Salamanca PlaceHobart’s most famous cobblestoned square was once known for whalers and sailors. Today, it’s inhabited by artists and food purveyors, who mix and mingle every Saturday at the Salamanca Market—the largest outdoor market in Australia, which boasts some 300 food and craft vendors. Sample locally produced cheeses, chocolates, and jams; browse jewelry, ceramics, photography, wool scarves, and bowls hand-hewn from local Huon pine; or do your organic grocery shopping for the trip. Also on this blessed square is the Salamanca Arts Centre, a collection of 1830s Georgian sandstone warehouses converted into more than a dozen galleries and performance spaces. Look for timeless tunics and capes by designer Leonie Struthers at The Maker, and some of Australia’s best cheeses at the Bruny Island Cheese Co.
The bustling waterfront district of Salamanca Place is often considered Hobart’s heart. The picturesque cobblestoned square, lined with rows of Georgian sandstone buildings, is home to hip art galleries and artist studios as well as bustling bars and eateries. Browse the craft shops and boutiques and soak up the lively atmosphere. If you’re in town on a Saturday, don’t miss the famous Salamanca Market, where you’ll find everything from the island’s freshest produce to Tasmanian crafts.