Tassie Treats

Tassie Treats

After months in Asia all I wanted was a slice of fresh bread with real butter.  No rice, no noodles, no mystery meat on a skewer and nothing I couldn’t pronounce. Tasmania delivered.  Not only did I avoid rice and noodles during my entire stay on the island, I enjoyed the most divine desserts and freshest breads I’ve had anywhere in months.

I know I was fresh out of Asia, but the treats in Tasmania were mouth-wateringly delicious.   I can’t help but salivate as remembering the rich quiche I indulged in and the crisp vegetables from the Salamanca Farmers Market.  Hobart, Tassie’s charming capital is the heart of the island’s bustling foodie scene boasting excellent restaurants and gourmet bakeries.  While we only scratched the surface of all the delicacies on offer, below is a quick guide to three must-eats in Hobart.

Regardless of how long you are in Tasmania make it a priority to get to Jackman & McRoss, bakers of fine breads, cakes and pastries.  And fine they are, delicate croissants, chocolate and cream confections, fresh berry tarts and superbly baked bread with real butter.  I could have solely eaten at this bakery for the duration of my stay in Tassie and been very happy.  But this is not the only place for treats in town.

JACKMAN & MCROSS
57 Hampden Road
Hobart TAS TAS 7004, Australia
(03) 6223 3186

Price range: $4-$15

If you are looking for sandwich ingredients, fresh meats, cheeses and salads to have with your bakery bread look no further than the Würsthaus.  They have several different kinds of prosciutto, prepared foods and every flavor of cheese you can imagine along with plenty of other picnic supplies.  If you are looking for an affordable breakfast grab a piece of their delicate quiche and enjoy it  on a table at the nearby harbor view park.

WURSTHAUS KITCHEN
1 Montpelier Retreat
Battery Point, Hobart TAS 7004
(03) 6224-0644

Price range: $4-$25

Along with bakery items and picnic supplies, Hobart delivers when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables.  The Salamanca fruit market is excellent and open 7 days a week, but for a real treat head to the weekend Farmers Market.  There is plenty of food to graze your way through the market as you stock up on the most brilliantly colored beets, carrots, plums and strawberries among other items.  You’ll be entertained as you shop too, with live music and plenty of people watching.

SALAMANCA MARKET

Salamanca Place
Hobart, TAS
(03) 6238 2711

Price range: $1-$50

If you have more time to make it beyond the capital, which I highly recommend, pack a picnic from ingredients you’ve sourced at the market and hit the road.  Make sure to plan stops at the Hamilton Bakehouse Cafe for their savory meat pies, Kate’s Berry Farm for some home-made jam and Bridestowe Lavendar Estate for some sweet lavender honey.  Just make sure you don’t get too full to stop at the small town cafes, they’re the real gems of your foodie tour!

To see more pictures of the gorgeous Tasmania just click here and if you’re planning a trip Down Under anytime soon be sure to check out our Australia travel guide by clicking here.

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» Bka :
Apr 21, 2012

Just returned from a fabulous fresh fish dinner with cousin Nancy in Wichita, great calamari, not as food as Auckland……but the fresh bread and special olive oil may have been highlight…..am afraid your eating dehydrated beans and rice while making the climb as I type….how ironic…..love you dad

LOCAVORista Reply:

Dad, I don’t know if I will ever has calamari as good as Auckland, NZ but I could definitely go for a fresh fish dinner after days and days of Dhal Baht, which you’re right is basically dehydrated beans and rice. Those Tassie treats are really sounding good now…

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