Top 10 Cafés in Hobart 2014 – Editor’s Choice


Publishedon 11/09/2014 - 07:35 am

Everyone has their own favourite café, restaurant or food outlet, and we each have our own personal tastes in food. A particular cuisine may appeal to one person, but not be so exciting or tasty to the next. What one person expects in service levels, the next person may not find so important. 

The dictionary meaning of café is "a small or inexpensive restaurant or coffee bar, serving light meals and refreshments". One of the great things about the food sector in Hobart and the rest of Tasmania is there is no shortage of cafés to dine out in, or where you can pick up a coffee or juice made to your liking. 

So with this in mind, here are the Tasmanian Food Guide Editor’s Choice Top 10 Cafés in Hobart for 2014. These are strictly our own opinions based on our personal dining experiences. We are sure many of you out there will have your own list of favourite cafés, which we would love to hear about in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

1. Ginger Brown – South Hobart

Ginger BrownIf you have ever tried to get a table at Ginger Brown on a weekend, you would know just how busy and popular this café is. In the time that it has been open, Ginger Brown has become an institution for the South Hobart locals and the greater Hobart community. Ginger Brown serves great food with an ever-changing specials menu, and bookings are highly recommended on weekends.

2. Jam Jar Lounge Cafe – Battery Point

Jam Jar LoungeSituated in historic Battery Point, Jam Jar have a diverse menu ranging from the traditional breakfast to Japanese Bento boxes, as well as tapas for a weekend dinner menu. You'll love the quirky decor, such as the old fashioned teaspoons and sugar bowls. Jam Jar serve great coffee roasted locally by Villino Coffee, and have an outdoor courtyard that is great during summer. One of only a few dog friendly cafes in Hobart.

3. Rain Check Lounge – North Hobart

Rain Check LoungeDon’t be in a rush when visiting Rain Check Lounge. The vibe is quite relaxed and is certainly well known and loved by locals. They specialize in tapas and offer an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a beautiful cocktail and try the ever-changing range of specials listed on the blackboard. The coffee is well made and we have always had great service with a very friendly smile. This is certainly a very busy café so make a booking if you have a larger group.

4. Quarry Salamanca

Quarry SalamancaQuarry Salamanca has one of the best atmospheres and fit outs of any café we have been to in Hobart. With a perfect location on the main strip of Salamanca in one of the famous sandstone warehouses, you can enjoy an intimate dining experience in one of the booth style tables by the fireplace, or a more relaxed seating arrangement on one of the sofas or outdoor dining tables.

5. Daci & Daci – Salamanca

Daci & DaciDaci & Daci is a favourite for those looking for a sweet treat, pastry or a simple but very tasty breakfast or lunch. The cake cabinets are full of all sorts of colourful treats which are sure to tempt you. With its proximity to the Salamanca markets on Saturday mornings and wharf area, weekends are extremely busy and this is always a good sign for a dining venue as far as we are concerned. We only have one problem – the cakes and pastries are too delicious and we always want to take some home with us!

6. Jam Packed – Salamanca

Jam PackedJam Packed is located directly next door the The Henry Jones Art Hotel in the IXL Atrium. Jam Packed serve all day breakfast and are fully licensed so you can enjoy a glass of local Tasmanian Wine.  They serve a great selection of meals as well as offer a range of pre made focaccia rolls and other tasty snacks.  You can also purchase a range of top quality local Tasmanian food products from the shelves to take home with you.

7. Jackman & McRoss – Battery Point

Jackman & McRossBattery Point has no shortage of dining venues and Jackman & McRoss is a standout café / bakery / patisserie. Dine on a choice of house made pastries, soups, pies and regularly changing specials listed on the blackboard. There is plenty of room inside, but be warned, this venue is extremely popular with the locals so can be quite busy any day of the week. Very reasonably priced menu.

8. Cultura – Hobart CBD

CulturaCultura is located on Liverpool St in the heart of the Hobart CBD. Staff are always very friendly and the coffee is expertly made with their “Italian touch”. You will notice the Italian inspired menu with the food being served quite quickly for a café of this size, and it is always well presented. Don’t be surprised if they remember your coffee order after a couple of visits – this personal service is one of the reasons Cultura has been so successful.

9. Three Little Ducks – Bellerive

Three Little DucksWith one of the best views from any café in Hobart overlooking the marina, Three Little Ducks in Bellerive is sure to be popular. They are open 7 days a week from 8am and fully licensed serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Due to the size of the dining area, Three Little Ducks do not take bookings for breakfast. This cafe is extremely popular with locals and is no doubt our favourite café on the Eastern Shore.

10. Elizabeth St Food + Wine – North Hobart

Elizabeth St Food + WineServing only the freshest locally sourced produce, Elizabeth St Food + Wine is certainly one of Hobart’s most popular cafés. Be entertained on Friday nights with live music and kick back with a glass of recommended local wine matched to a beautifully prepared dish. Take home some of the produce used in any of the meals from the in-house providore and recreate some of beautiful dishes on offer from the well designed menu.


* Disclosure - None of the cafes listed above are affiliated with Tasmanian Food Guide. None of the cafes listed above are paid advertisers on Tasmanian Food Guide. Our opinions are based entirely on anonymous visits to these and many more venues. We have in no way had any financial gain, discounts offered or any other free items on our visits. Your own opinions and experiences may differ entirely to our own.