Ginger Brown 464 Macquarie Street, South Hobart

A true funky and slightly bohemian suburban café, bursting with life. Almost impossible to get a table on a weekend, a great place to hang out. In the time that it has been open, Ginger Brown has become an institution for the South Hobart locals and the greater Hobart community. Ginger Brown serves great food with an ever-changing specials menu, and bookings are highly recommended on weekends.

Macquarie St Foodstore 356 Macquarie St, South Hobart

A pioneering South Hobart cafe – always rewards. It’s an old shopfront full of booths, bookish students, brunching friends and kids mooching under the tables. Chew into a Foodstore Pizza (bacon, chorizo, mozzarella, red peppers) after a visit to the Cascade Brewery. Food Heaven. Seriously without doubt one of the best food experiences in Hobart and one of its best kept secrets.

The Duchess 231 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay

A georgeous cottage, verandah and decor fitting of the name Duchess. Of all the cafes in Sandy Bay, it provides the best selection of cooked meals (not premade rolls), exciting salads & trendy specials of the day. A varied and interesting menu.

Pigeon Hole 93 Goulburn Street, West Hobart

Small, simple and very popular, Pigeon Hole Cafe restaurant is a West Hobart favourite. Generating a cool hipster vibe, Pigeon Hole is eclectic and cosy, serving a constantly changing menu of organic breakfast and lunch dishes that could include eggs cocotte, panini and warming soups. With close proximity to the Fitzroy Gardens and Parliament House, Pigeon Hole is a great place to stop for a coffee or meal while visiting Hobart. Famous for its sourdough breads.

Jackman and McRoss 57 Hampden Road, Battery Point

One of Hobart’s institutions, situated in the centre of historic Battery Point. This is the place to go for delicious pastries, breads and their famous lamb and rosemary pies. There is plenty of room inside, but be warned, this venue is extremely popular with the locals so can be quite busy any day of the week. Very reasonably priced menu.

Cascade Brewery Cafe - acceptable coffee, fine gardens

North Hobart 

Sweet Envy 341 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

No simple cake shop! Alastair and Teena’s cakes, pastries, macaroons, homemade ice creams, biscuits and confectionery are all too good to resist. Their savoury options ain’t half bad for a light lunch either!

Berta Coffee. Food. Wine. 323a Elizabeth St, North Hobart

Formerly Piccolo (one of our old faves for dinner) this North Hobart daytime eatery is now a must for breakfast or lunch. Alex and Alisha have reinvented the space and their gingerbread hotcakes or smoked pork belly are worth the visit alone, not to mention its great positioning for people watching! 

There are seats outside, best in summer or with a four-legged mate. As is the crowd, the menu is fresh and appeals to all. Not offered all that often in Tassie is all-day breakfast. 

Room for a Pony 338 Elizabeth St, North Hobart

Room for a Pony inhabits a former petrol station on North Hobart’s busy eatery strip, Elizabeth Street and pumps out trendy eats amid exposed cement, vertical greenery and short timber stools. Typical hipster chic, the place is cool but comfortable. 

Rain Check Lounge 392-394 Elizabeth St, North Hobart

Don’t be in a rush when visiting Rain Check Lounge. The vibe is quite relaxed and is certainly well known and loved by locals. They specialize in tapas and offer an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a beautiful cocktail and try the ever-changing range of specials listed on the blackboard. The coffee is well made and we have always had great service with a very friendly smile. This is certainly a very busy café so make a booking if you have a larger group.

Fuel So Good 279 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

Delicious and healthy! Peanut butter and banana smoothie bowl was terrific. Great service, friendly and efficient.


Tricycle 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

Deep in the heart of Hobart’s tourist centre (but sheltered from the crowds in the foyer of the Peacock Theatre), Tricycle is one of the best cafes in the Salamanca Arts Centre. Great breakfasts and morning and afternoon teas, set in a striking sandstone warehouse in Salamanca. A must visit for their coffee in a snug spot.

Daci & Daci 11 Murray Street, Hobart

Daci & Daci Bakers is a charming European-style cafe that offer some of the tastiest and most reasonably priced bakery and pastry treats in the CBD. It is definitely worth a visit when you are in Hobart. Proper croque-monsieurs, unusual and very popular Italian doughnut-like jam and custard bombaloni, real onion, olive and anchovy pissaladiere as well as patisserie stand-bys like almond croissants, seasonal fruit galettes, pan au chocolat and lunch-time sandwiches, pies and savouries. Daci is a favourite morning coffee spot, as well as a great weekend brunch spot for locals and visitors alike. The cafe is located in central Hobart on Murray Street and it is just a short walk from the popular Salamanca Market on Saturdays. 

Machine Laundry Cafe 12 Salamanca Square, Hobart

As its name suggests, this place is half cafe, half laundromat, and while I attacked my bacon and eggs, people did actually shuffle in to the laundromat side, stick their coins into washing machines and do their laundry. Great selection of brunch and lunch options: muesli, french toast, banana and ricotta hotcakes, eggs - various styles, fruit toast, muffins, three bears porridge (poached pear with a swirl of blueberry coulis & toasted almonds...yum!), parmesan and pancetta pancakes,  & specialty egg dishes, burgers, soup, salads, & the famous 'fat boy' - roti bread wrap with grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, ice burg lettuce & spicy peanut sauce .


Pigeon Hole Bakers 24-32 Argyle St, Hobart

You can now get our fave organic sourdough, rye, spelt bread, fruit loaf and more, hot from the oven, at Jay and Emma’s new retail space in the old Mercury building. Warning: You won’t leave here without something else sweet and delicious, like a custard filled doughnut, or an irresistible bag of cookies!

Betsey 28 Argyle St, Hobart

Adjoining new restaurant Franklin, in the old Mercury building, this tiny space with just one long table, might see you fighting for one of its low stools! A small menu offers delicious, simple breakfast, brunchy options and extremely good coffee.

Property of Pilgrim 56 Liverpool Street, Hobart

Attached to Pilgrim Coffee, this lively spot in the heart of town draws a regular crowd to enjoy their delicious breakfast and lunch dishes. Local and seasonal, think confit duck leg with Polish potato pancake or Balmain bug burgers!

Island Espresso 171 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

Supplied by world class Zimmah Coffee

A staple cafe in Hobart, run by the Knezevic family. It’s been there for 16 years, which in coffee terms is ancient times. Located on Elizabeth Street, Island is like sitting around in someone’s living room: cozy and comfortable, where you feel like a regular when you come in, or feel like a hideaway as you enjoy your coffee quietly in its nooks or loft area.

The food is always tasty, offering the classic Aussie brunch and brekkie dishes, as well as lunches. The coffee comes from Zimmah Coffee, a separately owned operation from Dane Knezevic that originated in the cafe basement. The setup is a Linea espresso machine and Mazzer grinders with a couple of espresso choices always on offer. If the sisters are on the bar and aren’t too busy, you might even be able to sneak in a cheeky Chemex. A lot of the local coffee-scene folk, at one point or another, did time behind the bar here, before there was a booming coffee scene in Hobart.

Villino Espresso 30 Criterion Street, Hobart

Villino Espresso has been a local favorite since it opened, so much so that there used to be lines out onto the street blocking up the outside seating. The cafe itself is cozy with an L-shaped bar displaying a Synesso Hydra and a couple of Mazzer grinders. On offer there is Villino’s Synergy espresso blend, along with different guest espressos. Try a Panama Geisha and a Indonesian Ming Solok, one of the best Indonesian coffees, full of acidity and sweetness.

Fullers Bookshop 131 Collins St, Hobart

After Word Café is part of the expanded Fullers Book Shop which is Hobart's busiest bookstore. This is a pleasant place to relax and peruse your recent book purchases.We like the coffee here and there are some nice things to go with it such as the delicious lemon tarts.


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