A Food Lovers' Guide to Tasmania

A Food Lovers' Guide to Tasmania is the most comprehensive, independent and authoritative guide to restaurants, cafes, food shops, coffee, bread and Tasmanian produce. It is unique in that all meals and products rated in this guide have been paid for by the publishers. No free meals are reviewed.

It was first published in 1988 in book form and has been continuously published in either book form or as an electronic guide ever since.

Tasmania is a verdant, green island off the southern coast of Australia. The cool climate and fertile soils allow some of the best produce you will find anywhere to be harvested.

A Food Lovers' Guide to Tasmania was first written by authors Sue Dyson and Roger McShane to alert people to the wonderful produce available in this island state. It was published in book form until 2000 and has been published in electronic form on foodtourist.com since 1996. It was also the subject of a weekly ABC radio program from 1989 to 2014 where Sue and Roger were interviewed every week about produce, restaurants, wine and recipes using Tasmanian products.

There are some excellent restaurants delivering the potential of the produce in Tasmania. Others are not so produce-driven. So don't travel around Tasmania expecting every restaurant to deliver beautifully cooked local produce - just like everywhere else in the world you have to know where to eat. Many places will disappoint!

This electronic guide to Tasmania is the result of Sue and Roger visiting every corner of the state for the past 32 years seeking out the best restaurants, food shops and wines. All restaurant visits and produce that are reviewed are fully paid for.

You will see some places with 1, 2 or 3 'hearts' that look like this:

These places are the ones that Sue and Roger like going to the most and go to the most often (relatively speaking). Thus, La Merenda in Nice scores three hearts even though they might only visit Nice once every two years - but when they do, a visit to La Merenda is always a certainty! They are not meant to convey any other meaning such as being temples of high gastronomy. Sometimes they give a restaurant high marks for technical excellence in the kitchen and on the floor but no hearts.

Tasmania's leading restaurants

We have chosen the restaurants that provide interesting and exciting dining experiences and that make good use of the wonderful produce that is available in Tasmania.

Franklin Bar and Restaurant ♥♥♥

Franklin has now been widely acknowledged as Tasmania's leading restaurant ever since it opened. The menu features the best of Tasmania's amazing produce with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The wine list features a carefully curated range of natural wines from Australia, France and Italy. There is also an interesting selection of beers from Tasmania and beyond.  The restaurant at the back overseen by talented chef Analiese Gregory provides a more extensive offering of both food and wine. This is definitely THE destination venue for visitors to Hobart!

Read a full review here Franklin

28 Argyle St, Hobart. Tel +61 3 6234 3375

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store ♥♥♥

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery is an offshoot of the popular Agrarian Kitchen cooking school which has received well-deserved accolades for the quality of the courses they run.

The space is airy and luminous, the staff are highly professional and the food is delicious!

This is a must-visit venue for everyone seeking delicious food based on the very best produce available - much of it from the gardens of the Agrarian Kitchen.

Read a full review here Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store

dier makr ♥♥♥

Dier Makr burst onto the food scene in Hobart with only social media and alternative press to promote this relaxing space in Collins Street. But now it is acclaimed by the press and the restaurant guides placing it in the same company as Franklin, Templo, the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Fico. Dier Makr (ask them about the name when you are dining there, but it is pronounced DIE-ER MAKE-ER) is a restaurant, a bar and a bottleshop all rolled into one appealing package.

The venue is the brainchild of Kobi Ruzicka and Sarah Fitzsimmons who moved to Hobart from Melbourne to establish the restaurant. Kobi has cooked at leading restaurants overseas including Relae in Copenhagen (one of our favourite restaurants) and In de Wulf in Belgium (now sadly, closed).

Read a full review here Dier Makr

123 Collins St, Hobart.

Fico ♥♥♥

Fico in Macquarie Street has become one of Hobart's most popular restaurants. The transformation of this former newsagency cum cafe has been astounding. The owners and chefs here are Federica Andrisani and Oskar Rossi who are young but with lots of experience in high-end restaurants in Australia and Italy.
The space is light and airy and the tables are set well apart. The open kitchen provides a link between the chefs and the diners and a bar area provides a space to snack and have a drink from the clever wine list.

Read a full review here Fico

151 Macquarie St., Hobart. Tel +61 415 188 322

Templo ♥♥

Templo is a tiny restaurant and bar in Patrick Street just near Harrington St. The food here has an Italian influence (Matt, the chef has spent some time at Tipo 00, one of our favourite restaurants in Melbourne). The menu is mercifully brief and you can either choose from the list chalked on the wall or just ask the chef to feed you. They have a short wine list with some interesting options (we supply a couple of them) and they also have an enlightened BYO policy. You can bring bottles of wine for a $15 per bottle charge.

Read a full review here Templo

98 Patrick St, Hobart. Tel: +61 3 6234 7659

Lebrina Restaurant ♥♥

Lebrina Restaurant is where Scott Minervini weaves his magic. This is Hobart's best venue for a special night out. The cottage is divided into a number of small rooms, the service is very professional and unobtrusive and the food is cooked in the classical tradition but with the lightest of touches.

Read a full review here Lebrina Restaurant

155 New Town Rd, New Town. Tel +61 3 6228 7775

Stillwater Restaurant ♥♥

Stillwater Restaurant is housed in an old mill clinging to the banks of the Tamar River. The service here is totally professional and serene. The wine list showcases Tasmania's best names and many from elsewhere. The food is always interesting with local produce at the forefront.

Read a full review here Stillwater

2 Bridge Road, Launceston. Tel +61 3 6331 4153

Me Wah (Hobart) ♥♥

The sumptuous décor here is only outdone by the opulence of the wine list. It is one of the few places in Tasmania where you can call a Romanée Conti, for example. If you want to stick closer to home then you can sample a vertical of Grange Hermitage if you prefer. The dumplings here are exemplary so order lots of them. The XO sauce is made on the premises and is sensational. The dish of hand-made noodles tossed in abalone jus is worth a journey.

Read a full review here Me Wah

16 Magnet Court, Sandy Bay. Tel +61 3 6223 3688


Aloft (Aløft) occupies a prime waterfront location in Hobart's picturesque harbour. Here chef Christian Ryan turn out complex dishes based on the very best local ingredients.

As you sit in this eyrie above the placid waters of the Derwent estuary you might glimpse a dolphin or shark or seal passing by below you. But when the food arrives you will forget about the view and thoroughly enjoy dishes such as the custard paired with roast pork where the custard is flavoured with kunzea, an Australian native plant, which provides a cavalcade of contrasting flavours and taste sensations in the one package.

Read a full review here Aloft

Brooke St Pier, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6223 1619


Ettie's is a bar and restaurant in the Hobart CBD established by the successful team of Carl Windsor and James Kingston from Willing Bros in North Hobart. They have assembled a vibrant team for this venture including chef Vlad Panevin formerly of Garagistes and Templo and talented sommelier Alice Chugg formerly of Aloft.

There is a space at the front for sitting and sipping either at the wide bar or on one of the confortable chairs or couches. This area also contains racks of wines which you can consume on the premises or buy to take home. The restaurant space is very comfortable and the food is very appealing being rooted in French classics.

100 Elizabeth St, Hobart. Tel: +61 3 6231 1165


Set in the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Landscape is important to Hobart for two reasons. The first is that it features landscape artists of real talent ranging in time from Glover through to modern day interpreters such as David Keeling and Ray Arnold. The second is that it provides a venue to enjoy top class Tasmanian beef in congenial surroundings. A dish of Wagyu with thrice cooked chips we had on our first visit was exceptional. On our second visit we enjoyed every dish presented at the table. We look forward to further visits.

Henry Jones Hotel, Hunter St, Hobart. Tel: +61 3 6210 7700

Geronimo aperitivo bar and restaurant

Geronimo is an excellent eating option in Launceston. The converted office space is attractive with good natural lighting during the day and a comforting warmth at night. The large bar dominates the room and welcomes people just wanting a snack or a glass of wine or an expertly-prepared cocktail, while the tables clustered around the bar invite those who are looking for a relaxed meal. The chef is turning out some excellent food and a recent meal was one of the best we have had in Tasmania this year.

Read a full review here Geronimo

186 Charles St, Launceston. Tel. +61 3 6331 3652

Bistro Camille

Bistro Camille is to be found in front of a long-running motel in the city of Devonport in Tasmania. We were inspired to eat here by reports that there was some serious French food being turned out by the chef here. We went along to try it and were certainly not disappointed. The food is very French and based on some very good ingredients. A terrine that we tried was as good as many we have had in France with the liver to fat ratio being spot on. The other aspect that was pleasing was the very efficient and generally knowledgeable service. In thinking of places we have eaten at which serve similar food we came up with the classic French bistro food of France Soir in Melbourne, Le Pichet in Seattle, Balthazar in New York or Le Comptoir in Paris.

Read a full review here Bistro Camille

140 N Fenton St, Devonport. Tel: +61 439 227 374

Fat Pig Farm

Fat Pig Farm has been in operation for quite some time, yet we had never managed to eat here because it is only open for lunch on Friday except by special arrangement. However we recently were able to slip away on a Friday and really enjoyed our lunch sitting at a very long table with forty or so other diners. The set meal was carefully managed by the staff and nearly all the produce served was plucked that morning from the nearby garden which is thankfully managed along biodynamic principles by the very enthusiastic gardener.

Glazier's Bay. Tel: +61 415 168 285

Peacock and Jones

Peacock and Jones is part of the Henry Jones Art Hotel complex on Hobart's waterfront. The main part of the restaurant occupies an awkward space overlooking the open kitchen, but the tables and bar area in the atrium of the hotel are a better bet. The food is based on good produce and is not overworked. It is good to see another interesting dining option for Hobart.

33 Hunter Street, Hobart. Tel 1 800 375 692

Frank Restaurant and Bar

Frank is a major addition to the Hobart dining scene. The first thing you will notice as you enter via the massive wooden door is the fun they have had with the design of the space. We love the garden gnome with pineapple, we adore the blue round table with the burnt wood chair, we look upwards to admire the large torch-shaped light fitting and we love the table-in-a-cage.

Read a full review here Frank Restaurant and Bar

1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart. Tel +61 3 6231 5055

The Source

The Source is the premium restaurant at the MONA complex. There is a new team in the kitchen so we are looking forward to our next visit. The wine list is interesting but tends towards 'big' names, however we can always find a perfect candidate for the food such as the natural Thomas Pico from Chablis.

Read a full review here The Source

655 Main Rd, Berriedale. Tel +61 3 6277 9900

Black Cow bistro

Black Cow provides a very pleasant dining experience in the heart of Launceston. They have a selection of the best beef in Tasmania including the wonderful Robbins Island grass-fed Wagyu.

Read a full review here: Black Cow

cnr Paterson and George Sts, Launceston. Tel. +61 3 6331 9333

Timbre Kitchen

Timbre Kitchen is a restaurant within the Velo Wines complex but run independently. It is a pleasant venue with windows facing the vineyard and the Tamar River. The service is pleasant and the food interesting.

Read a full review here: Timbre Kitchen

755 West Tamar Highway, Legana. Tel. +61 3 6330 3677

Cooking schools and Food Tours

The Agrarian Kitchen ♥♥♥

The Agrarian Kitchen is such a special place. Note that it is not a restaurant but a place where you can enrol for an agrarian experience. Everyone we talk to who has enrolled in a cooking class here has raved about the experience (including ourselves!).

Read a full review here: The Agrarian Kitchen

650 Lachlan Rd, Lachlan. Tel +61 3 6261 1099

Gourmania Food Tours

Gourmania Food Tours are operated by Mary McNeill who has an extensive knowledge of food from the perspective of a chef and an inveterate food tourist.

Read a full review here: Gourmania Food Tours

Other urban restaurants, cafes and informal places to eat

This group of cafes and restaurants include many of our favourites - the ones you will find us visiting once a week for an informal meal.

Sweet Envy ♥♥♥

Alistair Wise and Teena Kearney modestly call their establishment a simple cake shop. However they produce a wide range of sweet things including ice creams based on either seasonal produce or whimsical flights of fancy. There are also beautiful savoury items such as the butter poached chicken sandwich and various pies and pasties, making it a perfect spot for a light lunch.

Read a full review here Sweet Envy

341 Elizabeth St, North Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6234 8805


Queens is yet another venue for the Pilgrim people, this time on Harrington St in the space once occupied by Crumb St Cafe. The pastel green and white stripes have transformed the outside of the building and the matching pastel green tiles have done the same for the inside. Go here for the very good pastries being produced for all their venues in the kitchen out the back and, of course, for the superb coffee that you expect to find in a Pilgrim-related venue.

Read a full review here Queens

cnr Harrington & Melville Sts, Hobart.

Pigeon Hole

Pigeon Hole is a good place to go for very good coffee and interesting food based on excellent produce from Weston Farm. They also sell Hobart's best bread here (from Pigeon Whole Bakers) as an added bonus.

Read a full review here Pigeon Hole

93 Goulburn St, West Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6236 9306

Rin Japanese Restaurant

Rin is a cute Japanese restaurant in Harrington St, Hobart that serves very pleasant Japanese food in relaxed surroundings. They are open for both lunch and dinner and also allow BYO.

Read a full review here Rin Japanese Restaurant

167 Harrington St, Hobart. Tel. +61 427 634 574

Straight Up

Straight Up is a pleasant vegetarian and vegan café to drop in for a very good coffee, breakfast, lunch or a light snack in the Hobart CBD. They take their coffee very seriously and there is always an interesting selection of gluten-free and vegan snacks to accompany your caffinated beverage.

Read a full review here Straight Up

202a Liverpool Street, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6236 9237

The Standard, Standard Drinks and Pilgrim Coffee

These three cojoined venues have recently been hit by a fire that has caused them to close down while repairs are carried out. It is anticipated to be quite some time until they reopen.

In the meantime you can support them by visiting their other outlet called Queens to support them during these troubled times.

Local Pizza

Local Pizza is a welcome oasis in the northern suburbs of Hobart if you can't afford to eat at nearby MONA. Wood fired pizza consumes the menu space here and they are good. The flour is the best you can buy and they hand stretch the dough as thinly as possible.
Some of the toppings are too complicated for our simple tastes (Adonis has garlic, slow cooked lamb, feta, red onion, kalamata olives, rosemary, oregano, mozzarella) but there is something to appeal to everyone.

Read a full review here: Local Pizza

52 Maroni St, Berriedale. Tel +61 3 6249 3573

Me Wah (Launceston)

The Me Wah is a well-established part of the vibrant Launceston dining scene. The service is excellent, the wine list stellar and the food is very good especially the dumplings and noodle dishes.

Read a full review here: Me Wah (Launceston)

39-41 Invermay Road, Launceston. Tel. +61 3 6331 1308

Bryher Cafe & Caterers ♥♥

Bryher Café & Caterers is a very pleasant space in George St in Launceston. The cakes and pastries are made on the premises, the coffee is good (supplied by Zimmah), the bread comes from one of our favourite bakers (Apiece in Ravenswood) and the welcoming smile comes from the owner.

Read a full review here: Bryher Cafe & Caterers

91 George St, Launceston. Tel. +61 3 6380 9893

Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe

Smokey Joe's is a great place for experiencing the foods of the southern United States and Mexico with the occasional foray into Cuba and some Central American cuisines. The enthusiastic owner is always trying out new dishes and new ingredients. He loves smoking foods and is a dab hand at integrating chilli flavours into dishes. Try the Redemption Sauce with the Pork Shoulder!

Read a full review here: Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe

20 Lawrence St, Launceston. Tel. +61 3 6331 0530


Sawak is a small cafe in Hobart serving pleasant Malaysian dishes with influences from the Sarawak area. We love the Nasi Lemak which is a staple rice dish accompanied by your selected protein, peanuts, dried fish and other condiments. We also always order the Har Mee which is a noodle soup based on a prawn stock with a kick from balachan.

Read a full review here: Sawak

131a Collins St, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6234 3622

Raincheck Lounge

Raincheck Lounge is a comfortable, inviting and accommodating café cum restaurant in North Hobart which serves some interesting food and the occasional unusual beverage. It is a cool place to hang out while you are waiting to go to a film at the State Theatre over the road or as a venue to catch up with friends over a drink or some tapas dishes.

392-394 Elizabeth St, North Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6234 5975

Read a full review here: Raincheck Lounge

Country dining

Once you move outside the major centres of Hobart and Launceston, good restaurants are few and far between, especially with the sale of Angasi at Binalong Bay. However there are some gems outside the cities where you can get very good food.

Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory

The Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory is a serene, comfortable venue serving the best of Tasmania's organic produce both in the form of very tasty lunches and takeaway products. There are shared tables in the centre of the room and smaller tables as well as a number of outside tables if the weather is kind. It is also the perfect venue to stop for a coffee (which is very good) or a cup of tea to go with one of their moist cakes.

Read a full review here Tasmanian Food Á Wine Conservatory

9 Conservatory Rd, Sassafras. Tel +61 499 888 544

Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Wines

The Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Wines is a bright, light, airy space with a stunning terrace overlooking the nearby Derwent River. The food here is simple in the best possible way. At a recent meal we had some excellent dishes with real flavour and simple presentation - just how we like it. The food was accompanied by a glass or two of Stefano's biodynamic wines. They were delicious.

Read a full review here Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Wines

Rowbottoms Road, Granton. Tel +61 3 6263 7457

Laneway Cafe

Laneway is both a place to go for a light meal or for a cup of coffee and some very good cake or pastries. It is also a deli where you can buy some of the best produce from the local region.

Read a full review here: Laneway Cafe

2/38 Steele St, Devonport. Tel. +61 3 6424 4333

Drift Cafe and Restaurant

Drift Cafe and Restaurant occupies a modern space right on the beach at Devonport's Bluff area. It offers a mix of formal and informal dining in the same space with cafeteria-style ordering mixed with table service. The food we have eaten there has been very good.

Read a full review here Drift Cafe and Restaurant

41 Bluff Rd, Devonport. Tel +61 3 6424 4695

Dunalley Fish Market

The Dunalley Fish Market in Tasmania's south-east is a perfect place to stop on the way to or the way back from the Port Arthur historic site. They specialise in fresh, local fish sold directly to them by the people who catch them - something of a rarity in Tasmania unfortunately.

Read a full review here Dunalley Fish Market

11 Fulham Rd, Dunalley. Tel +61 3 6253 5428


Masaaki has a restaurant in Geeveston as well as a stall at the Farm Gate Market held in Hobart each Sunday morning. He makes very good sushi and uses superbly fresh fish for his sashimi.

Read a full review here: Masaaki

20b Church St, Geeveston. No phone.

Joseph Chromy Cellar Restaurant

This smart building houses this cellar door restaurant in the north of the state. The food is based on the standard approach of Tasmanian vineyard restaurants with vineyard platters front and centre.

Read a full review here: Joseph Chromy Cellar Restaurant

370 Relbia Road, Relbia. Tel. +61 3 6335 8700

Freycinet Marine Farm

Freycinet Marine Farm is a great place to learn about and taste some of the best oysters and mussels in Australia. The cafe here is very simple and the food is designed to highlight the quality of their products. But you can eat very well.

Read a full review here: Freycinet Marine Farm

1784 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay Tel. +61 3 6257 0140

The Apple Shed

The Apple Shed is a bar, a café and a museum dedicated to the history and future of apples in the Huon Valley and also to apple cider - a particular passion of the owners Andrew Smith and Sam Reid who produce the Willie Smith's Organic Cider range.

Read a full review here: The Apple Shed

2064 Huon Highway, Grove. Tel. +61 3 6266 4345

Great coffee

Over the past twenty years there has been a gradual improvement in the quality of coffee in Tasmania. The places listed below are where we head if we want a reliable cup of coffee.

Pilgrim Coffee ♥♥♥

Pilgrim Coffee is currently closed due to a massive fire that tore through the building. We will let you know when it reopens.

Yellow Bernard ♥♥♥

Yellow Bernard is a tiny but very serious coffee place in the centre of the Hobart CBD. They are one of the few places in Tasmania where you will find a cold filter machine. The owners are very passionate about their coffee and on the many visits that we have made here the coffee has always been of a very high standard.

Read a full review here: Yellow Bernard

Shop 1, 109 Collins St, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6231 5207

Sash Coffee ♥♥♥

Sash Coffee is a great place in the centre of Sandy Bay for sourcing an early coffee (they open at 6am on work days and 7am on weekends) of considerble quality. The baristas are skilled at their craft and they source very good ingredients.

Read a full review here: Sash Coffee

1/163 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay. Tel. +61 449 799 664

Straight Up

Straight Up is a very good place to drop in for their very good coffee which is roasted on the premises. They take their coffee very seriously and there is always an interesting selection of gluten-free and vegan snacks to accompany your caffinated beverage.

Read a full review here Straight Up

202a Liverpool Street, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6236 9237

Providence Cafe

Providence Café is a delightful venue tucked away behind the main North Hobart dining strip. It is a popular neighbourhood restaurant serving tasty breakfasts, lunches and snacks as well as very good coffee.

Read a full review here: Providence Cafe

42 Newdegate St, North Hobart. Tel. +61 407 434 872

Zimmah Coffee

Zimmah Coffee is a complete coffee complex serving coffee to the public, roasting coffee, selling coffee equipment and conducting courses in how to make coffee. The coffee here is very good so it is worth seeking out their hideaway!

Read a full review here: Zimmah Coffee

219B Murray St, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6235 5044

Pigeon Hole

Pigeon Hole is as much a social scene as a café. You go there expecting that you will know many of the customers - and that is partly because the place is always crowded with regulars who return again and again for good coffee and interesting food.

Read a full review here: Pigeon Hole

93 Goulburn Street, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6236 9306

Laneway Cafe

Laneway Cafe is tucked away in a lane that runs off Steele Street on the fringe of Devonport's CBD. Sometimes we walk into a café or bar and instantly feel an affection for the place. It is something about the way the staff carry themselves, maybe the warmth of the smile, maybe just the way the place is arranged or maybe the little touches that show they care. This was the reaction we had on walking in to Laneway without knowing a thing about it.

Read a full review here: Laneway Cafe

2/38 Steele St, Devonport. Tel. +61 3 6424 4333

Shake a Leg Jr ♥♥

Shake a Leg Jr is a very good café serving excellent coffee (try the High Beam blend) and tasty pastries (Pigeon Whole Bakery, of course) in Moonah which is an outer suburb of Hobart where many young hipsters are moving to take advantage of slightly more affordable housing.

Read a full review here: Shake a Leg Jr

85 Main Rd, Moonah. Tel. +61 3 6228 2222

Cubed Espresso Bar

Cubed Espresso Bar is a delightful place to enjoy a very good coffee while taking in the spectacular views over Eaglehawk Neck at the entrance to the Tasman Peninsula. The venue is essentially a lovingly restored and carefully re-designed caravan parked on the side of the road next to the lookout on Pirates Bay Drive. They make their own baked goods and roast their own beans which are sourced from small producers.

Read a full review here: Cubed Espresso Bar

Pirates Bay Drive, Eaglehawk Neck

Gioconda Coffee Roasters

Gioconda Coffee Roasters is a coffee roaster and a place to go to sit and read a magazine and sip a cup of well-made coffee or to get a takeaway. The beans are roasted on the premises (you can't miss the huge roaster in the window).

Read a full review here: Gioconda Coffee Roasters

Rooke Lane (near Steele St), Devonport. Tel. +61 467 406 303

Infuse Coffee Roasters

Infuse Coffee Roasters is both a coffee roaster and a café where you can try their excellent products. If you can't get to their South Burnie outlet you can find their coffee served at over twenty cafes on the North West Coast and at a number of hairdressers as well. They also sell to a number of retail outlets including the Hill Street chain in Hobart.

Read a full review here: Infuse Coffee Roasters

46 Strahan St, South Burnie. Tel. +61 3 6431 7171

Room for a Pony

A great addition to the North Hobart strip, this airy cafe was packed from the first time the doors were opened. They are serving good coffee. We recently tired both the Chinese fried chilli omelette and the Croque Monsieur. Both were very tasty and quite large portions. There are some very experienced operators involved here.

338 Elizabeth St, North Hobart. Tel +61 3 6231 0508

Secret Buddha Cafe

Secret Buddha Café is located in the grounds of a plant nursery in the suburbs of Burnie - not the sort of place you expect to find well-made coffee and tasty snacks! They serve a small glass of mineral water with coffee here.

Read a full review here: Secret Buddha Cafe

63 West Park Grove, Burnie. No phone.

Villino Espresso

Villino Espresso is a small, cosy café in a quaint side street in the Hobart CBD. The food is nothing to write home about, but the coffee is quite serious and that is why most people come here.

Read a full review here: Villino Espresso

30 Criterion Street, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6231 0890

Capulus Espresso

Capulus Espresso is essentially a takeaway coffee bar at the back of a hairdressing salon in Elizabeth St with the entrance and serving area around the corner in Tasma St. The coffee here is very good.

Read a full review here: Capulus Espresso

271 Elizabeth St, Hobart. Tel. +61 459 661 001

They also have an outlet in Watchorn St in the city.


Hobart and Launceston offer a number of bar experiences that are quirky, interesting and exciting. Here are our top picks.

Saint John ♥♥

Saint John is a vibrant, lively bar in Launceston that specialises in local and imported beer. They have six beers on tap using a unique tap system behind the bar connected to kegs in the coolroom through the wall. You can also peruse the shelves for beers to take away. A great addition to Tasmania's bar scene.

133 St John St, Launceston. Tel. +61 3 424 175 147

Willing Bros. Wine Merchants ♥♥

Willing Bros. Wine Merchants is a buzzy bar in North Hobart offering an excellent range of drinks and snacky food. You can even have a full evening meal here, if you would prefer. The place has been fitted out beautifully with a dramatic light fitting being a centrepiece above the bar.

390 Elizabeth St, North Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6234 3053

Lucinda ♥♥♥

We were delighted when Kobi told us they had taken over the cafe at the front of Dier Makr to open a bar called Lucinda. It is now an essential part of the Hobart eating and drinking scene.

Open 7 days a week, it is a welcoming place where you will sit shoulder to shoulder with locals and international visitors who are seeking the comforting food and interesting wines that are a hallmark of this exciting venue.

123 Collins St, Hobart

The Glass House

The Glass House sits in the Brooke St floating pier with views over the stunning Derwent River. You enter this serene establishment past a interesting painting by local artist Michael McWilliams, then past a long cabinet packed with Murano glassware and then on to the comfortable spaces bedecked with Jim Thompson fabrics that remind us of our many visits to Bangkok. This is a great place to relax over a cocktail or a glass of spirits from the carefully chosen selection.

Brooke St Pier, Hobart. Tel. +61 437 245 540


Frank is both a restaurant and a bar. You can drop in here any time of day for a drink. Choose from the carefully curated range of cocktails, craft beers, ciders and wines - there is something here to suit every taste. They even have beer, cider and wine on tap.

1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6231 5005

Lark Distillery

Lark Distillery and Café is a very popular venue on Hobart's waterfront, with locals who make Friday nights a regular gig here and with tourists who drop in to sample the fine Tasmanian whisky that they offer.

14 Davey St, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6231 9088

IXL Long Bar

From the Long Bar in the Henry Jones Art Hotel you can almost touch the fishing boats bobbing at their moorings. If there is no space at the bar, grab one of the comfortable couches in the hotel foyer.

25 Hunter St, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6210 7700

Robbie Brown's

Robbie Brown's is a delightful bar in the Hobart seaside suburb of Kingston. Here you can sit at an outside table overlooking the beach and enjoy a craft beer, a whisky of good provenance, a local artisan gin or ask the enthusiastic bar staff to make a Negroni from ingredients of your choosing.

32 Osborne Esplanade, Kingston.

Two Metre Tall - Farm Bar ♥♥

This bar is open every Sunay between noon and 5pm. Ashley and Jane produce Tasmania's best beers and the naturally fermented sour ales are particularly good. Their farm is about 12 kilometres past New Norfolk.

2862 Lyell Highway, Hayes. Tel. +61 6261 1930

Shambles Brewery

Shambles Brewery is a new bar and brewery that also serves food in the evening. The beers here are well made but they do not offer any naturally fermented beers.

222 Elizabeth St, Hobart. Tel. +61 409 556 785

Hobart Brewing Company

This large, semi-converted shed on the Hobart waterfront is a fun place to go for a beer after work or on a weekend. It is particularly vibrant on the nights that coincide with the Hobart Twilight Market held in the adjacent space.


There are some interesting small markets popping up throughout Tasmania. The longest running and the most popular with tourists is the Saturday morning Salamanca Market.

There is also the Farm Gate Market in Hobart each Sunday morning where food lovers gather to source fresh fruit and vegetables. Another market that is well-worth a visit is the Saturday morning Festival Market in the Cimitiere St car park in Launceston which attracts a great range of the best producers from the north of the state. We like the fact that Elgaar cook some simple dishes here such as a wonderful Croque Monsieur made with slices of their cheese and some lovely ham.

There is also a farmers market (Cradle Coast Farmers Market) at Ulverstone every Sunday morning from 8:30 to 12:30 which is held on the riverside. There are some very good stalls here such as Four Springs Produce with their heirloom tomatoes.

Food shops

Tasmania is particularly lucky with the quality of the food shops throughout the state. Many feature local produce. Here are some of the best.

Wursthaus Kitchen ♥♥

Wursthaus Kitchen is one of the best food stores in Australia and one of our favourites. They stock an impressive array of Tasmanian food products and wines that sit alongside the very best from interstate and overseas. European wines have been added to the offerings much to the delight of regulars.

Read a full review here: Wursthaus Kitchen

1 Montpelier Retreat, Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6224 0644

There is also an outlet in the Quadrant Mall in Launceston

Hill St grocer ♥♥♥

The Hill Street Grocer is one of the best local grocery stores we have encountered on our many travels. The staff are friendly and anxious to ensure the best products are available.

Read a full review here: Hill St Grocer

Cnr Hill Street and Arthur Street, West Hobart. Tel. +61 3 6234 6849

Sweet Envy ♥♥♥

Sweet Envy burst onto the Tasmanian food scene with a bang not a whimper! The window display is pulling strollers up in their tracks and, once bitten, they keep coming back for more of the delicious cakes, pastries, macaroons, 'real' ice creams, biscuits and confectionary.

Read a full review here: Sweet Envy

The Cat's Tongue Chocolatiers ♥♥♥

Andy Abramowich makes the most beautiful chocolates in Tasmania which he sells under The Cat's Tongue brand. You can find them at the Hill Street Grocer and at the Wursthaus.

Read a full review here: The Cat's Tongue Chocolatiers

Davies Grand Central

Davies Grand Central deserves its success because there is no other place like it in Australia. Where else can you fill up with petrol, buy an aromatic Pinot Gris and get some of the best food products available to take home?

Read a full review here: Davies Grand Central

Norman and Dann

Norman and Dann is a cheery store in Salamanca Place selling everything that is trendy for the kitchen. A small but carefully selected range of cookbooks sits beside a range of Tasmanian wine which in turn is surrounded by coffee plungers, coffee machines, tea pots, cork screws, mortar and pestles and much, much more. But people also flock here for the beautifully presented chocolates and the perfect selection of local and interstate canned, bottled and packaged foods.

Read a full review here: Norman and Dann

York Town Organics ♥♥

Some of the best produce in Tasmania can be sourced from York Town Organics. Situated up a corrugated road just north of Beaconsfield in the Tamar Valley, Bruce and Clare Jackson have shown just how hard work and dedication can lead to extraordinarily high quality produce.

Read a full review here: York Town Organics

Alps & Amici

Alps and Amici is a converted, existing shop in East Launceston run by Daniel and Sally Alps and Ken Latona and Sabrina Pirie. It looks stylish and the range of foods on offer is impressive and well-chosen.

Read a full review here: Alps & Amici

Vermey's Quality Meats ♥♥

Vermey's Meats is an excellent butcher in Sandy Bay in Tasmania. They always have a great assortment of high-quality meat and good availability of less-easy-to-locate items such as offal. The staff are very friendly and always anxious to help in any way they can.

Read a full review here: Vermey's Quality Meats

Bruny Island Cheese Company

The Bruny Island Cheese Company must have Tasmania's smallest shop squeezed under the stairs in the Salamanca Arts Centre. However there is an interesting range of Nick's cheeses accompanied by a selection of some of Tasmania's best products including the 'Sweet and Raw Organic Honey' from Pelverata, Burnside Olive Oil from Sorell, Callington Mill flour, hazelnuts from Paul Morris and the lightly roasted Burundi coffee from Ritual Coffee in Launceston.

Read a full review here: Bruny Island Cheese Company

Bruny Island Providore

Bruny Island Providore is the outlet for the wonderful treats created by Micheal Carnes, one of the most talented producers in Tasmania. Situated in the parkland gardens of the Hiba estate on Bruny Island this is a great place to visit when on the island.

Read a full review here: Bruny Island Providore

Delish Fine Foods

Delish Fine Foods is a very good delicatessen and café on the outskirts of Burnie in Tasmania. The range of Tasmanian and interstate products is impressive. It is the perfect place for stocking your larder in this part of the state.

Read a full review here: Delish Fine Foods

Deli Central & Cafe

Deli Central & Café is a small, pleasant delicatessen and café in the centre of the sleepy north west town of Ulverstone.
You can go here to buy standard deli lines such as ham or smoked salmon or you can buy pre-prepared meals to take-away. They also serve a reasonably good Genovese coffee.

Read a full review here: Deli Central & Café

Mures Fish Centre

Mures Fish Centre is a good place to source fresh fish. They always have a small but interesting selection. It is the place to go for deep-sea blue-eye trevalla which is caught by their own fleet of fishing boats.

Read a full review here: Mures Fish Centre

Chinese Emporium

The Chinese Emporium is one of two Hobart shops specialising in Asian ingredients (the other is Wing & Co in Sandy Bay), Chinese Emporium is well worth a visit for specialist Asian ingredients, such as jellyfish, dried fish, palm sugar, salted black beans, and preserved vegetables.

Read a full review here: Chinese Emporium

Italian Pantry

The Italian Pantry has a good selection of Italian products such as dried pasta, Parmesan cheese, fresh ricotta, good olive oils and some Italian wines.

Read a full review here: Italian Pantry

Wing and Co

Each year Wing and Co keeps getting better and better. The range of fresh produce is expanding. They always have fresh noodles in the fridge and you can always find essentials such as fresh Kaffir lime leaves (if you don't have a tree in your garden).
Their range of soy sauces is excellent. They also have a great range of tinned and bottled products.

Read a full review here: Wing and Co

Spice World

Spice World is a star on the Hobart food scene. Those in the know come here for the vast range of spices that are now available. If you about to prepare a dish and suddenly find that you are out of ajwan seeds or your asofoetida powder is past its prime then Spice World is the place to go.

Read a full review here: Spice World

Nutpatch Confectionery

Nutpatch Confectionery is a pleasant shop selling nicely crafted chocolates and other confectionery items many of which feature hazelnuts from their nearby hazelnut orchard situated on the slopes overlooking Kettering. The orchard has over 1000 trees including over thirty different varieties of hazelnut tree.

Read a full review here: Nutpatch Confectionery

Cygnet Butchery

A typical country butcher with an atypical range of products. The sausages here are very good and we also like the house-made bacon.

Read a full review here: Cygnet Butchery

Gourlay's Sweet Shop

Gourlay's Sweet Shop was a part of the childhood pleasures of many generations of Tasmanians, especially children from the country visiting Launceston on a special occasion. Children are more worldly now but even the most hardened child (or adult for that matter) is likely to be moved to smile at row upon row of large jars of boiled lollies.

Read a full review here: Gourlay's Sweet Shop

House of Anvers

Igor van Gerwen's House of Anvers has something for everybody. Garden lovers will be enthralled by the sweeping gardens full of interesting trees. Those in search of a snack and a coffee can take advantage of the outdoor tables to savour their experience. Those interested in the history and practice of chocolate-making can view the small museum of chocolate history and then watch the truffles and other confections being made through the viewing window.

A stunning addition to the range of chocolates is the amazing Fortunato No. 4 from Peru which is one of the best chocolates we have experienced.

Read a full review here: House of Anvers

Black Forest Smallgoods

Siegfried and Liz Plischke run Black Forest Smallgoods, a small but interesting shop in Invermay just a few minutes walk from the centre of Launceston. Here you will find many of the European smallgoods made by the former owner Thomas Beuke as well as a good selection from other Tasmanian and interstate producers.

Read a full review here: Black Forest Smallgoods


Eumarrah is a friendly place where you can locate many good organic products such as nuts, fruits, fresh vegetables, flour, pulses and other kitchen basics.

Read a full review here: Eumarrah

Healey Pyengana Cheese Factory

The Healey Pyengana Cheese Factory is a must-visit venue in the state's beautiful north East region. Pyengana and Ringarooma are thriving dairying areas with a tradition for making great cheddar. Jon Healey, a third-generation cheese-maker, makes Pyengana cloth matured cheddar.

Read a full review here: Healey Pyengana Cheese Factory

Ashgrove Farm

Ashgrove Farm is situated beside the Bass Highway about 20 kilometres north-west of Deloraine. This vibrant cheese factory specialises in English-style cheeses. The milk is produced from the paddocks surrounding the factory where 800 cows graze contentedly on the wonderful pastures. The cheeses produced here range from a very good vintage cheddar, to a farmhouse Cheshire through to a crumbly Lancashire.

Read a full review here: Ashgrove Farm

New Town Greenstore

The New Town Greenstore offers a range of very good organic products including lemons from trees in the area that haven't been sprayed, the amazing avocados from Spreyton, potatoes from various organic producers in Tasmania and much more.

Read a full review here: New Town Greenstore

Tasmanian Wines

Tasmania is well-known for its cool-climate wines. The quality varies enormously, but the good ones are very good. Our strong preference is for wines made without the use of pesticides and herbicides and fungicides or any of the many additions in the winery such as commercial yeast and fining agents. Some of our favourites are listed below.

Stefano Lubiana Wines

Stefano Lubiana has converted his beautiful vineyard overlooking the middle reaches of the Derwent River to biodynamic viticulture and is gradually adopting natural winemaking techniques. He already has some cuvees that are fermented naturally and we are looking forward to more.

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Sinapius Vineyard

Sinapius Vineyard flanks the road to Bridport at Pipers Brook in the far north of the state. Their work in the vineyard is organic and the original vineyard has vines that were dry-grown - a feature that we firmly believe more vignerons should adopt. We like the Home Vineyard Chardonnay which is fermented with wild yeasts providing a complexity that is characteristic of this wine making approach. The oak treatment is noticeable but mercifully light.

Other organic or biodynamic vineyards

There are very few organic or biodynamic vineyards that are also making their wine naturally in Tasmania.

Some that are getting there are Joe Holyman at Stoney Rise in the Tamar Valley, Bagdad Hills winery at Bagdad, Three Wishes Vineyard in the Tamar Valley and Liffey Valley Vineyard at Liffey.

Top Producers

The quality of produce is exceptional in Tasmania. Here are some of our current favourite producers.

41 Degrees South Aquaculture

41 Degrees South Aquaculture is owned and operated by Angelika and Ziggy Pyka on their delightful inland fish farm in the Meander Valley near Deloraine. Here they produce hot-smoked trout which are raised in ponds that are flushed with the pure water that flows down from the nearby Western Tiers.

Read a full review here: 41 Degrees South Aquaculture

323 Montana Road, Westbury. Tel. +61 3 6362 4130

Amber Harvest

Amber Harvest is a small, artisan apiary producing organic Tasmanian honey at Pelverata south of Hobart. The honey is raw, unheated and set in the jar hence retaining a lovely level of crystalline structure.

Read a full review here: Amber Harvest

211 Middle Road, Pelverata. Tel. +61 3 6266 3863

Apiece Sourdough Bakery

Apiece Sourdough Bakery produces fantastic, real sourdough in an unassuming space in an unassuming shopping mall in Ravenswood which is a suburb of Launceston. However it is now on our must-visit list for the wonderful loaves of bread, the pizza slices, the pastries that are lovingly made here.

Read a full review here: Apiece Sourdough Bakery

Bruny Island Cheese Company

Every day, the Bruny Island Cheese Company bakes some of their heavy sourdough loaves for their platter and for the public to buy.

Read a full review here: Bruny Island Cheese Company

Ashbolt olive oil and elderflower drink

Ashbolt olive oil is the best of its kind produced in Tasmania. It is our favourite olive oil and the one we always use for special dishes. Ashbolt's elderflower drink is also a special treat.

Read a full review here: Ashbolt olive oil and elderflower drink

Lindhill, Plenty. Tel. +61 3 6261 2203

Black Ridge Farm

Black Ridge Farm is a meat producer situated in the fertile hinterland of the North-West Coast of Tasmania. Don & Keryn Thomson raise pigs, lambs, goats and cows and you can order meat directly from them on their Web site.

Read a full review here: Black Ridge Farm

829 Myalla Rd, Milabena. Tel. +61 3 6445 4317

Blue Hills Honey

Blue Hills Honey is a very good producer of a variety of Tasmanian honey products. Of course, being devotees of Tasmania's famous Leatherwood honey we are particularly fond of the Blue Hills Leatherwood sourced from trees in the spectacular Tarkine region in far north-west Tasmania.

Read a full review here: Blue Hills Honey

1858 Mawbanna Rd, Mawbanna. Tel. +61 3 6458 8142

Cape Grim Beef

The Cape Grim Beef Company is a producer of fine natural, hormone free, grass fed, Angus and Hereford beef in the pristine far north west corner of Tasmania.

Read a full review here: Cape Grim Beef

Bacon Factory Road, Smithton. Tel. +61 3 9644 6500

Cape Grim Water Company

Cape Grim claims to supply the 'cleanest natural water in the known world'. The bottled water from the Cape Grim company in Tasmania is some of the finest drinking water currently on the market.

Read a full review here: Cape Grim Mineral Water

159 Wilson St, Cooee. Tel. +61 2 8215 1534

Cavanough Mineral Water

Cavanough Water produces both a still and a sparkling mineral water product in attractive glassware. The water filters through the granite and dolerite rocks that lie beneath their property. The water is collected from the large underground aquifer and then allowed to absorb carbon dioxide to form a light, yet persistent bubble.

Read a full review here: Cavanough Mineral Water

35941 Tasman Highway, Springfield. Tel. +61 407 797 926

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm has become something of a tourist 'must do' in the past two to three years. It just goes to show that if you do food well, people will go out of their way to seek you out. They started out simply selling raspberries and raspberry products such as ice cream, but now it is a full scale restaurant catering to the needs of tourists, locals and the passing business trade.

Read a full review here: Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Bass Highway, Elizabeth Town. Tel. +61 3 6368 1155

Cradle Coast Olives

Cradle Coast Olives is the brainchild of Carol and Tony O'Neil who tend an olive grove comprising some 400 trees near Ulverstone in North West Tasmania. The olive varieties include Sevillano, Manzanillo, Paragon and Verdale from which they make a hand-harvested oil which rates incredibly low on the extra virgin olive oil scale (and remember that is good).

Read a full review here: Cradle Coast Olives

574 Castra Road, Abbotsham. Tel. +61 3 6425 3449

Demeter Farm

Demeter Farm has been managed biodynamically by Ute Mueller since 1983. The farm is near the tiny town of Lapoinya which is in the hills behind Wynyard on Tasmania's North-West Coast. He rears Wagyu-Black Angus cows and Merino-Border Leicester lambs on his property.

Read a full review here: Demeter Farm

200 Scotts Road, Lapoinya. Tel. +61 3 6445 4286

d'Entrecasteaux Oyster Farm

d'Entrecasteaux Oyster Farm has leases in Bruny Island's Great Bay. They also have an outlet in Hobart where the public can drop in to buy either shucked or unshucked oysters, in addition to their appearance at markets such as the Hobart Farm Gate market.

Read a full review here: d'Entrecasteaux Oyster Farm

50/52 Barrack St, Hobart. Tel. +61 488 994 647

Dr Benjafields Organic Apple Juice

Dr Benjafields Organic Apple Juice is one of the few organic apple juice products that are available in Australia today. It is a great product and has a fully developed flavour. We like to support it because it uses organic raw products.

Read a full review here: Dr Benjafields Organic Apple Juice

Dry Ideas

Dry Ideas is the brainchild of Gordon and Jane Brown who have developed processes for drying fruits such as cherries and apricots to preserve them and intensify their flavour. They have also cleverly worked out methods of preserving that do not require the use of sulphur - a major achievement.

Read a full review here: Dry Ideas

3 Kadina Close, Allens Rivulet. Tel. +61 3 6239 6411

Elgaar Farm

Elgaar Dairy Farm is a shining example of what can be achieved through organic farm practices. The Gretschmann family produce milk from their Jersey cows with cream that sits proudly in the mouth of each old-fashioned glass milk bottle.

Read a full review here: Elgaar Farm

PO Box 17, Deloraine. Tel. +61 3 6368 1227

Elphin Park Organic Produce

Graeme Elphinstone from Elphin Park Organic Produce produces a range of lesser-known products including ginseng; myrtus berries and yosta berries along with purple garlic amongst others.

Read a full review here: Elphin Park Organic Produce

161 Rawlings Road, Stowport. Tel. +61 3 6432 1464

Enkidu Farm

Enkidu Farm produces beef from grass fed Murray Grey cattle that have grazed on organically-tended pastures in the lush Cooks Rivulet Valley near Sandfly in southern Tasmania. We like the fact that the cattle are not fed any additives and are not subjected to drenching ensuring that the beef is free from any residues. You can find the beef for sale at The Source at the Tasmanian University southern campus.

Read a full review here: Enkidu Farm

31 Halls Track Road, Sandfly. Tel. +61 3 6239 6144

Esperance Bay Orchards

Esperance Bay Orchards is a producer of organic apples, apricots, pears, plums, berries and some vegetables. Their property is one of the most southern organic properties in Australia being situated at Dover.

Read a full review here: Esperance Bay Orchards

Dales Rd, Dover. Tel. +61 3 6298 1101

Eureka Farm

To find Eureka Farm head south from Scamander then drive up a narrow road to this food-lovers' haven. Great coffee, beautiful Italian-style ice creams, great preserves and wonderful desserts based on the farm's produce all feature here.

Read a full review here: Eureka Farm

89 Upper Scamander Road, Scamander. Tel. +61 3 6372 5500

Flinders Island Meats

Flinders Island Meats is a processor of quality meats that conform to the written charter raised by dozens of farmers on magical Flinders Island. These farmers take advantage of the perfect pastures that are high in salt from the ever-present winds that blow from the west. The company is run by David Madden and his son James who is based in Melbourne and looks after the branding and marketing while his father keeps a close eye on the production side on Flinders Island.

Read a full review here: Flinders Island Meats

3 Walker St, Whitemark. Tel. +61 3 6359 2005

Four Springs Produce

Four Springs Produce is a producer of heirloom tomatoes and high-quality purple garlic in the northern Tasmanian township of Selbourne. Each year in March they hold a Tomato Festival to celebrate the height of the season.

Read a full review here: Four Springs Produce

338 Four Springs Road, Selbourne. Tel. +61 438 00 95 22

Get Shucked

Get Shucked is an oyster producer based at Great Bay on Tasmania's idyllic Bruny Island. In a state where many high quality oysters are produced, their product is one of the best.

Read a full review here: Get Shucked

1650 Bruny Island Main Road, Great Bay. Tel. 0428 606 250

Glencroft Farm: Tasmanian Fresh Farmed Rabbits

Tasmanian Fresh Farmed Rabbits (Glencroft Farm) is a producer of fresh rabbits which they supply to butchers and restaurants as well as direct to consumers through their stall at the Launceston Harvest Market.

Read a full review here: Glencroft Farm: Tasmanian Fresh Farmed Rabbits

89 Patons Road, Penguin. Tel. +61 3 6437 5263

Grown for Taste

Grown for Taste produces herbs, salad leaves and vegetables at Saltwater River in southern Tasmania. Hilary and George sell their products to well-known restaurants in Hobart.

Read a full review here: Grown for Taste

Saltwater River.

Hammond Farms Wagyu

Hammond Farms Wagyu Cattle is a family business overseen by John Hammond. The business is dedicated to raising pure bred Wagyu cattle that are fed on grass not grain. The setting is spectacular with part of the farm being the idyllic Robbins Island. They also own property on Walkers Island and at nearby Montagu.

Read a full review here: Hammond Farms Wagyu

PO Box 339, Smithton.

Hazelbrae Hazelnuts

Hazelbrae Hazelnuts are a significant producer of hazelnuts in Hagley, Tasmania. They produce vacuum packed roasted and raw hazelnuts as well as selling hazelnuts in the shell. The nuts are of a very good quality and are of the Tokolyi Brownfield Cosford (TBC), Barcelona and Lewis varieties.

Read a full review here: Hazelbrae Hazelnuts

127 Hagley Station Lane, Hagley. Tel. +61 3 6392 2310

Healey Pyengana Cheese Factory

The Healey Pyengana Cheese Factory is a must-visit venue in the state's beautiful north East region. Pyengana and Ringarooma are thriving dairying areas with a tradition for making great cheddar. Jon Healey, a third-generation cheese-maker, makes Pyengana cloth matured cheddar.

Read a full review here: Healey Pyengana Cheese Factory

St Columbia Falls Road, Pyengana. Tel. +61 3 6373 6157

Honeywood Farm

David and Tanya of Honeywood Farm at Lilydale grow a range of organic produce including blueberries, rhubarb and lettuce.

Read a full review here: Honeywood Farm


Huon Valley Berkshires

Damien and Lillian Reardon raise Berkshire pigs without the use of hormones or antibiotics and allow the animals to range freely to ensure they are able to offer ethically produced, high quality products.

Read a full review here: Huon Valley Berkshires

Huonville. Tel. + 61 409 951 419

Kelty Farm

Kelty Farm at Woodbridge is owned by Rex and Cynthia Williams. They grow Red delicious, Jonagold and Fuji apples and raise Black Angus cattle and pigs on their organically certified farm.

Read a full review here: Kelty Farm

Woodbridge. Tel. +61 3 6267 4653

Kindred Feijoas

Kindred Feijoas is a producer of feijoas which originate from South America but which seem to be suited to the moderate climate of Tasmania's North West Coast. They not only sell the fruit but also make a variety of jams and jellies as well as a range of gluten-free cakes and biscuits.

Read a full review here: Kindred Feijoas

24 Swamp Rd, Kindred. Tel. +61 3 6429 3238

Whispering Spirit Farm Produce

Whispering Spirit Farm Produce of Franklin in the Huon Valley is a long-term player in the Tasmanian food scene. We particularly like their free range eggs. Their chickens have access to pastures and are also fed on grain.

Swamp Rd, Franklin. Tel. +61 3 6266 3341

Kindred Organics

Kindred Organics is the first producer of organic quinoa in Tasmania. They grow this versatile pseudo-grain on their farm in the state's North-West Coast. We have seen it for sale at City Organics in Hobart and at the Harvest Feast stall at Salamanca Market.

Read a full review here: Kindred Organics

15 Graingers Rd, Kindred.

Langdale Farm

Oliver and Fiona Stocker of Langdale Farm run Wessex Saddleback and Berkshire pigs on their small five acre property in the picturesque Tamar Valley.

Read a full review here: Langdale Farm

Glengarry. Tel. +61 404 095 590

Lease 170 oysters

Lease 170 oysters are some of the best and most consistent Pacific Oysters produced in Tasmania. We first found them at Rockpool in Sydney and have never seen them on offer in Tasmania.

Read a full review here: Lease 170 oysters

Breaknock Bay, Dunalley.

Lentara Grove Olive Oil

Lentara Grove Olive Oil is the brainchild of Peter and Diane Henning. This Tamar Valley olive oil is one of the very best produced in Tasmania. It has long been championed by Daniel Alps at his eponymous restaurant and now in his new food venture Alps & Amici.

Read a full review here: Lentara Grove Olive Oil

. Tel. +61 3 6394 3747

Leven River Farm

Leven River Farm is operated by Michelle and John Pegler. Here they raise free-range Wessex Saddlebacks and Tamworth pigs using ethical and sustainable practices.

Read a full review here: Leven River Farm

Gunns Plains.

Lilydale Organic Vegetable Enterprises

Lilydale Organic Vegetable Enterprises produce high quality blueberries, honey, hazelnuts and vegetables.

Read a full review here: Lilydale Organic Vegetable Enterprises

81 Lalla Rd, Lilydale. Tel. +61 3 6395 1167

Little Quoin Farmhouse

Little Quoin Farmhouse is a producer of free range pork products at Colebrook in Tasmania's Coal Valley. They rear Berkshire pigs which are free-range from the time they are born until the time they are sent of to the abattoirs. Their pork cuts are very nice to work with and their bacon is possibly the best in Tasmania.

Read a full review here: Little Quoin Farmhouse

578 Yarlington Road, Colebrook. Tel. +61 418 307 415

Little Rivers Brewing Co

Little Rivers Brewing Co currently brew four beers at their small brewing facility in Scottsdale in north east Tasmania. They use local Ringwood Pride hops for the brew and produce a Pale Ale a Kolsch, a dark lager and a Hefeweizen.

Read a full review here: Little Rivers Brewing Co

22 Victoria St, Scottsdale. Tel. +61 408 174 315

Mathom Farm

Mathom Farm is one of the largest producers of goat milk products in Tasmania. Situated in the beautiful Gunns Plains area of the north-west coast this beautiful farm turns out an excellent goat milk Greek-style yoghurt, a very high quality goat curd and a really creamy chevre. These products are worth seeking out.

Read a full review here: Mathom Farm

1772 South Riana Road, Gunns Plains. Tel. +61 3 6429 1144

Meander Valley Dairy

Meander Valley Dairy is owned by the Dornauf family whose farm's verdant pastures lie in the Meander Valley behind Devonport where the soil is a deep red from the volcanic rocks that cover this part of the state. They produce a range of excellent dairy products that are unadulterated and of the highest possible quality.

Read a full review here: Meander Valley Dairy

139 Hillwood Rd, Hillwood. Tel. +61 3 6394 8092

Miellerie Honey

Miellerie Honey is the brainchild of French-born Yves Ginat. He has quickly established his unfiltered, unheated honey in the top echelons of the state's produce due to its depth of flavour and the finesse of the product.

Read a full review here: Miellerie Honey

59 Cripps Road, Woodbridge. Tel. +61 3 6267 1779

Mt Roland Free Range Eggs

Mt Roland Free Range Eggs is a true free range egg producer in the beautiful area close to Mt Roland in Tasmania's North West Coast. We say they are a true producer because many eggs labelled as free range do not qualify, as the hens never get to roam outside. These hens do feel the grass beneath their feet!

Read a full review here: Mt Roland Free Range Eggs

11 Staverton Rd, Roland. Tel. +61 499 981 807

Mount Gnomon Farm

Mount Gnomon Farm is a producer of Wessex Saddleback pigs in the Dial Ranges in the north west area of Tasmania. The pigs are reared naturally and the resultant meat is full of flavour and has a good fat content which delivers this flavour. They now have a restaurant and butchery at the farm in a new building from which you can enjoy the stunning views of the North-West Coast. The restaurant is currently open for lunch at the weekend and the butchery is open from Wednesday to Friday.

Nicholls Rivulet Organic Farm

Nicholls Rivulet Organic Farm is a producer of organic beef, organic rhubarb and organic free range Berkshire pork. We love all the products from this farm and are especially keen on the beautiful rhubarb.

Read a full review here: Nicholls Rivulet Organic Farm

1557 Nicholls Rivulet Road, Nicholls Rivulet. Tel. +61 3 6295 1423

On The River Bank

On the River Bank is a producer of 'real' free range eggs that come from chickens that eat grass and forage for worms in the open during the day. It is really nice to find producers who are willing to let their chooks roam free!

Read a full review here: On The River Bank

269 Pumping Station Rd, Forth. Tel. +61 429 081 490

Penna Organics

Penna Organics is a producer of organic vegetables, olives, olive oil and myrtus berries at Penna near Sorell in Tasmania's south. In season, you can find their myrtus berries in season at the Harvest Feast stall at the Salamanca Market.

Read a full review here: Penna Organics

133 Duncombe Lane, Penna. Tel. +61 3 62 652 898

Pigeon Whole Bakers

Pigeon Whole Bakers is run by Emma Choraziak and Jay Patey. They produce great loaves of sourdough, wonderful fruit loaves, spelt bread, crusty baguettes or something sweet such as a bag of biscuits or a jam-filled doughnut. All of this is produced in their very busy venue in Argyle St in Hobart where you can also get a very good coffee and one of their pastries or other treats. The bread can also be bought during the week from the Hill Street Grocer, the Wursthaus Kitchen and the Italian Pantry.

Read a full review here: Pigeon Whole Bakers


Provenance Growers

Provenance Growers is run by passionate grower Paulette Whitney who sells the most amazing array of high quality vegetables, herbs and flowers to leading restaurants and direct to the public at the Hobart's Salamanca Market on Saturday mornings.

Read a full review here: Provenance Growers


Pyengana Premium Meats

Pyengana Premium Meats is run by Tara and Gerald Nicklason. Their farm is situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Pyengana Valley in north east Tasmania. Here they raise cattle and sheep using sustainable agricultural practices. The animals feed on the lush grass pastures in the valley.

Read a full review here: Pyengana Premium Meats

11 Lindavale Road, Pyengana. Tel. +61 3 6373 6145

Rannoch Farm

Bruce and Veronica Wiggins of Rannoch Farm have been producing high quality quail under the Rannoch Quail brand for almost thirty years.

Read a full review here: Rannoch Farm

161 Nubeena Back Rd, Nubeena. Tel. +61 3 6250 2387

Red Cow Dairies

Red Cow Dairies is run by recent arrivals to Tasmania, Matt and Andy Jackman of Oldina in the north west of the state. Here they milk a herd of Aussie Red cows on their 155 hectare farm. They have built their own factory where they produce milk in recycled bottles as well as various types of cheese.

Read a full review here: Red Cow Dairies

249 Lowries Rd, Oldina. Tel. +61 439 366 349

Reid Fruits

Reid Fruits is one of the largest exporters of premium cherries and apples in Tasmania. The farm which lies on the banks of the placid Derwent River just west of New Norfolk covers nearly 300 hectares. Here they grow special Japanese cherry varieties as well as Australian cherries and apples. They have planted over 80,000 cherry trees and around 36,000 apple trees!

Read a full review here: Reid Fruits

Redlands Orchard, 810 Glenora Road, Plenty. Tel. +61 3 6261 5620

Ritual Coffee

Ritual Coffee is an importer and roaster of coffee in Launceston, Tasmania. They import ethically farmed coffee beans from places such as Burundi, El Salvador and Thailand (yes, Thailand)! We buy their coffee at the tiny Bruny Island Cheese Co store in Salamanca Place.

Read a full review here: Ritual Coffee

6/31a Churchill Park Drive, Invermay. Tel. 0429 314 206

Rosa's figs

Rosa's figs are a treat we look forward to every year. They are available for just a short period in March from the Wursthaus Kitchen in Hobart.

Read a full review here: Rosa's figs

Sakusa Organic Farm

Sakusa Organic Farm produces beautiful, sweet cherries on their cool, mountainside property at Ranelagh in Tasmania's south. We are always excited to see their produce when it is displayed at the Harvest Feast stall at the Salamanca Market. They also grow delicious late ripening raspberries.

Read a full review here: Sakusa Organic Farm

142 Ayers Rd., Ranelagh. Tel. +61 3 6264 1580

Sea Eagle Seafoods

Sea Eagle Seafoods is based in the seaside town of Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsular in south east Tasmania. Bill Smedley concentrates on lesser known fish varieties (mackerel, silver warehou) and sustainable fishing practices. The smoked mackerel from this producer is very good and is available from Black Forest Smallgoods shop in Launceston.

Read a full review here: Sea Eagle Seafoods

48 Old Jetty Road, Eaglehawk Neck. Tel. +61 3 6250 3458

Seven Sheds Brewery

Seven Sheds Brewery produces one of our favourite beers. It is made by Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark at their brewery and hop garden in Railton on the North West Coast. We particularly like the bottle-conditioned Seven Sheds Kentish Ale with its velvety texture, appealing bitterness and long lingering flavour profile.

Read a full review here: Seven Sheds Brewery

22 Crockers Streets, Railton. Tel. +61 3 6496 1139

Shima Wasabi

Shima Wasabi is now the leading producer of wasabi products in Tasmania. Run by Stephen and Karen Welsh and with new premises just outside Devonport, they are now able to produce all year round in order to fulfil the insatiable appetite of restaurants for the fresh product.

Read a full review here: Shima Wasabi

c/- Post Office, Don. Tel. +61 3 6398 1633

Sorell Fruit Farm

Sorell Fruit Farm is a highly successful enterprise located just off the road the Port Arthur just past Sorell. You can go here to pick your own fruit or you can buy freshly picked fruit. There is also a pleasant café at the entrance to the orchard.

Read a full review here: Sorell Fruit Farm

174 Pawleena Road, Sorell. Tel. +61 3 6265 2744

Southern Sky Dairy

Petra and Hajo Tanck from Southern Sky Dairy are recent immigrants from Germany who have established a niche product made from Tasmanian-produced buffalo milk. They make their cheese at the Westhaven Dairy factory in Launceston and sell from the factory outlet there. They are currently making buffalo halloumi, buffalo Persian fetta, buffalo fetta and buffalo mozzarella.

Read a full review here: Southern Sky Dairy

89 Talbot St, Launceston. Tel. +61 3 63447813

Spreyton avocado

Dick Shaw from Spreyton has comprehensively proved that an avocado will grow perfectly in Tasmanian and that the slow ripening will produce a flavour and a delicate creaminess that outstrips those grown in warmer climates.

Read a full review here: Spreyton avocado


Spreyton Cider Co

The Spreyton Cider Company produces a range of interesting ciders and a perry which are professionally presented and which exhibit a fine mousse and a subtle apple or pear flavour. One of the more interesting offerings from their line up is the Dark Cider which has been infused with Tasmanian hops to provide an additional layer of complexity.

Read a full review here: Spreyton Cider Co

Cnr Sheffield Rd & Melrose Rd, Spreyton. Tel. +61 3 6427 2125

Spring Bay Seafoods

Spring Bay Seafoods is carefully managed by Philip Lamb to ensure that they maintain their reputation as one of the leading and most innovative seafood producers in the country. Their mussels and scallops grace the tables of some of Australia's best restaurants.

Read a full review here: Spring Bay Seafoods

488 Freestone Point Road, Triabunna. Tel. +61 3 6257 3614

Springfield Deer Farm

Springfield Deer Farm is a long established venison producer with a large herd of deer numbering over 500. They produce a variety of value added deer products including venison ham and salami, venison sausages and venison burgers as well a straight cuts of venison meat.

Read a full review here: Springfield Deer Farm

20 Azels Rd, Mole Creek. Tel. +61 3 6363 1282

Stephens Honey

There are many Tasmanian firms producing good honey but the distinctive blocks of ‘Golden Nectar’ leatherwood honey made by the Stephens at Mole Creek are highly prized.

Read a full review here: Stephens Honey

25 Pioneer Drive, Mole Creek. Tel. +61 3 63631170

Summer Kitchen Organic Bakery

Summer Kitchen Organic Bakery has been one of the top producers of 'real' bread in Tasmania for many years. Their Huon Valley organic sourdough loaf is one of Tasmania's finest.

Read a full review here: Summer Kitchen

Sweet & Raw Organic Tasmanian Honey

Sweet & Raw Organic Tasmanian Honey is an excellent product with both Leatherwood and Prickly Box varieties being available. The honey is very natural and has not been heated to maintain its flavour.

Read a full review here: Sweet & Raw Organic Tasmanian Honey

70 Lords Road, Pelverata. Tel. +61 414 324 192

Tamar Valley Organic

Tasmar Valley Organic is a farm at Rowella on the Tamar River just north of the Batman Bridge. They specialise in Chandler walnuts which they market under the name Tamar Valley Organic Walnuts.

Read a full review here: Tamar Valley Organic

11 Waterton Hall Rd, Rowella. Tel. +61 498 078 198

Tasmanian Black Garlic Company

The Tasmanian Black Garlic Company produces black garlic which is created from a very long process where the garlic is steam heated over a forty day period to convert it into an entirely different, but totally delicious product.

Read a full review here: Tasmanian Black Garlic Company

Broadlands Farm, 100 Benders Rd, Huonville. Tel. +61 3 6264 3242

Tasman's Harvest

Tasman's Harvest is the label for the talented Alison Hookey who makes a range of interesting products including Cherry Mostada, Hot English Mustard, Cherry Mustard and Wasabi Cherries.

Read a full review here: Tasman's Harvest

Tel. +61 427 540 249

Tas-Saff Saffron

Terry and Nicky Noonan of Tas-Saff Saffron are responsible for overseeing the production of some of the world's finest saffron. Their Tasmanian operation is a wonderful example of a small enterprise returning high-value products.

Read a full review here: Tas-Saff Saffron

155 Dillons Hill Road, Glaziers Bay. Tel. 03 62951921

Tassie Blue Blueberries

Tassie Blue is an organic producer of delicious blueberries. In January and February you can visit the farm and pick your own if you prefer as well as having a picnic there or at one of the nearby beaches.

Read a full review here: Tassie Blue Blueberries

79 Cygnet Coast Road, Lymington. Tel. +61 3 6295 1005

Terry O'Neill's organic tomatoes

Terry O'Neill produces the best organic tomatoes in Tasmania. They have a great depth of flavour and are wonderful in autumn salads. Although he is no longer officially producing tomatoes, they can still be found occasionally, especially at the Harvest Feast stall at the Salamanca Market.

Read a full review here: Terry O'Neill's organic tomatoes

Tongola Goat Products

Tongola Goat Products is the brainchild of Hans Stutz and Esther Haeusermann. They have become well-known in Tasmania for their fresh and washed-rind goat cheeses.

Read a full review here: Tongola Goat Products

258A Sunday Hill Rd, Wattle Grove. Tel. +61 3 6295 1404

Tracklements of Tasmania Spiced Cherries

Tracklements of Tasmania Spiced Cherries is a product made by the very talented Mary Walker who used to own Hill Farm Herbs. This product is one of the best we have tried in its class. The cherries are Tasmanian-sourced and the product is made with vinegar, spices, sugar and red wine.

Read a full review here: Tracklements of Tasmania Spiced Cherries

Twelve Acre Wood

Twelve Acre Wood is a honey producer from Melrose in Tasmania's North West Coast. They produce two types of honey. Gold Nectar is produced from native wildflowers on their spray-free property. Their Cradle Country Gold comes from the tiny town of Moina where the bees extract the pollen from the wildflowers and tree flowers in that remote area.

Read a full review here: Twelve Acre Wood

Melrose. Tel. +61 364 273 008

Two Metre Tall Company

The Two Metre Tall Company is a farm that not only makes beer but grows the ingredients that are used to make the beer. Ashley and Jane Huntington also have a bar on Sunday afternoons where you can sample the delightful beverages right where they are made!

Read a full review here: Two Metre Tall Company

2862 Lyell Highway, Hayes. Tel. +61 3 6261 1930

Urban Bounty Kitchen

Urban Bounty Kitchen has a public face at Hobart's Farm Gate Market where Nick Cummins' delicious sausage rolls and samosas are eagerly sought-after by market goers. For sausage rolls you can choose from free-range pork, quince and fresh apple or free-range pork spiced with garlic and pepper berry or a dorper lamb option with berbere spice. We find all of them delicious. The samosa is a vegetarian option with potato, pea and whole spice.

Read a full review here: Urban Bounty Kitchen

Van Dieman Brewing

Van Dieman Brewing is a small microbrewery operation in northern Tasmania producing an interesting selection of small batch beers.

Read a full review here: Van Dieman Brewing

537 White Hills Road, Evandale. Tel. +61 3 6391 9035

Walnuts @ Howth

Walnuts @ Howth is a producer of high quality walnuts on Tasmania's beautiful North West Coast between Penguin and Burnie. The farm is close to the coast and benefits from the cool climate of Tasmania which allows the walnuts to ripen slowly hence developing greater flavour than they do in warmer climates.

Read a full review here: Walnuts @ Howth


Wandering Gully Blueberries

Wandering Gully Blueberries is named after a farm at Milabena in Tasmania's North West near the famous Tarkine Wilderness area. The blueberries are grown without the use of chemical sprays and only organic fertilisers are used.

Read a full review here: Wandering Gully Blueberries

Milabena. Tel. +61 3 6445 4230

Weston Farm

Weston Farm is run by Richard and Belinda Weston at Brighton in southern Tasmania. They are also the owners of the famous Pigeon Hole Café where much of their produce is used to good effect by the chef.

Read a full review here: Weston Farm

Brighton. Tel. +61 3 6268 0063

Woodbridge Smokehouse

Woodbridge Smokehouse produces high quality smoked Ocean Trout and Atlantic Salmon using fish farmed in the cool waters around Tasmania.

Read a full review here: Woodbridge Smokehouse

PO Box 208, Woodbridge. Tel. +61 3 6267 4960

York Town Organics

Some of the best produce in Tasmania can be sourced from York Town Organics. Situated up a corrugated road just north of Beaconsfield in the Tamar Valley, Bruce and Clare Jackson have shown just how hard work and dedication can lead to extraordinarily high quality produce.

Read a full review here: York Town Organics

120 Bowens Road, York Town. Tel. +61 3 6383 4624


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Our book recommendation

Here are two books which capture the spirit of Tasmania, that beautiful island at the bottom of the world with its rugged beauty and amazing produce.

First some food stories and recipes from Tasmania.


And a great read by Nicholas Shakespeare.