I love long weekend escapes.
There's something extraordinarily refreshing and somewhat grounding, about discovering a city, a town, or a beach; immersing yourself in a new place and experiencing briefly the life of a local through the eyes of a visitor.
Nestled in south-east Tasmania, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia and although small by city standards, is rich in cultural experiences.
It was also the perfect "Destination Hen's Celebration" for a group of friends in honour of our Bride-To-Be, who loves stylish winter layering and indulging in foodie delights (don't we all!).
Be inspired to plan your next weekend escape with some highlights from our weekend in Hobart:
1. The Agrarian Kitchen
If you love cooking and learning about fresh produce, book in to a class at The Agrarian Kitchen. Renowned for their Paddock to Plate philosophy, this experience will not disappoint.
Image credit: @AgraranKitchen
2. Dinner at Franklin
This industrial-chic restaurant has a menu that changes daily so as to take advantage of seasonal produce and the fresh catch of the day. Share plates ensured this leisurely dinner at Franklin was a chance to try a range of gastronomical delights such as:
- Raw kingfish with salted kohlrabi, parsley oil and native pepper leaf;
- Angasi oyster;
- Wood grilled souther calamari with daikon, wake and roasted calamari dressing;
- Charred leeks with almond and smoked butter
- Lightly smoked lamb rump with dried olive and anchovy
- Baked kunzea cream with rolled spelt and apricot
Image credit: @FranklinHobart
3. Salamanca Markets
Although these markets are high on the tourist hit-list for Hobart, they are still worth a wander. The streets around Salamanca are also host to hidden away coffee shops and wine-bars.
A trip to Hobart wouldn't be complete without a visit to MONA: the ferry trip, the design of the building itself and the experience of wandering up and down the different levels is quite incredible. On the afternoon we went, there was even a jazz duo playing in the bar downstairs!
5. Farm Gate Markets
On Sunday morning, we spent a couple of hours wandering around the Farm Gate Markets in the city. These markets were much smaller than Saturday's Salamanca ones, but with an array of tasty food stalls, this was a great way to graze our way through Sunday morning!
Image credit: @ellloco
6. Gin Bars and Whiskey Distilleries
Tasmania is renowned for its' award-winning whisky, so it only felt appropriate to squeeze in a visit to Lark Distillery for some taste-testing and general whisky and gin education from the friendly bar staff. Our only regret was that we were feeling too full from our Sunday morning market grazing to order one of their Tasmanian cheese-platters!
Image credit: @ClareFletcher1
Be stylish, stay self aware and always remain playful x