Don’t worry if you’re not in town on Saturday for the Salamanca Market – head to the same spot for some of Hobart’s best weekday shopping.
The Salamanca Arts Centre anchors the western end, home to the glorious Handmark Gallery (77 Salamanca Place) and a plethora of art and design shops and galleries. Don’t miss LJ Struthers’ sculptural fashion at The Maker (Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place). A Spacebar Gallery (Studio 021, off Wooby's Lane, 77 Salamanca Place), owner Lisa Link has curated a selection of contemporary designer goods from Tasmania's top artists and makers.
Tucked under the stairs is the Hobart outlet for Bruny Island Cheese Co, which is packed with local ham, bacon, preserves and, of course, cheese – as well as the company's beer (Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place). If you have time, stop by here for a cheese platter and a drink, or try nearby Tricycle Cafe & Bar for a bite to eat and a pick-me-up coffee – they're open until 4pm during the week and known for their interesting, and delicious, breakfasts. Should you want to have brunch, lunch, dinner or anything in between, Smolt (2 Salamanca Square) is the place to go. Open from 11:30am till late throughout the week, they serve European-inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients in an open and airy modern space that's perfect for people watching.
Kids will be torn between playing around the Salamanca Square fountain and giant chess board, and looking through the toys and games at Socrates (10 Salamanca Square). The city’s best collection of children’s books can be found at The Hobart Book Shop (22 Salamanca Square).