Hotel The Exchange Food Guide : Quick and Comfy


Back in Holland for the third time, this time, I’ll be spending a week in Amsterdam, exploring the Dutch cafes and bars that are unique to travellers and foodies. 

Leon (of @leonventures) and I were all checked in at Hotel The Exchange. This Dutch fashion hotel is located in the heart of Amsterdam. Just a few minutes walk from the central train station, it’s close to many awesome cafes and bar. 

The quirky Rembrandt room in Hotel The Exchange, Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

The quirky Rembrandt room in Hotel The Exchange, Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

Here, I’ve teamed up with Hotel The Exchange to create a yummy food guide. Read up to find out all the best places to grab a bite around this fashion hotel. This food guide collaboration will be Quick and Comfy, followed by Comfy with Typical Dutch and Foodie's Delight in the next two months.


Café STOCK is just next to the Hotel The Exchange, smacked in the middle of the busy Damrak street. Pop over from Central Station. It’s a great spot for people watching. I love Café STOCK’s quirky interior of hand illustrated wallpaper and simple furnishing. 

Yummy apple pie and chocolate cake at Cafe STOCK. Photo by May Leong.

Yummy apple pie and chocolate cake at Cafe STOCK. Photo by May Leong.

We started off our day with a delicious spread of apple pie, chocolate cake and muffins. The chocolate cake is rich and oozing with dark chocolate. It goes perfectly well with a hot cup of tea. 

Hotel The Exchange is currently having a free breakfast special when guests book on their website. Use the promocode "MORNING!" to receive free Cafe STOCK breakfast on one day of your stay until 1st of November (max for 2 persons).

Café STOCK Damrak 50



Melly’s Cookie Bar is a great place to grab a quick espresso coffee, and a light snack (cookies, of course). It has a cute mint green colour interior with loads of natural lighting too. Melly’s has a good selection of cookies,  my personal favourite is the Double Chocolate.

A nice spot to have a cookie and a cup of latter with my #instagramhusband :) . Only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. Photos by May Leong.

A nice spot to have a cookie and a cup of latter with my #instagramhusband :) . Only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. Photos by May Leong.

It is just a 5 minute walk from Hotel The Exchange, through narrow and quirky lanes to Melly’s, away from the hustle and bustle of the Damrak. It’s a perfect stopover if you need a quick snack to recharge.

Melly’s Cookie Bar, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 137


De Laatste Kruimel (in Dutch, it means ’The Last Crumble’) is only 10 minutes walk away from Hotel The Exchange. The apple pie, goats cheese quiche and courgette cake with lemon curd are all to-die-for! It’s true to its word, we ate every last crumble of the delicious treats.


My favourite has got to be the courgette cake (courgette is also known as zucchini to some). Mouth-watering from the moment I had my first bite. This place is a local (and also a tourist) favourite, so be prepared to stand in line or wait for a table. Small and narrow, I’m surprised how many people De Laatste Kruimel could squeeze in sometimes. 


De Laatste Kruimel, Langebrugsteeg 4



Just two streets away from Hotel The Exchange, it takes only 4 minutes to pop over the Cut Throat Barber Brunch & Bar. This bar also doubles up as a barber shop, great for men who are looking for hipster haircut and a shave.

Oh those mouth-watering Chicken 'n Red Velvet Waffles with Surf 'n Turf Burger. Photo by May Leong.

Oh those mouth-watering Chicken 'n Red Velvet Waffles with Surf 'n Turf Burger. Photo by May Leong.

We’re here at Cut Throat Barber Bar to try their famous Chicken ‘n Red Velvet Waffles. It does not disappoint. On top of that, we also ordered Surf ‘n Turfburger and Spiked Shakes. The Spiked Shakes comes in three yummy milkshake flavours, and we went for Chocolate and Strawberry milkshakes, with a dash of Vodka in it. Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam!

Cut Throat Barber Brunch & Bar, Beursplein 5
Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.


Thank you for reading this blog post. More to come in October and November on what to eat when staying at Hotel The Exchange!

Have a great weekend all!








Easter Weekend

At my favourite, Doughnut Time mint coloured store and having a wonderful Nutella time at Tella Balls Dessert Bar.

At my favourite, Doughnut Time mint coloured store and having a wonderful Nutella time at Tella Balls Dessert Bar.

Hello Easter bunnies and chickas!

Hope you are having a well rested long weekend. I'm already thinking today is Monday but it's actually Sunday :) haha!

So, I have been eating loads of Easter themed sweets. Here sharing my favourites from Sydney.

First stop, my favourite store to get doughnuts... Mmm. You guessed it Doughnut Time! Grab myself two six packs. Loving the flavours of Yolk Addict (Yellow, white & eggshell cream glaze, topped with Cadbury Crème egg) and Chubby Bunny (Pastel pink cream glaze with mini marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles).

Next stop was Tella Balls Dessert Bar in Dulwich Hill. Just twenty minutes drive from CBD. I met up with my girlfriends and we ate the yummiest from the menu. I would recommend the Red Velvet Waffles. And thinking of sweet, sweet pasta? Look no further, Pastatella is made from sliced pancakes (to make it look like Tagliatella

Delicious Easter six packs from Doughnut Time and look at that spread from Max Brenner.

Delicious Easter six packs from Doughnut Time and look at that spread from Max Brenner.

For the last dessert haul, you gotta have a hot cuppa milk chocolate at Max Brenner. The waffles drizzled in generoues melted chocolate taste divine with strawberries and bananas. Having pizza craves? The Max Brenner pizza is topped with marshmallows and bananas.

That's all for my favourite places to eat on Easter weekend. Yummy in my tummy, for sure. Now, I'm looking for something savoury hehe.

Stay fab all! Have a fantastic month of April!



The Lamb at Ribs & Burgers

Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

So, I woke up one day and said to myself, "It's time for a burger flatlay." Hahaha. 

Headed off to my favourite Ribs & Burgers restaurant in Central Park, Sydney. 

The burger of the month is The Lamb, and boy it does not disappoint. It's a succulent, juicy burger served with beautifully grilled lamb shoulder meat,  slices of cucumber, mint and cream cheese. Simply mouthwatering. 

We practically tried all the other burgers but that is another story to tell another day.

And don't forget to order the side dishes like you know, the fries, which is pretty standard. Hehe. I particularly love Ribs & Burgers' Thin Onion Fries and Sweet Potato Fries if you're after something more exciting hehe. 

Cabbage Salad is actually one of my favourite dish at Ribs & Burgers. There's something about purple cabbage and mixed seeds, tossed in vinaigrette and fresh herbs that taste heavenly. Delish.

Thank you, Aaron and the team at Ribs & Burgers. Always making sure my burgers and fries look their very best for flatlays, hehe. Jokes. 

Anyways, have a fab day folks! Burgers and fries forever.


Ribs & Burgers

Central Park Mall, RB09A/28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

Weekend Brunch at Bowery Lane

Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa Photography

Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa Photography

Just another day brunching with friends. This time, we found our hang at Bowery Lane in Sydney CBD. If you're longing for the buzz of New York City, this place has got the NY vibes. I'm loving the rustic interior with exposed bricks and timber. 

We started off our Sunday with four fresh juices and smoothies. You have to try the Green Power Juice and The Cleanser. 

For the weekend brunch, we had to try Boy Scout and Smashed Avocado. The breakfast dish, Boy Scout is filled with goodness of poached eggs, field mushrooms and sauteed kale, sprinkled with paprika crumb. Just divine. 

Smashed Avocado was especially yummy with quinoa and persian feta, served on sourdough bread.

The boys particularly love Bowery Lane's Black Onyx Scotch Fillet, they wiped the dish clean! Perfectly cooked, medium rare steak served with potatoes. Simply soft and tender, it is simply to-die-for!

The Market Fish of the day was salmon. We gotta have salmon grilled in spiced butter and fresh salad. Add a zest of lemon for the tangy flavour.

For an Asian inspired dish, the Confit Duck Salad has all the fresh greens - rocket, green mango, bean sprouts - tossed in finely chopped mint and chilli. Subtle but delicious.

For side dishes, we have Charred Broccollini. A simple dish but simply mouth-watering. The broccollini is served with lemon dressing and toasted almonds.

It's such a great place to brunch at Bowery Lane or drop over for a cup of coffee. Beautiful interior with a fantastic atmosphere. Very friendly and attentive staff. 

Pop over Bowery Lane if you're ever in the city of Sydney. And it's so close to Circular Quay, it's an even better reason to check out the NY interior if you're planning a day out.

Thank you for popping over.

Stay fab!

Bowery Lane 

Shop 1, Level 4,
1 O'Connell St,
Sydney NSW 

Mon-Wed: 7am - 10pm
Thur-Fri: 7am – Late
Sat: 5pm - Late


Hello. It's Operator 25 :)


Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Operator 25 has the cutest interior in Melbourne town! Literally, the cutest. 

I'm so in love with the retro style artworks on display at Operator 25 especially "Call Me Maybe" as it's one of my favourite song by Carly Rae Jepsen. 

Now, let's get into brunch mode.

The Match Almond Hotcakes is to-die-for. Scrumptious green matcha hotcakes served with grilled pear, sprinkled with macadamia, dark chocolate and freeze dried berry. The beautiful dark red berry sauce is just divine.

I'm a fan of the dish, Cured Kingfish. It comes with coconut crumbed prawn on sushi rice with all the pretty garnish you'll find in a sushi. But, only, this time, it is deconstructed. 

Now, onto the BBQ Pork Benedict. Playful dish with succulent pulled pork served with perfectly poached eggs. The crunchy wonton skin and soft English muffin, together with coriander hollandaise sauce, is just wow.

Operator 25 is a fun and playful place to be. Perfect hang with family and friends for brunch. Once upon a time, it was a telephone exchange building. I love retro things and I cannot lie. And I love it ever more when it is done right. You got to pop by if you're ever in Melbourne!


25 Wills St. Melbourne, VIC 3000

Noodle Hunting With Miss May


So, the other day, I went on a Noodle Hunt with the crew. OMG, Kingsford is the place to eat. It's got everything you'll love - Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese restaurants, all right next door to each other. There is so much variety on Anzac Parade, that you probably do not even know where to start.

But fret not, I'm here to show share my Top 5. Scroll below to your ultimate food guide in Kingsford.

Everise Handmade Noodles

Look no further, if you're a fan of handmade noodles, this is the place to be. Everise Handmade Noodles is always packed with locals and students especially during lunch hour. 

The House Stir Fried Noodle with Beef and Dry Fried Noodles with Lamb are delicious. If you're looking for something different yet delicious, I would recommend the Cold Noodles with Fried Roast Lamb. It was shown with 3 Chillis (a measure of spice levels) in the menu, but if you can handle the heat, this dish doesn't dissapoint.

474 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

Chinese Dumpling & Noodle Restaurant

This place takes me back to one of the dumpling and noodle places in China, with its quirky interior and pleasant staff. The spring pancakes were an absolute hit with the crew. It taste exactly the same as getting it from the street vendors in Beijing. Yum!

The Northern style pork and chives dumplings and handmade noodles with beef are a must try. Huge portions made to share, so it's a great place to out with friends!

323 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

Kingsford Chinese Restaurant

Okay, as I'm writing this, I'm feeling so hungry thinking about the best Malaysian Chinese food in town. This is it,  Kingsford Chinese Restaurant is one of my absolute favourite.

The Braised Green Beans and Shan Dong Chicken are the most popular dish in this restaurants. As I sat there, waiting for my dish to arrive, I overheard every customer ordering the same dishes (and perhaps with a little bit more variety).

Shan Dong Chicken was succulent and the skin was just simply scrumptious. The dish was served in a sweet and spicy sauce, sprinkled with carrots and shallots. The Braised Green Beans just had everything going for. You gotta try these! 

426 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

It's Time for Thai

It's always time for Thai. Who am I kidding? We arrived at lunch hour and it was full house.  

The Soft Shell Crab is to-die-for. A yummy dish served with fresh salad. 

2/309 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

Imperial Peking Chinese Restaurant

Imperial Peking is a must visit, if you're a yumcha fan. And even more so, if you love duck. 

We tried all the handmade dumplings, they were all delicious, with the Gow Gee (Prawn Dumpling), my absolute favourite. 

This family run business has been going on for 17 years and Jenny, the manager, takes pride in serving one of the best Peking Duck in Sydney. On weekends, this place is packed, so be prepared to wait in line to get in.

558 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

And that's it for now...

It's so easy to get to Kingsford via Anzac Parade, with heaps of buses running along Anzac Parade. Even with all the construction going on, Kingsford is still open for business. So, don't be afraid to check Anzac Parade out and "Live It Up Locally" guys!

And looking forward to seeing all your flatlays inspired by the hashtag #liveituplocally! 

Have a fab day all!