Lunch With A Punch: Hobart's Top 6 Lunch Experiences

Hobart is the bonafide mecca of Tasmania’s eclectic dining scene, blending international influences with a fierce loyalty to local produce. Recent years have seen this culinary capital skyrocket in popularity, drawing national and international attention. From bustling weekend markets to interactive seafood cruises, Hobart's lunch spots are incredibly varied and suit every palate.

Here’s the scoop on the top lunch spots in Hobart that promise a lunch with a punch!

Salamanca Market

What is it?
A bustling outdoor market held every Saturday featuring over 300 stalls selling everything from fresh produce to artisanal crafts.

Why visit?
Where else can you munch on a scallop pie, sip a creamy hot chocolate and buy a handcrafted local souvenir, all before noon? It’s a foodie paradise with a side of local flavours and live tunes.

Peppermint Bay Hotel

What is it?
Peppermint Bay Hotel is a waterfront restaurant in Woodbridge, a short drive from Hobart, overlooking the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

Why visit?
Peppermint Bay cruise traversing the D'Entrecasteaux Channel

Dine on fresh, local ingredients like Tasmanian lamb and oysters while enjoying stunning views. It's an ideal spot for a relaxing lunch away from the hustle and bustle of Hobart. And the best part? You can ditch your car and join a scenic lunch cruise from Hobart to get here!


What is it?
Fico is a fun-dining Italian restaurant on Macquarie Street – a product of two young chefs Federica Andrisani and Oskar Rossi, who have sculpted a 9-course tasting extravaganza based on their Italian and Australian backgrounds! 

Why visit?
Authentic pasta and the catch of the day served in a minimalist setting? Yes, please! It’s like a trip to Italy minus the jet lag or pesky exchange rates.

Pennicott Seafood Cruise

What is it?
For a truly unique lunch experience, join the Pennicott Seafood Cruise. This cruise offers a scenic overview of Hobart’s incredible coastline with a seafood feast that’s as fresh as it gets!

Guests on Pennicott Seafood Seduction Cruise posing for a quick photo

Why visit?
Enjoy fresh shucked oysters, premium rock lobsters and sea urchin, with a side of local Tassie wines, beers and ciders, all while taking in the stunning views of the rugged coastline and wildlife. During the cruise, the expert guides will jump in and snorkel for the fresh catch!

Bar Wa Izakaya

What is it?
'Izakaya' roughly translates to ‘stay-drink-place’, and that's exactly what you can do here at Bar Wa Izakaya. This neon-lit bar with its buzzing ambience, incredible food and sake is influenced by Tokyo's Izakaya, where the food is just as important (if not more) than the drinks!

Why visit?
If ramen's your thing, book a spot here from 12-3pm. Or if you're looking at a long day of drinking, feel free to explore the extra long drinks menu. Plus, this is one of the few lunch places in Hobart that opens past midnight, so if you miss lunch, catch your next meal here!

Pigeon Whole Bakers

Almond Croissants is a staple in Hobart’s bakery scene

What is it?
A true baker’s paradise, Pigeon Whole Bakers is a beloved bakery on Argyle Street, renowned for its fresh, artisanal baked goods.

Why visit?
Their sourdough sandwiches are the stuff of legend. Plus, their almond croissants might just make you believe in love at first bite. Perfect for a quick, tasty lunch or a sweet pick-me-up.

Hobart is easily one of the best places to eat out in Australia. The naturally bountiful fresh produce, paired with multi-cultural influences has made Hobart the undisputed crown jewel in Tasmania’s unique dining landscape. With fine dining spots like Fico, scenic retreats like Peppermint Bay and the adventurous seafood cruises, you’re guaranteed a lunch that packs a punch.

Check Out Related Experiences


5Hr Peppermint Bay Lunch Cruise

Scenic cruise on a luxury catamaran followed by a regionally-inspired lunch at Peppermint Bay Hotel. Views of D’Entrecasteaux Channel & Bruny Island.

Duration 5hr

From $170 $195


7.5Hr Pennicott Wilderness Tasmanian Seafood Seduction Cruise

See a fresh catch of rock lobsters, oysters, abalone & sea urchins turned into a seafood feast just for you. Paired with local produce & Tassie wines.

Duration 7.5hr

From $700 $800