Meet a maker, chat with a shopkeeper, grab a snack or simply browse for something irresistible that will remind you of Tasmania once you’re home.
Tasmanians are a friendly bunch, and whether you’re shopping at an open-air market or browsing for antiques, the encounter will likely include conversations that unfold at their own sweet pace.
Hobart sure knows how to do a market. On Saturdays hit the irresistible Salamanca Market, set against a backdrop of Georgian sandstone buildings, or wander with locals to Farm Gate Market, aka Farmy, on Sundays.
New Norfolk is Tasmania’s self-proclaimed antiques capital. Shop for collectables at The Drill Hall Emporium or poke around the best antique shops across the island. At Flywheel, a vintage stationery and letterpress studio, pick up pencils or wax seals.
At the Harvest Market on Saturdays, taste your way around northern Tasmania by grazing on honey, berries, heirloom vegetables, beer, hazelnuts, ginseng, and more. Pop by the Old Umbrella Shop for a charming taste of yesteryear.
The Huon Valley’s produce – the apple of Tasmania’s eye – is the star at a Saturday market beside Willie Smith’s Apple Shed near Huonville.
Some stores defy definition – such as Latrobe’s Reliquaire, a wonderland of a gift store that invites you to fall down the rabbit hole. Devonport’s Tasmania – The Gift Shop stocks artisanal crafts made in the north-west.