Hobart may miss out on mega malls, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in diversity with the city dotted with specialist shops selling everything from antiques to artworks. Smaller but intriguing weekly markets include the Farm Gate Market on Sundays and Sandy Bay's Hobart Twilight Markets during summer.
Truckle & Co
Clean and green Tasmania is home to dozens of artisan cheese producers and you'll find selections from several of the best at cheesemonger Truckle & Co (formerly known as Bottego Rotolo), along with a range of imported goods and a selection of artisan foods.
The Antiques Warehouse
Located on a side street between Hobart and North Hobart, the Antiques Warehouse and three associated sellers of old goods have 1,500 square metres of items displayed on two levels including antique and vintage furniture, old wares, sterling silver and a range of other collectables.
Independently owned and operated, Fullers and the Hobart Bookshop on Salamanca Square share the honour of offering the city's best selection of fiction and non-fiction and both have sections devoted to Tasmanian topics. Fullers frequently hosts book launches and lectures by local and interstate authors.
9/11 Gasworks Cellar Door
There are around 160 wine producers in Tasmania, but many are too small to get their bottles to the mainland. This store has arguably the best selection in the state (from over 80 local wineries) and also sells spirits from all nine distilleries across the state.
Music Without Frontiers
It is gloriously chaotic and easy to walk past on the street, but Hobart's leading independent music store has an excellent selection of classic and current rock on both CD and vinyl, along with jazz, blues and country sections featuring back catalogues.
An newcomer on Criterion Street, Merchant sells an offbeat range of homewares/edibles from home-made soaps to limited-edition chocolates; candles to animal hide purses, pillows, coasters, and place mats made by a local artist. The place to find a beanie that looks like a Tasmanian Devil.
The lively North Hobart shopping strip is home to an eclectic range of quirky boutique stores, cafes and eateries. Whether you are looking for artisan pastries from Sweet Envy, or retro clothing from one of the second-hand shops there is plenty to captivate the casual shopper.
This family-owned and operated homewares retailer has been in business for over 30 years and has several stores across the state but the best is in downtown Hobart. There are colourful displays of kitchen wares, glasses, cooking utensils and other home essentials.
Criterion Street, tucked away between Liverpool and Bathurst street, is Hobart's new shopping hot spot with several quirky new stores – and great coffee. Artist and illustrator Jennifer Skelly sells designer arts and crafts, print, books and hip souvenirs at Red Parka.
Lily and Dot
Looking for a unique Tasmanian souvenir to take home? Lily and Dot was recently opened by former civil servant Katinka Challen – and named after her two grandmothers. Featuring only local arts and crafts, she describes the vibe as “CWA meets Frankie magazine”.