Budapest exceeded all my expectations. Fun, affordable, and full of history. A very underrated city. Budapest used to be two separated city, Buda and Pest. Buda is the historic side that has Gellert Hill, Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Pest is the city side with the nightlife in the Jewish Quarter, the famous Szechenyi Thermal Bath, and a bunch of cool restaurants and cafes.
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Places To Visit In Budapest
- Buda Castle
- Vajdahunyad Castle
- Széchenyi Chain Bridge
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- Hungarian Parliament Building (it’s the best at night!)
- Heroes’ Square
- Gellert Hill
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Rudas Thermal Bath
Where To Stay
The recommend staying on the Pest side. This is where all the movement and livelihood is! Specifically, I recommend staying in the Jewish Quarter. You will find all the hostels and Airbnbs here. Some hotels I’d recommend is The Hive Party Hostel and Wombat’s City Hostel. However, choosing between staying at a hostel or Airbnb, I’d recommend an Airbnb.
What To Do
There’s so much to do in this area. The streets are filled with street markets, a diverse range of restaurants and cafes, and thrift stores. Also, I visited Budapest during Easter so they had a variety of Easter Markets around the city which was so fun and interesting to visit. The market had an abundance of food vendors with traditional Hungarian food. The market also had a number of Hungarian arts & crafts vendors which showcased their intricate works.
Overall, it was such a pleasant surprise for me to find so much culture and art in during my visit in Budapest. I didn’t really know what to expect of the city but I’m happy to say that from my experience, Budapest is a very a ‘hip’ city to visit.
Where To Eat
- Easter Markets (you can’t miss them if you’re visiting during Easter time)
- New York Cafe (beautiful interior design)
- Cirkusz Cafe (really cute brunch spot)
- Bors Gasztrobar Bar (the BEST sandwiches in town! – highly recommend)
- Ramenka (if you need a hangover cure or if you’re just craving some ramen)
- Központ Cafe (cute cafe for a cup of coffee)
- Central Market Hall – Nagy Vascarcsarnok (really good place to get traditional Hungarian food, fresh fruits, and just about anything)
- Go beer biking! (it’s so fun and it’s a great way to explore the city too – would definitely recommend)
- Visit a ruin bar – it’s super cool. One ruin bar I’d recommend is Szimpla Kert. You can explore other ones here
- Chupitos Bar – great place for a drink
- Or even just grab a bottle of wine and visit the Parliament in the night time and hang out by the river. It’s a really pretty sight and a great way to end off the day 🙂