The best time to go to Budapest is all year round. It was kind of too hot while I was there though, spring or autumn might be better. I can imagine it being pretty amazing in winter: sitting in an outdoor bath of 38°C while it’s snowing sounds pretty magical!
My boyfriend and I stayed at Anna, an Airbnb-host whose apartment was perfect: bright, green, relatively quiet at night yet centrally located in the trendy VIIth district. There was far more space than in a random hotel room and we even could use the kitchen if we wanted. Book any Airbnb through the referral here and you will receive a 23$ discount (full disclosure: so will I, it’s a good old win-win situation)!
– Climb the Buda hill to have a view over the city.
– Grab a bottle of wine at the night shop and go chill at the Danube river at night.
– Visit The Great Synagogue in Dohany Utca.
– Avoid Vaci Street and the so-called “Fashion Street”, it was the biggest disappointment in my life. I was so prepared to buy nice things. Oh well.
– Rent a bike and bike along the Danube river.
– Go to one of the thermal baths and relaaax!
– Go to a ruin pub. These are bars which are located at the courtyard of a former Soviet building, sometimes still in use but mostly in ruins. They’re all over town, the nicest ones are around Kazinczy Utca and Kiraly Utca.
– Don’t go to Szimpla Kert because that’s where everyone goes. There are much nicer ruin pubs/beer gardens around, such as Anker’t, Köleves Kert and Ellato Kert & Tacqueria.
– Go to dinner at Mazel Tov, the prettiest restaurant in Budapest. It is located in a courtyard and has magical lights everywhere. I came back twice for the delicious Jewish cuisine!
– Grab lunch at Anker Klub, where you only pay € 4 for a 3 course meal!
– Go to the 360 rooftop bar for a view over the city and the best cocktails in town.
– Eat Vietnamese pho and spring rolls at Funky Pho.
– Go to the city park Varosliget and try to find a nice little garden restaurant called Kertem, where they serve the famous Balkan Burger.
– Eat chicken wings at Extra, a hip ruin pub/restaurant in the 7th district.
– Have coffee at The Goat Herder, where a lovely British couple will serve you coffee and tell you about their secret hotspots in town!
– Avoid Corvinteto, we paid to get in and then found out there was almost no one inside…
– Fancy burgers & hotdogs? Attaboy is the place to be! They also deliver at home.
Good to know
– Don’t exchange your money at Western Union but take out money from ATM.
– The locals might not seem very open and spontaneous, don’t take it personally.
– The metro closes relatively early at night, luckily cabs are cheap here.
Let me know if you liked these travel tips and don’t hesitate to let me know if I forgot something. I hope you enjoy your stay!