6 X INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN AMSTERDAM

Keeping your kids entertained when the weather fails you, can be a day job to say the least! Luckily, there are a lot of indoor playgrounds around to make the day less gloomy nowadays.

As a parent, you know you need to be a little inventive when it pours outside. We’ve lined up 7 indoor playgrounds in and around Amsterdam, so your kids won’t be bored on a rainy day.

Monkey Town, Zuidermolenweg 32

If you live in Amsterdam New West, this is the perfect location for you. What we love about Monkey Town is the big lounge chairs where parents can sit in, and the staff is really helpful. Because Monkey Town isn’t located in the centre of Amsterdam, it’s never too busy. If you come before 11am on a weekday, you only pay €4,95! 

Indoor playground Amsterdam
We love the lounge chairs at Monkey Town!

Candy Castle, Erik de Roodestraat

Because of the huge size of this indoor playground, your kids can run free and will never get bored here. On the other hand this also means that you need to climb, slide and help your little one if they are below the age of 4 years old. Located in an old Church, there are trampolines, countless slides, ball pits and a separate play area for the little ones. Of course you can book a birthday party here in one of the themed rooms downstairs. There is even a kart track downstairs! www.candycastle.nl

Indoor Playgrounds Amsterdam
The Massive Candy Castle

TunFun

In general, this is probably the largest indoor playground in Amsterdam. The location is perfect, right next to Waterloopplein and tucked underneath the street. Once in there, you may need some earplugs because it can be extremely busy, especially in weekends. That said, your kids will love it because there is so much to play with!

Amsterdam indoor playground
The largest indoor playground of them all, TunFun.

Ballorig, ArenA Boulevard 240 & Valburgdreef 1001

This indoor playground can be compared to the others above, and it was one of the first places to offer such indoor fun for kids up to 12 years old. There are 2 locations in Amsterdam, so plenty of choice!

Indoor Playground Amsterdam

Speelparadijs Raceplanet, Herwijk 10

This indoor kart-track has a special area that has been designed for kids. Children from all ages get the opportunity to race and ride cars, but also run, climb and play. Additionally, you can also book laser games, bowling and kart racing for older kids. Currently, there are construction works going on to upgrade the playground, follow their Instagram account to stay updated.

The Little Gym, Henkenshage 4

Equally popular are the many upcoming gyms for kids in Amsterdam. In fact, we’ve seen a lot of new businesses that have opened in the last couple of years. Children and babies get the opportunity to practise their movement skills and balance, which is great for development. The Little Gym is probably the most well known gym of all, but if you google, you’ll find the nearest kiddies gym near you. www.amsterdam.thelittlegym.eu

As shown above, there are plenty of indoor options for a rainy day!

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Travel Tips | How to Find a Job in Australia

Are you planning to work and live in Australia? After you get your 1 year working visa, is it time to find a job that will keep you going.

With the average hostel price at around 30 AUD a night, it won’t take you long to realize Australia is a gorgeous, yet extremely expensive country. Time to find a job! But how do you go about it, and where do you look? In this article on how to find a job in Australia, you will hopefully you get well on your way.

Drop off your CV

The majority of backpackers working in Australia work in hospitality. Restaurants and cafes are almost always looking for new staff, especially right before the start of the busier seasons (spring, summer). The best way to get a job in a nice cozy coffee place or a hip and vibrant restaurant is just by simply walking in and leaving your CV. One day a friend of mine spend a few hours walking in and out of cafes and restaurants in Bondi, and the next day she was invited for two trials. That’s how fast it can go!

Barista
Do you make a killer coffee? Tell them!

  • Tip 1:

Australians LOVE their coffee, so if you’re a barista you’re already one step ahead of the game! Don’t forget to mention this in your CV.

  • Tip 2:

Even if you never worked in hospitality, it is worth giving a try. Another one of my friends had zero hospitality work experience, but he pimped up his CV, bluffed his way through the interview and trial, and got a job at a lovely coffee bar in Sydney the next day. The minimum wage for working in hospitality is around 19 AUD (13 Euro) which makes it one of the least paying jobs. But a few good tips can definitely make up for that!

Finding a job in Australia isn’t hard, it does take some effort

Search on Gumtree

Gumtree is a local ads website where anyone can offer (almost) anything, so it is also the perfect place to find a job. You can either place an ad yourself and let the recruiters find you or you can search the thousands of ads on there. Surf to Gumtree, click on the ‘jobs’ section, select the city or area you’d like to work in, and GO! You can also specify your search by only looking for call centre jobs, or jobs in another specific field. Should you be looking for farm work to obtain a second year working holiday visa in Australia, then Gumtree is also a good place to search. I found my regional work by placing my own ad on Gumtree, and I just completed my 88 days!

How to find a job down under
88 days of farm work – working in the orange fields 

Search for a job on SEEK

SEEK is a professional website where recruiters post their job openings. You can just browse through all the available jobs by category, or you can create your own profile and hope the recruiters will find you (the latter not working as effectively as the first). I found that Seek especially comes in handy when you’re looking for a call centre job, which on average pay about 25 AUD an hour. There’s plenty of these jobs being offered and if you have a little customer service experience (again, bluffing might help) you will very likely be invited for an interview.

working

Good ol’ Facebook

There are plenty of Facebook groups dedicated to offering casual work. For example Brisbane Promo Staff , Melbourne Promo Staff and Sydney Promo Staff. In these groups you’ll find plenty of offers for casual work. In other less work-specific Facebook groups such as Australian Backpackers or (if you’re Dutch) in Dutchies in Australia you’ll also occasionally come across various job offers.

brisbane
How to find a job down under in Brisbane?

Hop around your hostel

You will find that most hostels have a job board and that is the perfect way how to find a job down under. For example, have a look through these or even go to the reception and ask them if they can find you anything. I once did this at a hostel in Sydney, and a few weeks later I got a call from the manager that they were looking for new staff. Score! Finding a job in Australia isn’t hard, but it does take some effort. If you don’t hear anything back after your first few job applications then don’t lose all hope straight away, because it sometimes takes just a little bit of time and patience.

In short, my tips on how to find a job in Australia are; to never give up, keep applying and keep on smiling! GOOD LUCK!

Love,

Evelien

More tips about living in Australia? Check them below!

3 X TOP PLACES IN LAOS

Located cozily in between Thailand, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Vietnam, Laos is often one of the South East Asian countries that’s left un-visited when traveling this to part of the world. And that’s a shame, because Laos is a true gem and one of the cheapest countries to travel in.

 If you are a first time visitor to Laos, these are definitely my top three places for visiting!

Been there, Don Det

Don Det is a small island located in the south of Laos, close to the Cambodian border. The island is well-known for its beautiful scenery and relaxed hippy vibe. Staying in one of the bungalows on the island means going back 2 basic with cold showers and toilets that can only be flushed with a bucket. Straightaway, you will feel the relaxed vibe on this island which is very contagious. Soon you’ll be unwinding in a hammock with a fruit shake in your hand. For those who find it hard to sit still cheap bikes can be rented all over the island to go for a ride and explore the breathtaking waterfalls.

Don Det Waterfalls

Don Det, Laos
Don Det

Soaring through the jungle in Laos with the Gibbon Experience

If you’re up for a little more action after being completely rejuvenated at Don Det travel all the way north to go on The Gibbon Experience. Sleeping in the worlds highest tree houses, flying through the jungle of Laos on a zipper-line. Furthermore, you can hike through beautiful woods while contributing to preserving everything that surrounds you. That’s the Gibbon Experience. Of all my travels this is by far one of the most amazing things I’ve done. Make sure you make a booking in advance as the Gibbon Experience is often fully booked.

Gibbon, Laos

Oui oui, Luang Prabang

From Luang Prabang you can get on the night bus to the Gibbon Experience. It goes without saying that Luang Prabang is a town where French influences decorate this charming town everywhere. You can walk through Luang Prabangs enchanting streets or visit one of the many temples. About 40 minutes from Luang Prabang you will stumble upon the Kuang Si Waterfalls which are so greenish blue that you have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. Take a swim in these (cold!!) waterfalls or simply walk around and enjoy the surroundings. When you get back to Luang Prabang pay a visit to the market where delicious baguettes and fresh fruit shakes are sold for just under €1,50.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos

Next to these three highlights Laos has so much more to offer like visiting the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng or strolling around its capital Vientiane.

Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng, Laos

Vientiane, Laos
Vientiane, Laos

Ultimately, I hope you’ll have a wonderful time in this partly undiscovered little piece of Southeast Asian heaven 🙂

Love,

Evelien

The Perfect Guide for Island Hopping in Hong Kong

At the mention of Hong Kong, most people will immediately think of the skyscrapers, densely filling up the tiny space of the city and the busybodies, hurrying from one building to another. The hectic lifestyle can be overwhelming but thankfully, this is only one aspect of the city.

Since Hong Kong is essentially made up of many little islands, 263 in fact! There are many places where you can slow down, relax, and even experience the culture, which sometimes may seem to have been diluted by the westernised city centre. So instead of spending all your time in shopping malls, why not take a ferry to one or some of the many beautiful islands around you?

Tai O

Hop on the ferry from Central Pier to get to the authentic fishing village of Tai O in just an hour. Or if like me, you get seasick easily, get the bus from Tung Chung bus station, although the drive is slightly long and windy up the hills. It is one of the very few islands where you’ll still find stilt houses built above the water. Looks pretty unsteady but there are villagers still living there. Make it a day trip: see the historical sites, stroll through the market, try some of the many local delicacies, like gigantic fish balls, glutinous balls, etc. Even take a boat down the river and maybe see some pink dolphins or two?

Tai O, Hong Kong Islands
Tai O Island

Cheung Chau

Whilst the island is free to visit throughout the year, I’d highly recommend you to go there around April or May, just when the annual Cheng Chau Bun Festival happens. This unique weeklong event is a traditional celebration of Buddha’s birthday. Generally speaking, you can expect lots of music, lion dances and an insane amount of buns. To explain, the buns are piled up into a mountain for competitors climb to the top and snatch as many buns as they can. This results in one of the most spectacular sights you’ll see!

Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau, Hong Kong Island

Mui Wo

Although Mui Wo is an island, it is home to some of the most well-known Chinese landmarks. Such as Man Mo Temple, which is the oldest temple in Hong Kong! Unless you don’t want to get sweaty, Mui Wo is great for hiking, as it is full of hiking trails. If you fancy a swim, you can take a dip in Silvermine Bay Beach. In essence, this is a much cleaner alternative to the overly populated Repulse Bay or Stanley Beach on Hong Kong Island. From Silvermine Bay Beach, you can walk up to Silvermine Cave and Waterfall, which only takes about 16 minutes and worth a visit.

Ma Wan

Given that it was once known as the Abandoned Village, but now, Ma Wan is a thriving residential island, called Park Island. So why go all the way to visit it? Well, you can see the contrasting lives of modern and old-fashion lives. For amongst the many skyscrapers, you will still find some stilt houses (another one!) Make it a day trip – go see Noah’s Ark – yes, they actually re-built Noah’s Ark from the Bible. Furthermore, you can spend a day at the beach and hike around the island. You can get a good view (especially at night) of the biggest bridge in the city, Tsing Ma Bridge. From the pier, however, I’d recommend walking around the island for even prettier views along the way.

Ma Wan, Hong Kong island
Ma Wan Island

Peng Chau

This secluded island is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Central Pier. As soon as you arrive, rent a bike and cycle around the city! Comparatively to Ma Wan, you’ll find a number of temples on Peng Chau, including the most famous Lung Mo Temple. Each temple has a different “speciality” shall we say. For example, if fertility is something that you wish to pray for, visit Seven Sisters Temple. Head to the Golden Flower Shrine and ask for a long line of descendants and your wish might come true. Also, spice up your Instagram feed with street arts of Peng Chau. For a scenic view of Kowloon, take an easy hike up the Finger Hill. Afterwards, take a stroll down the hill to Tung Wan Beach for a relaxing swim. Additionally, you might even see some Chinese white dolphins!

As can be seen, Hong Kong has a lot more to offer! Of the five little islands mentioned above, which would you visit first?

Love,

Chantelle

*Chantelle is one of our guest editor from Hong Kong. She has lived in three different countries and have travelled across many continents. Having been in England for the past nine years and graduated with a Law degree, she is now taking a break in Paris for the year as she figures out her next step in life. She is an expert at traveling light and on a budget, although she still enjoys the occasional indulgence in a luxurious holiday. You can follow her on Instagram.

Recipe » The best pumpkin soup you’ll ever taste

Happy Halloween! Yes, it’s that time of the year where people get dressed up rather ridiculously, drink that pumpkin spiced latte and eat anything to do with pumpkin. 

Like it? Good. Because we want to share the best freakin’ tasting pumpkin soup recipe with you. (yes, we are that confident!)

Ingredients for 4 people:

1 large butternut pumpkin
2 cut large carrots
2-3 cut red onions
2-3 peeled garlic cloves
1 apple (grated)
1 liter of vegetable or chicken stock
Handful pumpkin seeds

Salt & Pepper

Pumpkin soup ingredients
The basis ingredients are quite simple but effective.

Pumpkin soup is really healthy. Pumpkins contain vitamin C,E, Iron and Calcium

Now let’s cook!

Start off by washing your pumpkin and other veggies. Cut everything rough into square sized proportions and remove the seeds. (you can leave the pumpkin skin on if you washed it well) Add all the veggies, onions and peeled whole gloves of garlic into a roasting pan (with baking paper) and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Mix the whole lot up so that everything is shining from the oil. Extra: You can add some fresh thyme and rosemary for extra flavour! Put it in the oven with the grill slightly on and roast for about 20-35 minutes on 220 (fan heated). Just keep checking until everything gets a nice colour.

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Before roasting..

When everything is roasted to your satisfaction, remove the stems of thyme & rosemary leaves and leave only one garlic glove before adding everything into a large soup pan. If you use all garlic gloves, the flavor might be too strong. Add 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock and simmer. Then blend everything with a stab blender until it’s a orange puree and then add the rest of the stock until it’s your desired consistency, bringing it to boil slowly. Once it reached its boiling point, you must do the most important thing: Taste! Does it need more salt? Can you add more garlic? It’s all about those little tweaks. If you’re happy, add the soup into bowls and grate your apple over your awesome pumpkin soup.

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Et voila! Next to a nice piece of spelt cracker with crushed avocado

Alternative ingredients are:

» Add grounded cumin, for that Indian flavour
» Add grated cheese to get that sticky deliciousness

Tip »

Cool down your soup and put it in your refrigerator overnight. The next day it will taste even better!
Have a great Halloween and let us know when you’ve cooked this awesome pumpkin soup!

Love,

Elke

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Amsterdam’s Best Apple Pie

There is one place in Amsterdam, where the Apple Pie is so famous, people line up for it. 

Where can you find Amsterdam’s best Apple Pie?

Well, it’s in central Amsterdam and right across from where the Noordermarket is based. The always busy cafe is called Winkel 43 alongside the Westerstraat. Be warned; you won’t be the only one trying to taste this amazing apple pie. Don’t worry though, there is always some pie left as they continue to bake them all day long! Besides their pie, they also serve lunch and dinner. Combine your visit with the Noordermarkt on Saturday and sit outside when the sun comes out.

Winkel 43 Amsterdam
Source: Winkel 43 Facebook

Secret Recipe

Their famous Apple Pie has been voted the best of all by several magazine and online platforms. The secret? Well, it’s crunchy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside with some delicious whipped cream on top. When you take that first bite, it takes you back to your monthly visits at your granny’s house on a Sunday afternoon. 🙂

The only way to find out if it’s indeed Amsterdam’s best Apple Pie, is to try it for yourself! Be sure to visit Winkel 43 on your next visit to Amsterdam!

Winkel 43
Noordermarkt 43, Amsterdam
www.winkel43.nl

Love,

Elke

The Wander-Lust of..| DJ Joey Daniel

With the Amsterdam Dance Event around the corner, DJ’s from all over the world come to Amsterdam. We are proud of our Dutch talents and because of ADE we have a special interview lined up this month. This is the Wanderlust of.. Techno DJ Joey Daniel.

Joey Daniel was born in Rotterdam but currently lives in Amsterdam. When he’s not home he flies around the world playing at different gigs alongside the best DJ’s in the world. He has also become a resident of the Music On Family, run by techno legend Marco Carola. Time to find out where Joey likes to hang around when he’s home! Joey will be playing at Dockyard Festival during the Amsterdam Dance Event on the 19th of October.

Interview DJ Joey Daniel
DJ Joey Daniel (he’s not that angry in real life ;-))

Next to Amsterdam, what is your favourite destination in the world and why?

In general, my favourite place in the world has to be Asia. When i’m there, I can escape from the western culture and all the stress that comes along with it. It’s a completely different world. Not to mention the amazing food and interesting culture. I’ve been to many Asian countries but I’m currently planning a backpack trip through China with my dad! So far, I’ve only seen Beijing and can’t wait to discover more of the real China.

Nice! As you hit the road a lot, what is your favourite hotel in Amsterdam you would like to tip?

There is this really nice boutique hotel in Amsterdam called The Toren, they have in the back the garden with some really cool special rooms.

Interview | DJ Joey Daniel
Hotel The Toren

In your opinion, what are currently the best new parties during the Amsterdam Dance Event?

Too many to name, because every year there are new parties popping up. But if I have to name one; Kaluki is definitely one of those best new ones. It will take place on Thursday night at the A’dam Tower, not only the party is amazing but as well the venue as its at the 19th floor with views all over Amsterdam.

It’s not easy, but DJ’s get used to it

So how do you balance conference and parties?

You asking this to a DJ? Haha, it’s not that easy to be honest, but we are used to less sleep and living at night.

What is your favourite breakfast spot in Amsterdam?

I love Benji’s, for brunch. They serve healthy açaí bowls and really nice buns combined with fresh juices. My tip: Try the “The Jack 10”, an Indonesian style flavoured bun with jackfruit and its 100% vegan. I love it!

Beji's Toko | Asian Newcomers
Benji’s Amsterdam

And your favourite place for late night dinner?

In general, I think Izakaya is the best place for a late night dinner, because where normally the kitchen close around 10pm in Amsterdam, you can easily order food until 11:30pm at Izakaya. This Japanese fusion restaurant serve amazing cocktails as well, plus they play nice music.

Where do you go to get away from the madness?

From my place, it’s only a 15 minute drive to the Amsterdamse Bos, a beautiful forest on the edge of the city.  I go their every day for a long walk with my dog, even thought its so close to the city centre its absolutely the place to reset my mind and completely get zen. By the same token, there is also this big spa centre with sauna’s, massages a big gym and a pool where I like to go.

Spa Zuiver

Besides your own gigs, which parties do you advise us to check out during ADE this year?

Definitely check out Moog presents: Composing Live Techno Analog Synthesizers. Even if you don’t like this genre of electronic music its more then worth to check this one out.

Thanks Joey and good luck getting through the Amsterdam Dance Event this month!

Elke

Find out why you should visit ADE Green this year. The event that brings music and sustainability together.

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Luxury Wintersport | Edmonton and Jasper National Park

Have you ever thought about going to Canada for skiing or snowboarding? It may not be around the corner from where you live, but spending the winter in Edmonton and Jasper is gaining popularity for those that want a little more luxury and adventure!

More and more people are looking a bit further than Austria, France or Switzerland to be sure of a thick pack of snow and adventure. One destination where you can definitely find this, is Canada of course! Besides skiing, there are tons of activities around the national park of Jasper. And not to mention the wonderful shopping opportunities in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital.

Elk, Canada

How to get there

Edmonton is easily accessible from the Netherlands with the direct flight of KLM. Good to know: when you book your wintersport holiday with Sneeuwzekerdeals.nl, ski passes, transport and accommodation are always included. In addition, you can check in your own ski or snowboard equipment for free! There are plenty of choices, but if you want to enjoy pure luxury, pick the 9-day trip with Oad where you stay in the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. When you arrive at the airport of Edmonton, a shuttle bus will bring you straight to your hotel in Jasper. What’s not to like right?

With a bit of luck you’re able to see the northern lights

Edmonton

To begin with, Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. It is perfect to start your luxury wintersport trip from. Secondly, the city is known as the “festival capital of Canada”, but also perfect for those who like to shop. In comparison to other winter destinations, you can find North America’s largest shopping mall (West Edmonton Mall) in Edmonton. If you are exploring the city, be sure to visit the Old Strathcona neighbourhood, where you will find many restaurants and hotspots! Furthermore, the surrounding River Valley is very suitable for winter hikes, fat biking (see photo), or a snow Segway tour. Nearby, you’ll find Elk Island National Park where you can spot wildlife and with a bit of luck you’re able to see the northern lights! Must do: watch an ice hockey game from The Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Palace.

Activities in Edmonton, Canada

Jasper National Park

Generally, people come to Jasper during the winter for one thing only, and that is to enjoy the snow! There is no place like it. Rent a car and drive 3,5 hours up to the Marmot Basin ski region where snowy mountains are a guarantee. The ski season runs from November up until early May, so pretty long! There are about 91 runs but it never feels too busy, so you you can really enjoy the piste without the mayhem.

Sking in Jasper national Park
Peaky snow mountains at the Marmot Basin ski region

Jasper National Park, Canada
Jasper National Park

Fun for young & old

If you decide to bring your children, you’re good here. There are plenty of options to entertain your little ones. Likewise, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway, this ski region is also perfect! Cozy ski chalets with plenty of restaurants and bars. Next to skiing, there are many cool activities you can do. What about dog sledging, ice climbing or visit one of the many spa’s to relax your muscles after a full day of activity.

Marmot-Basin, Canada
Marmot Basin ski region map

Ice Cave Jasper, Canada
Visit one of the ice caves

As you can see, there are plenty of options! This kind of wintersport is really suitable for those that are looking for some extra luxury, adventure and relaxation. Check here for more information about Edmonton & Jasper and its winter activities.

We haven’t looked forward to winter like this in a long time!

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*This article was written in collaboration with Sneeuwzekerdeals.nl

WesterVilla Amsterdam | Boutique Hotel & restaurant

Tucked away in a hidden, yet beautiful part of Amsterdam, you can find the newly opened WesterVilla. A luxurious building that will feature as a hotel, restaurant and bar.

The villa, that dates back to 1896, is located next to the Vredenbrug cemetery and has been completely refurbished. Westervilla is now ready to receive  its first guests.

A PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO UNWIND, WHERE COMFORT IS KEY, AS IS HOSPITALITY.

The Restaurant

For the purpose of all day guests, WesterVilla has build the restaurant area in the glass veranda. This results in a wonderful view and the perfect place for breakfast and lunch if we may say so. In total there will be space for about 70 guests, a large terrace, plus there will be a private area big enough for 50 people that will also be used for the cemetery. The menu will mainly consists of international dishes with Italian influences, which is good news for food and wine lovers! (who doesn’t love Italian food, right?) On the breakfast menu you’ll find avocado on toast but also vegan pancakes or granola. For lunch you can feast on burrata, antipasti, sandwiches and much more.

Lunch WesterVilla
Not the best presentation, but it was tasty!

WesterVilla Restaurant

The Hotel

In total, the hotel has 7 beautiful rooms, all designed with classical features. The interior has been designed by House Your Brands in collaboration with stylist Sanne Uivel. Rooms are not available to book yet, but we will keep you posted on that one.

Bedsheets Westervilla

In essence, WesterVilla is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

WesterVilla
Haarlemmerweg 369, Amsterdam
Open from 8AM- 10PM

Website / Instagram

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PECKHAM | South London’s hippest hangout

In the last 3 years, Peckham has made a serious name for itself as one of the hippest postcodes in London. From its many destination rooftop bars to vast array of go-to restaurants, Peckham is a vital weekend hangout.

It’s seen a huge level of gentrification which paves way to a rough-and-ready meets not-to-be-missed appeal, aided by narrowly missing out on the top ten coolest neighbourhoods on the planet as voted by Time Out. There’s been a lot of investment, in fact, Peckham library won British architecture’s highest accolade the Stirling Prize. Many of its old buildings and car parks have been turned into trendy spots, which brings the community together through creativity and urban realness.

Peckham London

For anyone not familiar, Peckham is for the strong-willed.

The majority of bars here are outdoors so layers are needed; there’s a lot (a lot, a lot) of food markets on the high street meaning that the smell of fresh fish can linger; and plenty of graffiti – this is South London, after all, mate. But don’t let this put you off – there’s plenty to see and do…

Libary Peckham, London

Peckham Levels

For the ultimate Peckham experience, visit Franks Cafe. Sadly it’s a seasonal destination only – open between May and September. Located on the top floor of Peckham Levels, it’s an open-air bar at the top of the converted car park. The pilgrimage up the six flights of stairs (all painted in shocking pink and glowing blues) gears up visitors for an enchanting experience. With views of all of London which means you’re best to wile your afternoons away there in anticipation of one of the best sunsets in town. On the contrary, in winter months the rest of the floors in Peckham Levels (the six stories underneath Franks Cafe) are well worth a visit.

   

From Near and Far, a tropical themed drinking den guarantees a great time on a Saturday night. If you’re hungry between cocktails you can grab a bit to eat at one of the indoor street food stalls. There’s live music, ping pong tables a yoga studio, hair salon, art installations and night club with Modern Love Stories.

Bussey Building & Copeland Park

Further down the road is the Bussey Building. Complete with a rooftop cinema, the Bussey Building is a multi-use former cricket bat factory converted into a venue. As well as the cinema, there is also a rooftop bar. This one is a fun and quirky place to enjoy a well-rounded menu of drinks. The rest of the building allows you to pass by for a ceramic class in Kiln rooms. There are co-working spaces, a basement club in a record store in. You can visit artists and their galleries to marvel at locally produced art.

Peckham London

Copeland Park is home to K-ink the tattoo studio, Forza Win – a delightful Italian restaurant and a cross fit gym. Quite the mix of activities to keep you occupied. Copeland Social is probably the most popular bar here. It has something of a cult following amongst the local hipsters. With this in mind, bag yourself a picnic bench outside if you’ve brought enough layers and soak up the vibes. You’re also likely to find a pop up vintage shop or travel fair in the area as well in the industrial warehouse adjacent to the Social.

Peckham Rye Train Station

The main way in and out of Peckham is through it’s Victorian-era train station (though there are plenty of bus routes as well). The surrounding area to the station building is home to many of the neighbourhoods most frequented spots. Cole Rooms is located within the former station ticket office, and so is part of the Grand II listed building and is an outstanding dining experience. Refined yet relaxed, their menu is imaginative with dishes cooked in a charcoal grill and oven. Around the corner is Levan – with a spot-on menu of seasonal and inventive food in a relaxed setting. Bag yourself a seat at the window to watch the world go by. with a natural wine (their wine list is also spot on).

Coal Rooms Peckham | London

The outstanding Forza Win has opened a second location atop of the new Workplace on Peckham High Street. Named Forza Wine – it’s a wine bar built for stunning views from its 5th floor location on top of Market. Likewise, a new cowering space with studios and hot-hot-dusking families as well as a ramen bar and basement music venue – it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Peckham Rye Station.

Still in need of inspiration?

  • Bar Story 

Happy hour cocktails and beer as well as sought-after thin crust pizza. What’s not to love about this place located within a railway arch. The industrial vibe is only added to with the sound of overground trains above you every 5-7 minutes.

  • Peckham Springs Bar 

A covered outdoor bar just behind the railway lines. Notably, this multifaceted space is for the cool: a winter garden for anyone that loves an al-fresco drink over cool weekend nights with a well-priced cocktail bar. Additionally, performance spaces and an art gallery keeps regulars and visitors coming back for more.

  • Peckhamplex

The most successful independent cinema in London, every movie is £5 so is quite the hit with the local population.

  • Pedler

Haring places, gin cocktails, seats at the bar: quite a riot of fun.

  • John the Unicorn

Whimsical and inviting, this is a craft beer haven for those walking along the high street. With a late night licence on weekends, it’s a hip-hipster hangout.

Good to know: Peckham Rye station has great links to Clapham Junction, London Bridge and Shoreditch High Street on the Overground.

See you in Peckham soon?

Stephanie

*Stephanie is our guest editor from London. She works for a large fashion brand and loves to explore new eateries. Follow her on Instagram

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