Cities don’t get much quieter and smaller than Launceston. In the sleepiest state of Australia, Tasmania, on the other side of the island from the capital of Hobart, Launceston is not on too many peoples’ radar. But it should be. With its pretty parks, collection of boutiques and local farmer’s market, Launceston is a country town-city hybrid with an identity all its own.
Here are five of the finest cafes in Launceston:
1. Amelia Espresso
With its modern fixtures and communal tables, Amelia would fit in perfectly in its northerly neighbor, Melbourne. Open Monday to Friday, Amelia is busy but relaxed and boasts some of the finest espresso going around. The perfect place to perk up over a short mac in the morning.
2. Fresh On Charles
Fresh on Charles may be known more for their vegetarian breakfasts and lunches than anything else, but their coffee is pretty great too. Sink back in one of their comfy chairs and relax in the lounge-like atmosphere.
3. Inside Cafe
With its sleek Italian-style decor and stripped-back stone walls, Inside Cafe is one of the most ambient coffee spots in the city. Stop for lunch and enjoy their simple, fresh fare (think roast root vegetable salad and grilled three cheese on crusty bread). They really know their coffee too.
4. Milk Bar
With a focus on vintage surrounds and locally-sourced, organic produce, Milk Bar is a truly Launcestonian cafe and retail space. Their coffee comes from the region, as does their milk. If you want to truly appreciate this sweet little city, this is the place to do it. Plus it’s also only a couple of blocks from the excellent Queen Victoria Art Gallery if you want to make an afternoon of it.
This one’s technically cheating, as Wanderlust is a food van rather than a cafe. But you’ll find this quaint little caravan, with its rainbow bunting and vintage signs, every Saturday at the Harvest Market on Cimetiere Street. The market itself is a treasure as well; come to stock up on local breads, oils, pastries, vegetables and cheeses.
What’s your favorite of the cafes in Launceston? Please share in the comments below.
*This article was part of an original Epicure & Culture series, Coffee Culture.
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