Ladurée Tea Room, Luxembourg city: Opening Cocktail

I was invited yesterday evening to the opening cocktail of the new Ladurée tea room, located on the corner between the Gran-Rue and Rue des Capucins. in the heart of Luxembourg city centre.
I have to admit: initially I accepted mainly because I was really curious to see the interior design of the place – reason because I went there with Patricia – and their tea room offer. As you might probably understand from my posts and reviews, I am not a huge fan of sweets, so tasting macaroons was not something too much exciting for my agenda.

Indeed: I was totally flabbergasted by the event. Having been to several openings recently, I can definitely say this was the best one I attended in a while.
The location is cosy but sophisticated, a bit baroque and full of pastel colours and amazing perfumes. We were welcomed at the entrance by the whole team: the maître explained us that just for the evening, the tables downstairs, next to the display cabinets, were removed to make some room for the buffet. Our coats were taken and we moved to the upstairs floor, where we could seat and enjoy the evening.

Everything was perfect: I knew Ladurée only for the macaroons, indeed I discovered they have their own bubbles – we went for pink champagne, tasty and pleasant – as well as salted treats, that were to die for. Special mentions for me during my tastings are going to: the pastrami croque madame, to the délice sucré (a crunchy chocolate sweet, I think I had three at least!) and, last but not least, to the liquorice macaroon – perfect for people like me, who are not fan of too sweety sweets..

Another thing I feel to mention, and that made our evening even more enjoyable, was the amazing service we had during the night. I am sorry to say – one of the reasons because I am not a fan of other tea rooms and coffee houses in Luxembourg is the average crabby service. Ladurée is another standard, a luxury one: you feel not only welcome but also pampered.

My experience at the opening cocktail at Ladurée was fascinating: whenever you want to have a chat with your best friend or celebrating with some afternoon bubbles, this is the perfect place. Don’t make my mistake: Ladurée is not only macaroons. Salted treats and cakes are as well delicious – a posh Friday lunch in town there is already on my agenda.

Enjoy the pictures.


  
  


     
  
    

A Sunday in Trier, Germany

Sometimes is it just pleasant having a day out of the usual scheme. Because of our different working schedule, we definitely do not travel a lot together, so spending last Sunday out of the city was a well deserved break from Luxembourg life.

Trier is just off German border, from Luxembourg main station you have trains each and every hour and in less than one hour, for a very reasonable price (9.5 euro each for a return ticket) you are in Trier Hauptbanhof.

Trier (Treviri) is the one of the oldest city in Germany and has Roman origin: you can still find significant rests around the town center. One of the most symbolic monument is for sure the “Porta Nigra“, that was marking the entrance to  the city and it is the best preserved Roman door northern than Alps. Trier is also the city of Karl Marx and has a lovely pedestrian area, starting from Porta Nigra down to the Marketsquare.

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As well as in Luxembourg, shops were closed on Sunday but the city center was not totally empty (as in Luxembourg). We had a small walk to the Market Square, around the Jewish area and down Fleischstrasse. At the end we stopped by to a typical German brasserie, Zum Domstein on the main square. We noted that in the main part of the city there were only two German restaurants and all the others were Italian or Turkish. Maybe German people don’t like to eat German food?

We had some biers, sauerkraut and schnitzel, as real tourists. The portions were huge and the prices were a bit lower than Luxembourg – we spent 75 euro for two small starters (a soup and some potatoes gallette), two main courses (a schnitzel and garnished sauerkraut), four biers, coffee and digestif. The ambient was pretty calm and nice, service was lovely and I could exercise a bit my (bad) German. Luckily we got all the dishes I tried to order, so not that bad at the end 🙂
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The afternoon was colder and after visiting the Dom, we stopped for a quick coffee just in front of the church. I wanted a dessert, but their choices were limited (homemade grapes cake and cheesecake). Hubby had the cheesecake but it was not amazing. Service was also a bit slow and prices higher than in the first place.

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Pretty full and happy we took our way back to Luxembourg.