Local’s Lore’s Top Travel Destinations for 2018
The first few days of the New Year are many times spent on planning and making resolutions; organizing upcoming projects, opting for more sports and a healthier lifestyle and not least arranging the next travel destinations for 2018. By the way what are your travel resolutions for 2018? If you did not make any yet, we have collected our top eight places to discover from remote hidden treasures to hectic fast-growing capitals. Thanks to Instagram, travelers today are more aware than ever of what the world has to offer. These eight editor-endorsed journeys are the best ones to discover this year with the help of the Local’s Lore guides from a local’s perspective thanks to our ambassadors! If you already know where you're going, share your plans with us on social media with #localslore to get featured!
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 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! Our winner is @linneajv! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
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!
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!
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
Announced last week, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards now in its ninth year is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. This covers every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups. The Awards attract the world’s top designers, hospitality operators and judges from the UK and globally. Recent names include Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Foster & Partners, Stephen Alden, Gordon Ramsay, Tony Chambers (Editor in Chief, Wallpaper*), Alberto Alessi, Thomas Heatherwick and many more. Here are three of our very favourite spots:
Escaping to the countryside
Living in big cities like London, Paris or Moscow will always have its advantages: constant sources of inspiration, being connected , having access to whaterver you need in any minute. But it can be hectic, overwhelming and exhausting as well. Balancing your big city life with countryside getaways is the greatest option to refresh and recover from the hassle of everydays. Finding peace in the middle of the forest sounds more than ideal, does not it? Thanks to Katherine we discovered the The Orangery on Airbnb. It’s in the grounds of Henley Hall just a two-minutes-drive from Ludlow.
Ricardo Bofill is one of the world’s leading architects – who happened to live and work in the most striking "office"; the former cement factory outside Barcelona called La Fábrica. Cosmopolitan by definition, Ricardo Bofill returns always to the factory, that old industrial building that he never ceases to renew for the past fourty years, enlarging and embellishing its spaces as writing the history of his life, a biography in constant evolution. “The factory is a magic place which strange atmosphere is difficult to be perceived by a profane eye. I like the life to be perfectly programmed here, ritualised, in total contrast with my turbulent nomad life”. It is an unusual yet fascinating fusion of cement and nature. Bofill is probably best known for his social housing projects, but also for iconic constructions like La Muralla Roja, the W Hotel or Barcelona Airport Terminal 1. Read our short interview with one of our favourite visionary in the world; Ricardo Bofill.
12 Hours in Paris
What's common in Boot café and Ob-La-Di? Well, both' menu is so delicious that people tend to queue before opening hours. We are saying this not to deter anyone, just to prove ourselves right. Our addiction towards these places started the last time we visited Paris, but now it evolved completely. Boot is very tiny, yet hearty coffee place just a corner away from the famed concept store; Merci (which we happened to visit after a perfect cappucino with double dash of espresso). Paris is all about the cosy little places and nice walks.
A new Parisian address on the border of the 8th and 17th arrondissements, LE CAMONDO has opened its doors within the eponymous museum, just next to Parc Monceau. Upon entering, a large bar acts as the central element of the space, like a huge dining table inviting guests to share some time together. As if it were suspended in time, this former parking garage of the hôtel particulier has retained its coffered ceiling and metallic columns that make up the structure of the space. It also opens onto a paved courtyard that’s protected from external noise, just like a secret garden. Perfect for lunches and dinners on beautiful sunny days. This warm and inviting space boasts a cosy atmosphere featuring an interior design that mixes styles and materials with the spirit of an elegant conservatory, echoing the feeling of a private club. We sat down with the director, Aret BulBul to talk about moving to Paris, the French cuisine and his future plans.
Hotel Bienvenue Paris
It does not matter whether it's raining or there is constant sunshine, Paris is just charming, we can agree on that. So as it's booming boutique hotel scene. In the 9th district you will find the intimate and highly coveted hotel called Hotel Bienveue, which is the freshest project of Adrien Gloaguen (Hôtel Paradis and Hôtel Panache). The place is just the perfect nest for design-savvy travelers with crave for modern aesthetics and comfort. Amongst other things an outdoor terrace - which was our favourite spot in the hotel other than our room's window facing a huge gothic rose window tracery - for eating, drinking and relaxing provides your serenity during your stay. The hotel's location is ideal too; close to both the La Palais Royal and the Sacré-Cœur. So if you were wondering where to stay in Paris whether it is the Maison & Objet or the Fashion Week, we would highly recommend Hotel Bienvenue.
Lo Sereno Casa de Playa
Heading to Mexico and in need of a nest? Lo Sereno Casa de Playa is a beautiful boutique hotel curated for the modern traveler. In search for a hidden bliss away from home, the hotel is designed for those that wish to escape and find serenity during their stay. Being located right in between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the hotel indeed lives up to its name. Troncones is though a world-class surfing spot in Mexico, but if you would rather go for the hights than the depths the mountains are just a short drive away. Lo Sereno boasts a year-round outdoor pool and also guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant serving gourmet Mexican dishes, sourcing local fresh ingredients daily. Lo Sereno provides all the amenities a modern traveler may desire, curating brands worldwide for an all-sensory experience.
Summer Visit in Lanzarote
For someone who was born with a Scandinavian’s aesthetic approach and with a mentality of a Mediterranean, the island of Lanzarote may seem to be the perfect place to crash. Rightfully. And it’s not only about the magical landscape and warm-hearted people. There is actually a place in Europe where there’s no advertising – no washing powder billboards and no super hot swimwear posters at the bus stops are disturbing the scenic view. There are instead whitewashed villages, black volcanic landscapes, mountains, palm trees and the ocean that are pleasing our eyes constantly. Stepping feet in Lanzarote, a breathtaking landscape and the work of an amazing man, César Manrique unfolded right in front of us. Manrique - who’s the island’s favourite son - was a true multidisciplinarian: a painter, a sculptor, an architect, an ecologist, a landscape architect, and an urbanist with great influence on the archipelago’s current landscape. He designed a wonderful utopia for 142,132 people, who currently call the island “home”. It looks like that the ever-so-coveted beach destination, the Canary island is now rather famous of its eco-villages, cool surfing spots, and its genius visionary; César Manrique.