If you know me well, you probably know that I am a coffee addict! We’ve had the good fortune of getting “stuck” in Hobart due to COVID19 border closures. And I’ve spent a considerable amount of time exploring the cafes throughout Hobart and its suburbs.
I drink two to three coffees a day, and after living in Europe, and then Melbourne (known to have the best coffee in the world), I’ve become quite spoiled. My coffee palate has pretty high standards, so you can trust me!
Below is the list of my favorite places, and they’re not in any particular order. It would have been too hard to rank them. Hobart has a charming cafe and brunch culture. If you take your credit card to one of these businesses, you won’t regret it! Ps. if you're hungry this blog might make you hangry...
1. Machine Laundry Cafe
Machine Laundry Cafe Hobart is a staple cafe in Salamanca Square. Stop here for an obscenely large muffin and hot coffee, and while you’re at it, you can get your laundry done! It’s an odd combo that’s become a hit in the city. If you’re looking for breakfast in Hobart try Machine Laundry!
2. Queens Pastry
My partner discovered this hidden gem. It’s instagrammable, you won’t forget the mint green paint, and the pastries are delightfully fresh. Queens Pastry makes delicious donuts and sweet monkey bread!
(photos courtesy Queens Facebook)
Sisterhood is a classic everything-you-could-want brunch spot in the laid-back Sandy Bay area of Hobart. A bunch of locals recommended Sisterhood to us. They serve coffee with all-day brunch and breakfast. They had the best eggs benedict I’ve had in Australia, and that’s an extremely high compliment coming from me!
4. Jackman and McRoss
If you’re looking for a next-level bakery, this is your stop. Jackman and McRoss is located in the historic suburb of Battery Point. I rarely see bakeries with the selections that these guys have. They boast danishes, croissants, lemon berry tarts, and savory cheese quiches in the front window. We went with some close friends of ours, and all got something from the savory menu and something from the sweet one - this one gets my highest recommendation!
5. Pigeon Hole
The Pigeon Hole is shyly tucked into West Hobart; we only discovered it because it was next to our Airbnb. It looks modest from the front but has a bunch of seating in the back. They have fresh, hot coffee, great fresh muffins, and warm breakfasts perfect for a cold Hobart day.
(photos courtesy Pigeon Hole website)
6. Ginger Brown
If you’re looking for a south Hobart cafe, look no further than Ginger Brown. They have tons of gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free pastries made fresh. This quaint stop has a euro feel that’s hard to beat. Ginger Brown is the perfect morning date spot.
(photos courtesy Ginger Brown Facebook)
7. Giddy Up
This sneaky cafe is located in Sandy Bay. It’s tucked into the street and blends in with the other Hobart homes. Giddy Up fills their menu with local Tasmanian produce that changes with the seasons. I love local produce!
8. Born in Brunswick
Brunswick is an inner-city suburb in Melbourne, and if you don’t know, Melbourne is known to have the best coffee in the world. So “the best” is their goal! The Born in Brunswick owners serve premium coffee and all-day brunch with a touch of Asian influence. You’ll love the ample seating and light and airy feel of this cafe in north Hobart.
Now Imago is not your typical Hobart headlining cafe. I discovered them off-handedly and have been enamored ever since. I swear they have the best coffee in Hobart, full stop. If you’re looking for a good strong cup of joe, Imago in the center of the city is your one-stop-shop. It’s got a small hipster lounge feel that will help you take a break from the fast-paced city.
10. Cibo e Vino
A girlfriend took me to this cafe owned by the famous Da Angelo’s Italian restaurant next door. If you’re looking for a late breakfast or brunch, grab a seat here for a few hours and soak up the good energy from the old architecture in Battery Point at Cibo e Vino.
11. Smolt Kitchen
Smolt Kitchen is an eclectic modern cafe and staple of West Hobart. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks every day. I can certainly vouch for their coffee and smashed avocado. Their big booths and bright colors make for a relaxing afternoon of indulgence made for groups, big or small.
We spent many chilly Hobart mornings in cafes around town, and overall we found them to be darling. I actually had a hard time whittling down my list to around 10. Other Hobart cafes I enjoyed were Capulus, Berta, The Stagg, Bear with Me, Straight Up, Brew, and STJ. Truly, the cafes in Hobart are endless.
We were constantly stumbling upon fabulous little hidden gems in different Hobart neighborhoods. If you’re a morning person, Hobart is for you! If I could find a way to stay in Hobart, I probably would!
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If I had to vote by category:
Best Breakfast Hobart
If I only had one breakfast in Hobart, it would be at the unforgettable Machine Laundry Cafe, they have the best breakfast.
Best Cafe Hobart
The top pick for the cafe in Hobart would be the lovely Ginger Brown.
Best Brunch Hobart
The best brunch in Hobart, Tasmania can be found at Jackman and McRoss.
If you’ve never visited Tasmania before, now would be the time to do so. There’s plenty to explore on the island. I highly recommend staying at least two nights in Hobart. That way you get to experience everything the capital city has to offer.
Let me know what else you think should be added to this list in the comments below!