Anna Howard’s hipster guide to Hobart

Published November 21st, 2012

One of our online product specialists Anna Howard shares with us her favourite hipster finds from her recent trip to Hobart.    

Hipster and Hobart aren’t two words you would think to hear in the one sentence. However, Hobart has certainly earned itself some street cred of late, with the city recently named as one of the top 13 destinations to travel to in 2013 by Lonely Planet.

Not only a food paradise, (this place is honestly heaven) Hobart has some seriously cool places to hang out. These are just some of my favourite spots. Yes, they are all heavily food and wine focused but hey, when in Hobart... (And what else would I post on Instagram?)  

Where To Shop

Produce on offer at Salamanca Markets Produce on offer at Salamanca Markets


On Saturday morning Salamanca Place comes alive with market stalls, buskers and of course camera wielding hipsters such as myself, eager to capture the perfect shot. It is here you can wander the 300+ stalls and pick up everything from seafood to flowers to beautifully handmade jewellery and everything in between.

Starting with breakfast at zum cafe, I spent hours trawling Salamanca Markets for locally made trinkets and gourmet treats. With purchases in hand, a cheeky pre-lunch beverage at Jack Greene (a bar with 16 beers on tap and 100 international craft beers on offer), ended the morning perfectly.

Local muscians perform at Salamanca Local muscians perform at Salamanca


For those like me who still can’t get enough, head over on a Sunday morning to the Farm Gate Markets, a small community market located in a carpark on the corner of Elizabeth and Melville Streets.

Offering delicious local produce such as fresh fruit and veg, antipasto delights, pastries, wine and the best breakfast burgers I’ve ever had, this is the place to be on a Sunday morning (pending wine hangover from the night before).

What To See



MONA, Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, is located on a cliff face on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart. The infamously hip museum features notable exhibitions and Australia’s largest private collection of art. And what a collection it is – most of it centres on sex, death and religion.

The space is certainly one of a kind and MONA is the most compelling and eye-opening museum I’ve ever visited. Officially opened by uber millionaire David Walsh in 2011, the art gallery serves large doses of confrontation and some exhibits are just plain freaking jaw dropping.

The bassment bar at MONA The basement bar at MONA


Also on the same site is the Moorilla winery which offers generous wine tastings (making my museum visit just that little bit more interesting and fun), along with a brewery, The Source restaurant, bars and a hotel.

MONA is also home to MONA FOMA, Tassie’s largest contemporary music festival. Just for that something extra, for a small $75,000 fee (!) MONA offers lifetime memberships with all the party benefits, along with a cremation! Yes, there is a cemetery onsite with urns on display, and no, I’m not even kidding.

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Where To Eat

Food on offer at Ethos Food on offer at Ethos


I couldn’t decide on just one favourite, so I’ve included a couple worthy of a mention. My friends planned a birthday surprise for me in Hobart with a walking food tour of the city. The Tea to Tapas gourmania food tour is one of the best ways to get your bearings in the city.

With a maximum group size of eight; Mary, my local foodie guide, took me to seven establishments to sample some of their best offerings. Fortunately, I was able to cross off four places that were at the top of my Hobart list – Jackman & Mcross Bakery, Bottega Rotolo, garagistes and ethos eat drink.

garagistes garagistes


My Top Picks

You cannot go to Hobart without stopping in at garagistes. As Hobart’s most exciting, innovative and hipster venue, garagistes celebrates share plates of local produce reflecting the changing seasons, along with a focus on naturally made wines.

The restaurant embraces a no reservation policy. If you do have to wait for a table, it’s only a short walk around the corner to their funky bar sidecar for a few cheeky beverages while you wait.

The chandelier at ethos The chandelier at ethos


But my number one food porn pick in Hobart would have to be ethos eat drink. Sharing a similar philosophy to garagistes, ethos eat drink focuses on locally sourced and organic produce and they do it very, very well.

The mainly Tasmanian wine list also compliments this philosophy, and was awarded Gourmet Traveller’s Wine List of Year in 2011. Unlike garagistes, ethos eat drink takes reservations which are highly recommended (especially for dinner) as it books out well in advance.

A beautiful courtyard, exposed brick walls and chandeliers made out of bottles all make for a very cool vibe.

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