Salamanca Place was established as a
warehouse and storage area close to the existing waterfront in
By the 1970's the area began to provide cheap
space for artists but the dominant use was run-down storage and
wholesale distribution from the sandstone warehouses built in
the mid nineteenth century.
Tourism was just starting to take off with
quicker and cheaper flights from Melbourne and Sydney as the
Wrest Point Casino was opened in 1973.
In 1974 local traders established the first
Salamanca Market and this was taken over by Hobart City
Council and really came into it's own as a tourist attraction by
As Salamanca Place became more gentrified and
property values and rent increased, the building uses changed to
incorporate more retail space and eventually the current
restaurant and lifestyle precinct was established. The original
sandstone has been restored on buildings where it had been
rendered or painted and enhanced with trendy interiors
containing bars, eateries, galleries and predominantly craft or
gourmet based retail outlets.
This site attempts to portray Salamanca Place
and Salamanca Market in a way which enriches the experience. The
best local tip is to visit Salamanca Place anytime you're in
town. While market day has it's own appeal, something unique can
be found in any of the big, medium and tiny shops, alleys,
cafes, bars and restaurants any day of the year.