Shoebox Cafe
20 Jun | eats |

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.