Some of us are lucky little interstate travellers who have friends like North Hobart’s Liza Jane. This bubbly local loves entertaining visitors and whisking them away to her favourite gems. Whether you live here or plan to visit, this is a weekend you’re going to want to borrow!
Friday night we’d head to Grape for bubbles and tapas then round to Rektango for some live music.
Saturday would start with a session at the barre (as the locals know it, otherwise known as Barrecode, cures any hangover!) followed by brekkie at an artisan bakery such as Daci & Daci or Pigeon Hole. Then it’d be off to Salamanca market and Salamanca shopping – Spacebar Gallery, A Common Ground, The Maker and Handmark Gallery are my favourites, then we’d hit the Hobart Bookshop.
Next, we’d stroll back up to NoHo (aka North Hobart) pop into Tusk for some more retail therapy before catching a flick at the State Cinema –checking out the bookstore there too. After, we’d treat ourselves to an old fashioned milkshake and lollies at Renown before heading to either Raincheck, Smolt or Ethos for dinner.
Alternately, I would hit the road after stocking up on fresh produce and head down the Channel to Bruny Island – stocking up on more gourmet produce along the way – Get Shucked Oysters, Bruny Island Cheese and bread, and treats from the smokehouse. I might even consider overnighting on the island as there are some great new accommodation places.
Sunday we’d hit the Farmers Market for a Haloumi burger (and ask for an egg to be added – delicious) and a great coffee. We’d then stock up on some sushi from the Farmer’s market before hitting TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) and hiring Art Bikes to ride out to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). We’d eat sushi on the pink bean bags and wash it down with some Muse bubbles. We’d spend the afternoon at MONA – with more bubbles at the bar in the museum to top off a day!
Your launch pad for exploring Tasmania like a local.