Machine Laundry Cafe, Hobart

Arguably Hobart's most famous breakfast, Machine Laundry Cafe doesn't disappoint. We've tried to get a table at this brunch hotspot on two separate trips and third time's a charm. After tasting their Old New Egg Dish we're off poached and back into scrambled eggs! Silky scrambled with beetroot relish, crisp sourdough and a cheeky side of bacon and haloumi, a bunch worth waiting a few years for.

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The Brunswick Hotel, Hobart

A winter mini break finale in Hobart is best enjoyed in a historic, cosy pub with a hearty loaded parma; The Brunswick Hotel in downtown Hobart, the second oldest pub in Australia, is the perfect location for transitioning back to mainland life or the UK just as easily. With a cocktail list that features an espresso martini and a parma piled high with mushy peas and yorkshire pudding and an open fire to boot, your evening will be complete once you polish off a deconstructed lemon meringue for dessert.

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Small Fry, Hobart

It doesn't take long to sussed out the doughnut sitch in Hobart, just look for the shop on the way to North Hobart with the line out the door! Pastry chef April Matusik of Small-Fry whips up amazing batches of gourmet wonders and, taking their pairing seriously, fab Ritual espressos to match - here's salted caramel and chocolate and lemon meringue to inspire you to a quick trip across the Bass Strait.

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Frank, Hobart

Argentinian delight, Frank, on the Hobart waterfront is a foodie destination not to be missed. Spectacularly kitted out, the restaurant closes in around each table to create a hushed, intimate experience for each customer. We were welcomed warmly by front of house - without a reservation! - and attended indulgently throughout our stay. We excitedly introduced our companions to a white fish ceviche and thanks to Frank they are now converts, too. Our choices also included a serve of pork and chipotle empanadas, sides of greens and rumbled pumpkin, and a succulent serve of lamp rump from the grill. When it comes to eating out in Hobart, we can't stop raving about Frank.

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Artizan Specialty Coffee

We stumbled across Artizan while wandering around waiting for the shops to open up at 11am. In fairness to Hobart it was a public holiday but having to wait until 11am to go shopping is not very 'Melbourne'. We chatted to the two young men running the shift and it came out that they were brothers taking their turn to man the family-run cafe. They were great guys and made an excellent brew - probably the food stop I most appreciated over my short time in Hobart.

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Ten Days Festival

Melburnians love festivals so one that runs for 10 days with all sorts of arts and entertainment is a winner. We were only in town for a short time, so the Ten Days Spiegeltent was our home for drinks and a fabulous concert from Camille O'Sullivan. The festival runs annually in March.

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Lark Distillery

My Aunt insisted we stop at Lark Distillery on our way back from MONA and it was such a pleasant surprise. With about 40 mins from closing time, we had the bar pretty much to ourselves and we fell into easy conversation with a visitor from Sydney who had been spending some time with the bartender on a taster session. We tried a sweet dram from Lark's range that really hit the spot.

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Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart

The Museum of Old and New Art is magnificent, a real experience from Ferry to museum floor. I didn't necessarily like everything I saw but I did like the provocative nature of the collection. The grounds were incredible and the building's architecture, art in itself, made to blend with the natural surroundings.

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