Although Vienna is not one of those tropical cities the 2050 sqm. building of a kind is housing a breathtaking greenery, a butterfly house and not least one of Vienna's most popular restaurant is a must-visit spot in the city no matter in which season you are visiting. The restaurant which successfully combines the sophistication of a café-slash-bar and the relaxed atmosphere of a brasserie, the Palmenhaus attracts an ever-growing number of guests all year around. When the weather is fine, visitors can now sit on the Palmenhaus´ outside terrace overlooking the beautiful Burggarten gardens and enjoy the finest culinary delights from breakfast through lunch to dinner. But the 15-metre high conservatory-style restaurant with its numerous exotic plants also provides a cosy retreat in winter: the cocktail bar with its comfortable leather sofas is the perfect place for an intimate tête-à-tête. From mid-November the Christmas menu tempts with innovative specialities so it really does worth a try even in the Winter. This time we opted for breakfast in Viennese style; fresh croissant with homemade butter and jam but the menu features bio-eggs with every kind of garnish from salmon to goat cheese.
Christmas Shopping: Paper & Tea
Paper & Tea opened its doors in Berlin’s genteel, west-end Charlottenburg district in 2012. Due to its success, their second store in trendy Berlin-Mitte followed in late 2014. Their unique retail concept advocates the beauty, pleasures, and manifold personal benefits of enjoying quality artisanal tea through an engaging and rewarding customer experience. P & T is inspired by tea’s legacy throughout the ages as an agent of communication, creativity and culture. With this mindset, they interpret and promote the role of fine tea for a creative and fulfilling modern lifestyle. On the occassion of the upcoming festive season we would like you to inspire you, and take you around some of our favourite concept stores of the kind. One of our very favourite one is P & T in Mitte where the space is flooded with sunlight from the enormous windows, and a tea tasting bar serving a variety of freshly brewed teas. We've got to sit down with P & T's Founder and Creative Director, Jens to talk about his love towards tea, its current boom and the concept behind his creative project; Paper & Tea. PS If you won't make it to the city we have good news; they have a webshop too!
Christmas Giveaway: A night at The Guesthouse Vienna
As the best time of the year - CHRISTMAS is approaching, we have a big surprise for you! We have teamed up the The Guesthouse Vienna to give away a one-night-stay for two. By entering our GIVEAWAY one of you'll have the chance to win an overnight in a deluxe room with view towards the Opera and the Albertina Museum. Equipped with a huge lounge window, cosy living room area, bathtub and rainforest shower, you will be experiencing one of your best hotel adventures ever. To participate and be the happy winner do as follows: 1. Follow Local's Lore and The Guesthouse Vienna on Instagram and Facebook. 2. Tell us with whom you would stay at the hotel in the comment section and tag #localslore on your cosiest Christmas mood picture on Instagram. 3. The winner will be asked to share a story of her/his journey in Vienna as using our Vienna guide. The giveaway starts on the 4th of December 2pm CET and ends on the 25th of December 2pm CET. The winners will be announced on the 25th of December 4pm CET here on the site, in The Guesthouse Vienna lore. We wish you the best of luck and happy holidays!
The Guesthouse Vienna
To get into the festive mood we have spoiled ourselves with a special getaway weekend in Vienna. Being truly one of our favourite cities and having the chance to explore it many times already, we decided to stay at The Guesthouse Vienna right next to the Opera and Albertina Museum. Being famous for its stylish rooms and amazing brunches, we had one of our greatest hotel-experiences. HOME. HONESTY. HERITAGE “Be a guest in your own house” – this is the philosophy of The Guesthouse Vienna. This hotel concept enables people visiting Vienna to feel as if they were in their own home – giving them the chance to experience the proverbial “Gemütlichkeit” or “chillaxed” atmosphere of the Austrian capital. This is exactly the mood we felt, when sitting in the reading corner and staring out to the city filled with Chrismas lights, while sipping hot tea. Want to get in the mood too? Read on! Want to experience the mood? Enter our giveaway!
LA stories: Canyon Coffee
For us Canyon Coffee is a real lovestory itself. Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz met in Beachwood Canyon in 2013. As their relationship grew, so did their love for coffee. Visiting beautiful coffee shops became a key highlight of their travels, and making better and better cups for each other at home became their treasured ritual—especially after spending weeks or months away from each other for their respective careers. Casey started working in the coffee industry in 2015, and was lucky enough to work at two of his favorite coffee shops in LA: Bar Nine (Culver City) and Menotti's (Venice). Working side-by-side with people whose passion and determination have set the bar for coffee in LA was inspiring, to say the least. It wasn't long after diving into the world that they had the idea: why not create their own coffee? Meet the wonderful couple behind LA's very own Canyon Coffee.
The Hoxton Amsterdam
We have a confession to make; first time in Amsterdam, first time at The Hoxton. But definitely not the last! This miracle place was a great surprise indeed. Venice is said to be the city of canals but as you walk and look around the only thing you see; little boats floating on the water. Setting foot in Amsterdam, we can easily say that we've just arrived to the land of canals, which we got to enjoy even through our hotel room's windows. Just like their doors, their minds are open too, says The Hoxton about themselves, rightfully. This is exactly what we have experienced throughout our stay last weekend where we got to meet and blend with locals just as much as with like-minded people from all over the globe. Ever since the first Hoxton opened in Shoreditch, way back in 2006, they’ve never just been about offering a bed for the night. They want to be more than that: providing a place where guests can hangout alongside the locals and submerse themselves in the neighbourhood with vibrant, welcoming public spaces. Welcome to Hoxton!
Giveaway: On the go with Motorola Sphere+
On the occasion of the festive season, we teamed up with Sphere to gear your next adventures with the best tunes. By entering our GIVEAWAY two of you'll have the chance to win a Motorola Sphere+ with the color of your choice (black or white). The 2-in-1 bluetooth stereo speaker delivers your favourite tunes in full, bright and HD audio while you will experience epic freedom with the Motorola pulse Escape headphones! To participate and be the happy owner of the Motorola Sphere+ do as follows: 1. follow Local's Lore and Motospheremax on Instagram. 2. regram one of the images of the "On the go with Motorola Sphere+" or "GIVEAWAY: On the go with Motorola Sphere+" lores with the color of your choice (black or white). Share it with the folllowing tags on your Instagram profile: #localslorexsphere #localslore. 3. answer the question as follows in the comment section on Local's Lore's Instagram profile: Where are you heading next with your Motorola pulse Escape headphones? Besides answering the question please tag your travel mate whom you'd like to be the other lucky winner. The giveaway starts on the 14th of November 2pm CET and ends on the 30th of November 2pm CET. The winners will be announced on the 30th of November 4pm CET here on the site. We wish you the best of luck!
On the go with Motorola Sphere+
The gadgets of our era are just getting smarter and prettier, and that's a fact. They can be both the perfect decoration for your stylish home or the ideal accessory to your outfit. No surpises that we would like to own the coolest and newest ones. Meet our newest addiction; The Sphere+ we have got to test during our weekend getaway. The 2-in-1 Bluetooth stereo speaker delivers your favorite tunes in full, bright and HD audio. To maximize your sound experience, the Sphere has an ergonomic 360 degree silhouette and 2 x 8 Watt bass porting speakers which brings your experience to a next level. Listen where ever and whenever you want to your favorite playlist through the stereo speaker or take of the headphone and listen privatly. Due to the built-in speakerphone you will be able to take call through the Sphere or lightweight headphone. Use whatever suites you the most. It’s simple, listen to music in your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, wherever you want. Be loud on your own terms.
PUBLIC HOTELS - LUXURY FOR ALL
Opened in June on the Lower East Side, Public Hotels aims to make luxury available to all thanks to Ian Schrager. The hotel is - as it says - "refined, sophisticated, smart and simple, yet flamboyant and provocative, all at the same time." The universally appealing guest rooms are thoughtfully designed, down to every last finish and detail, with distinct zones for sleeping, relaxing, working and entertaining. There has been seamless, frictionless technology integrated so everything one needs is within arm’s reach. The building was designed by Swiss architecture studio Herzog & De Meuron, that certainly implies luxury. The neon-lit escalators quickly became the new treasures of Instagram and the tangerine-feel lights the obsession of many Instagrammers. Will it become yours?
The Lore of Salt Lake City: Meet Evelyn Eslava
We truly feel blessed with our ambassadors; they are not only wonderful personalities but as well all and sundry are creative people who keep inspiring us. Please meet our newest ambassador, Evelyn Eslava who happened to be a photographer with tremendous love towards nature, speciality coffee, and to her home; Salt Lake, of course. If you wish to explore the city like a local, follow her journey through the best new wave coffee houses, hip restaurants and blend in the city like you were home. Salt Lake is an ideal location for your next vacation whether you are up for skiing, visiting museums or enjoying a dynamic nightlife. But until your visit, let yourself indulge in Evelyn's words and breathtaking imagery of happy places. Read on to explore the lore of Salt Lake City with Evelyn Eslava.