New in town? Looking for somewhere novel to brunch? Or just needing to grab a quality caffeine fix before your next class? The Explorer sent new staff member and cafe socialite Josh Bomford out to select the  best cafes on offer in Hobart and Launceston for visitors and students alike.

The Stagg – 138 Elizabeth St, Hobart TAS 7000 (

If you’re into people watching while you grab a coffee, this little hole-in-the-wall café is the perfect spot. Located in Hobart’s Elizabeth St, directly opposite the new uni accommodation, the Stagg is a good place to grab a snack and chill after visiting the Sunday Farmers’ Market in town or to get a grab-and-go on the way to class.

Facebook Votes: 5/5        Trip Advisor Review: #15/35 Coffee & Tea in Hobart  



1 Pilgrim Coffee 48 ARGYLE STREET HOBART, TAS, 7000 (

Pilgrim Coffee provides rustic, hearty, healthy food and sensational coffee, as well as a range of great on-the-go treats. Being based in the Hobart CBD and close to the University’s Medical School and newly constructed student accommodation makes a trip to Pilgrim Coffee not only a pleasure but a convenience. What’s more, Pilgrim’s barista has been crowned number one in Australia numerous times.

Facebook Votes: 4.5/5    Trip Advisor Review: #2 of 35 Coffee & Tea in Hobart


Small-Fry 3/129 Bathurst Street, Hobart, TAS, Australia (

Small-Fry is a tiny bar and kitchen in Hobart. Don’t let the size fool you. The place is big on style and quality. The open kitchen provides a range of delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Small-Fry also does great coffee with exceptional take-away donuts. The on-street take-away service makes Small-Fry an option if you’re on the run or taking a casual walk around the Hobart CBD.

Facebook Votes: 4.9/5    Trip Advisor Review: #32 of 438 Restaurants in Hobart


Sweetbrew – 93 George St, Launceston TAS 7250 (

If you like good coffee, vegetarian fare and ambience by the bucketloads, Sweetbrew is your kind of place. Housed in an old coach way, Sweetbrew is popular with the brunch set as well as those students who struggle to get out of bed at the crack of dawn but need a jolt of caffeine combined with healthy food to start their day.

Facebook votes: 4.9/5    Trip Advisor Review: #1 of 13 Coffee & Tea in Launceston



Sash Coffee 1/163 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay TAS 7005 (

Sash Coffee does great coffee with great service. Only being a 10-minute walk from our Sandy Bay campus makes Sash Coffee an outstanding option for your mid-week and weekend coffee requirements. Sash also offers in-house dining, serving a range of tasty treats as well as sustainable breakfasts.

Facebook votes: 4.9/5     Trip Advisor Review: #8 of 35 Coffee & Tea in Hobart

Pigeon Hole Café – 93 Goulburn St, West Hobart TAS 7000 (

Perched on the edge of the Hobart CBD, Pigeon Hole Café provides a range of vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free and vegan options. This café shows a lot of what Tasmania has to offer with locally grown produce, freshly baked bread and outstanding coffee. Pigeon Hole really provides a laidback farm-to-table feel, which is great for chilling on weekends.

Facebook Votes: 4.8/5    Trip Advisor Review: #1 of 35 Coffee & Tea in Hobart


Bryher – 91 George St, Launceston TAS 7250 (

A gem in central George St, you can’t go past Bryhers for a hearty breakfast and heart-stopping coffee. This Launceston establishment has a strong focus on local produce including cheeses, meats and breads so expect to be wowed. The staff are friendly and always up for sharing their local knowledge with newcomers to town.

Facebook Votes: 5/5       Trip Advisor Review:  #10 of 239 Restaurants in Launceston


Amelia Espresso – 91 George St, Launceston TAS 7250 (

Want feel all warm and cosy? Amelia’s will tuck you up in a blanket on cold winter days and serve you hot chocolates to die for – complete with chunks of real chocolate to melt in hot frothy milk. Another delight located conveniently on central George St, Amelia is a perennial favourite with Launcestrians.

Facebook Votes: 4.8/5    Trip Advisor Review: #3 of 13 Coffee & Tea in Launceston



Villino Café – 30 Criterion St, Hobart TAS 7000 (

Based right in the heart of Hobart’s CBD, Italian-style Villino Café offers great coffee and service without the price tag. With indoor and alfresco dining options Villino is a fantastic place for a catch-up with friends or on-the-go coffee. Villino is close to our UTAS Medical Science Precinct as well our new city student accommodation, making it easy for a quick coffee or snack.

Facebook Votes: 4.7/5    Trip Advisor Review: #10 of 35 Coffee & Tea in Hobart  


Blue Café & Bar  – Invermay Road, Inveresk, Launceston TAS 7 (

Whether you’re based at Launceston’s Inveresk campus or in “Launnie” and just hankering for a great meal in a cool location, Blue Café will hit the spot. Just over the tram tracks from the QVA Museum, and set in a very funky converted industrial building, the Blue offers an amazing array of food to satisfy both health nuts and sweet tooths alike. And yes, it even offers real tea in a teapot!

Facebook Votes: 4.4/5    Trip Advisor Review:  #52 of 239 Restaurants in Launceston


If you’re into studying in a place with a great cafe society, amazing food and friendly locals, Tasmania is for you. Find the perfect course to go with your coffee at the University of Tasmania!