Room for a Pony
Everyone on the gram knows, the iPhone must eat first. Hobart has a plethora of visually stunning produce that has flavour to match. Truth is you could spend your entire time in this foodie town skipping from one hip dining den to another and still have enough left over for a gazillion more visits.
Head straight to Pigeon Whole Bakers (32 Argyle St) downtown once the sun rises and thank us later. This cute as a bright white button shrine to pastry design is an exercise in pared back dough. No hanging around, line up, grab an eccle cake or doughnut and a piccolo on the side and look all urban like in the side lane where you pick up your caffeine from the hole in the wall.
If you’re one of those perky early morning types who jump straight from bed linen into active leggings then Mt Wellington has your name on it. You can’t miss it, it’s the peak that overlooks the city and is a hikers paradise. Lucky for you there’s a Lost Freight Café perched in a shipping container halfway up the hill. It’s all exposed wood clad shipping steel and lattè art with misty mountain views.
North Hobart also hosts the ever popular Room for a Pony (338 Elizabeth St), a breakfast den with lashings of exposed brick and pendant lights and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We suggest the sardines on toast or Chinese fried chilli omelette to start your day, Karaage Japanese chicken for mid-day boost and the Corpse Reviver Number 2 cocktail blend of absinthe rinse, Cointreau and gin for dinner to recover from your food coma.
The Machine Laundry Café in Salamanca was built for the gram. Well technically it launched in ‘97 when Insta was but a glint in Kevin Systrom’s eye, but you get the drift. It’s colourful and quirky and begging for an emoji. Yes, it’s a working laundromat, but it’s also a café so start snapping. The team are also behind the vibrant block colours of Madame Clarkes café in Kingston and the retro lino of Plain Jane in Moonah.
Are you even an influencer if you eat gluten? Enter Straight Up Coffee + Food at 202 Liverpool Street. An entirely gluten free and vegetarian menu committed to low waste, composting, recycling and a root to tip philosophy. Your camera will love the smashed banana on toasted super seedy with poached berries and soy ricotta with toasted almonds, hemp seeds and sweet tahini dressing. Hashtag scrumptious.
Still hungry? Then head to the not-to-be-confused-by Pigeon Hole Café (no relation) in West Hobart (93 Goulburn St). Owned by the folks from Weston Farm Produce so expect full farm fare with organic principles and biodynamic practices. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch.
We’re yet to mention Berta (119 Elizabeth St) and we’ve already filled six days of breakfasts. It’s pretty in ocean greens, downtown and filled with enough stoneware to serve up all the rustic organic food in all the land. Expect goodness style bowls of hearty breakfast fare and seasonal food staring with a smile from the plate.
Locals would nudge us if we neglected to mention Jackman and McRoss. So, here goes. This abundant bakery oozes sugar and frosting and sourdough and yeast, it’s filled with old fashioned scrolls and tarts with a contemporary twist. You won’t know where to look, it’s that good and it’s at the top of the Kelly Steeps stairs from Salamanca Place.
Mt Wellington adventures