Tasmania is fast becoming mainland Australia’s get-away-from-it-all weekend retreat, and Hobart is where the majority head for. Forty years ago, as Australia cultivated its tourist industry, it seemed the island of Tasmania would become the island time forgot. Thankfully, over the last decade and a half, things have changed.
Tasmania’s unique history, its landscape, its abundant seafood, its variety of locally grown produce and naturally reared livestock, were already well known amongst visiting mainlanders. However, when the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and its many controversial exhibits opened in 2011, the island began to draw visitors with an interest in its unique culture from across Australia and beyond.
Since then, old colonial buildings have morphed into world class restaurants, providing gourmet places to eat in Hobart Tasmania. Designer stores, trendy wine bars and coffee shops, rub shoulders along the waterfront with the island’s buzzing craft beer pubs. On the water, ocean going yachts and weekend dinghies vie for space with working fishing boats and charter craft. Tasmania’s tourist industry has come of age.
Places to eat in Hobart TasmaniA
There are great places for eating out in Hobart, but on at least one occasion, start your evening off with a meal at the fabulous Stockmans Restaurant. Part of the Old Woolstore Apartment hotel, the restaurant is open to the public. Stockmans[OS1] [YA2] restaurant is contemporarily decorated to contrast with its historic architecture.
The restaurant offers a comprehensive menu, with vegetarian and gluten-free meals, and vegetarian and gluten-free options. Fresh salads and vegetables compliment meat and seafood dishes. Enjoy Tasmanian steaks grilled to your taste, or the freshly landed seafood with a crispy salad. Orspoil yourself with a delicious dessert inspired by the seasons. Pre-booking is required.
Best bars in Hobart Tasmania
An evening out wouldn’t be an evening out, without visiting some of the best bars in Hobart Tasmania. Award winning whiskies; red, white and rosé wines from local vineyards, and Tasmanian craft beers to suit discerning palates, you’ll find them all in the pubs and bars around Salamanca Place.
Enjoy a pre-drink in the Old Woolstore’s Baaa Bar before hitting the Hobart night life! After this, call into The Den, at Salamanca Place, and begin your evening with one of their unique cocktails, or a pint of genuine locally crafted beer. It’s a great bar, with an atmosphere ideally suited to start the evening off right. Preachers Bar in Knopwood Street is the ideal ‘start as you mean to go on’ venue. This quirky, trendy, funky fun bar with a hodgepodge of lounge seating, amusing signs and a beer garden that sports an old bus full of tables and chairs will get you into party mode. If you’re perusing the city centre, call into the Brunswick Hotel Bar. Casual, friendly staff and a well-stocked cellar make it popular both midweek and weekends. If your tipple is a little something on the rocks, call into the Lark Cellar Door and Whisky Bar, on Hobart’s waterfront. A great place to sample a dram of Tasmania’s finest single malt, or one of the other 150 malt whiskies available off the shelf.
Wherever you choose to stay in this historic city, you will never be far from some of the best places for eating out in Hobart, and some of the best bars in Hobart Tasmania to enjoy a little aperitif, or a last nightcap, to round off an evening to remember.