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A quick guide to Budapest

Charlotte Everaert / July 28, 2015 / City Guides
Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

Budapest is the perfect destination for a low-budget city trip. If you want to treat yourself to the best food, drinks and thermal baths there are, go to Budapest! Although the level of style and fashion is very low in the Hungarian capital, I had a great time ;) Don’t go to Budapest for shopping, go to enjoy and relax! In this quick guide you will find the best Budapest travel tips and hotspots.

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

Enjoying the view in hilly Buda

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

Wearing my Native Rose dress in downtown Buda

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

Hipster ruin pub Anker’t

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

Best coffee in town!

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!

Stay

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)!

Do

– 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!

Eat

– 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!

xo, Charlotte

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips
Budapest Travel Guide with local tips
Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

Mazel Tov, the best restaurant in Budapest!

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

Cozy and good food

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

View from the 360 bar wearing my silver Teva sandals

Budapest Travel Guide with local tips

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