Sydney's Best Brunch Spots

Brunch is a quintessential activity in Sydney. New cafés are continually opening, so choosing where to go can sometimes be a challenge.
Be ready to queue for a table (especially during weekends) and eat some of the most Instagram-able dishes that will make you happy to have left your bed!
The following are some of my favorite spots - all a cut above the rest!

 

Celsius Coffee Co.

Kirribilli Wharf, 1/2 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli NSW 2061

Kirribilli Wharf, 1/2 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli NSW 2061

The compact Celsius café perched on Kirribilli's wharf has a menu that may have you wanting to cross the oceans for (literally, Sydney Harbour). It’s a tiny wooden kiosk on the water, close to the ferry stop. Benedict eggs, coconut chia pudding, avocado toast, waffles, coffee, cold pressed juices…all with a million dollar view.
 

Celsius is open 7 days for breakfast and lunch! Enjoy!

7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW

7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW

The Grounds is a brunch destination in Sydney you can’t miss!

Located in an old refurbished pie factory from the 1990s, this massive flagship space looks like a venue straight out of some fairy-tale. It hosts a grand café, a restaurant, a patisserie, a bakery and many lovely outdoor green corners full of flowers.
There’s even a small petting zoo for the kids, featuring chickens, sheep and pigs.
 

Offering a fresh and rustic menu, the Grounds of Alexandria reinvents classics to deliver the perfect combination of flavours. It is the kind of place you come to brunch, chill and hang out for a while. A real pleasure for both the eyes and taste buds!

Enjoy!! :) 

Bali Getaway - Experience the Paradise

Treat yourself to a complete holiday escape package among the rice fields and wonderful nature of Bali

Having one of the planet’s most spectacular destinations as a backdrop, this retreat offers you the opportunity to sink into a well-balanced escape, where relaxationyoga practices and Bali discovery are perfectly combined with sunshineexotic cuisine, Canggu's famous sunsets and a luxurious villa to create the perfect getaway experience.

The Villa is a real oasis of serenity, a blissful luxury that will enrapture all your senses. The staff will take care of everything while you enjoy the beachfront Jacuzzi, chill in the infinity pool blended with the sky or have a Balinese massage in the tropical garden.

The 5-night package includes not only the luxurious accommodation that evokes the culture and architecture of Indonesia, but also the healthy and exciting journey where a nutritious fusion cuisine is inspired by the flavors of Bali.

 

 

Sunshineoceanyoga, surf,  Balinese culture with exotic food…there is no better way to escape! 

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4 Must Do's in Munnar

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1. Trekking Munnar is a real paradise for nature lovers and it's a perfect place to do many trekking tours! I personally fell in love with the bright green tea plantations. I strongly suggest that you explore the area close to Lakshmi Hills. In fact, you can walk nearly 10 km reaching an elevation of 1472m all while enjoying the view of Anamudi's peak, the highest mountain in the South of India. Along the path you'll have the chance to see tea and spices plantations (pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg...) and meet the tea workers.

Augustine (+91 9497678473) is a super nice guy who works as a guide in Munnar area and can organize among other things, amazing trekking tours, overnight camping, and jeep excursions! Feel free to drop my name if you decide to contact him :-)

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2. Waterfalls

There are a couple of scenic waterfalls in the area. My favorite is located at Athirappally, on the way from Kochi to Munnar. In order to reach this specific spot, you’ll have to leave your car in the parking area, pay a small entrance fee, and then walk around 10 minutes.

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3. Tea museum and shopping

Even though I highly recommend you to sleep in one of the hotels/tents/resorts outside Munnar, I think that the main village is certainly worthy of visiting, even for just a few hours. Some of the main attractions include, visiting the tea museum, buying some spices and tea in the adjacent shop, treating yourself to some typical handcrafted chocolate,  purchasing a saree to really plunge into Indian culture. Generally, most shops in this area will sell two types of sarees, the traditional Kerala style that is white with embroideries or the classic pan-indian style (many colors either silk or cotton).

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4. Ayurvedic treatment or Abhyangam massage 

After a long and intense day, pamper yourself with a (deep tissue) massage or Ayurvedic treatment! The Fog Resort has a nice SPA which offers many treatments that suite every kind of need! What I've found super interesting is the Shirodhara, also known as the "brain massage", done pouring hot oil drops on the forehead...you can’t miss it.

ENJOY!! :-)

Chiang Mai - Elephant Tour

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Durante i miei viaggi mi è capitato di avere esperienze contrastanti con i tour organizzati dalle agenzie locali. Alcune volte si sono rivelati troppo turistici (come nel caso del tour su Chiang Rai), altre volte sono state esperienze fantastiche. Di questa seconda categoria fa parte un'escursione che vi consiglio assolutamente! Io amo gli animali e la natura e questa mezza giornata è stata davvero emozionante.Si tratta della visita al Baanchang Elephant Paradise ("baan" vuol dire casa e "chang" elefante), vicino a Pae. Ho comprato il tour su questo sitoe devo dire che è valso tutti i 3200 bath! Per mezza giornata ti prendi cura di un elefante, gli dai da mangiare, fai una passeggiata di un'oretta nella giungla, lo spazzoli e fai il bagno con lui...! ho sempre adorato Dumbo fin da quando ero piccola quindi per me ̬ stato qualcosa di fantastico! :-) So che in internet si trovano altre escursioni con gli elefanti più economiche, ma non ti permettono di cavalcarlo e prevedono "show" di questi poveri animali in stile circo, che tristezza...! Secondo me sono da evitare!

I'm not so fond of the travel agencies in general, sometimes their tours are really too touristy (as in the case of the tour of Chiang Rai), but sometimes they made me experience really beautiful and touching moments! Of the latter category is a trip that I highly recommend! I love animals and nature, and this half-day in the Baanchang Elephant Paradise ( "baan" means house and "chang" elephant), close to Pae, was really awesome. I've bought the tour on this web site and I must say it was worth all the 3200 baht! For half a day you are caring for an elephant, feed him, have a ride in the jungle, brush him and even swim with him ...! I've always loved Dumbo since I was small so for me it was a dream come true! :-) I know that online you can find many other tours that are cheaper, but they're not worth it since you cannot ride them and you have to assist to sad "shows" of these poor animals as if they were at the circus! Just avoid them!

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Yoga in Bali

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If you're coming to Bali and want to practice yoga, you'll find plenty of studios and yoga schools but not all are worth it! As you know there are many types of yoga so you should choose the studio and the class according to your habits and experience. If you're a beginner my suggestion is to try as much as different classes possible in order to understand what better suites you! :-)

Here follows the list of my top 3 spots where to do yoga in Bali.

THE YOGA BARN - UBUD

The Yoga Barn is definitely my favorite yoga spot in Ubud! It includes a yoga studio, an holistic healing retreat center, a Guest House (I've spent there 3 nights and it's really nice and cozy) and the Garden Kafe (click here for more details) with a fabulous healthy menu stocked by their own organic on-site farm. You can join more than 10 daily yoga classes from Classical Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Pranayama, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin & Anusara and have the possibility to attend specific workshops (my Acroyoga workshop has been really intense and addictive!)

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5 DESA SENI - CANGGU

Located in Canggu (north Kuta region in southwest Bali) Desa Seni is an amazing structure that offers beautiful wooden homes, an Holistic and Spa center, Yoga classes and much more! The property is surrounded by rice paddies that lend a quiet, serene vibe. The only sounds you will hear is of frogs, crickets, geckos, and a Balinese flute in the evenings. The wide schedule of yoga includes classes from beginners to more advanced level, private lessons and events. Desa Seni is a living art community bolstered by a holistic attention to details.

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A wide schedule for all types of practices and a nice setting in bamboo cottages. Sometimes you will even hear the waves crushing down at the beach next by when doing your Shavasana. The structure includes also a nice guesthouse as well as the Alkaline Restaurant which is a great place to relax after your yoga session with a juice and a raw energy bar. Have a look at the class schedule here. Acroyoga classes available as well!

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THE CASHEW TREE - BINGIN

Amazing spot where you can do yoga every day at 9.30am (except from Friday) and also eat amazing food while chilling in the garden!

Namaste :-)

Ubud - Eating Veg/Raw

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Ubud is the paradise for those who like eating vegan, vegetarian or raw. Plenty of healthy bars, unconventional restaurants and nice spots where to buy organic food and have a fresh juice. Below the list of my favorites!

BALI BUDA

Caf̩, Shop & Home Delivery Quiet and peaceful location, organic and homemade products, wide menu with some raw options.

Jl Jembawan #1 Ubud, Mas, Gianyar 80571 Bali, Indonesia

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THE SEEDS OF LIFE??

Raw food caf̬ and Taoist tonic bar. Highly recommended the veggie burrito and zucchini lasagna! Great variety of tasty chocolate balls too!

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ALCHEMY

100% raw vegan caf̬ in a super nice location. There is a 4-meter salad bar where you can create your own and many tasty desserts! Everything is prepared fresh in the kitchen and is free from refined sugar, flour, dairy, wheat & chemical additives.

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Caf̩, Market & Cinema Organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine together with a small market where you can buy organic products. In the same building there is the cinema Paradiso which is open every night!

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ATMAN KAFE?۪

Not only vegan in this cozy bar in the center of Ubud! The menu includes Indonesian options as well as some more western dishes. Highly recommended the Balinese curry!

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GARDEN KAFE?۪

The Garden Kafe is part of the The Yoga Barn, which includes a yoga school and a guesthouse. I stayed there for 3 nights and I had the chance to enjoy a wonderful breakfast every morning. Most of the products come from their own organic garden! The menu includes raw foods (tacos, lasagne??_), raw desserts (the chocolate mousse and carrot cake are superb!), vegetarian options, fresh juices, smoothies and even a special menu for Ayurvedic rejuvenation. It is open for breakfast and lunch from 8am to 6pm.

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Chiang Mai - The City

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Chiang Mai ̬ una cittadina al nord della Thailandia, ottima come base per varie escursioni. Partendo da Bangkok si può raggiungere in bus (circa 10 ore), in treno (circa 13 ore) oppure con un'ora di volo interno e ci sono moltissime compagnie che operano questo volo fra cui Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways e Air Asia. Io ho optato per un volo interno della Bangkok Airways. Il tragitto in treno ̬ sconsigliato per via della pessima manutenzione dei treni e per la durata eterna. Tuttavia, se non avete i giorni contati potete optare per il bus e godervi i paesaggi che si attraversano. Chiang Mai is located in the north of Thailand and it's a perfect destination for those who want to do some tours and excursions in the natural surroundings of the city. Coming from Bangkok you can reach Chiang Mai by bus (about 10 hours), by train (about 13 hours) or by plane (1 hour) and there are many airlines that provide this flight including Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and Air Asia. I choose Bangkok Airways. The train is not recommended due to the poor maintenance of the trains and length of the journey. However, if you have time, you can take the bus and enjoy the natural scenery on the way.

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Il centro storico di Chiang Mai è circondato da una sorta di muraglia e ci sono 4 porte di accesso. Potete prendere l'hotel sia all'interno che nelle vicinanze di una delle porte e la zona che vi consiglio di più è quella circostante alla porta orientale di Tha Pae Gate. A pochi minuti da Tha Pae si trovano infatti il night bazaar e gli altri mercati di cui vi parlerò in un articolo a parte!

The old town of Chiang Mai is surrounded by an ancient wall with four doors. You can take the hotel either inside or close to one of one of the doors. What I recommend the most is the area around the eastern gate of Tha Pae Gate. A few minutes from Tha Pae there is the night bazaar and other markets which I'll talk in an another article!

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Nel centro storico ci sono vari templi buddisti come il Wat Chedi Luang e il Wat Phra Singh, entrambi situati lungo la via principale Ratchadamnoen Rd, che di domenica diventa sede del famoso "Sunday market". In questa via troverete molti bar e ristoranti, alcuni più turistici altri meno. Per una colazione fantastica o per una pausa pomeridiana lontano dalle vie principali vi consiglio Angels' Secrets, un posticino delizioso non lontano da Tha Pae Gate!

In the old town there are several Buddhist temples such as Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, both located along the main street Ratchadamnoen Rd, that on Sunday becomes the venue of the famous "Sunday market". In this street you'll find many bars and restaurants, some more touristy than others. For a great breakfast or an afternoon break away from the main roads I highly recommend Angels' Secrets, a delightful little cafè not far from Tha Pae Gate!

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8 A Chiang Mai non manca di certo la vita notturna e avrete l'imbarazzo della scelta per quanto riguarda pub e bar, oppure potrete optare per assistere ad un incontro di muay thai o boxe! Ci sono infatti molte scuole di queste discipline e la sera spesso ci sono allenamenti o gare. Lo stadio migliore in cui vederli è "Thapae Boxing Stadium", in Moonmuang Road, nei pressi di Tha Phae Gate.

In Chiang Mai you'll find also many options regarding the nightlife and you'll be spoiled for choice concerning pubs and bars. You can also see a match of muay thai or boxing! There are in fact many muay thai schools that do training sessions or competitions in the evening. The best place where you see them is "Thapae Boxing Stadium", in Moonmuang Road, near Tha Phae Gate.

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My Awesome Cafe - Singapore

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State cercando un posto particolare in cui mangiare piatti sfiziosi e nutrienti circondati da un'atmosfera friendly e curata? My Awesome Cafe è ciò che fa per voi!Mi sono subito innamorata di questo posto, ancor prima di entrare. I banconi in legno, le lanterne colorate appese al soffitto, le lampadine decorate usate come bicchieri, le sedie vintage...è stupendo, anzi è proprio il caso di dire "AWESOME"! :-)

Are you looking for a special place where to eat delicious and healthy food, surrounded by a friendly and cosy atmosphere? "My Awesome Cafe" is the right choice! I immediately felt in love with this place, even before entering. Wooden counters, colored lanterns hanging from the ceiling, decorated light bulbs used as glasses, vintage school chairs ... wonderful, or better "AWESOME"! :-)

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Il menù ha confermato la mia prima impressione: piatti sfiziosi, salutari, sandwich particolari e drink originali! Anche i vegetariani saranno accontentati e appagati con piatti come la My Awesome Vegetarian Salad. Ingredienti come avocado, cranberry, chorizo, fois gras, granchio, salmone affumicato, brie e noci abbondano sia nei gustosi sandwich che negli altri piatti. Un consiglio per quanto riguarda i drink analcolici ̬ la Awesome Drinkable Idea, ovvero acqua di cocco con bacche di Goji, semi di Chia e scaglie di cocco, servita nel bulbo di vetro (simbolo del ristorante) che puoi portare a casa come oggetto di design.

The menu confirmed my first impression: delicious dishes, healthy options, special sandwiches and original drinks! Even vegetarians will be satisfied choosing for example the My Awesome Vegetarian Salad. Fresh ingredients like avocado, cranberry, chorizo, foie gras, crab, smoked salmon, brie and walnut abound both in salads and in tasty sandwiches. Concerning drinks, an alcohol-free recommendation is the Awesome Drinkable Idea, consisting of coconut water with Goji berries, Chia seeds and coconut flakes, served in the light bulb (symbol of the restaurant) that you can take home as a design object.

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Questo caffè bohemien con la sua atmosfera da epoca industriale mi ha fatto sentire nel West Village di New York per un paio d'ore. Prezzi contenuti per essere a Singapore e zona super centrale. Se passate da Singapore fate un salto al 202 di Telok Ayer e ne uscirete soddisfatti!

This bohemian cafè with its vintage industrial vibe made me feel in NY West Village for a couple of hours. Affordable prices considering that we're in Singapore and super central location. If you're planning to visit Singapore pop into 202 Telok Ayer and you will come out satisfied!

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Bangkok - Restaurants & Bars

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Durante i viaggi mi piace sperimentare cose molto diverse fra loro, dai posti pi?_ spartani e "local" ai rooftop moderni ed esclusivi. ?? bello vedere i contrasti all'interno di una stessa citt?? ed entrare nel vivo della cultura locale. Di seguito vi segnalo quelli che per me sono i migliori, dallo street food ai grandi hotel. While traveling I like to experience different things, from the most basic and local restaurant to the exclusive and luxury rooftop. It's nice to see the contrasts within the same city and get into the local culture. Below a list of my suggestions, from street food to big hotels.

THIP SAMAI

Fanno il miglior pad thai di tutta Bangkok, famoso e rinomato in tutte le guide. Confermo che ̬ davvero buonissimo! Si tratta di un ristorante locale, molto molto spartano, al 313 di Mahachai Road.

The best pad thai in Bangkok, famous and renowned. I can confirm that is really delicious! It is a local restaurant, very very basic, at 313 Mahachai Road.

STREET FOOD

Che sia a Khaosan Road o a Chinatown, provate almeno una volta gli spiedini delle bancarelle. I miei preferiti sono quelli di pesce, di calamari e di cubetti di tofu ma li trovate di ogni variet??!

Either in Khao San Road or in Chinatown, you have to try at least once the skewers from the stalls. My favorites are those of fish, squid and tofu but you?۪ll find thousand??varieties!

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SIROCCO

Lo Sirocco??̬ lo Sky Bar dell'Hotel Lebua, uno dei pi?_ lussuosi di Bangkok. Proprio su questo rooftop hanno girato le scene di "Una notte da leoni". Non pu?_ mancare un aperitivo o un drink dopo cena su questa terrazza! Vi ricordo che non fanno entrare con abbigliamento sportivo, bermuda o infradito.

The Sirocco??is the Sky Bar on top of Lebua Hotel, one of the most luxurious in Bangkok. In this rooftop they have shot the scenes of "The Hangover" movie. You cannot miss a happy hour or an after dinner drink on this terrace! Remember, entrance is not allowed with sportswear, shorts or flip flops.

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BAIYOKE TOWER

E?۪ una valida alternativa allo Scirocco ̬ quest'altro rooftop che si trova in cima all'omonima torre (Baiyoke Tower), la pi?_ alta di Bangkok.

It 'a good alternative to the Scirocco and it?۪s on top of the Baiyoke Tower, the tallest in the city.

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CRYSTAL JADE

Il Crystal Jade??̬ la mia catena preferita di dim sum e cucina cinese. Si trova anche a Hong Kong, Shanghai e nelle maggiori metropoli asiatiche. I suoi dim sum sono sempre il top! A Bangkok lo troverete nel basement del centro commerciale Siam Paragon.

Crystal Jade??is my favorite dim sum restaurant! You can find it also in Hong Kong, Shanghai and other Asian cities. Its dim sum are always super! In Bangkok it?۪s located in the basement of the mall Siam Paragon.

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Enjoy :-)

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