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The Best Scottish Food: 7 Must-Try Dishes

Since it has a reputation of being very peculiar, Scottish food is severely underrated. The common misconception is that the traditional dishes are hard to get used to if you’re…

Since it has a reputation of being very peculiar, Scottish food is severely underrated. The common misconception is that the traditional dishes are hard to get used to if you’re a foreigner.

In reality, people in Scotland have created an authentic and exciting cuisine that should be experienced by every foodie. They have combined old traditional dishes with some more modern influences and it resulted in incredibly tasty food.

With a variety of different flavors, coming both from meat and vegan ingredients, it is suitable for absolutely everyone. Don’t forget about the desserts either!

Here’s a list of some of our top picks when it comes to Scottish food. The unique dishes made from fresh, local produce are a gastronomical adventure you must have in your lifetime!

The Best Scottish Food – 7 Must-Try Dishes

Haggis

This dish always tops the lists of Scottish specialties. The one and only, unmissable haggis is synonymous with Scottish food and tradition.

This well-known delicacy is described as a meat pudding or a crumbly sausage. Even though it doesn’t look very appealing, the rich texture and flavor of haggis are its main traits.

It is made with minced sheep’s pluck, onions, oatmeal and spices as basic ingredients. Everyone adds a personal touch or a secret spice that makes it different, but it usually has a peppery taste. That mixture is then traditionally prepared inside the sheep’s stomach.

To paint the picture of how much Scots love haggis, take the example of their national poet Robert Burns. He loved haggis so much, that he wrote a poem dedicated to it called Address to a Haggis. Now, every year, Scots celebrate him and their national dish in one event called the Burns dinner.

This is something you must try if you want to feel like a true Scot for a moment. Also, if a dish inspired poetry, it must be something special!

Scotch Pie

If you’re a fan of pies, especially pot pies, this specialty is something you must try. The Scots make one of the world’s most delicious pies, made with mutton meat, nutmeg and gravy.

Scotch pie is typical Scottish fast food. Don’t be surprised if you hear people calling it football pie, since it’s often eaten during half-times of football matches. They are served alongside a drink called bovril – a beef extract diluted with hot water.

If you’d like to try the absolute best Scotch pies, visit The Piemaker in Edinburgh. They even have something called the Scotch Haggis pie!

The Scots take their food pretty seriously, so, naturally, there are competitions involved. Each year, the Scotch Pie Club hosts something called the World Scotch Pie Championship. Keep an eye on the list of winners and try some of the best ones!

Cranachan

Here’s a little something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Cranachan is Scotland’s traditional dessert, which contains one of everyone’s favorite Scottish exports – whiskey!

The word pudding in Scotland could have a different meaning than what you’re usually used to. However, in this case, we’re talking about a real, sweet, creamy pudding, but made special by authentic ingredients.

Even though it’s rather easy to make, Scots argue that you just can’t make real cranachan in another country. The raspberries aren’t as fresh, the quality of oats is incomparable and Scottish heather honey is far from regular honey.

Pretty much any restaurant serving traditional Scottish food also has good cranachan. So, if you’re in the mood for something simple, but tasty and refreshing, you know what to order!

Salmon

Even though the Scots didn’t invent salmon, this fish is Scotland’s biggest food export. You can be sure that the salmon you eat in Scotland is not imported, but fresh and local.

Scottish Wild Salmon has been designated Protected Geographical Indication. That means that the EU picked it as an extraordinary product and is making sure it’s produced in a certain way.

Luckily for all fish lovers, Scotland is full of amazing seafood restaurants. If you’d like to take some home, supermarkets in Scotland have amazing smoked salmon, which is just as good!

Cullen Skink

This dish is perfect for those cold winter months, since it’s essentially a creamy soup. It is bound to brighten up any glum chilly day and remind you of a nice home cooked meal. 

Cullen skink is made with smoked haddock, potatoes and milk and seasoned with a unique blend of spices. It has an unforgettable smoky flavor while the potatoes add some softness to the dish. If you’ve ever tried clam chowder and loved it, this will win you over as well.

Like we mentioned before, the Scots are famous for their amazing fish. This dish will satisfy all your senses and give you that nostalgic feeling of grandma’s home!

Shortbread

This buttery biscuit is an ideal snack alongside a hot cup of tea. It is a classic when it comes to Scottish food and it has been the most popular biscuit for centuries. It is associated with Christmas and Hogmanay (day before the New Year), but it can be enjoyed all year round!

Even though it’s very easy to find nowadays, shortbread used to be a luxury. They were only given as Christmas presents or, if you’re a new bride, they would break one over your head!

This Scottish dessert is easy to make, so if you’re into baking, you’re in luck. The crumbly  biscuits were once described as “the jewel in the crown of Scottish baking”. Even though the basic ones are only made with butter, sugar and flour, they’re mouth-watering!

Those who aren’t bakers can get these at souvenir shops and supermarkets. If you’d like to try the best there is, go for the Walkers Shortbread!

Sticky Toffee Pudding

It tastes just as good as it sounds! Once again, this isn’t what most people would recognize as a pudding, but Scottish cuisine has its own rules.

This delicious dessert consists of a moist sponge cake, dates and toffee sauce. It is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which only brings out the toffee more.

The pudding can be found in most pubs and restaurants, since it’s a staple comfort dish. There’s a reason why this dessert is loved by everyone who tries it, so give it a taste!

 

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A Guide to Must-Try Brews and Breweries in Munich

Every year in Munich, Oktoberfest draws in millions of tourists to the city for a 16-day celebration. Although it’s known as a beer festival to many, Oktoberfest is actually a…

Every year in Munich, Oktoberfest draws in millions of tourists to the city for a 16-day celebration. Although it’s known as a beer festival to many, Oktoberfest is actually a celebration of Bavarian culture – with music, amusement rides, parades, and select breweries thrown into the festivities.

It’s been a national tradition since the early 1800s, which is why it’s somewhat controversial to say that Oktoberfest is not the only place and time to score some choice Bavarian brews.

But even though it’s an unpopular opinion, it has to be said: there are tons of other places in Munich and Germany where you can sample the best that Bavaria has to offer.

Must-Try Brews and Breweries in Munich

Tap House

The sheer variety of the over 200 different craft beers that Tap House carries is a testament to German efficiency. Ales, top-fermented beers, barrel-conditioned brews, stouts, porters, and other brews by local makers await in this Munich craft beer paradise.

Every connoisseur who’s been to Tap House will likely have a different answer to the question of which particular beer is their favorite due to this place’s vast variety and high quality of beers.

If you’re unsure of where to start — chili con beer is recommended by many regulars.

Weisses Brauhaus

In 1872, Weisses Brauhaus founder Georg Schneider was the first person to be awarded by King Ludwig II of Bavaria the privilege of brewing wheat beer. To this day, the Schneider family still owns and manages Weisses Brauhaus, and you can sample their same founding wheat beer recipe from 1872 under the name Schneider Weisse Original.

This was later renamed to Tap 7 My Original to draw attention to the brewery’s now varied selection, including Tap 6 My Aventinus (Bavaria’s first double wheat dough), and Aventinus Edelbrand, a beer that’s reportedly 42% alcohol.

Overall, Weisses Brauhaus is a medium-sized craft brewery to rival the Bavarian wheat beer giants.

Crew Republic

Few brewers actually have the gall to go against the traditional and legal definitions of what is actually considered beer in Germany. The bearded, tattooed founders of Crew Republic are part of that few.

With their motto of “Craft Beer is Not a Crime,” this pioneering craft brewery is responsible for a range of beer that valiantly go against Bavarian brewing traditions. Their pale ale, Foundation 11, is a definite standout.

Szene Drink

Don’t be fooled by this location’s convenience store look. Inside, you’ll find quite an impressive selection of bottled craft beer from all over Munich and the world. If you’re planning to bring some beers home, this is the place to go.

If you have any questions about the craft beers that they have in stock, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff as they are quite knowledgeable and friendly to anyone who’s willing to learn a thing or two about beer.

CREW AleWerkstatt

With this beer house’s selection of IPAs, double IPAs, and imperial stouts, it’s clear that it’s taking inspiration from the many American microbreweries that have been springing up lately. If they’re available, the 7:45 Escalation Imperial IPA and Roundhouse Kick Imperial Russian stout are definitely worth a try. Along with Crew Republic, CREW AleWerkstatt is intent on breaking the traditions of Munich wheat beer and taking it to delicious new heights.

These are a few of the many independent, small, and medium-sized breweries pushing the definition of beer in a place that’s largely known for traditional brews.

Bavaria is globally famous as a place where you can sample the greatest beers in the world. And while these craft breweries are challenging centuries-old brewing traditions, they’re also pushing all of Bavaria into a new age of taste. Check our post on some Bavarian dishes you have to try.

Bavaria’s traditional wheat beers are already famous enough through the efforts of its largest breweries along with the annual tradition of Oktoberfest, arguably one of the most publicized events in the world. In fact, apart from the live event itself, beer enthusiasts can also enjoy the excitement of Oktoberfest online.

Bier Haus, an Oktoberfest-themed title featured among FoxyBingo’s extensive library of games, is a tribute to the rich beer culture of Germany. Apart from the wheat beer itself, this game features images of the traditional dirndl and lederhosen in colorful and modern illustrations to attract newer audiences.

It’s just one of the various ways in which Oktoberfest – and Bavaria’s traditional beer culture – are being promoted right now. In other words, there’s no doubt that the world has already heard of Bavaria’s traditional wheat beers.

It’s time for the world to take notice of Bavaria’s newer small and medium breweries. If anyone can take traditional beer making methods to the next level, it’s the next generation of Bavaria’s craft beer makers.

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12 Fantastic Things To Do in Calabria

Calabria is usually not the first place that tourists head to in Italy, but it’s one of the country’s most fascinating regions. If you’re looking to do something more adventurous…

Calabria is usually not the first place that tourists head to in Italy, but it’s one of the country’s most fascinating regions.

If you’re looking to do something more adventurous and visit this beautiful region in Italy, check our recommendations on the things to do in Calabria.

12 Fantastic Things To Do In Calabria

See The Castello Aragonese

The Aragonese castle is one of the most notable landmarks of Calabria.

Although referred to as Aragonese, its origins date to a much older date.

It is believed that the castle has already existed in 536, on a place of the preexisting Roman stronghold.

However, thanks to Ferdinand I of Aragon, in 1458 the castle was expanded to its largest size ever.

Nowadays it’s mostly used for art exhibitions.

Walk Along The Lungomare Falcomata

One of Reggie’s highlights is walking along this promenade filled with shops, restaurants, and benches along the way. The views of Sicily and Etna are terrific.

Calabria has some of the cleanest air in Europe, so you’ll enjoy the fresh breeze while walking along this promenade. There are also a lot of tropical trees and monuments lined along it.

Gabriele D’Annunzio, an Italian writer, poet, and journalist called Lungomare Falcomata “the most beautiful kilometer of Italy”.

There’s a Greek theater, known as the Arena of the Strait, which hosts cultural events during the Summer months.

When you’re starting to feel tired, get ice-cream in one of many gelateria shops, sit on a bench and enjoy the lovely views.

See Art at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia

This is one of the best museums in the Calabria region.

It’s well known for housing a collection from sites in Magna Grecia – a description given by the Romans to the coastal areas of Southern Italy.

The museum has a rich collection of jewelry, coins, medals, and the bronze tables.

A marble head of Appolo from Ciro and the Head of the Philosopher from Porticello are the most popular exhibits.

Relax at Beaches

If you’re looking for an off the beaten path summer destination, Calabria is the place to go.

With many amazing beaches, beautiful villages and fantastic food, there’s no wonder why Calabria is becoming a popular place for holiday seekers.

Some of the best beaches are:

CAMINIA– Surrounded by cliffs, this pebbled sand beach is one of Calabria’s hidden gems.  It’s ideal for relaxing and swimming in the pristine waters.

PRAIA A MARE– This beach lies on the Tyrrhenian coast and is famous for Dino Island – a World Heritage site, known for its six sea caves.  It’s a fantastic place for swimming and scuba diving.

If you get tired of the water (if that’s even possible ;)) you can go trekking in the nearby Pollino National Park.

CAPO RIZZUTO– Famous for its red sand beaches, Capo Rizzuto is another fascinating place to visit in Calabria.

SCILLA– Scilla is one of Calabria’s most popular beaches, which is buzzing with tourists during Summer months.

There’s a castle above the beach, which offers amazing views of the Sicilian Coast.

TROPEA– You might mistake this beach for the Caribbean, thanks to its spectacular white-sand beaches and turquoise blue water.

What makes this beach even more beautiful are the dramatic cliffs that rise above it.

See the Reggio Calabria Cathedral

This Roman Catholic Cathedral was a former archiepiscopal seat of the Archdiocese of Reggio Calabria.

It was damaged by an earthquake in 1908 and rebuilt in modern Gothic and Romanesque styles.

The interior of the cathedral houses many beautiful art pieces, done by the artists from South Italy.

Do Some Shopping At Corso Garibaldi

Corso Garibaldi is a famous pedestrian street in Reggio Calabria.

It’s a beautiful area with traditional architecture and a number of different shops which are worth exploring.

Here you can stock up on designer clothes, books, shoes and more!

Eat Gelato

No trip to Italy would be complete without trying gelato.

One of the best places to try gelato in Calabria is Da Cesare in Reggio Calabria.

Explore Pentedattilo

Pentedattilo is a ghost town which used to be a separate commune until 1811.

The town dates back to 640 BC, and it was founded by the Chalcis.

Nowadays, it’s one of the most picturesque towns in Calabria.

If you love off the beaten path destinations, you shouldn’t miss Pentedatillo.

The town was completely abandoned in the 60’s, while in the 80’s it started to attract volunteers from a number of European countries.

Eat Pizza

When in Calabria, you have to try Calabrian pizza.

What makes it different than other types is the minimal amount of cheese which is in the crust and not on top.

This pizza is also characterized by multiple toppings such as mushrooms, olives, onions etc.

Visit the Aspromonte National Park

Aspromonte National Park is one of the most important natural attractions in Calabria.

It lies along the sea and it has mountain peaks with more than 2,000 meters in height.

It is most famous for its biodiversity and wildlife.

The wolf, wild boar, and dormouse are typical inhabitants of Aspromonte’s forests.

The park has several nature trails which are suitable for hiking and mountain biking.

Explore the Scilla Village

This little fisherman village is known as the Venice of Calabria.

Visitors have a couple of options here – relaxing on the beach, discovering the old settlement or seeing the castle Ruffo.

The village is proud of its fishing heritage and one of the most popular dishes in Scilla’s restaurants is swordfish.

Drink Wine in Ciro Village

This small village is famous for the production of wine, oil, and citruses.

The wines from this region are mostly red and they consist of at least 95% of the Gaglioppo grape.

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5 Must Have Adventures in Turkey

As travellers and tourists, we all have a list of things we’d like to see or try. Those could be the food, activities or famous landmarks, to name a few….

As travellers and tourists, we all have a list of things we’d like to see or try. Those could be the food, activities or famous landmarks, to name a few. Ideally, you could experience all of those in one place.

One of the best countries to visit if you’d like a concoction of all of the above is Turkey. Turkey embodies the best of the East and the West. It offers an abundance of culture as well as lots of unforgettable fun.

Other than that, Turkey is heaven for thrill seekers. For all of you out there, we’ve prepared a list of adventures you must have when you visit. Between trying the local specialties and visiting the historical monuments, try to squeeze in a bit of excitement. Just note, the citizens of some countries require a visa to visit Turkey. If you need assistance, apply for your Turkey visa here.

That way, you can be sure that you’ll have a trip to remember for a long time. Pick something from the list, or just do it all!

5 Must Have Adventures in Turkey

Climbing Mount Ararat

If you’re an experienced climber, you should consider trying to conquer this mountain. It’s the highest mountain in Turkey, but also one with an interesting legend linked to it.

According to the Old Testament of the Bible, this is the resting place of Noah’s Ark. Some have claimed to have found pieces of it, but it still remains a mystery that makes this place more intriguing.

The view from the top is stunning to say the least. Actually, not only will you be able to see a large portion of Turkey, but also parts of Iran and Armenia!

Make sure you plan in advance, since you have to apply for a special permission two months before your trip. We recommend relying on a specialist company, so you can be sure you’ll get the best possible experience.

If you’re an adventurer ready for some challenges and possible extreme temperatures, this climb will definitely be rewarding!

Scuba Diving in Kaş

must have adventures in turkey

With over 8,000 km of coastline, Turkey is an amazing destination for water sports. As a matter of fact, many think that one of the best diving spots in the Mediterranean sea is located near Kaş.

Even though this picturesque town is still a hidden gem, it’s becoming increasingly popular thanks to its diving potential. If you decide to go under the surface of its turquoise waters, expect to see everything. Antique amphoras, airplane wrecks, as well as an abundance of marine life. These are all part of the experience!

One of the most interesting sights is the Dakota DC-3 airplane, manufactured during World War II. If you’re curious, you can actually enter the cargo hold of the plane. Although it’s quite eerie, it is today inhabited by various octopuses, turtles and many types of fish.

You won’t be surprised to hear that Kas is often called “the adventure capital of the Mediterranean”. Except for diving, the town offers many other activities, such as kayaking and trekking. Make sure you give them a shot!

Paragliding Over The Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz

must have adventures in turkey

This is one of the world’s best paragliding spots – stable and breathtakingly beautiful. You don’t need to have any experience, just a wild spirit and 30 minutes of free time to spend in the air!

The adventure starts with you getting to the top of Babadag Mountain. Pay attention to the scenery around you while riding to the top. This can prepare you for the incredible views you’ll later experience.

Then, from that 1,960 m high spot, you will run and jump straight into the air. It’s a feeling that can be difficult to put into words. You’ll feel safe with an experienced professional around you, but still incredibly free and ecstatic.

Without a doubt, this is an unmissable experience for all those who are not faint hearted. No matter how busy your holiday schedule is, you shouldn’t miss one of the best paragliding spots in the world!

Rafting On The Coruh River

The Coruh River is one of the fastest running rivers of the world. Here, you’ll be able to find rapids ranging from class 1 to class 5. Therefore, this makes it perfect for those who want an exciting, sport-filled holiday.

Rafting perfectly combines excitement and simply sailing through some of the most beautiful parts of Turkey. The river flows through incredible canyons and valleys, past ancient ruined castles and little villages. Not only is the river itself stunning, but also the entire experience and the scenery.

In the spring time, rafting can be quite challenging. Since the snow melts and the river gets higher, there isn’t a chance of remaining dry! However, that’s the time of year when it’s the most exciting, so why not pick that?

You can definitely compare Coruh River rafting to a rollercoaster ride. If you’re into those, this adventure will suit you perfectly!

Hiking The Lycian Way

If you choose to embark on this 29-day long walking trip, you won’t regret it. This long-distance hike is one of the most beautiful in the world. So, if you’re spending some time in Turkey, bring comfy shoes and head this way!

The journey starts in Fethiye and ends in Antalya. It is over 500 km long and it’s best to take the hike during the spring or fall.

The variety of the trail is one of the most exciting things about it. This adventure will take you through the rocky Taurus Mountains, stunning beaches and valleys, as well as ancient ruins, such as the Myra rock-tombs.

If you get bored with walking, there are many opportunities for kayaking and swimming along the way. The magnificent Turquoise Coast offers a great deal of activities that you can incorporate into your hike!

P.S. Before starting the trip, it would be helpful to read The Lycian Way: Turkey’s First Long Distance Walk. It was written by Kate Clow, the woman who waymarked the route.

Who would be better to tell you about the Lycian Way than the woman who knows everything about it?

Enjoy!

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8 Less-Known and Alternative Things To Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an alternative city compared to many other European capitals. But what if you want to see the more alternative side of an already alternative city? If you’ve checked…

Amsterdam is an alternative city compared to many other European capitals. But what if you want to see the more alternative side of an already alternative city? If you’ve checked off all of your travel guide’s recommendations and are at a loss what-to-do-next, follow this list for more less-known and alternative things to do in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Magic Show

The Amsterdam Magic Show is the only theater act performed in English that showcases magic and comedy. It’s set in a 20’s styled cabaret theater (think wood paneling and lush, red velvet curtains). The show is unique and stays current as the act changes every month. Every month world-class mentalists, illusionists and magicians from all over the world come together to awaken our childhood beliefs.

It takes place on the first or second Tuesday each month. There are only two shows a night (the early and late show), so make sure to book in advance as tickets sell out quickly!

Small Museums

Cat Cabinet

Katten Kabinet

Internet was founded so it’d connect the global community over a shared adoration for felines. Well not really. But, we can say for sure that some of the most viewed content on the web is in fact, of our furry masters. Anyone who has a cat knows that you do not own one, but it owns you. 🙂

Kattenkabinet is set in a fully restored, beautiful house from the 17th century. Besides being a historical landmark on its own, it hosts an incredible collection dedicated solely to cats in art, culture and history. Even if you’re not an avid cat enthusiast, it’s a welcomed break from the norm.

Electric Ladyland

Phosphorescent sculpture

Commonly known as ‘The world’s first museum of fluorescent art’, the Electric Ladyland is a museum set in a basement. The museum displays a collection of fluorescent minerals, “thermal expansion” paintings (a painting technique discovered by the owner) and mineral artwork. You too, are an active part of the art, in the segment called “participatory art”.

The only thing that overshadows the museum is its owner, Nick Padallino. His vast knowledge on the subject and charismatic personality makes you want to listen to him for hours. If you want to bypass the magic truffles but still experience an Amsterdam trip – this museum is a perfect pick.

Other unusual museums are the Pipe museum, Vrolik Museum, Venustempel Sex Museum, Museum of Bags and Purses, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and Red Lights Secrets – Prostitution museum.

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival  2

Another attraction that puts Amsterdam on the map as the capital of magical entertainment. There aren’t any illusionists/magicians involved into organizing this festival as international architects, artists and (light) designers bring the real magic. Festival is held every winter, and it brings together new talent with a unified goal, to make Amsterdam vibrate warmth and pulsate with color during the coldest, darkest nights.

There are a lot of interesting tours on offer. Bike tours or culinary boat tours, just to name a few. Enjoying dutch delicacies and craft beer is a perfect addition to a light spectacle that’s displayed right in front of your eyes.

Neighborhood: NDSM

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Probably one of the coolest neighborhoods in Europe, NDSM is a former shipyard now transformed into a creative hub. Kunststad (Art City) is located in the NDSM hangar where artists are continuously keeping busy creating. Alongside the riverbank there are a lot of restaurants, pubs and clubs. Visit IJ-kantine,Greenhouse Café Noorderlicht or try bungee jumping from a crane.

Restaurants

Restaurant de Kas

De Kas interior

Majority of the time we completely desensitize from the food on our plate. How much effort and time it takes for that one potato to be on our plate. Restaurant de Kas puts you in a setting where you’re surrounded by the produce that’s going to end up on your plate. They differ from other restaurants, as their menu is created daily and only consists of things in season and harvested from their garden.

The restaurant is inside of a greenhouse that used to belong to Amsterdam’s Municipal Nursery. They describe their cooking style similar to the cuisines of the rural Mediterranean. The vegetable dishes are served in combination with meat or fish from local suppliers, but there are vegetarian options available.

Ctaste

ctaste

The “dark dining” concept originated in Switzerland in 1999., with Blinde Kuh. Since then it has spread all over the world, from New York to Beijing.

The question you might be posing to yourself is, why would anyone desire to not see what they’re eating? Well, eliminating sense of sight, your other senses of taste and smell are heightened. At the Ctaste, the visually impaired staff will lead you to your table in a dark room. Before you enter you’ll choose a prefixed menu from a selection of cuisines, but the dishes they’ll be serving you are a surprise.

The Butcher

A burger joint located near Albert Cuypstraat in de Pijp. If the name of the restaurant is not self explanatory enough there’s a cow hanging upside down in the window display. So yes, beef burgers all around. What separates the Butcher from other burger joints is the secret bar located in the back. The same concept that made the cocktail bar Please Don’t Tell in New York City thrive among its competition. In order to be granted an entrance to the secret bar – you need to know the daily changed password.

Markets

Thanks to globalization, whatever country you’re in, you’ll find an H&M or a Forever21 anywhere. So why buy something at H&M in Amsterdam, when that same collection is probably displayed back at your home country? If you enjoy the hunt of something unique and want to purchase something characteristic of the country you’re visiting – you can never go wrong with street markets.

Antique market Amsterdam

Flea Market - Antiques

Serious collectors fly to Amsterdam just to navigate through its 1750 square feet of lost artifacts. Don’t bring too much money as you won’t be able to resist.

Noordermarkt

Noordermarkt

Here you can get anything from jewelry, clothes to books or art pieces. If you’re in need of some organic ingredients for your dinner – you’re in luck as here you can find a vast array of different organic foods.

Albert Cuypmarkt

If street markets are your scene then you’ve probably heard of the Albert Cuypmarkt, Amsterdam’s busiest market. Whatever you’re in need of, the chances are you’ll find it here. I’d say that to make the most out of it spend at least half a day exploring. If you get hungry there are snack vendors, eateries and cafes all over the surrounding area. Haggling in Netherlands’ largest antique market is an experience of its own.

Other markets worth a visit include Waterlooplein Flea Market and of course Bloemenmarkt.

De Hallen

Amsterdam DE Hallen

De Hallen is an early 20th century industrial building, now a center of the arts, fashion and most importantly, food. In this complex you can find a cinema (largest independent cinema), a boutique hotel, stores and Food Hallen – indoor food market with around 20 street vendors and a bar.

Alternative Housing

As mentioned, Amsterdam and its forward thinking inhabitants are great at putting old, unused spaces to new purposes. These are some of the noteworthy mentions that you should check out or even better stay at, for a different experience.

Faralda Crane Hotel is set in a 50 metres high harbour crane in NDSM shipyard.

Amstel Botel is a floating hotel in NDSM shipyard.

Amstel Botel

Hotel de Windketel is a private tower and once part of the municipal waterworks.

‘Hotel de Windketel’ Watertorenplein Amsterdam

The Lloyd, world’s first 1-5 star Hotel. Its role throughout the years has been changed often, serving first as a refugee center, detention center, juvenile detention center and artist studios.

Lloyd Hotel

Amsterdam is on the pricier side and unfortunately not all of us can afford to stay at Hotel de Windketel. However there’s always a demand for cheap short stay Amsterdam accommodation, so you’ll surely find something suitable for your budget.

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50 Awesome Travel Products You Can Buy on AliExpress For Less Than $20

You have probably heard about AliExpress. In case you didn’t, it’s China’s largest online retail service. What makes AliExpress unique? You buy directly from a manufacturer so the prices are…

You have probably heard about AliExpress. In case you didn’t, it’s China’s largest online retail service. What makes AliExpress unique? You buy directly from a manufacturer so the prices are considerably lower. Another great thing about AliExpress is that most products have free or very low shipping costs.

Truth be told, there’s a lot of junk on it. It takes some time to carefully select good items and another drawback is that parcels sometimes take a month to arrive.

I’ve mostly bought photography accessories from AliExpress. For instance, the remote control shutter release for a Nikon camera cost me $1.49. The same thing in the store was $20.

If you don’t mind waiting, you can find some really good deals there.

In this post you’ll find 50 awesome travel products you can buy on AliExpress for less than 20$.

So let’s start.


500ml Watter Bottle


Daily Backpack


Denim Daily Backpack


40L Travel & Hiking Backpack


Portable Cosmetic Travel Bag


Thermos Cup


Transparent Toiletry Bag


Women Travel Makeup Case


Travel Bag


Storage Bag for Electronics


Tactical Pen


Mini Portable Electronic Scale


RFID-blocking wallet


DSLR camera backpack


LENS cleaning pen


Portable Camera Tripod


Vintage Camera Strap


Universal Camera Lens Cap


DSLR Camera Lens Dust Blower 


GoPro Shutter Pistol Trigger 


Wireless Home Security Camera


GoPro Accessories Bag 


Travel Notebook


Genuine Leather Passport Cover


Titanium Multifunctional Swiss Knife 


Wireless Headphones 


Inflatable Neck Pillow


3 Pcs/Set Unisex Nylon Packing Cubes


Classic Umbrela


Universal Travel Adaptor


ROCK Odin Series Power bank 5000 Mah


6 ports USB charger


Microfiber Towel 


Padlock 


Sleeping Mask


Luggage Tag


Travel Door Alarm 


Universal Macro Lens Kit


Humidifier


Wireless Bluetooth Speakers


Multi-Purpose Tarp


USB Flash Drive


Camping Hammock 


Earplugs 


Facial Mask


MacBook Air Case 


GPS Tracker 


IRONX Lunch box 


Micro SD Card 


Flashlight 

You can also check EuroTribe’s Travel Gear Guide in which I list all gear I personally use.

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