The heart of Hobart beats the loudest in Salamanca. While that may have to do with the bars, booze and tunes in the evenings, Salamanca Place is equally alive in the day.
Stroll down the street and you’ll be met with warehouses that were built in 1830s. These beautiful buildings now house cafes, restaurants and some of Salamanca’s most interesting stores.
Salamanca Place is like a maze you don’t actually want to get out of. Every turn and corner reveals something new and different – there’s plenty to explore. From finding your new favourite cafe to gift stores, bars, a theatre and even this quirky book store guarded by her owner, Douglas.
It’s in these little details that the beauty of Salamanca lies. The people and the place seem to weave then and now so seamlessly, you feel like you’re taken back in time while maintaining the familiarity of the now.
To truly explore Salamanca would probably take you the entire day. So when you do, allow yourself to be free from any agenda. Roam around, walk down alleys, take every turn, step into stores and be in complete awe. Stop for coffee or a conversation and you’ll see that Salamanca is almost like an endless story.
On Saturdays, there’s the Salamanca Markets – bustling with both locals and tourist, no matter rain or shine. And trust us, we had both those warm and wet temperaments that sunny-rainy-sunny Saturday.
Plenty of tourists flock to the Market and yet it doesn’t feel like Salamanca has traded its identity for tourism. I’d personally describe Salamanca as a self-assured kid who doesn’t feel the need to change for anyone. Locals were happy to shop and sell local produce and there was a friendliness to all of it, which made the rest of us feel so at home.
At the markets you’ll find local creations from bags to bagels, honey to art, and of course, delicious eats that are proudly Tassie.
If you want to experience, taste, touch, feel and see what it’s like to merge then and now beautifully, Salamanca’s definitely the place to be.