Hobart's top 5 new restaurants

Hobart’s food and dining scene is booming and these are the new hotspots in town you just have to try.

A table of bar food at Oddfellows Bar and Eatery in Hobart
  • Stephanie Williams
  • March 2020

Cute cafés, a craft beer bar and a restaurant run by a MasterChef Australia contestant - these hot new places to eat in the Tasmanian capital will sure help work up an appetite.

Best for Instagram: Oddfellows Bar and Eatery

Co-owner Chloe Proud’s hospitality roots run deep in Hobart, having launched a number of successful products and cafés such as the Tasmanian Juice Press and Vita. With fellow co-owner Niall Maurici (Charles Oates Distilling), her attention has turned to this light and dreamy instagrammable space in the city serving up Middle Eastern-inspired food alongside a crafty drinks menu. They’re committed to closing the loop on their food, with quality scraps being repurposed in creative ways, such as in cordials and for composting.

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Best for comfort food: Sunbear

In a nod to its heritage as The Teddy Bear Shop, Sunbear is an inviting city café, serving Allpress Espresso coffee and local Pigeon Whole Bakers bread. Owner Brooke Holtz has collected the crockery and furniture from around Hobart, which makes for a homely feel. Don’t leave without trying the chai cake, which has the added appeal of being vegan.

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A cup of coffee on a table at Sunbear in Hobart.
You'll love the cosy vibe and great coffee at Sunbear.

Best for celebrity chef: Ilha

MasterChef 2018 contestant Sarah Clare recently opened this modern Australian restaurant with South American influences in Cygnet, 50 minutes south of Hobart. The surrounding Huon Valley provides fodder for the succinct but adventurous tapas menu – think alpaca tartare, wallaby pinchos and a ceviche of the day.

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Best for beer lovers: Boodle Beasley

It might be quite new, but the North Hobart bar feels like an old favourite. With an urban feel (think exposed brick walls), it’s the place you head to for a cocktail as the sun goes down, or linger longer for dinner with substantial snacks such as fried mozzarella sticks and tempura prawns, and an extensive burger, bao, salad and congee menu. Regular craft beer tap takeovers and their own brew mean beer lovers are well catered for.

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A purple burger bun next to a pint of beer at Boodle Beasley in Hobart
Urban bar Boodle Beasley serves sundowner cocktails and tasty bar bites.

Best for plant-based food: Little Lotus Cafe

Tucked down a city back street, this cosy café is a timely and welcome addition to the scene, with a focus on plant-based vegetarian and vegan food. The menu uses mostly organic and local produce, and is open for breakfast, lunch and delicious sweet treats. Food intolerances are well catered for on the creative menu, such as house-made vegan fetta on toast or barbecued jackfruit tortillas.