Hobart’s booming food scene hasn’t neglected the kids. Hit these six cafes and restaurants for family-friendly food fun.
Museum Café, MONA
Yes, some of the exhibits at the Museum of Old and New Art are rather outré (the museum information desk will give advice about areas where parental discretion is advised), but there will be no controversy at the Museum Café. The perfect pit-stop, it offers the requisite wraps, filled croissants and salads as well as satisfying all your coffee and hot chocolate needs – and it occupies a super-sweet spot on a grassy lawn overlooking the jetty.
655 Main Road, Berriedale; 03 6277 9900
Families take the early shift at Salamanca hotspot Suzie Luck’s, colonising the communal tables for a multi-generational pan-Asian feast. Start the little `uns on their flavour odyssey with DIY roast pork roll-ups, Thai fish cakes and fragrant curries galore – and you can rest assured the kitchen will dial down the chilli heat on dishes if you ask nicely.
2 Salamanca Square, Battery Point; 03 6224 2554
Mures Lower Deck
It’s a special-occasion zone on the Upper Deck but stick to sea level at Mures’ still-glam Lower Deck for a family-friendly seafood feast. The kids’ menu features fish fingers or a junior version of a seafood basket but the general menu, stuffed full of all sorts of top-notch local seafood along with burgers and salads – is just as inviting whether you’re big or small.
Victoria Dock, Hobart; 03 6231 2009
Born in Brunswick
You’ve gotta love a hipster café that still has time for the junior set. The BIB kids’ menu goes the extra mile with orange and poppy seed pikelets with berries and coconut ice-cream or toasted brioche with scrambled eggs, bacon and relish. Just add Melbourne-bred Industry Beans coffee, captivating murals and outdoor seating; it’s the recipe for happy days across the generational divide.
410 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart; no phone
Room for a Pony
There’s room for a pony at this former garage turned into one of North Hobart’s best cafes; there’s also room for the kids to run around outside and leave the grown-ups to discuss the pressing issues of our time, such as whether to order the pork loin tonkatsu or the huevos rancheros. There are plenty of child-friendly options across the lengthy breakfast and lunch menu, from the tried-and-true comforts of sourdough toast with peanut butter, Vegemite, CWA jams or Nutella to feta and avocado smash. RFAP also does a mean milkshake, with flavours ranging from the old standards of chocolate or strawberry to a revolutionary Snickers.
338 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart; 03 6231 0508
The Point Revolving Restaurant
Just say the words “revolving restaurant” and watch the kids go giddy with excitement. Not only does the restaurant 17 floors above Wrest Point casino rotate slowly to offer a constantly changing panorama of the Tasman Bridge, Mount Wellington and Derwent River, this fine diner in the sky also sports a children’s menu. A kid-sized eye fillet with mashed potato and vegetables followed by a chocolate brownie and banana ice-cream should be just the ticket.
10 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay; 03 6221 1888
Top image: Natalie Mendham