Lux City Centre is the focus of Barefoot in Luxembourg‘s Corie Bratter this week.
Stop the world, I want to get off… and have a massage
When picking out a beauty centre, it’s wise to choose different ones for different services; the best manicurist is not necessarily at the same place as the best waxer. Gaia is the best centre for body treatments; their environment relaxing and silent, no mean feat for a place located over Place d’Armes. As soon as you enter through the main door, you are catapulted into an exotic and mystic world; one where you can get the best massages and body scrubs, to boot. You will forget all your problems, work, deadlines and even your other half for some hours.
Top Tip: the accessible-hours appointments (after work and Saturdays) tend to fill up quickly, so book in advance.
I don’t think that there are many brows and lashes bars in the city, but I’ve discovered this little gem, hidden in the Lush Gallery on the Grand Rue. They offer all kinds of services, including tints, at a very reasonable price.
Top Tip: Get something extra for your money; ask for extensions!
I am hopelessly old-fashioned and love everything paper-related. For me, notes should be scribbled in a Moleskine and appointments noted in a proper diary. It goes without saying, then, that Papeterie Ernster on Place Guillamme is my personal paradise.
Top Tip: if you know another paper-nerd, this is the place to go; they also have a great selection of pens.
I know Coffee Lounge is mainly famous for its huge and tasty bagels and for kids’ after-school chats. But the main reason that I go here is that they have the best Espresso coffee in Luxembourg, terrifically similar to the one you drink in a good bar in Milan.
Top Tip: do it the Italian way, take it quickly at the counter.
Since Al Bacio opened its doors, its Thursday after-works have become an institution. Forget the usual restaurant service that night; from 6 pm, businessmen, locals and tourists flock to enjoy the informal and loud atmosphere. Grab a drink (I recommend choosing from the fab Gin selection) and you have free access to a real Italian food buffet; no chips and mozzarella sticks, but pasta, piadina, crab salads, lasagna and much more.
Top Tip: The buffet will disappear around 8.30 – 9 pm as latest, so be there on time to enjoy it fully!
You’re right – this area is really mainstream, but I couldn’t talk about Luxembourg city centre without mentioning my favorite place around there. From after-work hours to late night, you will find the best drinks in town, in particular the Pimm’s Cocktail during summer cannot be beaten. And if your head starts to feel the booze, they have great Asian tapas to accompany your drink (from 7 to 10 pm).
Top Tip: Outside benches have heaters, so don’t be afraid of the weather if inside is packed.
DINING IN THE CITY
I know in the City Centre, there are tons of restaurants; here are the most recent that 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 and delicious charcuterie platters
Delirio Culinario – recommended for a relaxed dinner with friends wanting a great pizza
Daiwelskitchen – romantic dinners for meat lovers
Snooze – great place to catch a burger with your favourite sport events