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Published January 28th 2016
A Progressive Food Walk around Hobart CBD
I love walking, and I love researching good places to eat. I call these regular activities of mine 'Food Walks'. While in Hobart recently, I set myself a task to find the best lunchtime eatery in town.
I consulted a friend, who lives locally, for her best tips. She sent a list of fifty of her top favourites! Sadly I whittled the list down to only four and made a mental note to visit Hobart again soon in order to work my way through the rest.
If you don't know Hobart well, follow these instructions for a good walk and good food.
Elizabeth Street starts at Sullivans Cove, near Constitution Dock and runs North Westerly through the centre of Hobart. It turns into a mall for a little bit. I started walking from the mall, making it a 2km walk (with an option to double it at the end).
The cafe also sells delicious macarons in a range of flavours. I chose a salted caramel chocolate and a green pistachio since it was getting close to Christmas.
After that delicious little experience I headed south-west then turned right on Murray Street, and right again on Bathurst Street.
Just across the road at 3/129 Bathurst Street is 'Small-fry', another cute cafe/eatery. They open for breakfast six days a week, serving brioche toast and other treats. Mid morning there are delicious donuts, brownies and buns and later soup, salads, sliders and more. There is alcohol too if the mood takes you. It's only a tiny place so everyone chats.
After enjoying my 'Smokey Pork Belly with Coriander Pesto' slider, a bargain at only $7, I head north-east along Bathurst Street and turned left onto Elizabeth Street.
Here I found Providore, a produce shop with an incorporated eatery. I saw mouth-watering salads all lined up along a rustic timber servery. You can eat them at Providore or take them home in compostable take away boxes. I saw a vast selection of locally prepared relishes, chutneys, sauces, rubs, bottled fruit, jams, preserves and things of that nature as well as lovely rustic-themed gift baskets full of local goodies, artisan knives and cookbooks. With heroic self-restraint I admired but did not eat, and kept walking.
Right next door to Providore is the Vita Frozen Yoghurt shop. They serve local, fresh yoghurt with delicious fruit, nuts, dried figs, marshmallows, honeycomb, white chocolate coated goji berries and more. Once again I impressed myself by walking away. There'll be another opportunity for a fro-yo.
Elizabeth Street inclines a bit as you head north west and up the hill at number 211A is Shoebox Cafe. Another tiny establishment with a big reputation, Shoebox Cafe is open Monday to Friday 7am – 5pm and also Saturdays in the summer.
You'll find many Asian-inspired dishes, including salads, sushi and savoury pancakes, for less than $15 at Shoebox. I ordered the 'Peking Duck in Sesame Seed Pancake' with cinnamon, hoisin sauce, lemon zest and green salad - delectable. They have very good coffee and various teas that arrive at your table in a plunger.
Sweet Envy is a cake and ice-cream parlour at 341 Elizabeth Street, in the 'restaurant strip' of North Hobart. They are open six days a week from 8.30am till 5 or 6 pm and, although they do serve savoury treats, their main thing is, without a doubt, sweets. Large glass cabinets overflow with tarts, cupcakes, slices, flans, macarons, buns and dessert cups. And ice creams in obscure flavours with whimsical names. I had a 'Crouching Strawberry, Hidden Pandan'.
You can have high tea at Sweet Envy and they make enchanting wedding cakes too.
I admit to getting a lift back to Sullivans Cove, however, if you walk down the hill from Sweet Envy to Sullivans Cove, the distance is just over 2kms and you will have doubled your walking distance. A good plan if you eat as much as I did.