Despite its modest size, Hobart has built up quite the reputation when it comes to delicious food and drink. When you’re ready for a pit stop, consider dropping in to some of these popular eateries for some mouth-watering treats.
Pigeon Hole Café
The Pigeon Hole Café at the corner of Goulburn St. and Molle St. in West Hobart is a fantastic place to get your day started, regroup to plan your next move, or simply grab that little pick-me-up you need to keep on truckin’.
Proud owners Richard and Belinda Weston, incorporate home-grown oils and general produce from their Weston Farms to the dishes at Pigeon Hole.
The café is a favourite of locals who have made it a regular part of their day. The small, intimate location makes for a great social environment, though it can be crowded on weekends. The Pigeon Hole doesn’t take reservations but trust us, the wait is worth it.
Tricycle Café and Bar
Conveniently located in Salamanca Place but hidden inside the building housing the Peacock Theatre, the Tricycle Café and Bar offers a bit of respite without forcing you to hop in your Hobart hire car and cruise way out of town. The large open area and colourful tricycle décor adds a bit of quirkiness to the whole experience.
For a bit of European flair, Smolt offers up exquisite dishes inspired by the culinary delights found throughout Italy and Spain. Another feather in the cap of Salamanca Place, this popular eatery is a great place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. The contemporary look and feel is complemented by the innovative dishes featuring locally sourced bits and pieces. Feel free to check it out for brunch, lunch, dinner or just a quick drink.
Fat Pig Farm
For a dining experience that really gives you an up-close-and-personal view of Hobart’s wonderful local produce, head to Fat Pig Farm for a feast to remember. You’ll be wined and dined with several courses featuring seasonal ingredients taken straight from the farms’ paddocks and gardens. As you anticipate the next delectable dish, you’ll be able to watch Chef Matthew Evans, host of Gourmet Farmer on SBS, work his magic in the open kitchen.
If you’re not in the mood for glasses with stems or handles, Hobart has no shortage of places in which you can indulge in your favourite tipple, as long as that spirit is whisky.
Known as one of the foremost Australian producers of this fine drink, a trip to Hobart’s dedicated distilleries is a must for every whisky lover.
In particular, the Lark Distillery Cellar Door is a can’t-miss, located just near the waterfront in downtown Hobart. Lark has been taking advantage of the region’s climate since 1992 to craft amazing malt whiskies. At the cellar door you can sample some of the 150-plus varieties. Just remember that it might be in your best interest to leave your rental car behind for this one!
If Lark whets your appetite, you can walk further into the city to Heartwood Malt Whiskey or stay down by the harbour to hit up Nant Whisky Bar. No matter which way you turn, you’ll be treated to the finest drops Hobart has to offer.
Alternatively, you can hop on the Tasman Highway (also known as the A3) and head over the bridge and back toward the airport toward Cambridge. That’s where you’ll find the Sullivan’s Cove distillery. Sample a dram at the cellar door or pay for a tasting and/or a tour, which run on the hour from 10-4 Monday through Friday, from one of the most revered producers in the world.