Hello Hobart

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

Dana Eating House

Adding to our wonderful foodie scene in Hobart is Dana Eating House, who open their doors this Saturday.

Bringing a Southeast Asian mix to the city, rest assured this place is going to be good. The Hello Hobart team went along prior to opening this week so we could report back. We have to admit, we were hanging out all week to try it and it didn’t disappoint. The food, team and atmosphere were superb.

The Dana team know hospitality and they know it well, co-owned by brothers Ollie and Dan, the menu focuses on Asian cuisines which are under-represented in Hobart.

Pollen Tea Room

Pollen Tea Room owner Abbey took us in on a cold winter’s day this week to show us around this gorgeous heritage-listed cottage in Battery Point.

The menu at Pollen is full of earnest, wholesome food and drink, and of course they do tea, and they do it really well. Abbey is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to tea knowledge.

Lost Freight Cafe

Now is the perfect time to explore our own backyard.

What better way to explore than a trip to kunanyi/Mt Wellington on a winter’s day? Add in a well-deserved hot drink or treat from Lost Freight Cafe to warm you up and you have a pretty perfect day

We went on an adventure this week to discover this gem, located at the Springs. Owner Meg (& cute 1-year-old Jack) welcomed us into the boutique shipping container-come-café to chat all things bushwalks and coffee.

Replay Bar

Effortlessly blending an arcade with a bar, Replay Bar is the newest spot to play games with friends whilst having a social drink.

Owner Andrew welcomed us into his bar to show us around the 80s/90s retro bar with one of the coolest walls going around in Hobart (Super Mario themed).

Sisterhood

Wow.

This is the word to describe Sisterhood Café.

This stylish café located on King Street in Sandy Bay certainly has had its run of bad luck. But after battling through a severe flood that saw them close for 11 months and then a pandemic, this café is officially re-opening and the crew are biting at the peach to welcome you back. If you didn’t get a chance to visit before the closure, we recommend that you put this on your next brunch location list.

Yasmin is the owner of this delightful café and we were impressed by her skills at multi-tasking – this girl has skills.

Mr Good Guy

Early this year (just prior to the pandemic craziness), Mr. Good Guy welcomed new head chef Kam, hailing from Melbourne after coming from acclaimed restaurants such as Dandelion, BangPop and Rock Sugar.

Now that they we are allowed out again, we went along to finally meet Kam, chat about what to expect from the fresh new menu and try out a few of the dishes.

Intro Coffee

Intro Coffee is the newest addition to the Cat and Fiddle Arcade. You’ll find owner and coffee enthusiast Eason working his magic at the coffee machine daily.

Eason welcomed us into the Scandinavian-inspired space this week alongside his partner and fellow owner Demi.

Creating a café where coffee is just as important as the food, Eason’s passion for a good brew really shines through. After moving to Australia to study engineering, he found that the life of a student wasn’t as exciting or interesting to him as being a barista. So Eason decided to quit his studies and pursue his dream of all things coffee – five years of experience later and he is opening up his first cafe. The name ‘Intro Coffee’ pays homage to the idea of ‘just starting’ his dream.

Bar Wa Izakaya

The best blend of Hobart and Tokyo can be found at Bar Wa Izakaya.

We sat down with owners and brother duo, Richard & Julian to chat all things Japan.

These 2 started their journey at the Republic Bar just down the road, working in a variety of roles starting as far back as grade 7 and doing basic kitchen work through to becoming head chefs and booking bands.

‘After nearly 20 years, you get to the point where you need something fresh’, tells Richard. As it turns out, the opening of Bar Wa was a quick decision, they had never thought of owning a business, but they opened their doors and are now a favourite Hobart location.

Hamlet

Hamlet is a delightful social enterprise cafe that not only provides tasty food, but is also helping people get practical experience, skills and confidence to enable them to get employment.

Fun fact, the name Hamlet is not a Shakespearean reference, but rather comes from the English term meaning a small settlement without a church. As CEO/Owner Emily tells us, ‘we heard that word and it just stuck for us, we felt like it really represented what we were trying to do here. Essentially what Hamlet is trying to do is build communities.’

This social enterprise provides participants, who traditionally face barriers when trying to get employment, with an environment to up-skill to a point where they can then find employment opportunities. In particular, Hamlet works with three cohorts, including those who have low levels of English, those who are long-term unemployed and those who have the presence of a disability.

Little Lotus Cafe

A café hidden in the heart of the city, which is getting a big recommendation from us, is the Little Lotus Café in Victoria Street.

This café can be described as serving modern house-made vegetarian and vegan food. The focus here is on local, organic and ethical food. Bonus, it is yummy and you leave feeling full, but not heavy!

Amanda is part owner of this beautiful café and we sat down with her and Head Chef, Carl, early last week.