Best First Date Ideas in Tasmania


Tasmania has a well-earned reputation for fertile soils and a cool climate that is perfect for creating fabulous food and wine. Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is full of not only the best food and wine in the world but some unique and exciting date ideas perfect for any time spent with someone special. Hobart also has the longest summer days out of any city in Australia, giving you ample time to enjoy your date’s company in the daylight and keep the good times going well into the evening.

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The Salamanca Market

hobart1Open every Saturday, the Salamanca market in Hobart is the perfect venue for a casual daytime date. Stroll together through the aromas of coffee, scrambled eggs and pancakes, then take away a selection of cheeses, organic produce and sweets for a waterfront picnic. Some of the best things to see can’t be bought as there is nothing quite like the people watching you’ll find at the market. But back to the picnic-don’t forget the wine, of course!

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Ethos Eat Drink

ethos-eat-drink-07If you’re looking for a spot to take first online date, stop by Ethos Eat Drink. This restaurant is famous in Hobart for it’s cozy yet historic character, perfect for a date that you want to impress but don’t want to go all out just yet.  Make it an occasion and go for the premium menu with matched wines and you won’t waste valuable date-chat time contemplating menu choices. Whenever possible, Ethos Eat Drink uses local and organic ingredients, and we would be remiss if we didn’t suggest you order the lamb, it’s incredible! Set in a laneway building nearly 200 years old and producing a beautiful mix of history and contemporary feel it will be a memorable night out. Top it off with a coffee that is arguably Hobart’s best. Image source

IXL Long Bar

Henry_Jones_Art_Hotel_bar_HobartIf dinner is too much of a commitment, check out IXL Long Bar. The iconic brand IXL first made jam in what is now this bar favoured by Hobart’s fashionistas. The cocktails are some of the best in Australia, and the bar seems to glow, offering some of the most stunning views of Hobart-you might feel like you can reach out and touch a boat in the harbor!  Order a collection of small plates to snack on and enjoy smooth jazz on a chilled-out first date. Insider tip: try the chocolate, chilli and mandarin martini! Image source

Sullivan’s Cove

sullivans coveSure, it’s slightly touristy and crowded in the high season, but sometimes playing tour guide in your own city reminds you of things you’ve been taking for granted. Sullivan’s Cove is the site of the first British settlement and stretches from the sandstone warehouses on the east side on to the Hobart city centre. Take a stroll and admire the historic architecture and stop for a drink or lunch at one of the many breweries and restaurants in the city centre. Salamanca Market is nearby, as well! Image source