Hobart and Home Again: Markets
After a wonderful fortnight holiday traveling around the gorgeous Tasmanian national parks I thought I'd revisit and repost my blog articles from 2015 and my time in Hobart.
There is no escaping the unique qualities of a small city like Hobart. It has a very colloquial feel with its friendly local gatherings and community events which we as tourists are openly invited to; its weekly markets to just name a few.
Salamanca Market is known Australian wide as one of Hobart’s main attractions and it’s not hard to see how it got its reputation. Extending the length of Salamanca Place from Davey Street to Runnymede Street, over 300 stalls highlight some of the best Tasmanian produce, arts and crafts. As you meander your way through the market, which is beautifully centred between the historic St David’s Park tree foliage and sandstone facades of warehouses that lead to the picturesque waterfront, you take in the aromas of a coffee and croissant and the tunes of buskers singing or playing a song.
Some of my favourite finds were:
Mongrelsocks- Every time I visit Salamanca Market I stock up on my winter socks. Their variety of merino, possum fur, pure wool, bamboo and cotton blends in various thickness and lengths will keep your toes cosy warm no matter the weather.
Pili Pala- Helen Mansbridge describes her pieces as “whimsical beauty for every day; jewellery, accessories and homewares featuring vintage illustrations and patterns from yesteryear”. Crafting many of her pieces from Tasmanian blackwood with a mix of vintage patterns and inspiration to create unique necklaces, earrings, vases and wall art.
I love Helen’s story as it is so much parallels mine; working in paediatric health care she followed her dream to turn her artistic passion into a business and going strong 5 years on she inspires my own goals for Little Cactus. www.pilipalapieces.com.au
Big JellyMouse- Big JellyMouse offers a great collection of quality clothing & accessories that encompass innovative, groovy and fun designs that are conceived by talented local and international artists & illustrators. Bright and fun with a quirky feel they all bring a smile to you face.
Otekah- These designed and handmade Tasmanian pieces are described as “melting imaginative thought into beautiful pieces to decorate the world around you.” Ceramic and wooden crafted necklaces, earrings and broaches are amongst their unique collection.
Stop at one of the many café’s or pubs for a scrumptious breakfast to refuel before exploring the shops and galleries in Salamanca Square. Hand-worked glass, sterling silver jewellers, sculpted Tasmanian timbers, delicate ceramics and designer clothes fill the old warehouse stores.
Machine Laundry Café- This bustling café is also a working laundry mat. Its 50’s retro funky décor and location facing out into the Salamanca Square with alfresco dining option offers you a great vantage point to take in all that’s going on. Enjoy a full hearty breakfast with a great coffee.
The Maker- This beautiful store stocks a range of contemporary Tasmanian artists, jewellers, homewares and designers. It showcases distinctive and organic clothing using the finest quality wool, linens and cottons.
Spacebar Gallery- Local designer, Lisa Link opened up [spacebar gallery] after noticing a lack of support for independent design, art and craft within Hobart. She supports hundreds of designers and Hobart's art culture with a wide range of homewares, fashion and accessories.
From the market you can climb up Kelly’s Steps to reach the village atmosphere of Battery Point. The Georgian cottages which line the streets house local residents, bed and breakfast accommodation, shops and eateries. You can’t go past Jackman & McRoss Bakery for the array of breads, pies, cakes, slices, danishes, croissants, meringues and anything else you can pull out of an oven. Open for breakfast through to lunch and afternoon tea.
The Farm Gate Market is more of a chance to mingle with locals and meet the producers of an abundance of fresh, seasonal, local produce and artisan foods. Held every Sunday 8:30-1pm in the central Hobart streets (outside the State Library) you are entertained with buskers while you sample the array of Tasmanian Ciders and choose from the selection of baked bagels, the locals swear by.
Cider Trail- So many amazing ciders crafters come from Tassie’s shore and you’ll get to sample Pagans, Small Players, Red Sails, and Two Metre Tall as just a sample of boutique brands on offer.
Bury Me Standing- An amazing array of over 700 bagels; poppyseed, cheddar, old gold chocolate, roast garlic and apple cinnamon to name a few are sold every Sunday from Cohen Bassingthwaighte’s market oven.
This is really just a glimpse of what is on offer if you take the opportunity to explore this beautiful city. Stay tuned for my review of Hobart Shopping in next month’s blog as I share my walking guide to great homewares shops.