Traveller Tips for Melbourne

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

Skybus

Getting around Melbourne city

35 City Circle aka tourist tram (map) (free)

bike share

Mobile phone and data plan

amaysim (with handy data calculator)

Food!

The Age’s Cheap Eats 2015

top 10 meat pies

best fish and chips

top 10 burgers

cheese lover’s guide

truffle fix

best yum cha

top 10 turkish eats

best new cafes 2014

Coffee!

Melbourne Coffee Review

Friet, Flat Whites, and Stroopwafels in Amsterdam

London -> Harwich -> Hoek of Holland ->Amsterdam

Photograph canal, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph canal, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

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:

Photograph frites, Manneken Pis, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph Wietsaus (weed sauce) with your frites?, Manneken Pis, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph frites, fries, Manneken Pis, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

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.
Photograph Lanskroon, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph Koningsstroopwafel and tea, Lanskroon, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph Koningsstroopwafel and tea, Lanskroon, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph cat, Lanskroon, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

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.
Photograph Sweet Cup, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph flat white, Sweet Cup, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph coffee magazines at Sweet Cup, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph Sjefke the basset hound, Sweet Cup, Amsterdam by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px