Hobart is the city on everyone's lips – but with a surge in popularity comes a wealth of choices for what to do and where to stay and eat while you're there. Plan your next visit with a little help from frequent flyer and chef Hayden Quinn, who shares his favourite – and secret – spots in and around the Tassie capital.

Where to stay: MACQ01 

Macq 01

“Watch the fishing boats come and go from your balcony overlooking the harbour while you learn a little history as you spend the night. The hotel tells the stories of Tasmania, from Indigenous leaders, to wistful artisans and convict escapees.”

The best café: Pigeon Whole Bakers

“All your bakery dreams will come to life at Pigeon Whole Bakers (mine is the perfect quiche lorraine and I certainly found that) – the pastry is freshly cooked each day by owner Jay Patey and his team. The best way to start the day or even grab a pre-made sandwich to take on an adventure exploring Hobart and surrounds.”   

The best lunch spot: Tom McHugo’s

“I don't think I’ve been to Hobart without having lunch at Tom McHugo’s Hobart Hotel. What draws me in is its varying selection of craft beers, incredible local fare which provides a very well-priced counter meal. What keeps me there is the warm and inviting atmosphere, the cosy look and feel and the friendly service, where locals and tourists alike share the room. Seats fill up quickly so get in early. My tip: order the steak and chips – it’s only $12.”

Best day trip: Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington, Tasmania

“Trip up Mount Wellington for amazing 360-degree views of the city and surrounds; there’s no better way to get your bearings in a new city than to climb to its highest point. For the fitness freaks and more adventurous you can run all the way to 1,200 metres above sea level. Alternatively, take your time and stroll the numerous walking tracks and hikes. Visiting in winter may mean snow on the mountain so check road and trail closures before leaving and always travel to the conditions with the right equipment.”

Favourite dinner spot: Franklin

Franklin, Tasmania

“Headed up by Chef Analiese Gregory, you can taste the true essence of Tasmania at Franklin. With only the best local produce on the menu, food does not come fresher or better executed than this. Book ahead for a dinner to remember!”

Top watering hole: Pooley Wines

“A visit to Hobart wouldn’t be complete without heading out into the vineyards and a visit to Tassie wine regions wouldn't be complete without a pinot or two. Head to Pooley Wines and ask for my friend Anna, the amazing winemaker. She is the only third-generation winemaker in Tasmania and the quality of her pinots, chardonnays and rieslings are second to none. Sit down and have a taste at the most picturesque cellar door in the region.”  

SEE ALSO: The Best Restaurants in Hobart


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