday morning and set up stalls in an inner-city car park. A true community initiative, this is the place to taste the flavours and meet the makers of northern Tasmania.

Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market
Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market
Rob Burnett
Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market
Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market
Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

Deep dive

Expect seafood plucked straight from the sea. 

Rupert & Hound

Located on the banks of the North Esk River, dine on a tempting range of local sustainably caught seafood, inside or outside.  

Hallams Waterfront  

The likes of charcoal-grilled hapuka with miso dashi and Tokyo turnips might be on the menu, or tripoline pasta with abalone, Freycinet mussels, kombu emulsion and confit garlic. 

Something fancy

Slow down and relish every morsel at these special diners. 

Stillwater Restaurant

With a long-standing focus on provenance, expect fresh bold flavours and great service in a restored flour mill. Will it be Cape Grim beef tartare, gochujang, black sesame wafer and pickled radish? Or tiger prawn and ginger dumpling, kombu soy and sesame? Have both. 

Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant  

Fresh local produce is given a modern European twist with dishes designed to share. Or not. 

Stelo at Pierre’s

This is locally sourced seasonal produce with an Italian leaning in a luxe setting. Signature dishes include handmade pastas, gnocchi, burrata, sourdough focaccia and tiramisu. 

Cataract on Paterson

“Just your honest, everyday extraordinary” is the restaurant’s mission statement. Try a stone-grill – meat cooked on a 400-degree volcanic stone, sealing juices and flavours. 

Black Cow Bistro

From eye fillet to fat-studded scotch to Robbins Island wagyu, the Tasmanian beef served at this stylish bistro is premium dry aged, free range, grass fed and hormone free. Oh, and delicious. 

Pachinko 

An ever-changing modern Asian menu works with the seasons at this tiny diner. Choose from a range of smaller snacks to meat, fish and vegetable-based sharing dishes.   

By the glass

Ready for a drink? Take a seat at an intimate city bar. 

Bar Two 

Pair a pinot noir with some artisanal cheese and local oysters in this warm and friendly bar that prides itself on a superb selection of wine.  

Saint John Craft Beer

With more than 170 international, Australian and Tasmanian craft beers to choose from, it might be worth settling in here. They do burgers, too. 

Havilah

A love of wine, food and place led to the creation of this stylish streetfront bar. Try local or international wines with a plate of cheese and wild-cured meat. 

Bakers Lane

Call in to this lively bar for a cocktail or glass of wine. Or two. There’s often live music or a DJ playing on weekends.   

Arcade Bar 

Pinball, Space Invaders and Tetris, this bar is the embodiment of the ’80s. Prepare for fun themed décor, posters and cocktails in the heart of the city. 

Cinco Passiones 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view with a cocktail or glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine at this quiet lounge bar.  

The Barrel Collective   

Try locally handcrafted gin at this boutique bar. There’s plenty of other Tasmanian spirits, wine and cider if gin isn’t on the agenda.

Devil’s Door 

Book in a Sunday session for Tasmanian wine or gin tasting, or kick back with a glass of premium wine in this casual cafe-style setting.

Saint John Craft Beer
Saint John Craft Beer
Chris Crerar
"Image taken outside of the Saint John Craft Beer, of the front window with a group of three having a drink and socialising. "
Saint John Craft Beer
Chris Crerar

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