Tucked down Mathers Lane is the cute and cosy Picnic Cafe. 

Our Interview

Originally published 20 May 2019. 

Within one of Hobart’s cute laneways resides Picnic Cafe. A cosy café that celebrates food with homemade, simple and delicious meals. 

Breakfast lovers Will and Stef own this Mather’s Lane café where they have embraced the most important meal of the day in their own unique way. They have got you covered with all-day breakfast and brunch, from waffles to healthy treats. 

Everything is house-made, including their offerings of amazing cakes, which are often vegan and gluten-free. ‘I do all the savoury food and Stef does all the sweet’, Will told us. 

Everything is made super fresh to order. ‘If you order a cheese and tomato sandwich, I will be slicing the tomato after you order it. It’s not been sitting in a container for 3 hours already sliced’, said Will. Meaning that if you have dietary requirements or simply want to mix up your usual brekkie, you can do so really easily. 

‘We’ve written a menu, but it is, to an extent, a list of ingredients that people can just swap around’, said Will. 

A favourite of many, this café has weekly regulars making this their place to eat. ‘We have regulars where I know their order based on their name. I simply get a docket of their name and I know their dish. It’s not on the menu, it’s just what they have and they have it every time they come in’, said Will. 

As Will told us it was always a bucket list goal for the pair to own a café. Will has been ‘cheffing’ around Hobart for 14 years and originally started on dishwashing duty at the age of 16. Stef also has a background in hospitality, loves to bake and is very much a people person. 

We think it is time for an indoor picnic! Gather your friends for a brunch get-together or enjoy a slice or two of delicious cake. You will not be disappointed. Find them at 6a Mathers Lane, off Liverpool Street (opposite Myer). Open Tuesday through Friday 8 am to 4.30 pm and weekends 8 am to 3 pm.