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Five best coffee spots in Hobart

18 March 2012 7 Comments

Coffee in Hobart

Coffee is a personal thing.

What one person loves, another… anyway, I have chosen this sample of places to visit during your stay in Hobart for their coffee or location or both, with five more listed at the end that I haven’t been to but have been highly recommended to me by locals as having fantastic coffee.

Salamanca Arts Centre

This cafe hidden at the end of an arcade in the Salamanca Arts Centre is a real gem. It’s surrounded by art galleries and stores and just a few steps from the bustling Salamanca Market on a Saturday. Breakfast is highly recommended – try the fruit-and-yoghurt ‘trifle’ or the chilli beans on sourdough.

Fullers Bookshop – Afterword Cafe
131 Collins Street

In the centre of Hobart’s CBD, the bright and airy cafe at the rear of the Fullers Bookstore is a good spot to stop and leaf through your latest book purchase. You must buy the book first!

Pigeon Hole
93 Goulburn Street, West Hobart

At the bottom of one of West Hobart’s very steep hills is this tiny cafe known for its wonderful bread and coffee.

Jam Packed
27 Hunter Street

The courtyard at the rear of the old IXL Jam Factory building is a good spot to shelter for a while when you are wandering around the Constitution Dock area of Hobart. There is often an exhibition in the courtyard to look at while you wait, such as art or furniture from a nearby store.

The Cupping Room
105 Murray Street

Choose from a wide range of coffee blends in this warehouse style cafe.

Five on my list to try next:
1) Villino Espresso – 30 Criterion Street
2) Island Espresso – 171 Elizabeth Street
3) Pilgrim Coffee – 48 Argyle Street
4) Oomph! – 60 Liverpool Street
5) Jam Jar – 45 Hampden Road, Battery Point

Do you have a favourite spot for coffee in Hobart?
Shoot us a comment below so other readers can follow up on your recommendations.

Susan Moore lives in the Huon Valley of Tasmania. She shares a glimpse of daily life in, as written by a “blow in” from the mainland, on her terrific site Houn View. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive her regular articles.

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  • Adam said:

    Well done for finding the cupping room! After your next visit I’m pretty sure you will be rearranging your top 5, you should be impressed with Villino and Oomph.

  • stan ellerm said:

    Machine at Salamanca is awesome.

  • Tracey said:

    Give Shoebox Cafe on Elizabeth Street a visit too, not just for the coffee but the friendly service, great filled pides and triangle sushi.

  • Julia said:

    I love Atlas Espresso (formally Red Bean). They do great muffins as well. Friendly service too!

  • Barista Paul said:

    Hobart definitely has an underrated coffee and cafe scene. A top quality cup of coffee is more in demand than ever before in our beautiful city, with new unique cafe’s seemingly popping up every other week. I really recommend you check out Pilgrim and Pigeon Hole, both make a great drop.

    If you’re interested in making quality coffee at home, check out my site Perfect Latte for a great step by step guide.

  • Sebastian said:

    1. Next Door
    2. Jam Jar
    3. Yellow Bernard
    4. Pigeon Hole
    5. Villino
    6. Tricycle
    7. Machine

    I personally don’t like Jam Packed at all. Great courtyard, great location, but the coffee is always either burned, or tastes like cleaning chemicals. Just my experience.

  • Ckjolly said:

    Yellow Bernard on Collins St.

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