Budapest is an easy city to navigate, with the river at its heart. Cross a bridge to the west and you’re in Buda, and opposite is the Pest. Both are equally as beautiful and charming. The food in Budapest isn’t what you’re going to the city for – it’s heavy and stodgy. But the Jewish quarter is full of cool snack bars and outdoor market stalls, and a booming bohemian drinking scene.


Walk around the Jewish quarter; Drinks at ruin bars; head to a thermal spa (I would recommend Gellert Baths or Széchenyi Thermal Bath; squeeze into a Castle Hill funicular carriage (dating back to 1870) and climb slowly to the pedestrianised district of old Buda. Wander around the Royal Palace, today housing the Hungarian National Gallery



Mazel Tov Awesome Mediterranean menu vibes

Gozsdu Udvar Outdoor food hall

Sugar Shop Massive pick ‘n’ mix and other sweet things

Liberté Grand Café Traditional menu in a chic diner style setting

Anjuna They have a hazelnut cold brew ice pop. ‘Nuff said

Karavan Outdoor food stalls

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Nagyi Palacsintázója For traditional Hugarian pancakes

Great Market Hall

Vintage Garden

Juicy Tiny vegan joint

Hold Street Market

Costes Downtown Michelin starred resto



Szimpla Kertmovi

High Note Sky Aar at the Aria Hotel Go for a drink, the view and a lie down

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Tamp & Pull A new breed of espresso bar

Café New York Traditional Hungarian setting for tea, despite the name

Koleues Kert Cool ruin bar

Mika Garden Live music and booze


Cirkusz Bohemian café


I visited Budapest in August 2018

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