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129 | Elizabeth St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6287 6194
Today
07:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Mon 08:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 17:00
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New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I went here for an afternoon coffee and stayed for a much longer time. Their raw ginger and molasses cake is a strong contender for the best cake I've ever eaten. Nice and friendly staff and very pleasant conversation

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Thank Simonteeeeeeeeeeee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We dropped in here as a recommendation because we were told it was good value for money...sorry...they saw us coming! Anything but value for what we ordered. Maybe they have a different price list for 'out of towners' than locals, but we didn't get any of the ambiance & service we read about & went there especially for- and then... More 

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Thank Tracey M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Fantastic food, warm and friendly service with the added bonus of a wonderful piano player. Try the ginger and molasses cake its lovely.

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Thank Brent M
Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

It's places like this that make me proud to be a Hobartian. Food is fantastic, lots of options for vegetarians and vegans. I can't comment on the coffee but they have a great selection of tea and smoothies which are extremely tasty. If you visit at midday during the week you may be lucky enough to encounter Bill Longo on... More 

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Thank Josh M
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Great, relaxed little coffee shop. Coffee was excellent but the cakes were a standout. We had the ginger and molasses one and a Russian apple and blueberry one. Both slices were fresh, moist, decent sized and served with freshly whipped cream. Absolutely delicious.

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Thank SkippyHops
Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Chilli beans with baked eggs, lovely fresh juices and good loose leaf tea makes this a great place for breakfast - all for around $30 for two. Didn't need lunch

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Thank Tina M
Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great lunch at a groovy coffee shop. There was a jazz duo on piano and double bass. The food and coffee were great but the entertainment was just fabulous. I wished I could stay for the afternoon.

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Thank Liz O
Tasmania, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

Good coffee and teas with a healthy lunch selection. Has a fun, quirky vibe and the lunch we had was fresh, making us feel quite healthy afterwards! Great place to go if you also happen to vote for the Greens party as it definitely gave off that hippy/artistic vibe..

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Thank RowMac
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

Love this place. It's so rare and so nice to find a cafe where the owners seem part of a strong community and know how to create a comfortable and welcoming space. The ginger/molasses cake was surprisingly moist, light and amazingly delicious. Buckwheat crepes with mushrooms also very nice. I've had both coffee and tea here. Really enjoyed the coffee... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

There's a small menu, but the food is very good. The Pakora platter is actually enough for two unless you are really hungry - and its very tasty - as good as I've ever had in an Indian restaurant. The coffee is pretty good too. We also tried a piece of cake - ginger and molasses. Unusual and very nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 17:00
Thursday
07:00 - 17:00
Friday
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 129 | Elizabeth St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Greater Hobart  >  Hobart
  • Phone Number: +61 3 6287 6194
Description
Utilising Tasmania’s wonderful fresh produce, Frankies Empire offers nourishing food styles from around the world with antipodean flair. Refreshingly laid back the cafe is no nonsense with a small but versatile menu and good solid coffee. The space is charming and relaxed offering a delightful oasis in the city. Frankies is a family business developed out of the love of cooking and eating together and an involvement in the arts and music community of Hobart. Housing a small recording studio and performance space upstairs Frankies holds regular intimate music and art events. With a strong focus on supporting local emerging artists, a monthly exhibition is displayed on the cafe walls.

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