48 Hours in Hobart

48 hours in Hobart

We had the pleasure of spending this weekend in Hobart – it was our third weekend visit in three years – so definitely wasn’t our first and I’m hoping it won’t be our last. It’s our happy place. If you need more Hobart tips – check out my pick of the Best Breakfasts and Coffees in Hobart7 Places to Eat and Drink in Hobart and 9 Things to Do in Hobart Without a Car.

Now I’m going to ‘fess up, we were tired, we were hungry and as we’d ticked so much sightseeing off the list  in previous visits. this  trip was all about eating, drinking and sleeping…With a side of running. So here’s what we packed in!

Where we stayed…

Ibis Styles Hobart173 Macquarie Street

We rested our weary heads at the Ibis Styles –  new to us and relatively new to Hobart (it opened in July 2017) – this hotel ticked all the boxes. It’s clean, fresh, modern and reasonably priced (by Hobart standards anyway.)

48 hours in Hobart - Ibis Styles

We splashed the cash for a deluxe room on a higher floor with a water view. The room was really compact but the bed super comfy and the room had more USB points than you could shake a stick at. With it’s central location and relaxed, trendy vibe, it was the perfect place to base ourselves for weekend.

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What we did…

There’s nothing we love more than a weekend away, than a weekend away with a run. The main event of this runcation was the Cadbury Marathon. This running extravaganza includes a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a kiddies 1K. We decided that the 10K was for us the Goldilocks distance, not too long, not too short, just right.

48 hours in Hobart - Cadbury Marathon

The field is relatively small compared to other running festivals, but what the event lacks in size, it makes up for in atmosphere. It has a wonderful, community feel and  at the end of the course, runners receive not just a medal, but chocolate! The highlight for me was meeting my chocolate heroes, Freddo Frog and Caramello Koala.

48 hours in Hobart - Cadbury Marathon Freddo

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dunn Place, Hobart

We’ve actually visited the museum and art gallery before but I cannot resist a free museum, especially one that has an exhibition featuring Australia’s largest marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian Devil. The enlightening natural history exhibition runs until 6th May so run, don’t walk! That said, even without the devils on show, the museum is well worth a visit.

48 hours in Hobart - Tasmanian Museum

Where we ate…

Standard Drinks54 Liverpool Street

This burger bar is a spin off of Hobart burger hotspot, The Standard. Right around the corner from the original Standard, the bar serves booze, reasonably priced burgers, fried chicken,  pimped up fries and pie for dessert, all in a neon, eighties retro setting.

48 hours in Hobart - Standard Drinks

There’s a lot to love here including an imaginative burger menu, an extensive game selection and some uber cool eighties movie posters on the ceiling. If you love burgers and think the eighties are greaties, you’re going to love this place! As you can see, David was pretty taken with the Reverse Cowgirl Burger – a delicious combo of  chicken, bacon, cheese, buttermilk onion rings, bbq sauce, pickles and mayo between two buns.

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Pilgrim Coffee48 Argyle Street

Here you’ll find exposed brick, stylish lighting, hipster vibes, decent coffee and an eclectic food menu. The food is as good as the coffee and I can vouch for the  potato hash with mushrooms and perfectly poached free range eggs. It really is the stuff brunch dreams are made of.

48 hours in Hobart - Pilgrim

Frank1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart

I’ve wanted to eat in this modern, funky restaurant for what seems like forever. In fact, this was my third attempt to eat at Frank in three years. In the first year we couldn’t get in, last year we had to cancel because I had a migraine, and this year was third time lucky. Woot!

48 hours in Hobart - Frank

The Argentinian inspired menu, friendly service and colourful, fun interior did not disappoint. Food is designed to share and is delicious and flavoursome. Everything we ate was fabulous but the Cola Glazed Pork Belly with fried pickles and the Sweet Potato with Goats Curd were our favourites.

Dandy Lane, 10/138 Collins Street, Hobart

Tucked away off a busy street in the CBD in Collins Place, Dandy Lane is easy (but way to good) to miss. Here you’ll find superb coffee, delicious food and friendly service in a light, airy space although there’s outdoor seating too. The food menu is fresh and fabulous, the hardest part is deciding which plate of deliciousness to choose. The Dukkah Eggs with grilled mushrooms, spinach, feta, poached eggs and grain toast gets my vote.

48 hours in Hobart - Dandy Lane

Where we drank…

T Bone Brewing 308 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

After a particularly horrendous flight and especially awful weather on arrival in Hobart, staying warm, dry and settling our stomach with some craft beer seemed the most sensible option. T bone offers a tasty and interesting selection of craft beers made on site and with all Tasmanian ingredients.

Everything on tap is handcrafted and brewed in small batches, so popular brews tend to sell out quickly and as a result, selection can be limited. No matter, because the friendly bar staff will be happy to advise you of a delicious alternative, and besides, there is no such thing as a bad brew here.

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Shambles222 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

We rarely revisit the same place twice but we made an exception for Shambles. We love the great selection of fabulous beers in an ace space. Personally, I love the  front of the brewery – it has a great vibe –  but the brewing magic happens out the back, which is a great space for groups and even has a table tennis table!

48 hours in Hobart - Shambles

Lark Distillery14 Davey Street, Hobart

Lark’s Cellar Door had long been on our Hobart wish list. It’s a whiskey lover’s dream with over 150 premium malt whiskies including Tasmania’s finest, but there’s also a selection of Tassie wines, beers and spirits plus coffee and cheese plates all served in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

We’re here on our friend Rochelle’s recommendation – this is the place where she allegedly had the best gin and tonic of her life. It’s a bit early in the afternoon for a whisky so we follow Rochelle’s lead and have a Forty Spotted gin and tonic. It’s in a league of it’s own.

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Gold BarSuite 3, Ground Floor/11 Morrison Street

We have our server at Lark to thank for finding the hidden gem that is Gold Bar. This cosy speakeasy has a theatrical vibe, gold galore and  is tucked away in the back of a courtyard. It’s so worth seeking out. This place is a gin lover’s delight and hosts 103 gins plus  of course, there’s some rum, whisky, brandy and cocktails too.

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I don’t think there’s anything owner Ian Reed doesn’t know about gin and he’s more than happy to share his knowledge. The gin and tonics here are next level, but most of these artisan gins are too good to be mixed with tonic, they’re stand alone delicious.

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And if you’re looking to line your stomach, do not miss Ian’s mum’s pies or sausage rolls – they’re homemade and they’re totes delicious. The recipe for the sausage rolls might be top secret but the location for this bar isn’t. Seek and ye shall find!

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Institut Polaire7 Murray Street, Hobart

Another bar, another recommendation and another new favourite. This snowy, cold climate wine and cocktail bar is uber cool and embraces Antartica with a passion for everything cold hearted. We loved the clean, luxe interior, friendly, professional service and the amazing wine list, even if the wine glasses were a bit of a handful!

48 hours in Hobart - Institut Polaire

Before we knew it, we’d run out of time and stomach space and were on our way home! Until next time, Hobart! Because there will be a next time!

Have you ever been to Hobart? What should I add to the list for next time? Would you run for chocolate? What’s your ideal way to spend a weekend break?

All accommodation, race entries, food and drinks were thoroughly enjoyed and independently paid for. As usual, all opinions are of course,honest and my own.

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT and  VanMarcellaLauren and Isabel for Wanderful Wednesday.

  • I love Hobart. Shortly after graduating Uni many many years I go I worked and lived there for two years. I really need to go back and revisit Tassie!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Oh you lucky duck! I would love to live in Hobart. You should totally go back – I bet it’s changed so much!

  • Hobart is just a beautiful city and so so peaceful and charming.

  • I’ve never been there but I want that burger so much now 🙂

  • I lived in Tasmania for a few years when I was a little girl (explains my love for winter!) but I haven’t been back for years. I’d love to visit again sometime. And all that food and drink looks delicious!

    • Oh it must have been such a wonderful place to grow up. And yes, Hobart is a foodies delight. There’s so much to see, eat, drink and do and in three visits we’ve never visited the same place twice… Except for Shambles brewery – we had to make an exception 🙂

  • I love tassie but have only been to Launceston and some rural areas where we have family- must get to Hobart!

  • I have just put on my bucket list, to holiday with you and David. Without fail, you find the best food ever!!

  • Awesome. We loved our tastier trip so much we would love to live there if hubby had work… Maybe retirement spot! He lived lark (i was at a museum with the girls) and now that I know that it is not just whiskey I will go with him next time. Definitely adding Gold bar to the list for our Hobart return sounds perfect for us gin and tonic lovers! Jealous you can manage a weekend there – need at least a week to justify airfare and travel time from Brisbane.

    • Same! I would move there in a heartbeat if we could get jobs! Lark was fab and there are heaps of drinks to choose from. Gold was pretty special and our favourite find of the weekend. I even had a neat Christmas gin that tasted, you guessed it, just like Christmas! We flew on frequent flyer points which made it bearable cost wise – I couldn’t not run for chocolate! Next year you can enter the run too!

  • Lorelle Catalano

    Wow, it’s been a long time since we visited Hobart…pre-kids!!
    Looks like you had a lovely weekend away Sammie. Love that gin! 😉

    • The gin was amaze – I wish I could transport the Gold Bar back to Sydney. You totally need to go to Hobart – I bet it’s like a different city from when you were last there 🙂

  • Hobart is 100% on our list. My cousin and her partner just spent Christmas there and that combined with this post is making me want to get my butt there asap. I’ll be referring to this when the time comes. Thanks, lady.

    • I think you’d love it. Every time we go back we find new and wonderful things! If you do go be sure to check my posts for the best breakfast and coffee and for things to do without a car!

  • I’ve never been to Hobart. You sure packed a lot in. Meeting Caramello Koala would have been my highlight too, lol! Looks like so much fun but sad to hear the flight was awful 😬. Xx

    • I think you would love it. I refused to leave the event until I had my annual photo with Caramello! The first year we did it, we got a pic with Caramello and Freddo together – that was the best! The flight there was horrid but on the plus side, it has inspired me to finally write my will!

  • Love the street art at the top, do you recall where it was? We’re headed down next week and can’t resist seeking out an interesting piece

    • Oh you lucky duck! You’re in for a treat! There is some amazing street art in Hobart – that one at the top is in Victoria Street. If you google “Hobart Street Art” you’ll find loads more! If you search Hobart on the blog, you’ll find some more of my favourite places for breakfast and coffee and heaps of things to do without a car! Have fun!

  • I haven’t been to Tasmania in YEARS. I’d love to go back after reading this post. I had no idea there was a Cadbury Marathon! And to get chocolate at the end? That’s awesome.

    • Yes, the marathon is so fun! There’s a full marathon, a half, a 10K, a 5k and a 1k mini marathon for the kidlets! I really needed that chocolate at the end, I can tell you 🙂

  • You fit so much into such a short time period! If I was ever going to run a marathon, it would certainly need to involve chocolate!!

    • I will run for chocolate but it would take more than chocolate to motivate me to run a marathon! 10k is much more manageable!

  • Congrats on the run! It facilitated lots of eating and drinking of amazing things. I am drooling over the Dukkah eggs from Dandy Lane right now. What I wouldn’t do to have that in front of me this second. Instead I have to deal with greasy American eggs and bacon 😉

    • Such a fun run and not just because of my famous friends at the end! The food in Tassie is next level – I don’t think US brekkies are worse, just different. Think of the pancakes!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Wow that was quick Sammie! You only just got back! Did you make it to Sweet Envy?

    • I was so traumatised from the flight, I said I had to go to Sweet Envy because only baked goods could make me feel better. We walked all the way there and when we got there it was closed – in the middle of a Saturday afternoon! I’m not sure if it’s closed permanently or if it was an extended Christmas break but my disappointment was off the charts!

  • I really need to put Hobart on my list! And YES to running for chocolate! Does cadbury do vegan chocolate? I am getting back to running with the SMH half this year. Are you doing it?

    • I’m not sure if they do vegan chocolate, but they totally need to! I’m not doing the SMH half – it’s not my favourite course – but I’m considering doing the half at Blackmore’s. I have a LOT of work to do before then though!

  • Yay for Tassie! This looks like such a fun break. Eating, drinking and museums is definitely my speed, but I’ll leave the running to you…! I’ve been well and truly bitten by the Tasmania bug after seeing more of the NW so I’m planning a return trip already. I haven’t been to Hobart for maybe 8 years so it’s high time for a return trip. I’ll definitely be picking your brains when the time comes!

    • I think you would love Hobart – so much to eat, see and do. It’s changed so much over the three years we’ve been visiting, I bet you’ll notice a massive difference!

  • Oh my goodness, it all looks AMAZING!!! I am currently in the grip of some serious travel envy at the moment, and right now Tassie, Norfolk Island, and Japan are fighting for top spot, but Tassie could just be edging them all out after this post!
    #teamIBOT

  • Sammie, you’re so inspiring with the runs that you do!
    I liked walking through, Richmond, the cute little old town on the way to the Hobart from the airport. I missed out on the Salamanca markets and apparently they are really good. I’d also love to visit the NANT distillery and MOMA.

    • Good to know, I’ve never explored Richmond on foot, just driven through it. Salamanca is amaze – it’s prominent in my other Hobart posts but the weather was shocking and we were feeling under par from the flight this time so we gave it a miss. MONA is such a treat and we too would love to go to Nant. It’s definitely on the list for next time!