There's a new floating restaurant, at Mona one can dine under the stars on heated seats, and there's an absolute Shambles of a brewery opening early next year. Hobart has arrived people. And we're thrilled to share some new eats and drinks with you - 25 in fact and this isn't all of them. Oh, and the Nant whisky folk now have a boutique hotel.
Floating on the highest level of Brooke Street Pier are chefs who rubbed shoulders at Melbourne’s Taxi Dining Room and now bring Pan-Pacific inspired dishes to Hobart. A seasonal menu captures Tasmania’s local flavours, served with uninterrupted River Derwent views.
Visit Aloft at Franklin Wharf, Brooke St Pier
THE GOLDEN HOUR - MONA
Is this the best indoor/outdoor dining experience ever invented? The three-course experience, concocted by Mona, begins at the Wine Bar and moves down to James Turrell’s Skyspace (his southern-most in the world) where heated concrete seats await before returning inside. Sunset has never looked like this. Just go.
Visit Mona at 655 Main Road Berriedale
Like the sound of a charcoal grill in the heart of Battery Point? This cosy new Japanese eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect everything from Gyokuro Japanese green tea and free range Cygnet eggs at breakkie to sashimi and sugar-free peanut butter cookies!
Visit Three Japanese at 38 Waterloo Crescent, Battery Point
POST STREET SOCIAL - HOBART WATERFRONT
The doors are soon to open at Post Street Social - a new waterfront café, tapas bar and restaurant. There'll be a deck to enjoy a craft beer in the sunshine and plenty of local Tasmanian produce on the soon-to-be revealed menu. Stay tuned.
Find Post Street Social at 11a Franklin Wharf
PANCHO VILLA RESTAURANT & TEQUILA BAR
Hobart has a shiny new Tequila Bar thanks to Pancho Villa. The much anticipated North Hobart restaurant called on Tasmanians to submit original 'Day of the Dead' artwork for walls, has Moroccan lights from America and is an exciting new addition to the 'NoHo' strip.
Find Pancho Villa at 375 Elizabeth St North Hobart
In the former home of acclaimed Garagistes sits Urban Greek. With its sleek urban design and friendly atmosphere, the restaurant is about honest, good, authentic Greek food made 'with meraki' which in Aussie translates to made 'with love.' We like the sound of that.
Visit Urban Greek at 103 Murray Street
PLAYGROUND ON HARRINGTON - HOBART CITY
Great coffee here – and the handiwork of the owner is well worth admiring also. Drop in for a coffee and take a peek at the handpicked local makers lining the shelves also. Petite and tastefully done, this is sure to become a popular local in the heart of the city.
Visit Playground in Harrington Street.
It supposedly started with a love of beer. There's a possibility that it's still in a Shambles because it doesn't open until 2016 but when it does...we can't wait to visit.
Find Shambles Brewery at 222 Elizabeth Street in 2016
We enjoyed a quick late night bite at Templo in the first week of opening and the Flathead was the tastiest in town. Small plates, intimate atmosphere, creative Chef's Menu, shared dining if it tempts you and generally a gorgeous new addition to Hobart's dining scene.
Visit Templo at 98 Patrick St
NONE SUCH DISTILLERY
This year has seen a number of Tasmanian distilleries swing open their doors. None Such released it's first Sloe Gin in 2015 - and are dedicated to small batch, beautifully crafted spirits. They also love telling you all about what they do - so head out for a tasting and visit on the Arthur Highway.
Find None Such at 491 Arthur Hwy
LOCAL PIZZA - BERRIEDALE
Those in the know have enjoyed a pizza or three from this Berriedale ‘local’ a stone’s throw from Mona. Grab a seat at the welcoming shared tables and order yourself a large Cheeseus-Christ. We dare you. Oh, and you can also enjoy delicious Glazed Doughnuts Hobart treats here.
Find Local Pizza at 52 Maroni St, Berriedale
If you're in the know, you'll know about Captain Bligh's tasting bar in Hobart. If you haven't been yet - we'll give you a little tip - it's at 64 Warwick Street. If you like the sound of 'colonial ale and heritage cider from the end of the earth,' this is your place.
Find Captain Blighs at 64 Warwick Street.
ROBBIE BROWNS - KINGSTON
Beers by the beach sound good? Robbie Browns has you covered - a stylish new addition to the Kingston Beach waterfront strip. Great share plates, fancy pants cocktails and even a little spirits emporium behind a barn door await your visit.
Find Robbie Browns at Kingston Beach
BAXTER - ROSNY PARK
If you’re in a hurry, Baxter is your friend. These guys specialise in quick and delicious treats and coffee for busy people. Toasted pides and donuts made in-house at this new eastern shore fave. There's even the likes of choc-mallow or choc-honeycomb donuts depending on the day!
Find Baxter at Shop 1, 2 Bayfield St Rosny Park
Who doesn't enjoy a picnic? The Picnic Café is tucked away in Mather's Lane in the city - they serve up wholesome toasties, cakes, coffee and specials like pesto, Persian fetta, spinach and coriander bruschetta on Philadelphia Bakers bread (find these bakers at the Farmers Market!)
Find Picnic Café at Shop 6A, Mathers Lane
It's Sheep Whey Vodka. That's right, Ryan Harthorn is making vodka out of whey from the family's Grandvewe Cheeses business and it's now being sipped all over the world. He hand paints each bottle and you'll find him at the Brooke St Pier regularly. It's a winner!
Visit Grandvewe/Hartshorn Distillery at the Brooke St Pier
THE BLACK FOOTED PIG - HOBART
We’re not sure why the pig has black feet, but we do know that the tapas and share plates here are delicious. Perfect for an after work cocktail tucked away near the Hobart waterfront. Plus, enjoy gorgeous plates by Ridgeline Pottery.
Find The Black Footed Pig at 8 Brooke St, Hobart
BURY ME STANDING
We've spotted a brand new coffee window in the streets of Hobart - tucked away a few doors down from the State Library on Bathurst St. Good chance there'll be a growing line for morning coffee and pot-boiled bagels from these popular Farmer's Market goers!
Visit Bury Me Standing on Facebook
PERMISSION TO EAT - HOBART
It's not brand spanking, but so worth a mention. At PerMission to Eat, get your fill and fill another’s plate. It’s easy. Buy a coffee, for instance, and pop a few coins in the slot for someone else to have one who otherwise might not have the means. Also a training ground for long-term unemployed, this place has a whole lot of good going on including good, good food.
Find Permission to Eat of 48 Barrack St
This family owned pizza bar in Liverpool Street opened earlier in the year, offering everything from vegan pizzas to sticky date pudding and Nutella dessert pizzas. Of course the authentic classics are in the mix - with the option for home delivery or eat-in.
Find Marcello's at 253-255 Liverpool St
Located on the Bellerive Boardwalk, hugged by thick sandstone walls, Blue Envy isn't terribly new but a welcome addition to the Eastern Shore strip. We enjoyed a quiet lunch overlooking the boats recently and have just heard there's a spanking new menu to try. And Boardwalk Fish and Chips are floating nearby too!
Find Blue Envy at 12 Cambridge Road, Bellerive
After attending a recent event at Blundstone Arena, we popped down to Plumb for a coffee. It has a great non-fussy menu and was filled with locals. With a gorgeous beach a few steps away, it's the perfect place to grab a couple of takeaways and find a patch of sand too!
Find Plumb at Blundstone Arena, Bellerive
THE BRICK FACTORY
In the heart of Salamanca, The Brick Factory have everything you need, beer, wine, spirits, whisky, long tables for nattering around and live music. Some just like to watch the sport on TV, that's okay too.
Find the Brick Factory at 55 Salamanca Place
NANT WHISKY BAR - SALAMANCA
So Nant Whisky Bar isn't new, but did you know it has expanded. And did you know Nant now have their very own boutique hotel here in Hobart? There's lots to find out when you're down having a little tipple with these guys in Salamanca.
Find Nant at 3G/63 Wooby's Lane, Salamanca
THE TASMANIAN JUICE PRESS
Cold pressed and delicious the Tasmanian Juice Press is a changing feast of seasonal goodness. Vibrant bottles of carrot, lemon, ginger + turmeric sit beside rice paper rolls and aromatic broths on any given day. The juice vessels are the best too - by local ceramist Lindsey Wherrett.
Find the Tas Juice Press at 32 Argyle Street, Hobart
Words: Alice Hansen
Images: Alice Hansen (unless otherwise credited)
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