Budapest had been on our travel list for quite some time, though a part of me still believed there was a little too much fuss about this city. Let’s be honest, how could Budapest stand a chance next to Paris or London? Well, well, well. It was love at first sight, I tell you. Stunning architecture, splendid weather, delicious food and crazy nightlife were the components of this more than perfect weekend. We are definitely going back someday! Here are some of our favorite hotspots!
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One of the nicest things to do in an unknown city is, of course, shopping! We rapidly dumped the boys and went shopping exploring. Budapest is such a hipster city, full of vintage and concept stores and we had the best time getting lost around Erzsébetváros, the boho Jewish quarter. My favorite place was PSTR Store. Go there to find some nice necklaces or earrings and fill up on interior inspiration!
K I O S K
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We first ended up at Kiosk a bit randomly. We had been walking around for hours and were truly starving, so we didn’t really choose the place but boy was it worth it! The sun was out and the terrace was full so we ate inside. Delicious food for lunch, eclectic choice of furniture and decoration, big windows letting the sun flow inside and cosy corners to enjoy the company of your friends: we loved it so much we went twice!
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Szimpla Kert, need I say more? It is one of the most famous Ruin Bars of the city and you simply cannot visit Budapest without entering this Ali Baba’s cave! Go there in the morning to enjoy an indoor market and see the place in details. Then of course, go back at night to enjoy drinks in this oh so special atmosphere, and maybe eat a carrot or two!
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Situated next to Szimpla Kert, Karaván offers a really nice and unique (at least to us Belgians!) concept: a mini street food festival all year round. I went for a fancy cheese burger from Paneer and the Spaceboy tried sausages from Kolbice. We found a spot out of the wind and right in the sun and we enjoyed our last meal in Budapest city!
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Zona came highly recommended by one of Manon’s friends and we definitely weren’t disappointed! Amazing interior design and even more amazing food, from the fresh lavender lemonade to the purely orgasmic desserts, we just sat and savoured the food. This is just the perfect address for a chic evening dinner! Also, make sure to follow the waiter’s advice for the wine, you won’t regret it.
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If the name of the place is unpronounceable in Polish, its interesting choice of pies certainly makes up for it. The Spaceboy and I went for fresh and healthy since the bar only serves pressed juices and glutten free food. I instantly fell in love with the scandinavian vibes of the place. This laid-back atmosphere was just what we needed to calmly wake up after a night partying in the city.
Gellért Thermal Bath
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Last but not least, and an absolute must do in Budapest: the Gellért Thermal Bath! The city offers several options regarding thermal bath, in Buda as well as in Pest. We chose this one in Buda for its roof bath and its amazing view over Pest on the other side of the river. Piece of advice, buy a ticket that gives you access to all the baths and swimming pools, as the place is quite big and has a lot to offer. We spent a few hours there, enough to watch the sunset and enjoy the Turkish bath.