Top 10 Must Eats in Tasmania | Gourmand and Gourmet

Top 10 Must Eats in Tasmania

Whether you’re planning just a weekend away or headed down south for one of Tasmania’s famous festivals, our island state is a foodie heaven. It’s hard to narrow down where to eat, with swathes of gourmets and hatted chefs descending on Hobart and it’s surrounds since the opening of edgy-cool art gallery MONA, but we’ve done the leg work and picked out 10 of the very best spots on the island at the edge of the world. 1. Franklin | Hobart Franklin is a must-do when it comes to Hobart dining, in fact you’ll likely want to visit a few times with their ever-changing menu inspired by and including elements from their indoor garden. The space is industrial, sparse, but beautiful and located in a former Ford showroom from the 1920s. The menu is all-local and includes lots of local seafood, native flora, and wood roasted mains. When we last visited newlyweds dining on their honeymoon told us it was the best meal they’d ever had, and we’re inclined to agree. 2. Bruny Island Cheese Co. | Bruny Island That delicious Bruny Island Cheese you pick up from your favourite deli really does come from the near-magical Bruny Island. Take a ferry tour around the island or head straight to Bruny Island Cheese Company (also home of Bruny Island Beer Company) where you can enjoy beer, wine, and of course cheese at their cellar door. We love the 1792 cheese, soft and aged on local Huon pine or Otto, wrapped in prosciutto – dreamy. 3. Room for a Pony | Hobart If you’re looking for the cool young creatives of Hobart, look no further than Room for a Pony. This super-cool space (it’s a former service station!) serves breakfast by day and transforms into a bar at night, with visiting DJs and killer cocktails. With expertly brewed coffee perfect to warm your hands against the Antarctic chill in the wind, breakfast staples and Asian-inspired all day options we’re glad there’s room for us at Room for a Pony. 4. The Golden Hour | Hobart There’s plenty of places to eat at the incredible Museum of Old and New Art, from fine dining at The Source Restaurant to snacks charcuterie at The Wine Bar (great for kids, you can sit outdoors as the guinea fowl, rabbits, and wallabies that roam around the gallery come up to you) but for the ultimate art-meets-food experience, try The Golden Hour. Enjoy the sunset in the large scale outdoor artwork “Amarna” by James Turrell, followed by a three course meal, with the option of matched wines from MONA’s very own vineyard. The Golden Hour only happens at sunset and bookings are essential. 5. Saint John | Launceston Launceston is just about the best place in Tasmania for op shop finds and incredible produce so it’s no surprise hipsters have infiltrated the bar scene. Saint John is the ultimate craft beer bar, with up to 14 taps pouring at any one time and over 170 (!!!) more in the fridge. The menu includes classic bar fare like fried chicken, BBQ cheeseburgers, and fries, as well as some surprises – we loved the carrot and beer pakoras so much we went back for a seconds. 6. Ginger Brown | South Hobart If you’re looking for a place to warm up and rub elbows with some friendly locals, Ginger Brown is for you. Located off the beaten tourist path in South Hobart, this shabby-chic establishment was one of the first wave of the newly-cool Tasmanian cafe scene. You’ll find classic breakfast fare, warm-from-the-oven baked goods, and one of the best hot chocolates we’ve ever tasted. 7. Willie Smith’s Apple Shed | Huon Valley Yes, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed really is a functioning apple shed! We were already fans of Willie Smith’s cider from bars on the mainland, but visiting their farm made us fall head over heels in love. Take a tour of the brewery or just stop in to try out the menu which of course is perfectly paired with an ice-cold cider. 8. Pigeon Whole Bakery | Hobart When locals started telling us Pigeon Whole Bakery has the best bread in all of Tasmania, we were pretty sure we believed them, but it wasn’t until we realised EVERY local was telling us it was the best that we had to try it. Located centrally in Hobart, this cute bakery invites you in with delicious smells and a warm atmosphere. From toasties to pastries, everything here is absolutely fantastic but it’s the sourdough doughnuts that make it worth crossing the Bass Strait for. 9. Machine Laundry | Hobart Located in historic Salamanca Square, Machine Laundry is named in honour of its roots – yes, it actually is an operation laundromat as well as a top-notch cafe! Drop off a load or just drop in for brunch or coffee and cake. As you sit in the square you’ll soak up the history of some of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Hobart, as washing machines hum soothingly in the background, reminding you that you’re hundreds of miles away from the pretension of inner-city scenes on the mainland. 10. Hope and Anchor Tavern | Hobart Part of Hobart’s charm is it’s historic buildings, which serve as the stars of the show rather than being dwarfed by big city skyscrapers. When it comes to history it doesn’t come more storied then the Hope and Anchor Tavern – this is Australia’s oldest pub! Established in 1807, this is a cosy old-world spot for English-style pub food with an Australian twist: we recommend ordering the wallaby! There’s more deliciousness then you can pack into a weekend happening down in Tasmania – ever since we got back we’ve considering paddling our way back across the Bass Strait! Words by Lucinda Kent