Bear With Me

TypeRestaurant fit outLocationSouth Hobart, TasmaniaClientBear With MeYear2018StatusCompleteArchitectCumulus StudioImagesJonathan Wherrett


Formerly the site of long standing South Hobart bakery, Mondo’s, Bear with Me retains references to the building’s past, while revealing the unrealised potential of its location.

The addition of space and light were fundamental to the project, led by the broad expansion of the cafe floor. To the building’s rear, views of kunanyi are framed by expansive new windows, while playful wall lighting gives the cafe added warmth and personality.

Perhaps the strongest indicator of the site’s baking history, an old industrial rangehood now exists as a unique sculptural element above the dining area. Original french panelling under the exterior windows has also been retained, informing the contemporary, contrast panelling used within the cafe interior.

With a refined material palette reflecting the blue and grey hues of the surrounding natural environment, this South Asian inspired cafe is a fitting addition to the popular mountain-side suburb.