Amazing food, heritage architecture and seriously luxurious hotels make Hobart your one-stop-shop for the perfect night away.
If there’s one thing you need for a trip to Hobart, it’s an appetite, because this is one of the best places to eat in the country. Here are our perfect 24 hours in the Apple Isle’s capital city.
8am: Charge up with coffee
Vilicia Coffee roast their own beans, and as a result, do a mean cup of brew. Grab one to get those energy levels up, and then set off towards the market. You have a big day ahead.
8.30am: To market
We’re assuming you’re headed to Hobart on the weekend – and you should, because that’s when all the fun happens (the restaurants are open for lunch and crucially, the markets are on). Salamanca Market is a Hobart-must for a reason: it’s just darn delightful. Wandering around the heritage streets overlooking the water, you can pick up Tassie apples, sample local cheese and cider, and buy the local wares of Hobart’s many artisans. Do not miss Oliebollen, the stand making Holland’s beloved, chewy, sourdough doughnuts. Even if you don’t like doughnuts, you can’t possibly not like these (plus doughnuts are acceptable for breakfast, right?).
12pm: Stop for pasta
Patron-chefs Federica Andrisani and Oskar Rossi know a thing or two about pasta, and so at Fico, the restaurant they opened in 2016, you can expect all the pasta to be handmade, and totally delicious. It’s perfect for a relaxed, refined spot of lunch after those bustling markets.
1.30pm: The MONA experience
You have to go to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) when you’re in Hobart; it’s a rite of passage. And frankly you’d be mad not to, because it’s an experience like no other. Owner David Walsh’s collection is powerful and engaging, and as entertaining as it is challenging. Be sure to make time for the James Turrells.
4pm: Afternoon tea at Sweet Envy
A day out in Hobart is not complete until you’ve had a treat from Sweet Envy, the city’s beloved gelateria and patisserie. If you’re here in summer, then you can catch their ice cream truck, Big Bessie, roaming the streets, but whatever the season, it’s worth stopping into their North Hobart shop to sample one of their many sugary offerings. It’s afternoon tea, but with added cute. Now, you’ve just got time to get back to your hotel to change for dinner (and maybe have a food-coma/nap while you’re there).
7pm: Pre-dinner drinks
Stop in at Ettie’s for a glass of local wine (ask for a natural one if you fancy something a bit more challenging) in a stunning heritage interior.
8pm: Dinner at Franklin
Franklin had a glittering reputation before she came along, but now that Analiese Gregory has taken over as head chef, Hobart’s best restaurant is now at the top of every Australian foodie’s list. The former executive sous chef at Quay (not to mention patron-chef at Bar Brosé) has brought her impressive skill set to the restaurant, with a focus on local and foraged produce (her ways with abalone are the stuff of legend). Grab a drink at the sculpted concrete bar afterwards, watching the flames flicker in the fireplace.
10.30pm: Spend a night in total luxury
Now that dinner is done, it’s time for bed. You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels in Hobart. If you want to stay central, check out the beautiful new MACq01 hotel on the waterfront. Each of the 114 rooms is dedicated to a different character from Hobart’s rich history, and the hotel offers a considered approach to the Indigenous inhabitants of this land (the lobby honours them with a display of Aboriginal artefacts). Next door, the Henry Jones Art Hotel is a Hobart staple for a reason, its great location, the flurry of artworks and water views being only a few. Outside of town, but accessible by the gallery’s private boat, the MONA Pavilions really are a bucket list experience. Designed by world-class architects with all-designer furnishings and original artworks like Brett Whiteleys gracing the walls, each pavilion is absolutely unique – you’ll feel miles away from anywhere, in total luxury.