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24 Hours in Hobart


The Tasmanian capital is so hot right now and the reason the mainland is sitting up and taking notice is in a word MONA. It’s also the stunning scenery, incredible food & wine and warm, welcoming hospitality of the locals that makes it a winner.  Hobart is simply a foodie’s delight, here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Hobart:

08:00 First stop should be Hobart institution Jackman and McRoss, in the delightful heritage precinct of Battery Point. This bakery offers drool-inducing pastries and sweet treats.  Lounge outside in the rattan chairs like a local and relax in the knowledge it’s a downhill stroll to Constitution Dock and Salamanca where you can meander around.

09:30 If you’re in town on a Saturday, no visit to Hobart is complete without a visit to Salamanca Markets. Stroll around the markets and browse a diverse range of 300 stallholders including original, hand-made Tasmanian pieces from woodwork to jewellery, fashion and food. Our favourite is the delectable Cygneture Chocolates for a delicious souvenir with a difference.

11:00 A must visit is A Common Ground, a tiny shop under a staircase packed full of local artisan produce, the brainchild of Matthew Evans and Bruny Island Cheese Co. owner Nick Haddow. Just next door in the Salamanca Arts Centre is The Maker, a showcase for Tasmanian clothing labels & range of jewellery and designer homewares.


12:00 The best cheap eats in Hobart can be found at new hot spot Crumb Street Kitchen. Offering ribs, spicy beans, smoked brisket and tacos worth lining up for. The basic fitout, platic cutlery and drinks served in paper cups are no deterrent, with the locals flocking to this American style joint. The restaurant uses Facebook to let customers know when they’ve run out of food, which happens regularly, so get in quick! If that’s not quite your style, try Smolt for all day dining – the menu runs from great coffee, small plates to serious dining at Salmanca Square.


2:00 For a dose of culture, spend the afternoon at David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art. MONA is carved into the Derwent River on the grounds of Moorilla Winery, which also houses a microbrewery, restaurants and MONA Pavilions, alluxia approved luxury villas named after leading Australian artists.  The magnificent museum offers a stunning collection of contemporary art and antiquities, breathtaking as well as bizarre and utterly brilliant.

5.00 Time for a beverage and our tips for the top 3 bars in Hobart are Sidecar, a small wine bar with delicious small plates or if you’re after local whiskey try Lark Distillery and the for the best cocktails in town head to IXL Long Bar. Cheers!

7.00 Reward yourself with degustation at Ethos Eat Drink. Ethos is housed inside one of Hobart’s oldest buildings. Lovingly restored, many items from the past feature in the restaurant including chandeliers made from chemist bottles and the oldest plumbed toilet! The philosophy behind Ethos is to understand the provenance and appreciation of local produce with limited intervention. From Tuesday-Saturday Ethos offer a set menu for dinner at $68 and $88 per head for 6 and 8 courses respectively. Delish!

10.00 Retire to the best view of the city from your omnipod in the sky at Avalon City Retreat and enjoy an indulgent dessert included in the tariff. This breathtaking, luxury two bedroom two bathroom apartment is ideal for two couples. Settle in with generous gourmet provisions and the ultimate mini-bar selection for a memorable stay in Hobart.


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