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Tassie punches above its weight when it comes to the food and beverage scene, with its restaurants and cafes gaining nation-wide recognition. While Hobart is considered a bit of a foodie hub, there are so many more great little cafes to enjoy on your journey beyond Hobart. If you’re looking for an early morning coffee or breakfast before (or after) you embark on a day trip or road trip, we’ve got you covered with some of our tips below.

With Tasmania serving up some many great cafes, we couldn’t quite fit them all in this blog. So here is just a taster of what you can expect. Make sure you visit our Eat and Drink page for more great cafes in Southern Tasmania.

 

Derwent Valley

While you may be on route to the Southwest National Park, Central Highlands, or perhaps just meandering through the Derwent Valley for a leisurely Sunday drive, there are plenty of cute little cafes to visit to enjoy a slice of something nice.

Black Swan, located in New Norfolk is a bookstore and cafe with a lovely atmosphere. Pick up a coffee on your ventures west or stay and read awhile.

A Cheeky Little Place is a fantastic spot to pick up a coffee. Or, try The Quilted Teapot, a very cute cafe across from the Black Swan.

Waterfalls Cafe & Gallery, located within the Mount Field National Park, is a great place to enjoy a coffee and bite to eat following (or before, we won’t judge) your adventures around the park. * Don’t forget to pick up a parks pass when visiting Mt Field National Park!

The Agrarian Kitchen & Eatery – while some may want to enjoy a sit-down lunch, The Agrarian Kitchen also offers a takeaway kiosk where you can pick up a quick bite before continuing on your journey.

The Possum Shed Cafe sits quietly on the banks of the Tyenna River and is a great little spot to fuel up on the way to Mt Field National Park or Strathgordon.

 

Huon Valley 

The Huon Valley, home of the apple and a foodie’s delight, is the prime position for a warming tea and treat.

Stop by the Summer Kitchen Bakery to pick up a freshly baked treat in the picturesque Ranelagh countryside. Hot tip: there is often a fire lit around the back to enjoy. Further down the road from Summer Kitchen is the Ranelagh General Store, the perfect spot for a hearty feed.

Along the river in the little town of Franklin, you will find Frank’s Cider House and Cafe. Not only offering delicious cider Frank’s also has a great line up of menu items worth sticking around for.

Offering artisan pastries and fresh pasta, The Old Bank in Geeveston is the perfect stop after a morning at Hartz Mountain National Park or as a lunch road trip destination. For something a little different visit Harvest and Light in Geeveston – a picklery and gallery, Harvest and Light also serves up delicious coffee.

The Cygnet Old Bank serves up dishes of delicious local produce. Fuel up with their large breakfast options before taking a stroll around the quaint town of Cygnet.

Located in Mountain River and overlooking Sleeping Beauty (the mountain) My Slice of Pie is a hidden gem. Our tip – get stuck into one of their homemade pies, they are so good, you won’t want to share (hence the cafe’s name).

 

The Channel 

A cruise along the channel is a great way to spend a day out. Visit The Picnic Basket in Taroona for lovely coffee, tea or try one of their delectable slices. In Margate, you will find Karios Cafe at the Channel Museum, pick up a coffee and have a quick look around the museum and gift store.

If you are heading off to Bruny Island, enjoy a coffee while waiting for the ferry at The Gateway in Kettering.

Situated on Beach Road overlooking Kingston Beach, Fika specialises in artisan coffee and freshly baked goods. Grab a takeaway coffee, wander on the beach or just sit and enjoy the view.

Drive a little further down the channel and you will reach beautiful Woodbridge. Visit the Peppermint Bay Hotel and enjoy a bite to eat on the deck overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

 

Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Penisula is the perfect weekend getaway with plenty to see and do. Hit one of the famous coastal hiking trails like the Three Capes Track, visit Port Arthur Historic Site or just chill out at one of the many picturesque beaches.

A quick coffee stop at Cubed Espresso is a must before your day of adventures. This converted caravan perched on the hill at Pirates Bay has some of the best coffee and views in the area.

If you’re heading to Port Arthur, be sure to stop in at the Historic Site Cafe or the Port Arthur Lavender Farm.

On your journey back to Hobart, stop via Bangor Wine Shed and pick up some lunch or treat yourself to a little Tasmanian vino.

 

Coal River Valley

The quaint, historic town of Richmond is just a 20-minute drive from Hobart. The village is scattered with boutiques and cafes and makes for a wonderful day trip destination. Be sure to take some time to bask in the town’s lovely atmosphere.

Ashmore on Bridge Street is smack-bang in the middle of the town and is set in a beautiful old building. Their Devonshire tea is the perfect option for a relaxing Sunday.

A short stroll down the road and you will also find Czegs Cafe. Dishing up delicious coffee and cake, this cosy little cafe is a great place to warm up on a chilly day.

Wattlebanks is also a great place to visit in Richmond. Their food van offers quick seafood bites while the cafe and providore offer a range of Tasmanian inspired dishes. They also offer a picnic hamper that you can pick up and enjoy down by the river!

High Cheese? Yes, please! Located in Cambridge, halfway between Hobart and Richmond, the Coal River Farm is the place to visit for the cheese and chocolate lovers. Their High Cheese offers 4 of the farm’s own cheeses, along with some home-made chocolates. For a little more indulgence, order the real hot chocolate made with their home-made chocolate.

 

Hobart

If you are after a quick coffee and bite to eat before you head out for the weekend or perhaps you are keeping things a little closer to home, there are plenty of wonderful cafes in and around Hobart.

Ginger Brown is a South Hobart (SoHo) favourite,  offering warm cosy vibes with a food and beverage list to match.

Jackman and McRoss in Battery Point is a bit of a local hit for coffee and their beautiful bakery goods are hard to resist!

In North Hobart, Room For a Pony serves up tasty food and delicious coffee.

Pigeon Hole in West Hobart offers locally sourced produce with a seasonal blackboard menu and delicious coffee.

Salamanca Cream and Park Lane Espresso are also two beautiful cafes specialising in coffees.

For those after a little change of scenery or are enjoying some snow play on kunanyi/Mount Wellington, pop into Lost Freight at The Springs for a warming hot chocolate and tasty slice.

 

 


There are lots of unique places to stay in Southern Tasmania. Please check out our full range of accommodation listings, things to do, and places to eat and drink.

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Header Image: Katy Morgan @katypotaty77


 

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