hobart: how to spend 48 hours eating and drinking

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how to spend 48 hours eating & drinking in hobart

Breakfast Day 1: Pigeon Hole Cafe
The Pigeon Hole came highly recommended but managed to exceed even some very tall expectations. Make sure you drop in for breakfast or lunch. And the baked eggs are seriously delicious – especially the ones with taleggio and preserved lemon. So good.

Lunch Day 1: Mona Wine Bar
Even if you’re not a fan of art, you really should plan a trip to visit Tassie’s answer to the Guggenheim museum. Housed completely underground, this Museum of Old and New Art just has to be seen. Be warned, it can be quite confronting. The good news is that there is also a working winery and brewery on site so you can calm your nerves at the cellar door or grab a casual lunch in the Wine Bar.

Dinner Day 1: Garagistes
Make sure you plan your visit to Hobart around dinner at this world-class casual restaurant. With a wood-fired oven on site and a salami cellaring room, this is seriously good food. Food worth travelling to a different state for – even a different country. The vibe is casual which makes the food seem all the more special. They’re only open for dinners Wednesday to Saturday and don’t take bookings.

Breakfast Day 2: Ethos Eat Drink
Ethos is worth visiting for the sunny courtyard filled with the healthiest looking succulents alone. They make their own bread on site and the menu is inventive without being too ‘out there’. We were a little rushed for our breakfast so didn’t do it justice. Would definitely go back, although if I had to pick my favourite cafe in Hobart, the Pigeon Hole would definitely be the winner.

Lunch Day 2: The Agrarian Kitchen
They book out months and months in advance, but I can’t recommend enough that you organise your trip to Tassie around a cooking class at The Agrarian Kitchen. Be prepared to be inspired to get your own house in the country complete with chickens, a wonderful veggie patch, orchard and pigs! Lunch is included in the classes and is worth it, even if you aren’t even remotely interested in learning to cook.

Dinner Day 2: Sidecar
A new addition to the Tassie bar/dining scene. I just loved this intimate bar around the corner from Garagistes. It’s owned by the same people. Great selection of wines by the glass. And wonderful made to order bar snacks and more substantial dishes. The purple potato chips with pickles are wonderful. As are the pork scratchings. You can easily make a meal and a night of it at Sidecar, but if you prefer a more ‘restaurant’ meal, ask the guys at the bar to call and put your name down for a table.

if you have more time

Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet
If the Agrarian kitchen is booked out, the next best option is to take a drive in the country to the tiny town of Cygnet and have a cosy, fire-side lunch at the Red Velvet Lounge. Highly recommend their pate.

Me Wah

The decor is old-school Chinese, but don’t let that put you off. If you’re in the mood for some Peking duck or Sang choi bau or even some steamed Chinese greens, this is the place to go. And if you happen to have a hankering for some seriously expensive Burgundy the wine list won’t let you down.

Piccolo, North Hobart
If Garagistes is open, go back and order the things you missed out on. But if, like us, you aren’t that lucky, the next best option is to have a cosy Italian meal at Piccolo. With a menu that includes pigs trotters and pigs tails, this is far from your boring old neighborhood pasta joint. My Irishman is still regretting that I talked him out of trying the chocolate fondant pudding with salted caramel ice cream.

Jackman & McRoss Bakery
With a couple of different outlets in Hobart, it’s hard to know whether to take pictures of the baked goods or eat them! And although we had a good breakfast here, if I had my time again I would have gone back to the Pigeon Hole to try something else on their menu.

On my list for next time

Peppermint Bay
Either take a short drive or catch the boat South to Peppermint Bay for a long leisurely lunch with a view.

The Cupping Room
Next door to Garagistes, the place to go for ‘new wave’ coffee.

updated: 13th August 2012

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Jenna June 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I’d also strongly recommend Chado – The Way Of Tea for the next time you’re in Hobart. A lovely tea house that serves traditional Asian food (bento boxes, etc) to match your tea.


jules June 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

thanks Jenna! Will be there in a few weeks. will add to my list!


jb ingram July 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Couple of things from a local:

Cupping room no longer exists. Specialty coffee of good quality is available, in no particular order, from Villino Espresso (criterion street), ecru (The Villino hole-in-the-wall 4 doors down), Pilgrim Cafe (Argyle Street opposite hospital), Yellow Bernard (near corner Collins and Murray Streets), and at a fractionally lesser standard, Dr Coffee, Salamanca Place.

Yes Jackman and McRoss is great but avoid the coffee, its about the worst ever.

Garagistes’s other venue is a tiny bar round the corner. Called Sidecar and does a few nice little plates of food and has a good drinks list. Open every day it seems.

Cannot speak highly enough of Piccolo.

If you are in the Cygnet area (where red velvet is), try Lotus Eaters about 6 doors further along. Closed tues and wed.

Ethos Eat Drink is pretty good too. Bit Loam, or Noma with their ingredients but quality all round.

New Sydney Hotel pours a great range of craft beer (about 13 of them) and the specials menu is a step up and completely different from the main – schnitzel / parmigiana / porterhouse – menu. They also have the westend pump house which is bigger and has similar but longer beer list, slightly better wine list and slightly more upmarket food. Where The Cupping Room used to be.


jules July 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thanks for the update jb!


Jeanette July 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

I can thoroughly recommend Lotus Eaters – you would probably need to make a booking as they get really busy but it is absolutely fabulous food and well worth a visit to Cygnet. Pigeon Hole is my recommended cafe in Hobart, also great food and again, always busy. Really good staff at both places.


jules July 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

thanks for the recommedations Jeanette


loretta fisher November 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

seriously the food in Tasmania is the best! especially the food directly bought from the farmers gates, on the side of the road. Adelaide especially the Hills also has some very fine eating.


jules November 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I agree Loretta!


Lisy September 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I am planning a Tasmania trip at the moment and during the “food research” I came across your blog and this great post! Thank you for the inspiration :)


Tracey Charleston February 26, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Great blog post. I’m looking forward to visiting some of the places you’ve mentioned when I go to Hobart.


jules March 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

Enjoy your trip Tracey!


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