Some of my favorite things to do in Hungary’s capital.
Favourite Place to Read
Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library. Head up to the 4th floor and you won’t want to leave. Definitely worth the 1000 HUF (3€) entry fee.
Looking down on the Danube and Pest from the top of the Liberty Statue. The view from atop St Stevens Basilica was a close second.
Fishermans Bastion in Buda. A big tourist site but I couldn’t get enough of the enchanting all white fairy tale feel of the place.
Tóth Árpád Sétány. In spring the seemingly endless row of cherry blossoms behind Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion create the perfect afternoon walk.
Favourite Old World Cafe
Central Cafe and Restaurant. Founded in 1887 this eatery has a beautiful, huge interior with classy calm music and an elegant other-worldly feel. Nearby Café Astoria Restaurant also has a similar vibe.
Favourite Cafe for the Perfect Coffee
Vaci Street Cafe Frei. This place serves coffee from around the world and with dozens to choose from you won’t be disappointed. They also have savory snacks and ice cream, all at reasonable prices- especially considering it’s location in a very touristy street.
The 7th. The old Jewish neighborhood is touristy but full of the coolest cafes, bars and restaurants. You’d need months to discover them all.
Favorite Public Bath
Rudas Bath. Go in the morning during the week when it’s less crowded and don’t miss the traditional Turkish baths section. On weekends this part is mixed sex while during the week it’s mostly for men. Tuesday is a women’s day. There’s also sauna world, a swimming pool, a wellness center with different temperature thermal baths and a rooftop thermal pool.
Favorite Ruin Bar
Ruin bars are an institution in Budapest. Since 2001, old derelict buildings have been converted to ridiculously popular bars. You can’t walk far in the 7th district without stumbling onto one.
Szimpla is the largest and most well known and despite being tourist-filled I still loved the maze of rooms, graffiti walls and trees growing up through the courtyard. If crowds aren’t your thing then go in the afternoon on a weekday when it’s quieter. If you want a less touristy ruin bar try Eleszto.
Favorite Breakfast Spot
Fekete. I love the “hipster” vibe of this place and the fact you can eat in a sunny courtyard. Be warned it’s very busy on weekend, but the coffee is great and the baked eggs deliciously healthy. Good value for money- 8€ for baked eggs and a cappuccino. Simply (below) is similar but more expensive.
Retró Lángos Büfé. Langos is basically a fried pizza with different toppings and this street food place is the best.
Favourite Street Food
Street Food Karavan Budapest. A range of delicious and cheap food trucks serving food fro around the world. Located in the 7th district, near Szimpla.
Favourite Hungarian Street food
Bors Gastro Bar. This place has loud character, a range of delicious street food (try the Hungarian cauliflower and sausage soup) and is conveniently right next to Szimpla.
Favorite Dessert Place
Gelarto Rosa. Perfectly positioned next to St Stephens Basilica, this ice cream parlor creates stunning rose shaped gelato. Accordingly there’s always a line out the door. Definitely worth the wait for both the eye candy and delicious taste.
What your favorite thing to do in Budapest?