What to do in Luxembourg for Saint Valentine

That time of the year is here again! Single or in a relationship, Luxembourg offers you several option to enjoy the all Saint Valentine week-end.

Here you have those selected by Barefoot in Luxembourg.

A candlelight Valentine
Where: Truffle Bistro – Centre – Luxembourg City
What: A gastronomic and sophisticated dinner in the cozy location of the Truffle Bistro with a very reasonable price (50 euro per person, including an aperitif).
For: romantic couples who want to try this new fascinating location.
More information: here

A breathtaking Valentine with view
Where: Beim Siggy – Clausen – Luxembourg city
What: A lovely combination with a warm atmosphere, one of the best view in the city and revisited classic dishes. 58 Euro without drinks or 80 with wine paring
For: Luxembourg lovers or if your date is not living in the city
More information: here

A delicate and refined Valentine
Where: Bick Stuff – Clausen – Luxembourg city
What: Bick Stuff proposes a romantic dinner in a very intimate and cozy location. The menu starts from crispy shrimps with mango tartare, passing through scallops with foie gras ravioli, beef filet with wasabi or sole with lobster crème, concluding with a delicate pineapple and ginger dessert. Price for the menu is 57 Euro.
For: Old-fashioned couples who love peaceful and charming service
More information: here

A Fashion Valentine
Where: Brasserie Mansfeld – Clausen – Luxembourg City
What: Chic is once again the safe word at Mansfeld, which is exceptionally open also on Sunday 14th for Valentine. The food proposal for the special day is as usual never boring with French dishes and a fusion point of view. Price for the menu is 70 euro.
For: Couples who don’t want to give up on style even on Valentine day.
More information: here

An opulent Valentine
Where: Le Sud – Clausen – Luxembourg City
What: a white gloves dinner with Le Sud old favorites and new menu proposals. Start with a drink on the last floor bar and being then taken away by the fairy-tales and baroque  atmosphere of the main dining room. 125 Euro menu only, 180 with wine pairing.
For: Couples who want to splurge
More information: here

Gin – Music – Brunch
Where: Vagabond Barrr – Dudelange
What: A full week-end of events, starting with a gin tasting (reservation only!) and concluding with a colorful Sunday brunch.
For: couples and friends who get easily bored by routine
More information: here

Saint Valentine at the movies
Where: Utopolis in Belval and Kirchberg and Utopia in Limpesberg
What: Two Avant-premiere at 6 Euro per movie
For: If you don’t want to talk during your date
More information: here

Pirate Party
Where: Kjub Bar – Hollerich – Luxembourg City
What: Safe word: find your treasure. A very hot theme party for single and couples who wants to have fun also on Valentine day. Tapas, Latin Music & Cocktails.
For: LGBT singles & couples
More information: here

Single only night
Where: Theatre Le 10 – Neudorf – Luxembourg City
What: 80s music and the possibility to find your soul mate or having just fun. Ticket 10 Euro including one drink
For: funny singles
More information: here

Dinner & Games
Where: Limbo RestoClub – Centre – Luxembourg City
What: You can choose between a romantic Dinner or a drink game party with lots of free shots.
For: whenever you are single or in couple, but you want to enjoy this day
More information: here

Love Party
Where: Sobogusto – Hollerich – Luxembourg City
What: Free bubbles for ladies and food until 6 am
For: a single girls night out
More information: here

Private music session
Where: Vins Fins – Grund – Luxembourg City
What: A combination between a concert and a theatre performance. Mandatory reservation, 20 Euro entrance
For: alternative spirits
More information: here

Jazz & Food
Where: Vertige des Saveurs – Martelange
What: Delicate French food (52 Euro for the menu) and Classic Jazz repertoire
For: Jazz aficionados
More information: here

Other girls night at:
Updown Bar – Grund – Luxembourg: here

Other candlelight dinners at:
Lagano – Differdange: here

Other very single nights at:
Casino 2000, Mondorf: here
Hitch, Limpesberg, Luxembourg City: here
The Tube, Centre, Luxembourg City: here




Week End Chronicles: Givenchy Make-Up, Diekirch Cavalcade & much more

It has been a busy week-end! I wanted to give much updates yesterday but I was less than half of my power battery, sigh.. Last working week killed me off and on Saturday morning I had an early clock for recovering the two hours at the gym I lost during the week – btw, I love working out on Saturday early early morning as I feel full of energy and the gym is empty 😛

In the afternoon, I took an appointment at Paris 8 in the Gran Rue. They had an amazing Givenchy make-up artist available for clients, Kazuhiro Hiruma, that was offering personalized advises. I was quite skeptic about the result before going – I had mixed encounters with make-up artists at perfumeries in Luxembourg. Since my office moved in the Gare area, I am more familiar with shops over there – it is also easier taking appointments at lunch time – but the overall experiences were not great. I found services overpriced and shop assistants not professional and very arrogant. Last time I paid 80 euro for a  make-up session of 45 minutes that at the end lasted only 20. The girl was chewing a gum just on my face and she did not even remove my base before starting the make up. The result was so ugly, I clear away the make-up as soon as home.

On Saturday, my experience at Paris 8 Gran Rue totally overturn my ideas: the service I booked was for free but everybody was extremely kind with me, like I have been a client forever. A lovely lady remove my make up explaining me in details products she was using and the importance of well rehydrating your skin every day. Mr. Hiruma was amazing, really. I asked for a “bonne-mine” base and it resulted in a great color, then he focuses on the eyes with slightly unusual palette (bottle green and dark red)… when I looked at the mirror, at the end, it seems I was another person! My eyes were sooo big, my skin perfect, the complete result extremely natural. He worked on my face morphology and he used excellent products: For example, the bronzer Powder Bonne Mine he applied does not contain talc, so the effect is really genuine. I asked to receive a summary of all the products used, without feeling pressured to buy. I decided anyway to take home with me the lipstick and the eye-shadows palette and I received a gorgeous beauty with travel size products from Givenchy.
I did not use this brand very much in the past, trying always to buy safe with Chanel, Lancôme and Shiseido, that were my favorite brands, but I have to say I really changed my mind and as soon as I finish the products I am currently using I will go and buy some others from Givenchy list.
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On Saturday night then, we had an intimate dinner at home for Valentine’s day. I prepared some cod liver appetizer, linguine with bisque and mussels, shrimps with mango sauce and to conclude profiteroles with caramel and pecan nuts. I was pretty satisfied of the result and also my husband was. But after a full day I was sleepy at 11 pm!
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Early wake-up also on Sunday, gym, and then train to Diekirch for the Cavalcade! This is one of the main and most popular event in Luxembourg for Carnival. More than 20,000 people were present on Sunday! It was extremely well organized: there were trains from Luxembourg central station every half hour or direct buses from Ettelbruck. This is a great thing to avoid people drink and driving, bravo!
The entrance to the event was 6 euro, including lottery participation. Most of the bars and restaurants were open for the occasion, with outdoor stands for beers and sandwiches. Lucky us, sun was shining – even if it was still bit cold. The parade was composed of 63 groups and they were throwing candies, pop-corn, even sausages and beers 🙂 The event started at 2.30 pm and it took more than two hours to complete the tour. We followed for a bit the cortege and then we stopped along the way for couple of shots. We took our way back home around 7 pm, pretty tipsy 🙂 Time for a quick pizza and the week-end was over.
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Now other another week-end in Luxembourg and finally it will be London, I cannot really wait 🙂


Saint Valentine: what to do in Luxembourg?

Organizing a dinner out for Saint Valentine is not as easy as you might think. My funniest adventure happened to be last year: it was our last Saint Valentine as engaged so we wanted to celebrate with something special, but at the same time I did not want to spend my afternoon cooking – and ending up being so tired after the dinner to fall asleep on the couch, not very sexy – or splurge too much money that we needed indeed for our (double) wedding celebration.

Therefore my husband agreed that we could go out, provided that the dinner would be organized in a special place, but a cheap one.
I will work it out, no worries!”. I had a chat with some of my girlfriends and one of them ended up suggesting this place. I am not entering into details, but apparently it was a cozy place, a bit out of the city, with great ethnic food and nice atmosphere.
I verified the menu online and it appeared to be an intimate location – from the standard press pictures – and the menu was nice and extremely cheap (surprisingly cheap I would say….). They did not have any special arrangements for Valentine’s, but knowing hubby’s preferences I supposed it was even better. I also remember I called to book a table (they are still laughing I think).

Extremely glad of my organizing skills, I told my husband I reserved this nice place and we were not going to spend a lot of money as usual. He seemed to be pretty happy, but it was too good to last.
That night, the 14th, we dressed up a bit but not too much – as the place looked quite casual from the official pictures. I wore a pair of skinny jeans and my highest heels. We took a cab, as it was quite far and we supposed we were going to save that money from the dinner bill. The taxi from our place cost 28 euro and it stopped in front of this indecent kebab house. My hubby looked at me really scared: are you sure this is THE place?
The address was correct. I was confused. Some details of the interior looked similar to the official pictures but the reality was sad: two suspicious people were seated at the only occupied table drinking a beer. We entered the only room and everything was so smelly I was about to vomit. Playing a bit dumb, we asked for a bottle of water to the counter girl – she could have been from the last Pulp Fiction scene eventually – and we went out silently deciding what to do.
My hubby’s mood moved from scared to angry. It was a rather freezing night, we had dressy clothes and we were in the middle of nowhere at 9 pm of Valentine’s – I was about to cry.
I started to call couple of restaurants in town but all of them were fully booked. At the end we managed to find a place in the city center, in a definitely not cheap restaurant, but was our only choice if we did not want to come back home and order a pizza. We spent further 30 euro of taxi back to the city and 200 euro for the dinner. Definitely not the celebration we could have imagined but still one of the most amusing 🙂 That night it was terrifying for a bit, but now we are telling the story almost enjoying it 😛

Said that, here you will find some proposals available in Luxembourg on 14th night. It does not want to be a comprehensive list, but an overview of those that looks like the best menus in some suggestive locations.

If you like new places: CatClub has recently changed its name to “Le Dix-Huit“. They propose a classic menu, 5 courses (fish + meat) for 56 euro. It will be a great occasion if you want to discover the new settings and spend a night out of the city center chaos. Moreover with ginger, homard , chocolate and passion fruit on the list, we are sure it will be a passionate dinner.
Le Dix-Huit, 18 rue de l’Aciérie – L-1112 Hollerich Luxembourg
See the menu here.

If you like contrasts and you want to surprise your partner with an innovative menu in a great classic location: “Brasserie Mansfeld” suggests a delicious menu (fish + meat) with contemporary combinations. Scallops with bacon and Jerusalem artichoke, chicken “cuit en basse temperature” with truffles, Tahitian vanilla cheesecake… The price is 69 Euro. Brasserie Mansfeld, 3 rue de la Tour Jacob – L-1831 Clausen Luxembourg
See the complete menu here.

If you like to be spoiled: “Le Fin Gourmand” offers you and your partner a lovely trip though great tastes. From truffles trilogy to Coeur de skrei with vanilla oil trough the main choice (meat or fish?) to the heavenly dessert combination – Mille feuilles, Ganache au chocolat, Sorbet and Crème Brule – that alone is worth the  visit. The price is 72 Euro per person.
Le Fin Gourmand, 2 route d’Esch, L-1470 Luxembourg
See the complete menu here

If you want to splurge: “Le Sud” is the perfect location for a special Valentine’s evening. Fairy tales atmosphere and romantic décor, plus a 7-courses menu that will be a triumph of flavors. You start with a Rossini aperitif, then each and every course – great “Le Sud” classics and new dishes – is accompanied by a wine choice, with a final coupe of Champagne rose’ – what do you want more? The price, included of wine and champagne combination, is 175 Euro per person.
Le Sud, 8 Rives de Clausen, L-2165 Luxembourg
See the complete menu here

If you want to leave Luxembourg City for one night: “Le Bourbon“, in Petange, is the perfect location. 4 – courses menu is preceded by amuse bouche and champagne, followed by foie gras starter, meat or fish as main course, selection of cheese (am I the only one to find cheese aphrodisiac?) and to conclude a revisited Opera cake. The price is 59 Euro per person without drinks, 89 euro with wine combination. The menu is also available on 13th and 15th. Le Bourbon, 14A route de Luxembourg, L-4760 Petange
See the complete menu here

If you want to have a full romantic day: “Mondorf Domaine Thermal” offers a yummy menu at De Jangeli for 85 euro per person, plus two different packages at the spa to be eventually combined. You can choose the Cupid package as present for you partner or indulge in a day for two that includes treatments in the same room, access to the Spa and a glass of champagne. The proposals are luxury and with a special price, you can book everything online from your desk now. What better occasion than Saint Valentine for treating yourself with a day at the best Spa in Luxembourg?
Domaine Thermal Mondorf Les Bains, Avenue des Bains, L-5601 Mondorf-les-Bains
Menu at De Jangeli here
Cupid Package here
Saint Valentine Forfait here 
All these ideas are soooo exciting I would like Saint Valentine to be at least couple of times per year 🙂

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