You may have seen pictures from this winter wonderland all over Instagram this Christmas and with good reason…this place will seriously give you all the festive feels and is the perfect place to escape the shoppers and warm up with a hot chocolate.
On top of being the cutest festive spot this year, the food is delicious. I went for a burrata to start, then the aubergine sandwich and a side of chips. And of course I couldn’t leave without having a hot chocolate with a gingerbread man for dunking.
Just outside of the restaurant you can find a charming floral pop-up shop, Orchidya. It took all of my will power not to buy 3 wreaths, 2 mini Christmas trees and a partridge in a pear tree!
The best way to kick of December, you ask? Hop on a plane and fly to the land of traditional Christmas markets, baroque palaces and the birthplace of Mozart and snow globes (yes really – snow globes were invented in Vienna!).
A friend and I spent the first weekend in December exploring Vienna which neither of us had been to before, so after a lot of Pinterest and Instagram research, we spent 4 days walking around the beautiful city, which in my opinion is the best way to see any city!
Vienna does Christmas
Coming from London, I feel like sometimes we can be a bit arrogant when it comes to Christmas, as Christmas in London is truly magical. However, I must admit that Vienna give us a serious run for our money. Now I’m not talking about their Christmas markets, which obviously beat any here but generally the Viennese put so much effort into Christmas and decorating their city for the festival. Everywhere you look, every street corner is decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree, independent shops and hotels all get a festive makeover – and in the words of Love Actually’s Billy Mack – Christmas is all around in Vienna!
One of the main reasons we decided upon Vienna for our winter city-break was the infamous Christmas markets and they sure didn’t disappoint. There are quite a few in Vienna, so if you decide to go during Christmas time, make sure to plan enough time to explore each one, as they are all different and good for different things.
The most famous and the largest one is Rathaus, which is a Christmas market in front of the City Hall, a stunning baroque building that makes a beautiful backdrop for the market. Go with a fairly empty tummy, as there are endless food stalls you must try; from fresh pretzels, snitchels, gingerbread and hot Christmas punch to keep you warm! Evening is obvious the most magical time to go, however it does get very crowded, so we decided to see it again during the day, as we had some spare time on our last day.
Other markets I would recommend are the one in front of the Schonbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace and Freyung Christmas Market. Freyung is less well known and is a smaller one that many locals go to.
I would recommend no more than 3 days to explore Vienna, as although there is a bit to see, everything is quite close together so you can easily walk from palace to museum and see them within a few hours.
Belvedere Palace itself is a stunning building and inside you’ll find many pieces from Monet and Klimt, and the Schonbrunn Palace was a summer residence for the imperial family in Austria. I would also recommend seeing St. Stephen Cathedral and taking the lift to the top of the tower for a view of Vienna and lastly the Austrian National Library. An incredibly beautiful library with old leather bound books from floor to ceiling, library ladders and classical statues. I was just waiting for Belle from Beauty and the Beast to show up and burst into song any second!
Food & Drink
Cafes are a thing in Vienna, and after walking around in -2 degrees, sitting down in a café with a hot drink and slice of cake is just what you need. Café Central (had regulars such as Trotsky and Hitler) is a very popular one amongst the tourists, so prepare to queue but you’ll find many little cafes on the streets, that you can sit down and warm up at.
Until next time Vienna… auf wiedersehen!
Autumn. My favourite season. The crisp air, crunchy leaves, Netflix nights in with the fire on – I can’t help it, I love it. Much to the annoyance of my friends and family, I sporadically launch into an enthusiastic monologue, during this time of year, about how much I love autumn. This level of enthusiasm usually doubles when the leaves have fallen and the Christmas tress come out. So to any friends and family reading this post…brace yourselves, the festive period is almost among us! #SorryNotSorry
Anyway I love reading favourites posts, so I thought I’d share what I’m currently loving, besides the season itself obvs…
Bath & Body Works autumn candles
Candles are as much an autumn essential as the central heating, in my opinion, and although the BBW candles are a blogger cliché, I had to see what the fuss was about. Three eBay bidding wars later (as BBW products are sadly not sold in the UK), the Autumn and Fall three-wick large candles were mine and to put it simply, you will ‘fall’ in love too. Autumn is more of a fresh scent and Fall reminds me of evenings in, as it has a thicker, more spiced scent – perfect for cosy nights in watching The Crown on Netflix. Speaking of The Crown…
Every since I saw the trailer for the new Netflix drama The Crown, I marked the release date and scheduled a binge-watch day, as Netflix released the whole season at once! Got to love Netflix, right? Whether you’re a royalist or not really fussed about the Royal Family, The Crown is a great drama and gives an insight to what it would be like to be Queen in a very male-oriented world.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte
I don’t usually follow beauty trends; I’ve never had any desire to buy the Kylie lip-kits and I still can’t work out contouring, however a couple of weeks back I went to Harrods with a couple of friends to check out the new Huda Beauty range and got convinced to get a couple of the liquid matte shades.
I picked up Icon and Muse, which I think are perfect shades for this time of year and have been wearing them non-stop since. Now I’m no beauty guru but in my opinion, the quality is excellent, as it glides on very smoothly and doesn’t budge for hours. Next on my list are Gossip Gurl and Cheerleader.