AUSSIE COFFEE

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There’s no place in the world that does a coffee like an Aussie and I’m proudly bias. Fly to any city around the world and see who’s opening the best coffee shops and it’s a guaranteed true blue coffee by drip Australian mate. So when you catch yourself in Sydney, head straight for the stellar brew at these places:

Bourke Street Bakery is an institution and rightly so. Not only are their breads contenders for the best in Sydney, their espresso is strong and is the right kinda kick you want after touching down on Aussie soil. You’ll be buzzing all day so make sure sip responsibly and bag a lamb, almond and harissa sausage roll on your way out. Head to the original café on Bourke Street in Surry Hills or other locations now scattered across the city.

Paramount Coffee Project is a newer kid on a seriously cool block on Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills. The building has a boutique cinema and cocktail bar Golden Age downstairs and a rooftop gym on top. Not to mention it’s opposite Sydney stalwart Longrain and lines-for-days Chin Chin, both delicious South East Asian influenced restaurants in their own right. Paramount’s coffee is made skilfully from espresso to cold brew, their food is delicious and interiors are slick.

Cold Drip Co. is the finest cold brew that has tasted my lips. The boutique small batch river of gold is sold at Carriageworks farmer’s markets on Sunday mornings, a great place to eat, shop and be merry. Buy a bottle or a few to take home and try the nitro amped cold brew for extra human strength. Sold ladies and gentlemen. Line right up.

The Grounds of Alexandra gets a honourable mention. The location is an Instagramers dream, but don’t let them put you off because the food is thoughtful, fresh and seriously well made and the coffee is a kick starter or end to a meal. Presentation is king in this place, down to all the little Australiana details. Luckily enough I was there to wish their in-house pig Kevin Bacon a final farewell before his retirement this year. Hopefully he’s in a better place now. Eek!

The Grounds of Alexandra, Sydney, Australia.

July 2018.

BANGKOK BITES

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Must-stops on your next trip to Bangkok:

Bo.Lan is listed at number nineteen in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2018 for very good reason. The food is traditional, the dining is fine and the palate is spicy. Hands down best meal in Bangkok and also a total oasis, so plan on chilling there for a good few hours.

The Speakeasy is a slick 1920’s inspired rooftop bar in a cool boutique place to stay called Hotel Muse. Go for the cocktails and the atmosphere. 

WTF is a fun little bar that has lots of personality and owned by a fellow Australian. There’s lots going on there, good liquor to drink and interesting conversations to be had.

Vertigo might be in all the travel guides but it’s for very good reason. The view is phe-nom-e-nal! It also feels like your sipping your drink on a big fantasy ship in the sky. Skip Lebua’s Sky Bar made famous by The Hangover 2 and head straight for luxury at The Banyan Tree.

Chatuchak markets on the weekend is hug and it can be an absolute  treasure trove when you’re in the mood. If not, head straight for the cold drip coffee by Koko Drip

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Bangkok, Thailand.

September 2015.