Five reasons to love Hobart’s Battery Point
This might be controversial, but Hobart may just be my favourite Australian capital city.
With hot new restaurants, cute small bars, a gorgeous harbour, some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met, and arguably the best museum in the country, this small city packs a serious punch.
But don’t just limit yourself to the buzzing harbour-front precinct. Here are five reasons why you should spend some serious time in Battery Point:
1. Gorgeous old-school streets
Battery Point was settled in the earliest days of Hobart Town in the early 1800s and you can feel the history as you stroll the streets. Surrounded by classic sandstone buildings, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. But in a good way – a nostalgic “this is beautiful”, not a cringey “this is so dated” 😉
2. Cute places to stay
It’s no secret I love a luxe hotel, but in a village environment like Battery Point, there really is no better place to stay than a refurbished cottage.
Portsea Place absolutely nails the brief: think high ceilings, feature fireplace, cute alcoves, and that classic cottage feel made modern with contemporary art touches.
Bonus points, too, for thoughtfulness, with the heating switched on to cosy perfection ahead of our arrival, free Wi-Fi, and chocolates on our bed… that didn’t last long 😉
Speaking of the bed, it’s extremely comfortable and I’m almost willing to guarantee you’ll get a great night’s sleep.
The kitchen is small but well-equipped, with everything for your cooking needs. Although with Hobart’s foodie scene on your doorstep, I dare say you’ll be hitting the town, not the kitchen.
3. Delicious places to eat
Speaking of which! Despite its relatively small size, every time I visit Battery Point, I discover somewhere new to eat.
This visit, my favourite discovery was Pollen – a beautiful tea room with a cosy window spot, perfect for people watching, and a courtyard with heaters for when you feel like spreading yourself out a bit more. Check out the daily food specials – I’m sure you’ll be tempted. And, of course, be sure to sample their beautiful teas, which come with their own timers to ensure optimal brewing time.
Last trip, I absolutely loved Three Japanese. Because how can you go wrong combining the freshness of Japanese cuisine with the amazing produce of Hobart? It’s a must (but be sure to check their website for their winter break dates).
And, of course, it’s impossible to visit Battery Point without a visit to the amazing Jackman McRoss bakery. It is pastry heaven! Soup with crusty bread is also a winner. If you spot it on the menu on a cold day, it’s a must-order.
4. Get your bar on
What’s a buzzing restaurant scene without a little drinks action? Battery Point is home to two of the most interesting places in town.
Preachers is hard to miss. Because what bar doesn’t need a bus parked in the front beer garden?
Society is also pretty damn cool, boasting Hobart’s largest spirit selection. It’s underground, dark, sexy, and sophisticated, and you totally want to be seen here. Bonus points, too, for being a quick walk/stumble away from your digs at Portsea Place.
5. Location, location
It might be cliché, but your location can really make or break your getaway. If you fancy a morning run like hubby and I do (making up for the Hobart indulgence might be a factor, but nothing beats that fresh Tassie air first thing), you’re right near beautiful Errol Flynn Reserve. Hot tip: try to get there for sunrise and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the water.
Of course, another benefit to staying in Battery Point is its proximity to the (relative!) hustle and bustle of Salamanca. Walk down the historic Kelly’s Steps and you’ll find yourself in Salamanca Place, home to shops, bars, restaurants, and, of course, the famous weekly Salamanca Markets. Time your visit for a Saturday and soak up the community vibe.
For these five reasons and more, you’re probably going to find yourself checking out Battery Point real estate prices sometime soon. Or at the very least planning your next Hobart escape 😉