One of the advantages of staying in a hostel is the ability to use the shared kitchen. Apart from accommodation costs, spending on food and drink can be a big part of your budget. Luckily for you, most hostels have a shared kitchen where you can prepare home-made food with ingredients bought from a nearby supermarket. Eating home-made food is not only cheaper but also healthier.
Depending on the hostel, you may be lucky to find a kitchen with all the utensils you need to make a three-course meal or the contrary. Before going out to the local grocery store, make sure to have a look at the kitchen to know whether they have the cookware necessary to make your dish.
Use Communal Spices and Food
Most hostels keep rice, oil, and other items left behind by departed guests in a communal area which you can freely use. Be sure to take note of what is available before doing your grocery shopping.
Talk to Other People
If other people are also cooking in the kitchen with you, try to strike up a conversation to break the ice. Maybe your small talk will lead to long-term friendships.