Things to do in Hobart: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play in Tasmania's Creative Capital
Flourishing food and wine scene, rich history, gorgeous architecture, and home of highly-lauded MONA, Hobart ticks all the travel boxes.
Image credit: Truly Aus, Discover Tasmania, Salamanca Market
Once known as the capital of Australia’s oft-forgotten island to the south, now a hotbed full of forward-thinkers and creative types — both homegrown and imported – Hobart is quickly earned itself cult following status. Whilst it’s widely known that it was MONA (once described by the Lonely Planet as the ‘best modern art gallery in the world’) that brought popularity (and affordable flights) to the city, there’s much more to Hobart than the obvious.
From its flourishing food scene, to the city’s rich history — it’s a wonder why this place was ever ‘off the map’ to begin with. Think about it, have you ever heard someone return from a trip to Hobart that didn’t ramble on about how amazing it was? Our guess is a big fat no. Here are some of our suggestions for when you're planning a holiday in Hobart.
Things To Do In Hobart: Eat
There’s a good reason an abundance of foodies has settled in southern Tasmania. Hobart has no shortage of exceptional drinking and dining options, with boundary-pushing flavours, exceptional wine lists and gorgeous settings abundant. These are just some of favourites.
A small neighbourhood restaurant in the back streets of Hobart, Templo, where impressive, Italian-focused share plates, great wine, communal dining and good vibes are held to hatted acclaim. Here, seasonal and locally sourced produce is celebrated and minimal intervention wines from small producers are considered, slurpable matches. The menu changes weekly.
98 Patrick Street, Hobart
Wine bars with a strong focus are Hobart's bread and butter, and one of the best in town is Sonny. This tiny space is dedicated to simple pleasures, with records spinning, bespoke wines pouring and minimalist decor bringing the focus to the vibrant buzz of its intimacy. The blackboard is dressed up as an impressive wine list, with over 45 varieties to select from. If you are after a bite to eat, the signature seasonal pasta dishes are essential eating, as are the simple small plates and epic tiramisu spoons. For walk ins only.
120a Elizabeth Street, Hobart
La Sardina Loca
Serving all things spritz and tapas, La Sardina Loca is an aperitivo and share plates bar found down a carriageway in midtown Hobart. Set within one of the city's oldest sandstone buildings, pull up a stool in the courtyard, and listen to music while sipping cocktails with friends, or step inside and get comfy in a converted horse stable.
Slinging food and drinks that make them (and you) happy, the menu of small plates is influenced by the cuisines of Spain and the Mediterranean, where food is the centrepiece of every good time. Built on tasty flavours to enjoy alongside your favourite libations, the La Sardina Loca spread champions plenty of great Tassie seafood and local produce. Boomer Bay oysters and a Mussel flatbread with chive, garlic and white wine butter served alongside a glass of Anim wild cide pinot blanc, we see you.
100 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Euro-Italian vibes abound at this little corner shop, wine bar and bistro. With its simple honest food and wines, Ogee has quickly reached cult status among Hobart's slew of impeccable wine bars (it's also the worthy sibling counterpart to the award-winning Sonny).
With 26 seats, Ogee encourages intimacy and conversation over a Gatsby style playlist, that parlays into '70s disco as the night discos down. Drop in for a glass of wine and a small plate or settle in for the evening to work your way through the perfectly curated menu and wine list.
374 Murray Street, North Hobart
The Agrarian Kitchen
Looking for one of the most unique, and uniquely Tasmanian dining experiences, that's fortuitously just outside of Hobart? Look no further than The Agrarian Kitchen, where a truly local food ethos can be found at this beautiful venue. It's a space where local, seasonal produce is celebrated, where the diner encounters a true sense of place through the food they eat, and where the ingredients speak for themselves with little adornment. Wander the impressive gardens and grounds before slipping into the light-filled dining room for this essential Tasmania eating and drinking adventure.
11a The Avenue, New Norfolk
'Aloft' is Old Norse for 'attic, high place, in the sky', and this dining room on the top floor of the award-winning Brooke Street Pier is where fine food, a relaxed ambience and stunning views of Hobart's majestic waterfront have combined spectacularly. Aloft is passionate about local produce. The menu reflects the changing seasons and the raw nature of Tasmania.
Settle in at a window seat to one of Hobart’s most impressive harbour views, or enjoy peeking into the kitchen from one of the bar seats, where you can watch the chefs at work. Share from the tasting menu, or enjoy some snacks with a glass of wine; whatever you decide, this Hobart favourite is not just a restaurant, but an experience.
Brooke Street Pier, Hobart
Peppina is the warm expression of whole-hearted Italian feasting, and Tasmanian produce plays a central part to its menu. Pared back and uncomplicated, go for flavoursome antipasti, steaming bowls wagyu paccheri or the fish of the day, combined with a warm and cosy setting that captures nostalgic old-world hospitality. The kitchen is central to the open, expansive space, which is anchored by two productive olive trees, surrounded by handmade furniture, artisan brick work, leather booths and abundant history. Dining trattoria style has never looked better!
2b Salamanca Place, Hobart
Dier Makr is a boundary-pushing restaurant, ranking up there with the best of them. Hidden within a grand grey building, with sister wine bar Lucinda spilling out into the street, the set menu here is hyper-local, ambitious, and subject to daily changes. Many of Kobi Ruzicka's dishes are snackier fare, with only a handful of ingredients used in each, allowing them to sing. Mind-bending dining at its very best.
123 Collins Street, Hobart
A stylish neighbourhood eatery highlighting a rotating menu of innovative fare and a robust wine list, Fico is a casual and intimate fine dining experience akin to the tables of Europe, where food and conviviality go hand in hand. At Fico, they want all guests to feel like they are entering their home, to experience the best hospitality and culinary expertise they have to offer. Relax, enjoy and have fun.
151A Macquarie Street, Hobart
Pigeon Whole Bakers
The bread that feeds Hobart - but it's not just bread alone. Pigeon Whole Bakers have plenty of goodies for all types of occasions: bread, bagels, pretzels, pastries, biscuits, cakes, merch, giftware, gift vouchers, coffee, and more. The light-filled environment just adds to its dreamy carb-filled servings that are guaranteed morning mood boosters.
32 Argyle Street, Hobart
A bright, fresh and local city cafe in the heart of Hobart, berta has a network of local and organic Tasmanian producers that helps shape their seasonal menu. Head to this bright, multi-roomed venue for tasty breakfast fare such as brown rice pudding with blueberries, rhubarb, maple and a gingerbread crunch, mixed local mushrooms and ricotta on toast, and a Mediterranean breakfast plate that includes shakshuka, falafel, olives, feta, pickles, tahini yoghurt, and a pomegranate salad. Breakfast is better at berta, but so is lunch, with plates serving up a hearty slice of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flair.
119 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Designed by Biasol Design, Sisterhood is Hobart's all-day eatery inspired by Tulum. The tropical prints, playful colours and rattan furniture make this an Insta-worthy brunch or dinner spot. With an extensive menu, there's something for everyone at this Sandy Bay café. We're particularly partial to their avocado toast, with a housemade avocado mousse, labneh, pickled shallots, pomegranate, smoked almonds, mint, seeds and pecorino. Join them for a good time, because everything’s just peachy at Sisterhood - and everyday from 9.00am offers bottomless mimosa sessions for you and your friends.
4/48 King Street, Sandy Bay
Come in for a true paddock to plate experience at Pigeon Hole. Richard and Belinda Weston of Weston Farm Produce acquired Pigeon Hole to showcase their farms' fresh produce. The cafe's menu is an ever evolving thing, reliant on the chefs' knowledge of what the farm is producing through regular visits to source food, participation in general farming activities, and a real and direct connection with the land. Fully licensed, it's also serving up some of the best Tasmanian wine, beer and cider.
93 Goulburn Street, West Hobart
Born in Brunswick
A little slice of Melbourne's café scene in Hobart's north, Born in Brunswick is where coffee's made right – blend and single origin espresso as well as batch brew and pour over filter coffee. And if you're after a drink with a bit more spice, take a look at their cocktail selection. From the mural artwork on the building's façade to timber furnishings and pops of greenery, everything about this café is bright, airy and colourfully delicious.
410 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
Every Friday morning, the locals of Hobart flock to a little commercial kitchen window, hidden down a flight of stairs in the CBD, where Lady Hester serves sourdough doughnuts from 10am until sold out. But these aren’t your ordinary doughnuts, as proven by their popularity; these are luxe pastries with Persian-inspired fillings. Make sure to line up first thing or you may just miss them as they sell out fast.
136 Collins Street, Hobart
Things To Do In Hobart: Drink
Hobart’s growing reputation as a mecca for trendy cafés and bars is only getting bigger, with the city’s revival of trendy hangouts that are perfect for a caffeine kick or a few afternoon drinks. The city may be Australia's smallest capital, but there’s certainly plenty here to ‘cheers’ about.
A portal to a world of fine drinking hidden behind the sandstone walls of the old St Mary's Hospital building in Hobart, Mary Mary is a cocktail bar housing a curious library of spirits. Pick your poison and escape into the luxurious old-world depths of this moodily lit space, with leather detailing and marble table-tops adding to its allure.
2a Salamanca Place, Hobart
In The Hanging Garden
Encompassing nearly an entire city block in the centre of Hobart, In The Hanging Garden is an extensive tiered beer garden and cultural precinct, with outdoor dining, bars, markets and live music. Enter the garden of earthly delights and get ready for all the good times to be had within its alfresco dining space, cascading with hanging plants and lighting. It's ready for all occasions, no matter the season.
Two onsite kitchens include Mother Mexico and Orzya, serving Mexican cantina specialities and pan-Asian delights, plus a variety of cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.
112 Murray Street, Hobart
For a taste of the Caribbean and a lively bar scene, head towards Rude Boy located along Elizabeth Street. This fun and easy-going venue offer a great selection of cocktails, many revolving around the Caribbean’s signature spirit, rum. The interior is easy to love, featuring tropical wallpaper, velvet upholstered booths, and an entire wall dedicated to a gallery of framed Caribbean posters.
130 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
The Den Salamanca
The Den opened its doors in late December 2017 and to no surprise has quickly become a favourite with the locals. This intimately-lit bar is located in the city’s historic Salamanca Place, and sets the mood as soon as you step into its luxurious sandstone and timber space. The menu here is short, sharp and tasty, suited for sharing, but it’s their selection of classy cocktails where The Den truly shines. Try the ‘Apple Isle’ option, it won’t disappoint.
63 Salamanca Place, Hobart
Things To Do In Hobart: Stay
Filling the gap between budget backpackers and flash new hotel openings, Hobart also offers many boutique hotels, feeling neither cheap or corporate, but rather, warm, friendly, and inviting. Our two suggestions below are great examples of this, offering limited rooms, plenty of character, and boundless of charm.
A magnificent stay in West Hobart, Slow Beam is an inimitable house that has been created to showcase Australian art & design. Offering visitors to Hobart a unique & luxurious accommodation experience, which connects elegant modern design to its rugged, bush environment, it's a designer space setting the bar high and stealing all the scenes. Every window view has been considered by the designer, Hearth Studio. Not just the expansive river and city views, but also to provide glimpses throughout the house to the natural sandstone and bush surroundings.
Winner of 'Best Designed Stay' at the Airbnb awards in 2021, you can expect to experience Australian design and art by the likes of Grant Featherston, Esther Stewart, Anna Varendorff, Ebony Truscott, Kirsten Perry and Fred Ganim.
From $550.00 per night, 2 guest stay
Mellow country house luxury combined with elegant charm, Bowmont Hotel is a riverside apartment for Airbnb stays, gatherings, and photoshoots. Sitting pretty just outside of Hobart in Franklin, this two-storey heritage listed building was originally built in 1906 by renowned builders J. Dunn & Son. A much loved building of the Huon Valley, the former bank and maternity hospital is slowly being reimagined thanks to Huon Valley author, photographer and food stylist, Michelle Crawford, by using traditional methods that cherish and preserve its colourful history. Upstairs is a light-filled two bedroom apartment for short stays, while downstairs is a studio for gatherings and photoshoots and outside a small kitchen garden. With an ethos of glam, grit, warmth and wit, The Bowmont is a space like no other.
From $350.00 per night, 2-4 guest stays
3344 Main Road, Franklin
Nestled in the heart of the historic Hobart waterfront, MACq 01 is a luxurious hotel that combines premium accommodation with unforgettable storytelling. It is just a 5-minute drive from the city centre and famous Salamanca Square. Guests can choose from luxurious suites and rooms, with each of these rooms linked to a real character central to the story of Tasmania, such as heroes, villains, explorers, inventors, convicts and more. Throughout the halls and walls of MACq 01, guests will find engaging stories and pieces of Tasmanian history. You can also enjoy the beautiful views of the Derwent Estuary from the hotel. There is an on-site restaurant at the property and private parking is available.
From $351.00 per night, for superior double room
18 Hunter Street, Hobart
Captains Cottage ticks every box; originally built for a ship’s captain in the mid-1800s, this heritage-listed holiday home is set in the heart of Hobart, within walking distance to Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point. Inside, a mix of natural-textured fabrics and furnishings fill the cottage with warmth, from the timber floors, the velvet sofa, all the way to the 100% linen bedding. There’s also a courtyard garden to enjoy, perfect for taking in that fresh, Tasmanian air.
From $295.00 per night, for entire cottage, sleeps 2
Stay in the heart of the city at Moss Hotel, with its prime location being a springboard to the best of Hobart’s rich culture, history, world-famous cuisine and the natural beauty of real Tasmania. Designed with an incredible attention to detail, every element of your experience here has been highly considered. Thoughtful touches bring nature and heritage into every room, with native greenery or original timbers and stone work. Be immersed and connected with locally procured mini bars and handmade furniture, cushions and throws. If you like your sanctuary with a sun-drenched balcony overlooking Salamanca Square, be sure to book in 39. Moss Hotel has been created within mid 1800’s warehouses originally meant for traders, stores and taverns, so each space is entirely unique. A striking stay.
From $220.00 a night, sleeps 2
39 Salamanca Place, Hobart
At the foothills of West Hobart sits Lumière Lodge, a stunning late 1800s Victorian townhouse in a beautiful wide street filled with historic homes. Authentic old Hobart at its best, hosts Sam and Kerran have created romantic, luxurious boutique accommodation true to the Victorian Style, rich in colour and character, with artisan ceramics, fossicked glassware, vintage homewares and artworks creating an old world feel. As old Hobart town awakes, stay cosied up in bed and watch the morning light play against the large antique windows, then enjoy your morning coffee in the rustic cottage garden. Little luxuries are part of your stay, including Santal 33 amenities, custom bath salts and washed linen sheets, ensuring this Hobart accommodation is a cut above the rest.
From $650.00 a night (four night minimum stay), sleeps 6
Henry Jones Art Hotel
A hotel steeped in history, The Henry Jones Art Hotel delivers equal parts nostalgia and luxury. Each of the 56 rooms elegantly combines modern touches with beautiful heritage features, from the 19th-century sandstone and original windows to the contemporary art-adorned walls. To upgrade your experience, stay in one of their four spacious suites. The best feature? The overflowing infinity spa.
From $260 a night
25 Hunter Street, Hobart
The Rox Hobart
The Rox provides you with an elevated and exceptional stay right in the heart of Hobart's most vibrant neighbourhood.
Step back in time with your feet firmly planted in the present in the heritage Elizabeth or Alexander Apartments and bask in the living history of the space. Or, step into the luxurious surrounds of their newest development at the Rox Penthouse or Rox Apartment, where you'll be able to gaze out over the city streets of storied MidTown.
The visionary design for these four unique enclaves is one of mixed-use materials that nurture a layered and warm ambience. These dreamy enclaves immerse you right in the city, while still allowing a private sanctuary to retreat to at the end of the day, and sleep soundly. It's one of the best new hotels in Hobart for a stylish vacay.
160/162 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
For a French-inspired getaway, just twenty minutes outside of Hobart, Villa Howden is as impressive as it gets. Offering ten luxury rooms, each beautifully decorated with luxurious furnishings and antiques, the elegant Water View and Villa rooms seamlessly blend with the breathtaking scenery. The Tower Room is a unique retreat that provides panoramic views across North West Bay, made especially for those celebrating a special occasion.
From $226 a night
77 Howden Road, Margate
Things To Do In Hobart: Explore
Hobart is an attraction in itself, with its historic neighbourhoods, buildings, and a good local vibe. Throw in some famous local markets and being within easy reach of other amazing destinations for day trips — the city really delivers on all fronts.
Royal Botanical Tasmanian Gardens
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is Australia’s premier cool climate garden, with a number of unique collections including Australia’s only Subantarctic Plant House. With a total of 14 hectares to explore, visitors can take time to relax with a picnic and explore, or tailor a walk based on personal interest.
Guided walking tours available, book here
Lower Domain Road, Hobart
Hike kunanyi / Mount Wellington
Few cities can match Hobart for the natural magnificence of its backdrop, with kunanyi / Mount Wellington towering 1271 metres above the city. For reference, that’s almost 200 metres taller than the famed Table Mountain in Cape Town. For Hobartians and travellers alike, the mountain provides a place to walk, ride mountain bikes, play in the winter snow, and feel the reviving touch of nature (and it's only a half-hour drive from the city centre). Much of the mountain is covered by Wellington Park reserve, with the Organ Pipes escarpment running like ribs across the slopes, and trails threading across the mountain. Pick your favourite and spend a magical morning exploring, or head to the summit for a sunset view you won't soon forget.
Tour options available here
Set amongst meticulously restored historical buildings in Pontville lies Tasmania’s only working whisky village. Just thirty minutes north of Hobart, it's also the new iconic home of Australia’s oldest and most innovative single malt whisky, Lark Distillery. Residing in buildings that date back to the early 1800's, take a tour of the distillery and discover the magic of distillation, then make way into the cellar door for a delightful tasting or two. Make a memory to last a lifetime by blending your own distinct bottle of single malt whisky, or simply wander the historical property and be inspired by the beauty of the landscape and the architecture. The new Lark Distillery is an unmissable experience for whisky lovers and history buffs alike. Don't miss it.
Distillery tours commence at 1.00pm each day. Book here
76 Shene Road, Pontville
MONA – Museum of Old and New Art
Immerse yourself in the world of art at MONA – an eclectic museum that plays on all the senses. Just north of Hobart, MONA's ever-evolving collection and exhibition is a haven for art buffs. Yet, that's not all MONA does well. It's also a foodie hotspot – The Source Restaurant is a must, and the Void Bar is an experience in itself. And if you want to make a night of it, book a stay in at the Mona Pavilions located on the River Derwent. There is little doubt that MONA is one of the best things to do in Tasmania.
655 Main Road, Berriedale
Willie Smith's Apple Farm
Whilst at Huon Valley, make sure to pay Willie Smith’s Apple Farm a visit — the place where the beloved Willie Smith’s Cider is grown and made. Grab a table outside and enjoy the sunshine or keep warm inside the shed before ordering a housemade charcuterie board and tasting paddle. There’s also an Apple Museum on site where you can take a self-guided tour anytime, plus an artisan and produce market takes place on the farm every Saturday from 10am.
2064 Huon Highway, Grove
To market we go. Every Saturday, in the historic Salamanca Place next to Hobart's waterfront, 300 stalls pop-up for the day to showcase Tasmania's finest (and freshest) farm-gate produce and handcrafted cheese, bread, wines and spirits. While sampling all the delicious goodness at Salamanca Market, you'll be sure to fall in love with all the Tasmanian craftsmanship abundant – timber, ceramics, leather, glass, bespoke jewellery, plus a whole lot more.
Salamanca Place, Hobart
Farm Gate Market
When Sunday rolls around, the locals and visitors of Hobart all flock to a cluster of market stalls and food trucks for the weekly Farm Gate Market. Located smack-bang in the middle of the city, with some of Hobart’s historic buildings acting as the backdrop, Bathurst Street is blocked off, making way for the markets to come to life. Grab some breakfast and coffee from one of the stands and take a leisurely walk around to the tune of a market busker.
104 Bathurst Street, Hobart
Before leaving Hobart, a walk through the city’s oldest (and prettiest) streets found within Battery Point is a must. With a palpable sense of colonial history, walking around Battery Point certainly gives you an uncanny sense of stepping back in time. Today, the suburb is now home to Hobart’s premium real estate, with its cute cottages and historic precinct, in which the exterior of the buildings and the streetscape is largely unchanged since they were built in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Battery Point, Tasmania
Thank you for joining us on this extensive tour of the best things to do in Hobart. We hope this has inspired you to book a holiday to Tasmania's creative capital ASAP, but if you're looking for a holiday with a sunnier disposition, be sure to check out our guide to Australia's best island escapes, or start planning a trip to Australia's most westerly capital, Perth.