Hobart is a place to wander. Spend lazy days meandering along the streets and lanes of Battery Point, strolling along Lower Sandy Bay Beach or taking in the changing streetscape the length of Elizabeth Street from the city to North Hobart. It is a holiday destination where breakfast should always be a slow and hearty café brunch and where coffee in just one café per day is never enough. This small city boasting some of the cleanest air in the world, where the mountains and wilderness meet the sea is where I grew up and is one of my all time favourite holiday spots.

Great food in Tasmania is part of the psyche. With farms producing local stone fruit, raspberries, all varieties of veggies, some of the best dairies in the world and meat and seafood highly regarded this is a must visit destination if you are a food lover.

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The quality of café food in Hobart is exceptionally high. Battery Point and Salamanca provide the hot spot of the best on offer. Pollen Tea Room is one of those little gems. This café occupies one of the iconic historical stone cottages on Battery Point’s Hamden Road. Their classic brunch style menu offers simple but high quality options bursting with flavour. I was particularly impressed by their note on the menu inviting those of us with food intolerances or allergies to feel free to customise or modify any menu option. My super tasty baked eggs here topped with a scrumptious cashew cheese instead of the listed fetta without even a blink of an eye. Gluten free options are also readily available. The café offers a few cosy inside tables and a generous amount of outdoor seating in a courtyard oasis out back.

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Pollen Tea House, Battery Point, Hobart. 

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The iconic view of Hamden Road, Battery Point, from outside Jackman & McRoss with Mt Wellington in the background. 

Other great cafes in this region include Jam Jar, Tricycle and Environs.  

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There are plenty of spots to hide in doors from the crazy Tassie weather in Hobart. An afternoon can easily turn into an evening as you enjoy some stunning local cold climates wines in front of a roaring wood fire. Jack Greene is one of the coolest places in town. With an interior fit out to die for, and an chilled Irish pub vibe this place is a must visit. Let your mind boggle at the selection of boutique wines and beers and offer but keep things simple with a tasty burger and chips. 

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The top tourist destination in Tassie now days is the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). James and I treated our selves to the VIP treatment heading up river to the museum in the Posh Pit aboard one of the Mona Roma ferries. The $50 posh pit tickets are money well spent as you enjoy premium Moo Brew or Morilla beverages, along with nibbles on the trip there and back. 

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Mona needs to be seen to be believed. An Art Museum like no other, this dramatic complex of art, culture, accommodation, entertainment, restaurants and bars on the outskirts of Hobart houses the private art collection of one very unique Hobart local.

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Make sure to take advantage of the onsite food and beverage options. You wont be disappointed. The museum can easily fill up a day if you take it in at a leisurely pace with “nourishing” and “watering” stops along the way. 

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