Red Parka Designs is snuggled into the best little street in Hobart – Criterion Street. Up this lane is great coffee, organic food, art and design. You’ll also find an artistic laneway off the side near Ecru. Creator and owner Jennifer Cossins is the artist behind top-selling children’s books including 101 Collective Nouns. In her spare time she loves to paint, go bushwalking, potter in the garden and other such fun. She treasures her self-employed freedom and goes travelling as often as she can. Just go and say hello – you’ll find a host of local makers and artists in her Red Parka haven.
IN CONVERSATION WITH JEN
What’s your favourite place to go for a quiet drink?
Where do you go for a day out of the city?
I love the Mount Field area as it’s a beautiful drive to get there and there are lots of great options for day walks.
Best local secret?
St Albi's in Moonah is a great spot for coffee, wine and food, somewhat hidden away in the industrial northern suburbs. Well worth seeking out.
A weekend in Hobart?
It would probably involve a long brunch, maybe at Machine Laundry Café or Room for a Pony, a walk on the beach or down to our community garden to tend our veggie plot, an afternoon stroll through the art galleries and bookshops of Salamanca, then maybe a movie and a wine at the State Cinema. My favourite thing to do, really, is stay at home working on an art project, so that would probably feature quite prominently too.
Where will we find you on a dinner out?
Sush Track on the waterfront.
VISIT: 22 Criterion Street, Hobart
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