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Hobart’s food scene is sizzling. 

Whether it’s brunch in a backstreet cafe, a long lunch with friends, an indulgent night out or a family meal, the distance between paddock and plate will be short at Hobart’s eateries, and the stories of origin long. 

Here are a few of our favourite places to eat in Hobart.

 

Brunch

Fuel up with a brunch that will keep you going all day.

Machine Laundry Cafe

Yep, do laundry while tucking into a big breakfast in this ’50s-themed cafe. Great location in Salamanca Square.

Little Lotus Cafe

Relish a wholesome vegetarian breakfast and dirty chai in a serene setting in the CBD.

Macquarie Street Foodstore

From corn cakes and hash browns to chilli mochas and mango lassis, there’s a large brekkie selection at this South Hobart cafe.

Room for a Pony

There really is room for a pony, or two. Soak up the sunshine in North Hobart with a smoothie bowl or sardines on toast. 

Providence Cafe

Hidden in a side street of North Hobart, check out the art while enjoying a gluten-free treat or the likes of smashed minted peas with eggs. 

Born in Brunswick

Using locally sourced and sustainable produce, the menu changes regularly. Fancy a spiced duck omelette? Or how about butter-chicken scrambled eggs?

Long lunch

Nothing says indulgence like a leisurely lunch spent with friends, good wine and a “feed me” menu.

Templo

This 20-seat neighbourhood restaurant on the fringe of Hobart’s CBD focuses on simple dishes made with seasonal produce and an Italian leaning. Natural wines complete the experience.

Fico

Will roasted pigeon be on the Sunday long-lunch menu? Influenced by the tables of Europe, produce is sourced from local farmers, butchers and fishers. 

Faro

With a continually revolving theme, expect the unexpected in a tasting session at Faro, a restaurant and bar suspended over the river at Mona.

Waterline

Share a selection of dishes with a touch of smoke, fire and fermentation on Brooke St Pier.

Seven and a Half

While away the afternoon in this rooftop “pod” in central Hobart. This is an intimate 10-seat dining experience by acclaimed chef Luke Burgess.

 

Something fancy

Want next-level dining? Take your pick.

Dier Makr

Step into an astonishing wine cellar to select organic wines to accompany an innovative tasting menu made from local seasonal ingredients at this CBD bistro.

The Source Restaurant

Wallaby tartare, venison or crab risotto, perhaps? Take a seat at a live moss-and-herb table for lunch between sessions of art exploration at Mona. 

Aloft

Team show-stopping harbour views with a menu that reflects the seasons and the connection between nature, produce and cultural history.

Peppina

Chef Massimo Mele combines his Italian heritage with his Tasmanian roots to bring a big-hearted Italian menu to the table. But we’re not talking pizza – this is antipasti, pasta and secondi made from fresh Tasmanian produce. 

Peacock & Jones

Food miles are kept to a minimum and you can hear the stories of the people behind the produce in dishes curated by chef Ben Milbourne.

The Lounge by Frogmore Creek

Take a ringside seat on Hobart’s waterfront with a choice of produce from the sea, land and garden. There’s an even more tempting wine list. 

 

World infusion

Expect flavours from around the globe made from fresh local produce.

Bar Wa Izakaya

Tasmanian tempura scallops or Scottsdale pork jowl to share? Japanese snacks and steaming ramen made from local ingredients are the specialties here.

La Sardina Loca

Wander down the laneway to courtyard dining or head inside this heritage building to enjoy Spanish-style tapas and unique cocktails.

Dana Eating House

Combining bold South-East Asian flavours with a modern Australian influence and donation of some profits to charity, this is innovative ethical dining.

Pancho Villa

Make a Mexican fiesta with menu choices ranging from tacos to chargrilled adobo chicken. And tequila, of course.

Suzie Luck’s

Presenting the authentic tastes of Thailand and Vietnam using local produce, this is a relaxed setting for a shared banquet and a cocktail or two.

Urban Greek

This is a big-hearted Cretan dining experience based on traditional family recipes passed down through the generations.

 

Family fun

Relax with the family at these popular spots.

Daci & Daci

Will today’s choice be a pecan, maple and macadamia tart, or strawberry royale, or a rosewater and pistachio meringue? This is the definition of a sweet dilemma.

Jackman & McRoss Bakery

Follow the aroma of freshly baked pastries and bread. There are bakeries at Battery Point, the CBD and New Town.

Amici Restaurant

Known for its extensive pizza and pasta options, this is a popular family restaurant with locals.

Mures

Order a selection of fish, squid, share platters and oysters, fresh from the boats. Follow up with a scoop of one of 32 flavoured ice-creams.

Fish Frenzy

Can’t get enough fish and chips? Head to this waterfront restaurant for a serve, plus hot chowder and grilled seafood.

Markets

On Saturdays, try local fare from one of the food vans while browsing popular Salamanca Market. On Sundays, head to Farm Gate Market in the CBD for brunch and to mingle with locals.

Pub grub

Head to Hobart’s atmospheric pubs for a hearty meal and a pint of craft beer or cider.

Tom McHugo’s

Old school meets new at this popular city pub. Dedicated to quality local produce and nose-to-tail principles, it features one of the most interesting pub menus either side of Bass Strait.

The Whaler

This popular watering hole in Salamanca was founded in the early 1800s. Try its lobster roll, crumbed scallops, fiery wings or Salamanca souvlaki.

The New Sydney Hotel

Get toasty by the fire with classic pub fare such as scotch eggs and deep-fried pickles, lamb rump or porterhouse steak.

The Tasmanian Inn

Share crumbed brie or fried school prawns before tucking into bangers and mash or a beef-and-Guinness pie at this classic little pub in North Hobart.

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