Hobart & Home Again: Shopping Tour
Some may say I have saved the best till last, especially if you love exploring beautiful retail stores like me, but I think this final review of my Hobart trip just adds to the overall experience that a trip to this gorgeous city can offer. I hope it has encouraged you to make the journey.
Combing two of my loves walking and shopping my guide to some of the best homewares, fashion and accessories stores in Hobart is certainly achievable for even the most couch bound! All within an easy street grid layout, this leisurely paced shopping tour allows for the necessary fuel stops in beautiful bakeries and eateries throughout the day.
Since we stayed in beautiful Battery Point, I will also mention that a short stroll down into Sandy Bay is also worth the effort and includes some beautiful stores including Grey and Felt. Located on Sandy Bay road this is a contemporary homewares and fashion store …….
I’ll begin my tour though at the Daci Daci Bakery on Murray St. …….
After an amazing morning breakfast it’s an easy stroll to the first shop on our tour Store & Co just around the corner on Macquarie St. Situated in a gorgeous old historical building this large store lives up to its name sake;
Store. n. an abundant supply, plenty, abundance,(often in pl); large shop where things are kept for sale, storehouse, a warehouse; a large establishment where articles of various kinds are sold;
With carefully selected locally sourced mix of antique, vintage and modern home wares, clothing, accessories, giftware + more.
With carefully selected locally sourced mix of antique, vintage and modern home wares, clothing, accessories, giftware + more, it’s the perfect shop to pick up a gift. I would describe their aesthetic as French provincial with homewares and garden accessories, pots, candles, soft linens and a range of ribbons, twine and wrapping to hunt through. They also have a “mini store” in Sandy Bay.
Cross back onto Murray St and you’ll find a plethora of shops worth your time and money clustered in along this strip and Liverpool St. Inside Home & Gifts reminded me of a Home magazine, stocked with a huge range of brands and names we all know and love. Nancy Bird, T2, General Eclectic, Alessi, Pony Rider, Kip & Co and more; jewellery, cushions, stationary, bags, travel products and something for everyone.
The Dispensary is just next door in the adjoining lane. This is a small boutique space that sells candles, makeup, skin and hair care and a small selection of clothing and shoes.
Love & Clutter is owned by the amazing Leoni Struthers of “The Maker” in Salamanca. Stocking gorgeousness from Tassie, Melbourne and Sydney designers this shop has a very different feel however from its sister store, with more of a crafty vibe. A range of handmade pieces including toys, fabric bags, jewellery and accessories fill the shelves. You will also find odd little vintage treasures.
Funky Homes is just a hop, skip and jump along Liverpool St. Helen Facer is the proud owner and is such a helpful presence while shopping. She has created a concept store & design space that meets her vision of providing customers with a source of inspiration for their homes. She has a select range of unique pieces along with well-known brands at affordable prices and her displays invite you to touch, feel and try out. I think I was drawn the most to this store because it reflects what I want for Little Cactus’ retail space (launching in August). Although a different aesthetic, I too want as Helen describes a shop “that’s always evolving, interesting and allows us to showcase new brands and designers”.
Definitely time for some lunch and Raspberry Fool is just nearby. A friendly, small and cosy café with an art deco feel that has a great range of baked treats and meals. Pies, salads, sandwiches, stews, puddings and amazing wagon wheels treats to share with a coffee, there is something for everyone at any time of day.
Now you just cross the road to enter Gather Handmade which is filled with gorgeous gifts, crafts and homewares; primarily local made pieces, jewellery, candles and some kitsch items that make special gifts. Fitted out in a long narrow space with black walls and multiple plywood boxes, I love the natural elements of branches, terrariums and succulents that hang within the gaps and help create this inviting store.
Merchant also has a very organic feel with branches used as hangers and deer antlers hung from the walls. Tucked around the corner on Criterion St, it has a very eclectic and quirky mix of antiques, handmade homewares and that one-of-a-kind gift. Friendly staff will make you feel very much at home.
If you’re not too exhausted then a leisurely walk up Elizabeth St to North Hobart will bring you across Fig, a spectacular flower, garden and interior shop. Filled with an abundance of blooms and foliage in very unique and imaginative arrangements; old chairs as planters, air plants, terrariums and succulents, it’s a beautiful space to admire.
Finish the day at Sweet Envy which is described as a wonderland of homemade sweets. Choose from a variety of moreish pastries, cakes, cookies and a delicious range of beautiful daily-churned ice creams.
Now my guide is in no way exhaustive and if you pick up one of the Urban Walkabout or We Are Hobart Maps you can fill another day or two with