Budapest is old world, Made up of Buda and Pest. Separated by the Danube River. From first glance, the buildings are covered with a bit of girt. They look worn and rough. They have history. History of war and destruction. But what shines through is the gorgeous architecture and as the layers are peeled back you understand everything that Budapest has been through. Step inside of one these beautiful budildings and you will discover a georgous green courtyard that is something out of the movies.
I have spent 3 months here in Budapest while my husband is filming a show Called Berlin Station. I can’t help but be inspired by the history, the culture, the food. So I thought I would share a few of my favorite places to see and visit while in Budapest.
1.)Leo at the Clark Hotel. The views are insane looking over the chain bridge. It is an upscale setting that is not typical for Budapest. Take a walk across before or after dinner.
2.)Mazel Tov. In the Jewish Quarter you will find this delicious Mediterranean restaurant that is inside a ruin bar. It is definitely instagram worthy and in a good neighborhood to have a drink after.
3.)Barack & Szilva. For authentic Hungarian Cusine. You sit outside while listening to a man playing a piano. Order a nice bottle of Hungarian Wine and definitely go for the Goulash soup(not to be mistake with Goulash. This soup has vegetables and a nice broth) Make a reservation ahead of time as it books up quickly
1.)Ruin Bars. They are everywhere in the 7th district. So just go for a walk and check a few out.
2.)Aprerol Spritz at all of the cafes on the Danube. This is a great place to watch the boats go by and people watch.
3.)New York Palace. Go in the afternoon for a quick glass of champagne. This place is super touristy but is a beautiful building so I recommend just going to a quick drink.
1.) Must Visit the Gellert Baths. Go on the early side as it will be less busy. This is the most beautiful bath house. There are indoor and outdoor baths, saunas and steam rooms.
2.) Take a Boat Ride of the Danube. There are many options to do this but we chartered a little teak boat for 1 hour and did a champagne tour. Just the right amount of time with Hobey. We used a company called Venice Taxi.
3.)Buda. Visit the charming town up in the hills. Visit the Buda Castle and take the day to explore this side of the river.
4.)Sunday Market at Szlimpa Kert. This famous Ruin Bar turns into a farmer market on sundays only. With local farmers bringing cheeses, breads, produce it is one of my favorite things to do on the weekends.