Yes, it can get cold in old Hobart town – so make a beeline for a breakfast that will set you up for the day. You’ll find 10 of the best right here.
Will Priestley is the coffee king in this town, and Pilgrim Coffee is his castle. Head to this café for serious caffeination backed by the kind of menu that lists cocoa waffles with peanut-butter cream, dulce de leche and fresh banana without so much as blushing.
48 Argyle Street, Hobart; (03) 6234 1999
The Source Restaurant
Did you know Mona has more strings to its bow than an acclaimed collection of modern art? One of them is The Source Restaurant. Overlooking the Derwent River and named for the gobsmacking John Olsen ceiling installation gracing the foyer, it’s the natural habitat of art aficionados enjoying gut-busting breakfasts of everything from eggs every which way to toasted banana loaf with marmalade and whisky glaze.
655 Main Road, Berriedale; (03) 6277 9900
Brooke Street Larder
It’s all about the water views from this sweetly decorated café at the end of the famed Brooke Street Pier. Soak up the aquatic panorama as you hoover up a BSL Benny – slow-poached eggs with lemon and chive hollandaise, toasted brioche and locally smoked ham.
Ground floor, Brooke Street Pier, Hobart; (03) 6225 6932
Born In Brunswick
Plotted in Melbourne’s Brunswick and executed in North Hobart, BIB channels the Victorian capital’s coffee obsession – Industry Beans provide the source material for espresso, batch brew and pour-over – while an all-day brunch menu makes some fancy moves, including house-smoked salmon, crisp egg, black-sesame gribiche, pickled mushrooms and local wasabi.
410 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
As the name says, it’s tiny, but Small-Fry makes every inch count with all-day breakfasts of porridge, omelettes and a four-cheese brioche toastie of extreme wickedness.
3/129 Bathurst Street, Hobart
It’s not the full eggs, toast and bacon extravaganza, but Sweet Envy, the work of pastry chefs Alistair Wise and Teena Kearney-Wise, is acclaimed and eccentric in equal measure. Their North Hobart shop is a site of pilgrimage for anyone who cares about excellent croissants, pecan sticky buns, pain au chocolat and coffee, of course.
341 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart; (03) 6234 8805
Pigeon Hole Cafe
The blackboard menu at this cute 20-seat café celebrates the farm-to-table link with the owners’ own organic farm. Expect breakfast to approximate the comfort of a cashmere blanket, from soft baked eggs with jamón and salsa verde to granola with stewed fruit and organic yoghurt.
93 Goulburn Street, West Hobart; (03) 6236 9306
Room For A Pony
A former petrol station in North Hobart upcycled into a chic breakfast stable with vertical greenery, communal tables and an umbrella-shaded terrace, this jumping joint will serve up your eggs with potato rösti and burnt-butter hollandaise or skew them Asian with chicken miso ramen noodles.
338 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart; (03) 6231 0508
Bijou little Berta aims to surprise. Go rustic with sardines on toast with oven-dried tomato, garlic, chilli, pickled red onion and a judicious drizzle of olive oil. Go modern with almond and coconut-milk chia pudding decorated with blueberry gel, macadamia dust and freeze-dried raspberries. Or simply go for broke with a quesadilla stuffed with chorizo chilli beans and fried egg.
323a Elizabeth Street, North Hobart; (03) 6234 4844
With a menu that’s entirely vegetarian and gluten-free plus its own in-house coffee roastery, Straight Up is committed to the pursuit of wellness – without losing its sense of taste. Head here for chocolate Belgian waffles, spiced ginger buckwheat porridge and breakfast beans on seed toast.
202a Liverpool Street, Hobart; (03) 6236 9237
Top image: Natalie Mendham/Born in Brunswick
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