It can be challenging to explain to a hairdresser what you are looking for, then trying to do it in a foreign language only makes it harder! Here are two of my favourite hairdressers in Graz who speak good english. Bamboo Hair and Spa is run by a lovely American Darci and her Austrian husband. […]


I love reading! In addition to visiting Graz’s public libraries, I often stop at one of the many ‘little free library’ shelves dotted around Graz. You have probably already seen a few but here is a map showing them all (almost 80!). It’s a world wide movement encouraging people to share their books. You’ll find […]

Board Games

Austrians love board games and the more complicated the better! (or so it seems with my Austrian family). Here are two places where you can borrow games to try at home, or take on holiday (just don’t lose any pieces!). Ludovico at Karmeliterplatz 2 has over 3000 board games plus computer games both for adults […]


Some of my favourite cafes (FYI some get fully booked on weekend mornings for brunch). Rosenhain Cafe is on top of a hill near Geidorf with amazing view over Graz. Well worth the 10 min walk up through the Rosenhain woods. On a sunny day it’s a great place to relax in one of their […]