I’m compiling this for our trip this weekend, so it’ll be updated as I find new stuff. Any suggestions very welcome!
Getting from Melbourne Airport to accommodation in the city
Getting around Melbourne city
35 City Circle aka tourist tram (map) (free)
Mobile phone and data plan
amaysim (with handy data calculator)
The Age’s Cheap Eats 2015
top 10 meat pies
best fish and chips
top 10 burgers
cheese lover’s guide
best yum cha
top 10 turkish eats
best new cafes 2014
Melbourne Coffee Review
London -> Harwich -> Hoek of Holland ->Amsterdam
Having arrived in the Dutch rain at the Amsterdam Centraal Train Station, I managed to accidentally wander through the red light district before meandering (after almost being hit by a tram, then by a cyclist when I tried to avoid the tram, then by a Mercedes when…yeah…) towards the good stodgy smell of fries.
Manneken Pis, sans inappropriately unclothed juvenile performing an uncivic-minded act, had been voted as serving the best friet in the Netherlands in 2013. No mention whether Manneken Pis’ wietsaus (weed sauce) option skewed the results:
Further down the road, Lanskroon (Singel 385) was a cosy little bakery with a purring cat and very good Koningsstroopwafels and other goods. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.
Ended the day at Sweet Cup Cafe (Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 101L), with a flat white, before dashing for the overnight train to Denmark. While Sjefke the basset hound mopped for the absent member of the team, we had a good discussion about roasting on Giesens (theirs had the pride of place in their little store) and brewing on V60s. Ah, the international third wave/specialty coffee brotherhood.