A Concierge's Guide to Hobart

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Apr 06, 2016

by TRAVEL INSIDER WRITERS

MONA is a must-see when you're in Hobart. But it doesn't stop there. Janelle Noble, the manager at MONA Pavilions, shares her favourite haunts in the city.

When my friends are in town, I take them for a drink at…
The Glass House on the Brooke Street Pier, which is on the Hobart waterfront. It’s pretty laid-back at night and they have a wonderful cocktail list.

For a business meeting, I book a table at…
The Source restaurant at MONA. They’ve just installed “live garden” tables and launched a brand-new menu. The tabletops share space with moss and other greenery so it’s like you’re eating off a garden. It’s amazing and perfect if you’re looking to impress someone.

My favourite breakfast place is…
Pigeon Hole in West Hobart. It’s a boutique café that serves really delicious local and seasonal food. Everything is sourced from farms that grow organic produce and follow sustainable practices.

And for the best coffee, I go to…
Villino on Criterion Street, right in the heart of Hobart. It’s easy to access and has quick service.

If you want a market experience, don’t miss…
Farm Gate Market, every Sunday on Bathurst Street. It’s great for local produce and artisanal food. I go there for sushi and doughnuts.

Tasmania is renowned for scenic walks; if you only have a day to explore nature, head to…
Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park. It’s only an hour’s drive from Hobart and it has a wide range of native wildlife and alpine vegetation, as well as gorgeous walking trails.

For vintage shopping, I always go to…
Hello Gorgeous Vintage on Barrack Street for high-end vintage clothes. It’s not run-of-the-mill and you can find some unique things there.

And the best place to buy a gift or memento is…
The Nook on Collins Street. It sells great home décor, giftware, fashion and jewellery, all made by local artists and designers.

If it’s raining, the best thing to do is…
Visit MONA! There are three levels of exhibitions to explore, including [owner] David Walsh’s personal collections. I would also recommend the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. It’s a different style but well worth a visit.

And if it’s a beautiful day, opt for…
A high-speed boat cruise around Bruny Island – it’s an excellent way to see Tasmania’s wildlife and flora.

Hobart’s best-kept secret is…
Actually not in Hobart. Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed, down in Dunalley, is a good place to enjoy seafood and beautiful Tasmanian wines. It’s quite new so not many people know about it.

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