Melbourne: A real Scottish experience

At one point or another during your year abroad, there will come the time where you’ll miss some of the things back home. Maybe it’s your friends and family. Maybe it’s your dog. Or maybe it’s the things buckfast does to you on a night out.
I shall try and assemble a short list to assist you with your Scottish fix while roaming the streets and lanes of Melbourne-town.

CHIPPIE
Finding a proper fish and chips shop in Glasgow has never been a problem. In a city however where most people shun everything that isn’t a poached egg or a cheesecake, quality deep-fry is a rare blessing.
The best two places for fish and chips are probably Cerberus in Black Rock (quite a journey) and the Fish Market in Richmond, the second of which will even proudly serve you a deep fried Mars bar if you ask for it!
For those south side, D’lish Fish in Port Melbourne is a great option, which also offers the battered chocolate madness.
I have heard that flakes on Sydney Road (Coburg) do it too.

BAGPIPES
On very rare occasions you will see one of the kilted bards roam the city centre; best chances are actually the campus though, where I have heard their sweet melodies quite a few times. Apart from that keep a look out for anniversaries of small towns or fire brigades, there’s always one that pretends to be soaked in highland heritage.
And maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all not to hear the piper play for a little while.

WHISKY
You cannot get enough of the uisge beatha? This place has you covered: Whisky and Alement, CBD. This is a world class location. Not cheap but the selection and the knowledge of the barkeepers are incredible.

IRN BRU
Believe it or not, you’ll get these on campus! The small shop in Union House sells the cans, though they don’t quite taste the same as back home.

CEILIDH
The Brunswick Scottish Society put on a Ceilidh social every month that is free to attend. There even is a buffet with some cheese and crackers. Great to take some lads and lassies for a few hours of failing to dance proper.

BUCKFAST
Ned of all drinks! Can be bought in the CBD at Charles Dickens Tavern for 22$ a bottle. Cheaper at Chapel St Cellars in Windsor. Introduce your Aussie friends to this gem of Scottish culture and earn their eternal gratefulness in one night – or lose them forever.

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