A taste of Hobart

In Part 2 of her Hobart diaries, Sarah Ayoub shares her favourite eats in Australia's island state

Breakfast: Sometimes, you have to scrimp to splurge elsewhere, and a place where scrimping still gets you some good bang for your buck is Rendesvouz Lounge Cafe (2-4 Salamanca Place), home of the substantial and delicious $10 breakfast. Choose from sausages or bacon, served up with sourdough, baby spinach, two eggs (poached, scrambled or fried) and housemade relish, and save some pennies in your pocket for shopping, exploring, or fine dining. Be warned: It can get quite busy, so head there early or be prepared to wait for your meal. rendezvousloungecafe.com

Coffee Break: Fancy a pick-me-up? Look no further than Daci & Daci Bakers (11 Murray St) – one of Hobart’s newest, and now most-loved, bakeries. The French influence at Daci & Daci is unmissable, from the old books and gold mirrors lining the walls, to the iron lights and the glass fixtures that seal off rows and rows of tortes, sweet and savoury pastries, and decadent cakes. Take-home treats are in plentiful supply – brown paper packages of cookies and biscuits, delicious meringues (that actually taste like rosewater and pistachio) and gourmet blocks of rocky road will make sweet little gifts for your loved ones back home. Daci & Daci is Located at 11 Murray Street Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Quick Lunch: At Jack Greene (49 Salamanca Place, Battery Point), where cool burgers, a variety of beers and a super-cool interior make for a relaxed atmosphere in a central location. Go for the beef burger with blue cheese, and try a couple of their numerous sauces for your fries. facebook.com/jackgreenebar

Dine: While Salamanca Square boasts front after front of dining establishments – from the humble pub to the gourmet pizza bar and the fine restaurant, it’s worth it to head a little off centre to The Mill on Morrison (11 Morrison St) – a modern Tapas bar with an extensive menu and an expansive drinks list. Start with a plate of moreish olives, work through a few selections of bar snacks, sample the pinto or the soft-shell tacos or simply spring for some bread, olives and a main (the beef cheek was particularly delicious). Save some room for dessert: the sundaes are both a visual treat and a good finish for your palate. themillonmorrison.com.au

Eat, Drink + Be Merry: At Cargo Bar Pizza and Lounge, a full-service bar with live music that's super-busy even on weeknights, so expect to wait more than twenty minutes for your pizza. The venue offers  a significant selection of gourmet, deluxe and traditional pizzas ($12 to $26) in varieties like dukkah chicken; Thai chicken curry; seafood paella; prosciutto saltimbocca; scallop and bacon and hoi sin duck, plus a selection of share platters, salads and small plates for sharing. Also a win are there three dessert pizzas - chocolate truffle cream ($15); blueberry cheesecake ($17); and the pavlova pizza of mascerated strawberries, passion fruit, lemon curd, crushed meringue and vanilla gelato ($15). The best part is that they have gluten-free bases available as well, so our coeliac friends need not miss out. cargobarsalamanca.com.au