Small, stylish and simple – this is Shoebox Cafe to a tea’. Or a coffee, if you prefer. Step inside for delectable cafe fare with an Asian twist, such as nori triangles – three-sided sushi delights served with ginger, wasabi and a tasty dipping sauce (they also come packaged to take away). Or try the uniquely flavoured but conventionally shaped pides with a range of Asian-spiced chicken, duck, beef or ham fillings. And if that isn’t enough, may we suggest the delicious house-made waffles served with fruit and cream? Early risers will also love the selection of brekkie classics on offer such as the egg and bacon roll with beetroot jam Both the big communal table and window seats are great spots to tuck in and tune out, while a seat on the yellow chairs outside will let you watch the world (and the traffic) go by. With a location halfway between the city and North Hobart, the vibe here is cool and calm It can get busy at lunchtime, but you won’t be jostling elbows with city workers. To round things off nicely, owner Sammi is super friendly and efficient, the coffee’s spot on and the service is excellent – awards on the wall say it all. And with only 20 or so seats – they don’t call it Shoebox for nothing – you might not want to bring the whole gang, but for a quiet and delicious brekkie, lunch or tea-slash-coffee, this small gem is a perfect fit.
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