So it is Friday and is time for another chapter of the series “What to do”, that is giving you suggestions – my personal one – about social life in Luxembourg.
After the first two chapters about Station and Bonnevoie, today we’ll talk about what to do and where to go in Luxembourg city center.
Once again, feel free to comment with your personal suggestions – and remember that our articles are featured also on City Savy Luxembourg!
Where to go when I want to stop my clock and turn off my mobile
Institute-De-Beaute Spa Gaia
I am a bit picky concerning beauty centers and I am using different ones for different services – the best one for manicure could not be the best one for waxing, for example – and Gaia, for me, it is the best one with reference to body treatments. Compared to other beauty centers I visited, their environment is really relaxing and silent. Room settings are accurate and as soon as you enter the main door, you are catapulted in this exotic and mystic world, totally separated from what is happening outside – they are just located over Place d’Armes, not the quieter place in Luxembourg. For massages and body scrubs, I did not find any best place in Luxembourg. You totally forget about your problems, works, husband, deadlines for some hours.
Hint: the accessible-hours appointments (after work and Saturdays) tend to fill up quickly, so book in advance.
Where to go to take care of my brows
I don’t think that there are other brows bars in the city, but since I discovered this little gem, hidden in the Lush gallery, on the Gran Rue, all my brows problems have disappeared. Audrey is my brows angel: she is lovely, very much professional in her work. They offer different kind of services (including brows tint and extensions) at a very reasonable price.
Hint: don’t be afraid going to wax your brows before a date. Audrey will make you up perfectly to hide the redness.
Where to go for a real Italian after-work
Since Restaurant Al Bacio opened its doors, its Thursday became an institutions. So the usual restaurant service is not working on Thursdays night and the place, from 6 pm, is transformed in an after-work meeting point. You get your drink (including a fab Gin selection) and you have free access to an Italian food buffet. You read it well – no chips and mozzarella stick, but pasta, piadina, crab salads, lasagna and much more. The atmosphere is informal and loud and businessmen are mixed to locals and tourists.
Hint: The buffet will disappear around 8.30 – 9 pm as latest, so be there on time to enjoy it fully!
Where to go for your week-end booze
You’re right – this area is really mainstream, but I couldn’t talk about Luxembourg city center between mentioning my favorite place around there. From after-work hours to late night, you will find the best drinks in town. Pimm’s Cocktail during summer cannot be beaten. And if you start to feel the alcohol, they have great Asian tapas to accompany your drink (from 7 to 10 pm).
Hint: Outside benches are heated, so don’t be afraid of the weather if inside is packed.
Where to go to have an espresso like a real Italian
I know Coffee Lounge is mainly famous for its huge and tasty bagels and for kids after school chats. But the main reason that drives me here is they have the best Espresso coffee in Luxembourg, terrifically similar to the one you could drink in a good bar in Milan.
Hint: do it Italian way, take it quickly at the counter.
Where to go for your birthday cards, journals diary, pens
I am hopelessly old fashion and I like everything that is paper. Notes for me should be scribbled on a Moleskine and appointment noted on a real agenda. Ca va sans dire, the Papeterie Ernster, which has entrance just next to the restaurant on Place Guillamme, is my personal paradise.
Hint: if you want to make a present, they have a great selection of pens.
Where to go to satisfy your appetite
I know in the City Center there are tons of restaurants. These are the most recent Barefoot in Luxembourg has reviewed and loved:
Limbo Restoclub – perfect for late evening dining and with friends before a night out
Dipso Wine Republic – outstanding wine bar, reasonable prices, great location settings and delicious charcuterie platters
Delirio Culinario – recommended for a relaxed dinner with friends, great pizza
Daiwelskitchen – for meat lovers and for romantic dinners
Snooze – for your burger and sport events night>
See you in 15 days for next What to do chapter!