Hobart is a stunning, unpredictable city that will have you running from the rain only moments after basking it’s in the sun by the water. As a result, the city is full of cute, quirky cafes that pay homage to Hobart’s volatile weather, many have large windows to view the city’s natural beauty and plenty of cosy nooks and crannies to curl up and warm up in. In true Hobartian style, guests are always greeted with a laid back smile and welcome to stay as long as they want. So grab a good, and head to one of these gems with an empty belly:
Jam Jar Lounge
Great coffee, smiling service, comfortable couches and crazy art – what more could you want? I was completely seduced walking into Jam Jar, at first by its (almost) floor to ceiling windows facing Battery Point’s stunning Hampden Road, but then by the simple, quirky interior of its front room. Filled with antique chairs surrounding a grand piano, a large community table lit up by the drop blubs above, a bench seat along the windows, old fire places, black board walls covered in drawings of jam jars, a large collection of board games and a cabinet full of enticing food, I knew I was going to be staying for a while. On my walk to the toilet I found out Jam Jar just got bigger, better and more beautiful. The café is full of secret spaces for intimate dates, reading the paper, cramming study or enjoying a beverage and a snack while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz and folk. Outside is a beautiful garden terrace littered with tables for those looking to enjoy a meal in the sun. The staff at Jam Jar are just as welcoming and the Japanese chef is busy creating classics like caeser salads and French toast, as well as Japanese curries for something different.
Jam Jar Lounge – 45 Hampden Rd, Battery Point, TAS 7004
Machine Laundry Café
As you might have guessed this café is also a Laundromat and the fit out is as retro as the idea. From the outside you wouldn’t be drawn in by its blue and yellow plastic chairs tucked into the back corner of Salamanca Square but once inside you feel like you’re in a 50’s diner with bright, vinyl leather seats with a view of the industrial machines go around and around. Not only does this place completely charm you with its theme and friendly staff, they also do a brilliant breakfast, and fantastic coffee. The Old New Egg Dish is an original spin on normal breakky ingredients and a delicious way to start the day. It is made up of garlic rubbed sourdough smothered with a sweet beetroot relish and a generous serve of feta scrambled eggs tumbled onto the top, and of course with a side of bacon…. Perfection!
Machine Laundry Café – Shop 12 Salamanca Square, Hobart, TAS 7004
Daci & Daci Bakery
Who would have thought you could find a stunning, sweet filled parisan bakery in the heart of Hobart? Not me, but I was pleasantly surprised when I did. Make sure you set aside some time for your visit, because like me, you will be going around in circles trying to figure out what to choose while marvelling at the macaroons and meringue and being torn over what tantalizing tart to take. Each and every item is a masterpiece and they almost look too good to eat! This little slice of heaven is just around the corner from the Brooke Street ferry terminal, so it is the perfect pit stop for picking up coffee, breakfast or lunch on the go if you’re heading on a tour or if you want to have a picnic in the nearby Saint Davids park. The salmon and asparagus tart, croque monsieur and almond croissant are all to die for.
Daci & Daci Bakery – 11 Murray St, Hobart, TAS 7000
Pigeon Hole Cafe
Fancy dining in the bakery that all the best restaurants source their bread from? Or is drinking flawless coffee with views of the mountains and water more your thing? Well you’re in luck, because you can do both at Pigeon Hole Café. Here they adopt the “less is more” approach when it comes to their menu – it is short and sweet but full of seasonal, gourmet dishes that are done well. You won’t find your run-of-the-mill ham, cheese, tomato sandwich here, but you can get delicisous panini’s with braised leek, thyme and asagio or a wagyu brisket with cabbage and gouda. But be prepared to wait, this place is tiny and forever busy, but the friendly staff will let you know how long coffee and food orders will take.
Pigeon Hole Cafe 93 Goulburn Street, Hobart, TAS 7000
Basket & Green
Hugging one of North Hobart’s thorough fares, Elizabeth Street, Basket & Green is the ideal place to watch the world (well, Hobart), go by while enjoying a caffeine fix and some food. The space is large, open and welcoming, with two entire walls made up of windows where you can perch yourself and flick through the many books, magazines and trinkets around the place (the whole outside window is lined with retro and antique phones). Or, if you’re feeling more sociable there are plenty of small or large community tables you can choose from. The menu is full of interesting and delicious dishes including rhubarb muffins, rabbit pies, toasties and veggie burgers. Needless to say, there is something here for everyone.
Basket & Green – 179 Elizabeth St, Hobart, TAS 7000
Salamanca is the hub for nightlife, art and history in Hobart, and is the city’s most iconic location with sandstone buildings lining the stunning wharf. If you are visiting, or living in Hobart, there is no doubt you will spend a lot of time there. So after admiring all the galleries, boats and buildings the area has it offer, Tricycle Café is the perfect place to grab a coffee. Conveniently tucked at the back of the Salamanca Art Centre, you can refuel for some more culture and history with a healthy breakfast trifle or beetroot salad.
Tricycle Café – Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Pl, Hobart, TAS 7004
Typically known for its fantastic fine dining and function venue, Smolt is also a wonderful café during the day. With its open, airy space and modern fit outfit, it is a refreshing change from the old building conversion many of the best restaurants around town can be found. Smolt is the ideal venue on a nice day as the majority of the restaurants walls and windows open up giving diners to opportunity to have a lazy coffee or breakfast while watching Salamanca Square come to life. The food here is amazing and a must, the baked eggs with mushroom and feta are perfection and they do a damn good coffee too!
Smolt – 2 Salamanca Sq, Hobart, TAS 7004