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“Catch the Hobart Vibe here......” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Retro Cafe

Retro Cafe
31 Salamanca Pl, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
(03) 6223 3073
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Ranked #137 of 460 Restaurants in Hobart
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Star707, Sydney
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141 restaurant reviews
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“Catch the Hobart Vibe here......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is the place to go if you want to feel the Hobart vibe. This is the where to politicians, journos, writers, students go to find each other, to get warm over coffee and to celebrate all things cerebral. This is where you meet up with people. Patrons sit around in the steamy winter warmth and buzzy atmosphere doing all the things that go with coffee: checking out Face Book, reading the newspaper, doing a crossword, cutting a deal. We heard a couple of women plan a whole social enterprise campaign in the time it took to have a coffee and read Spectrum. How cool is that! The owner says he has been here for 21 years and the whole concept was in response for a yearning for 50s cultural memorabilia: thus the decor and the feel of the place. Located on the Salamanca waterfront strip, this has to be one of Hobart's iconic coffee shops. This is the coffee shop that all student coffee shops aspire to be. This is a coffee shop that poets want to hang out in. This is a coffee shop where creative inspiration is in the air that you breathe. The menu doesn't challenge, the choices are appropriately simple. You can have a drink with that. The coffee is good. We love everything about Retro.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Feel the buzz of the market”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Nice little cafe with a nice little menu, not too much to choose from so that your head is spinning, because you cannot decide what to have. Lovely friendly young staff. The portions are quite generous for Lunchtime portions. If the weather permits outside eating pleasant and inside is cosy and easy to sit in.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“good coffee, good service, right at the harbour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

found it by walking around and looking for the place that had the most people. retro was it, and it didn't disappoint. Got the coffee and the breakfast, bacon, eggs, toast and mushrooms. excellent to have a good breakfast down by the harbour.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

This is a great cafe, great simple food, helpful engaging staff, funky setup, even with the Footscray memorabilia

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Get the fruit toast.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Just great. The staff were very nice and knew what they were doing even though it was crazy busy because of the market. Will go back for sure!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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