Five Places to Eat in Devonport (that aren’t fast food)

As you sail into the pretty little port-side town of Devonport, on the North-West coast of Tasmania, unfortunately, the first thing that stands out is the famous ‘golden arches’ of a fast-food chain that needs no more publicity from The Tasmanian.  On a recent trip, true to form, there was a line up of cars poking out the drive-thru queue and onto the streets of Devonport.  Locals will tell you that there is a certain roundabout that is also notorious for traffic backlogs of finger-licking diners.

Arriving on the Spirit of Tasmania a bit late at 7:30pm, my heart rate increased, “Places close early here” I explained to my travelling companion, in a slightly shrill voice.

Our accommodation was more than an hour away and their kitchen would be closed by the time we got there.

I put in a quick call to a local for suggestions, and fear not weary traveller, you don’t have to drive through for a burger, there are other places to eat in Devonport and we were pleasantly surprised:

1: Bon Thai

Don’t be put off by the slightly out of town location of this cute little house come restaurant.  Set back from the street and amongst the industrial buildings is this unassuming and authentic Thai restaurant.  The quality of the food speaks for itself and has been the talk of the town.  It is quite small so if you’re hungry it might be best to book.

There is also a take-away option if the restaurant it full.

22 Don Road, Devonport

2: Mrs Jones

Mrs Jones restaurant Devonport

Million dollar views and modern decor.  This restaurant could be at home on the St Kilda foreshore or Sydney Harbour, but without the price tag!

With an extensive menu (food and wine), friendly staff and a sticky date pudding that is worth walking over hot coals for, this two-year-young restaurant is the jewel in Devonport’s culinary crown.

Featuring a bar, lounges and restaurant tables, both indoor and out on the deck, you’ll be sure to find a comfortable spot to enjoy your meal and the view.

Mrs Jones, Upper Level, 41 Bluff Road, Devonport

 

3: The Harbourmaster Cafe

Harbourmaster Cafe Devonport
Image: @theharbourmastercafe

You can’t get much more waterfront than this waterfront cafe.  Sitting on a small strip of land between Formby Road and the Mersey River, is this cute little weatherboard cafe that dates back to 1882.

After years of neglect, it’s been extended, and brought back to life. It now provides an interesting slice of history to visitors as they sail up the Mersey on the Spirit of Tasmania and locals who use the bike path that runs past the cafe.

Serving up cafe fare made from local produce during the day, and of course coffee. This versatile space turns into a function centre by night. If you like a cosy cafe with a view, this is it!

The Harbourmaster Cafe, 92 Formby Road, Devonport

 

4: The Central

The Central Devonport

The Central has all the hallmarks of a small-town pub,  featuring pokies and parmies.  Credit has to be given to The Central for injecting some personality into their venue with a recent make over.

There’s a long room out the front of the dining lounge which would be great for larger groups. If you’re waiting to take the boat back to Melbourne you can sit and watch it start to load up while you top up on one last pot of Tassie amber goodness.

View from The Central Devonport

 The Central, 82 Formby Road, Devonport

5: Laneway

Laneway Cafe Devonport

A little bit of Fitzroy grunge in the back streets of Devonport! Aptly named Laneway, this vibrant cafe is tucked away down a laneway off Steele Street. Just a block up from the waterfront.

With great coffee, fresh juices, all-day breakfast and generous servings, this cafe was busy with friendly regulars coming and going.

They also have a beer and wine list and are open till 5pm. So it could double up as the perfect place for an early knock off drink.

Laneway, 2/38 Steele St, Devonport (down the laneway)

Laneway Cafe interior