North Hobart

A short walk from the city centre, North Hobart is an attractive inner suburb brimming with life and vitality, though it wasn't always that way. Up until the late 1980s North Hobart was considered a downmarket and rough suburb, but action by its residents, the local council, Housing Tasmania and the Better Cities program has seen a dramatic turnaround in North Sydney's fortunes. Elizabeth Street, between Tasma and Federal Streets, has been transformed into what many describe as Hobart's version of Melbourne's Lygon Street, Carlton, or Sydney's King Street, Newtown, and as such, contains many of the restaurants and cafes for which North Hobart is known. The streets is also home to trendy cafes, pubs, wine bars and restaurants, book shops, gift stores, art galleries and boutique clothing stores.

North Hobart is the Restaurant strip of Hobart. Variety is outstanding from Thai, Chinese, Arabic, Indian, Portugese, Italian, Greek etc. From cafes, to bakeries, restaurants, take away, indoor and outdoor. There is something for everyone. Restaurants in the area include two Italian restaurants, one of which was established by and named for City of Hobart alderman Marti Zucco and two fish bars. Asian food dominates the strip with Indian food Annapurna, Thai food, Japanese food and Chinese food all being popular. Other restaurants serve Mexican and Turkish food. South African restaurant Nando's - the first in the state - is located in North Hobart. All palates are catered for and competition keeps the prices reasonable.

Pubs like Bensons and The Republic serve great food and have huge craft beer selections and live entertainment nightly. The State Cinema, Tasmania's only independent cinema, generally shows independent and underground films. In recent times the State Theatre has expanded considerably to provide a number of simultaneous showings and a food service and bookshop.

There is so much more to see in North Hobart than simply wonderful shops and cafes. Follow the trail of shapes and colours to discover for yourself another side of the North Hobart precinct. Take time to explore and find what s really in North Hobart. Glimpses of the past are revealed in sparkling granite and aluminium letters underfoot. Stainless steel fences and tree guards echo the old frontages that you find turning into any of the side streets.

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Light Poles

North Hobart means many different things to different people. Flashes of life from the area have been captured as photographs and framed in aluminium castings attached to selected light poles. Each image is unique. Some shout out what they are and others take time to be revealed. Is it an EJ or an EK Holden, a police bike or a courier? Can you guess them all?

Heritage Pavers

Central North Hobart has been a busy, popular place for many years. Glimpses of the past are revealed in sparkling granite and aluminium letters in the Heritage Pavers at significant locations along the footpath. Step back in time and see what used to be there years ago, or maybe still exists but is hidden. Look for 'Wah Shing Chinese Laundry' or 'Providence Rivulet.

From one end of Central North Hobart to the other follow the trail of colourful patterned pavers down the middle of the footpath. Additional patterns in the grey pavers sparkle as they catch the light and add to the experience of this delightful journey along the street.

On each side of Elizabeth Street there are ceramic tiled artworks in the footpaths. Members of the local community created these back in 1994, providing an outdoor gallery for everyone to see, all hours of the day. Can you find the little dog?

Tony Haigh Walk Murals

Turn the corner into Tony Haigh Walk and move into an imaginary world. No matter how real it seems, the dog waiting patiently on the corner won t bite or bark, the flowers have no scent and you can t post a letter (people have tried). These wonderful murals are in the Trompe L oiel style, which means, to fool the eye . The painting appears to be three- dimensional and blends into the real features on the walls.

How to get there:
North Hobart is a short drive or walks from the Hobart CBD. Simply head north along Elizabeth Street. The main shopping and restaurant strip is between Tasma and Federal Streets.