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Hello Hobart celebrates Hobart, its retail stores, its cafes and restaurants, and everything that makes Hobart special.

Shoebox Cafe

Embracing the darkness in true Dark Mofo style is Shoebox Cafe. They have not only decorated their shopfront, but their food has even gone red in the spirit of Dark Mofo.

This little gem on Elizabeth Street is offering up Dark Mofo-themed Monte Carlo biscuits, a dark red velvet cake, bloody almond caramels and a whole host of other delights.

Owner, Satoko, is the definition of friendly. She took over this celebrated café from previous owner, Sammy, 6 months ago and she has gone from strength-to-strength as she learnt all about managing a small business.

You may know Shoebox Café from their pop-ups at the Winter Feast or at various markets around Hobart. ‘We are famous for our sesame seed wraps. They are a huge seller for us and we offer them in a host of different flavours’, Satoko said.

The Hello Hobart team already had our lunch when we visited Shoebox, but we sacrificed ourselves so we could report back. Peking duck with cucumber, spring onion, rocket, plum sauce and to finish off, hints of lemon – worth it. We had no regrets.

The menu at Shoebox is Asian fusion, Satoko plans to bring on more Japanese cuisine over the coming months, a tribute to her origins. ‘I would love to add more authentic Japanese that is accessible for people’.

You can tell that this small team has a lot of fun. Head over to their Instagram account (@shoeboxcafe) to see what we mean. They are fun and just the perfect amount of quirky.

‘We love all of our customers here. We love the vibe of Hobart, it is homey and we want to make sure you feel that when you come in here’, Satoko said.

The gang at Shoebox highly encourage you to bring your own cup (20c discount for doing so) and your own plates/bowls to avoid the use of takeaway containers.


Open Monday through to Friday, located at 211A Elizabeth Street, Hobart.

In the Hanging Garden

Hobart, we can barely contain our excitement as we will be sharing with you a bunch of new openings and fun things that are going on in our city as we head into Dark Mofo. Make sure you have liked us on Facebook and Instagram to get the scoop first.

To kick off the winter festival we have the opening of In the Hanging Garden. Hello Hobart headed along earlier today to get the low-down on what to expect from this new space that is almost an entire city block. What we can tell you straight up is that this is a food, drink and live music space with art in the mix – true Dark Mofo style.

You will find outdoor dining and a beer garden (with heaters of course), where you can purchase from a number of pop-up restaurants. There will be a permanent restaurant onsite too open 24 hours, run by Hobart legends from Queens Pastry and Pilgrim Coffee named Pilgrims Progress.

You won’t be able to miss The Cathedral, a huge covered space in the middle of this precinct. You really have to see this spectacular space to believe it.

Following the path you’ll find Altar, located in the former Tattersall’s Hotel. Inside you will discover a bar and upstairs a nightclub that will be open for Night Mass ticket holders next week.

Odeon Theatre, Hobart is part of this stunning precinct with a huge line-up of dark and dangerous things on as part of the winter festival.

Entry is off 112 Murray Street, Hobart. Open officially from 8 pm tonight Wednesday 5 June 2019.



The templo family is growing, with their new addition, a wine bar in the heart of the city named Sonny, opening today.

Most of you would be familiar with templo, a small neighbourhood restaurant synonymous with quality dishes. The Hello Hobart team would even go so far as to say that some of the best vegetables ever tasted came from the templo kitchen!

Templo’s Chris and Matt are once again at the helm of this venue alongside new addition Alister. Heralding from Adelaide, Alister has moved down to front the bar, bringing his unique vinyl collection and passion for quality wine along with him. ‘I haven’t even been here for 2 weeks, yet I feel like I have been here for months. The team here make me feel right at home’, said Alister.

Alister has come with a background in the hospitality scene having managed a vibrant bar for the last 5 years in South Australia. He tells us that he was keen to work with the templo team for some time. ‘I have been down to Tassie quite a lot. My best friend was living here and I loved templo, having dined there numerous times prior to this gig’.

While adding the final touches of paint, Chris kindly stopped to chat to us about this second venue. ‘We wanted this place to be like eating at home. We want you to be surprised about how your night might evolve here. You might come in for a drink after work but end up eating a few plates of food and next thing you know, you’ve had a night well spent’, said Chris.

This hybrid fusion of bar and restaurant is sure to be a hit with Chris confirming that they will offer the same quality produce and handmade pasta by Matt and the team. They offer a variety of all natural wines (which Chris even helps to produce and designs the labels). The menu will be seasonal and ever-changing to keep your taste buds delighted.

You’ll notice other familiar faces in the space including Rachelle who is often greeting guests with her smile over at templo. ‘We want our staff to thrive, we help them grow. Hospitality can be a hard industry to work in but we try and create a family-type environment’, tells Chris of their secrets to keeping such talented staff.

The space is intimate but there is the option to sit at the bar (and watch Alister make your drink) or if you’d prefer, there are a handful of individual tables for that more private evening.

And the name Sonny? The team tell us that it evolved after watching the movie Lion and the character Sunny. The name resonated with the team as a positive and nurturing term. Chris was even tempted to name any future children Sunny but instead the restaurant came along and it was a perfect fit.

The Hello Hobart team loved chatting to the humble Sonny team who openly welcomed us in, despite madly working away to get it ready for you all today!

You don’t need a booking for this new space, simply roll on in. They will be open from 4 pm til late, Thursday through to Monday. Located at 118 Elizabeth Street, in the space formerly known as Kaiju Can Bar.

Circle of Life Doughnut Co.

Circle of Life Doughnut Co. has finally opened after teasing our taste buds at the The Taste of Tasmania earlier this year. You’ll notice familiar Hobart faces serving up your coffee and treats such as Will, Tyler and Nathan, famous for the likes of Pilgrim Coffee and Queens Pastry.

We made our way into the Liverpool Street store this morning with sweet results that we are excited to share with you. And the biggest win for our Hello Hobart followers, they are pouring the same quality coffee as that of Pilgrim!! You know that these guys know their way around a coffee machine.

This baby was 3 years in the making, with the initial plans to run from the window of Pilgrim before the fire of 2018.

‘We have stepped it up a notch here. We are pushing the boundaries when it comes to flavours, these doughnuts are bigger and different from what you’ll find at Queen’s. We have employed 2 dedicated pastry chefs, so you know that you are getting the best’, said Will.

It was hard to ignore the loyal customers streaming into the door of this shop as we are talking to Will. The team have fun too, admitting that they love what they do. ‘We rock pink shirts and get to hang out in a doughnut shop, so let’s be honest, we have fun’, tells Will.

Fun facts about these doughnuts that you will want to know:
🍩the doughnut spread is ever-changing with flavours such as black forest, banoffee and brown butter maple walnut
🍩these are yeast doughnuts which makes them more fluffy (like clouds), less heavy than batter doughnuts, and more like your classic American-style
🍩there is a hot Nutella tap (imported straight from Italy) to fill your doughnuts with the amazing chocolate sauce

We had to ask Will, what was the inspiration for the funky cloud interior? ‘We wanted the space to be a bit of a kid’s wonderland. So you can see the sun rise in the east of the shop and then setting in the west. We used a local artist to paint the scene. As it turns out, it is very difficult to paint on the roof, but we did it and we love it’, said Will.

You can find your daily fix of caffeine and that cheeky doughnut at 66-68 Liverpool Street (at the entrance to the Bank Arcade), Hobart.