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48 Hours in Hobart

48 Hours in Hobart

Tasmanians won’t tell you that March is the best time of year to visit. They won’t tell you that the weather is temperate and miraculously stable, the evenings are long and warm, it’s still light at 8pm, and, with all the summer festivals and boat races over, that there’s nary a tourist in sight.

It’s not quite an official secret - but you get the drift. Now is the time.

After much consultation, deliberation and vetoing, we give you a locals-only 48 hour Hobart guide.


Bear With Me

Newish locals-only café with big tables, good coffee and excellent proximity to Mt Wellington.

Go for the:  apple eggs benedict
Stay for the: people watching (WASPS, bushwalkers, Monocle-reading freelancers)
Take away: an extra coffee



Everyone agrees. This is a non-negotiable pit stop no matter how often you come.

Go for the: architecture, obviously.
Stay for the: wine and cheese platter on bean-bag scene.
Take home: a syringe pen.


Evolve Spirits Bar
A fossil-filled ‘story-telling’ bar with the best service in Hobart.

Go for the: Triceratops nose horn fossil
Stay for the: Lark Cask Strength Whisky  
Take home: a photo of the ‘Mainland’ menu page


Federica Andrisani and Oskar Rossi are some of the most underrated geniuses in Hobart.

Go for the: terrine
Stay for the: banter
Take home: a hang over



Hobart’s newest luxuy hotel is just the right kind of understated fancy. 

Go for the: service
Stay for the: views
Take home: the Sud Polaire pre-mixed cocktails in the minibar


Jackman & McRoss

The city’s most glorious patisseries are hidden in its oldest and most charming locale.

Go for the: braised beef pie
Stay for the: apple galette
Take home: half a dozen nutty Hot Cross Buns. 


The state’s best food producers all live by the sea in Marion Bay - a 45 minute drive from Hobart. Because they’re smart.

Go for the: Leap Farm Cheese, Gillespies Ginger Beer, Cape Bernier Wine and Bream Creek Wine – all of which you can try on location at the farm door.
Stay for the: Bream Creak Farmers Market (first Sunday of every month)
Come back for: Vanbone Restaurant – currently under construction and the work of a chef who has worked at both Brae and Garagistes.


Bruny Island Cheese Shop

There isn't time to visit Bruny Island on every trip to Tasmania... but you can definitely make it to Salamanca Place.

Go for the: perfect cheese smell, tasting platters and cold, cold wine
Stay for the: beer
Take home: all the cheese, caramel fudge, cherries marinating in red wine, Jen’s letter pressed cheese-themed greeting cards… all of it.