Happy hour at Geronimo's Source: Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant

Launceston’s Best Restaurants: Dining Out in a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Joining 48 other food-focused destinations around the world, Launceston has officially been recognised as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. The Northern Tasmanian city’s unique gastronomic culture has been defined by its agricultural roots, a network of passionate local producers and a burgeoning contemporary approach to dining.

Launceston is a city where you can buy your milk straight from the farm in the morning and sit down for a five-star paddock-to-plate restaurant meal that night. Let’s take you through the best places to eat and drink in Australia’s newest UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. 

Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant 

Geronimo’s sun-soaked alfresco area and stylish Eurocentric menu continue to draw in the Launceston locals each evening. The restaurant’s interior is fitted out with recycled timbers from the old seaport boardwalk that, alongside the moody Leonetto Cappiello posters and a set of plush deep blue bar stools, gives way to a distinctly cosmopolitan ambience. There are plates of duck liver parfait, crab and corn ravioli and chargrilled tiger prawns to dig into, but you wouldn’t be doing Geronimo’s right without indulging in a generously sized Aperol Spritz or two.

Image: Cocktails and a cheese platter at Geronimo’s Source: Geronimos

Stillwater Restaurant

Stillwater Restaurant resides in a 180-year old mill that sits on the western bank of the Tamar River. Candle-lit tables offer views over the water through white cottage windows, and a sense of heritage is retained in the thick timber columns and dark wood finishings. From arrival coat service to an in-house sommelier, Stillwater is fine dining at its core. With a choice of two, three or four-course seatings, you can try such delicacies as Tasmanian Wallaby with macadamia puree and local market fish with sunchoke and lemon freekeh. Oh, and did we mention you can stay there too?

Image: Stillwater Restaurant Source: Stillwater

Havilah

Tucked away on leafy Charle’s Street, Havilah is the coolest wine bar in Launceston. With its sleek decor and decadent cheese and charcuterie platters, this is where you feel find the locals spending the evening. With a menu that strays from what’s expected, you will find wild venison served with housemade lavosh and ferments, Delice de Bourgogne brie from Burgandy and halloumi with local honey and thyme. We recommend heading there on Cellar Sundays to sample wines from the Two Tonne Tasmania and Havilah brands.

Image: Charcuterie and wine at Havilah Source: Havilah

Josef Chromy Wines 

You can’t leave the Tamar Valley without dining at one of the region’s award-winning wineries and Josef Chromy Wines is the best place to do so. Located just a few minutes outside of town, this Launceston restaurant is set within the historic grounds of the original 1880’s homestead. Take a stroll through the vineyards and expansive lakeside gardens before settling in for an indulgent multi-course meal at the winery restaurant. With a menu full of seasonal produce, charcuterie, cheese and locally produced cellar door wines, we recommend clearing your schedule and enjoying a leisurely afternoon.

Image: Josef Chromy Wines restaurant Source: Josef Chromy

Black Cow Bistro 

Serving up some of the best steaks in the state, this French-style bistro has a Tasmanian twist. Developed by the brains behind Stillwater, Black Cow Bistro is all about eating good quality meat. This means hormone free, grass fed, and premium dry aged Tasmanian beef. With classic French bistro style seating, an earthy red and yellow palette, and a selection of plant-based alternatives, even the non-meat eaters will find something to love about dining at this Launceston restaurant.

Image: Steak at Black Cow Bistro Source: Black Cow Bistro

Looking for more places to eat? Read our guides to Australia’s best vegan restaurants, Perth’s best cocktail bars and Sydney’s Asian fusion restaurants.

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