Best way to spend a day in Hobart
Discover farm-to-fork dining and bleeding-edge art in this historical pocket-rocket of a capital.
- April 2018
Hobart’s markets deliver the goods. If in town on Saturday, start your day among 300-plus stalls at Salamanca Market along Salamanca Place. On Sundays, follow locals clutching canvas totes to Farm Gate Markets opens in new window, where you can sample the season’s best – from plump berries to fresh-baked bread.
In cosy West Hobart nook The Pigeon Hole opens in new window, the owners of Weston Farm show off produce fresh from their fields and the best in local ingredients. Fuel up with simple yet sophisticated plates such as a potato and smoked-eel rosti with greens, or ‘green eggs and ham’ with house-made salsa verde.
No Hobart sojourn is complete without hitching a ride on the Mona Roma ferry from Hobart’s waterfront to Mona opens in new window (the Museum of Old and New Art), with its surprising, sometimes challenging, always interesting exhibits and on-site winery, brewery and entertainment.
Back on the waterfront, grab a cheap and cheerful seafood lunch at the floating pontoons at historic Constitution Dock. No matter the weather, you’ll find a crowd tucking into oysters, scallops and fish ‘n’ chips next to bobbing fishing boats. Keep an eye out for Sammy the seal, who is known to pop up in search of leftover fish.
Duck between Salamanca Place’s grand Georgian buildings and climb Kelly’s Steps to Battery Point, where vintage stores, cafés and barbershops occupy colonial mansions and workers’ cottages. Treat yourself to a Tassie craft beer at Preachers, a popular watering hole in a heritage-listed cottage boasting a large astro-turfed beer garden, complete with a heated metro bus.
Book ahead – the 20 seats at Templo opens in new window are some of Hobart’s hottest. Each evening, a menu of Italian-inspired share plates is scrawled on the blackboard with a compact yet creative wine list. The venue, like its food, is approachable and comforting.
Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s finest cool-climate wines and most exciting spirit producers. If you can’t find the time to visit the stellar regional distilleries and cellar doors, drop past Drink Co opens in new window for a nightcap. The tiny bar and bottleshop in Salamanca’s Galleria Arcade is filled with local wines and spirits. Crack open a wine on the spot, or buy a bottle for the suitcase.
Hobart has no shortage of waterfront real estate, but the city’s slickest new hotel, the MACq 01 opens in new window, can claim some of the best. With 114 meticulously designed rooms stretching along Hobart’s Old Wharf, you’ll awaken to views over the mirrored surface of the Derwent towards Mt Wellington.