Okay, I know. This one comes very late. But with all that change going on around here, I simply didn’t manage to sit down and work on my Budapest travel guide sooner. But here it is – in all its glory. Including all the places I’ve visited, my honest opinion plus some pretty darn good food spots. So let’s grab a hot cuppa (isn’t autumn the best) and enjoy a short excursion into my first ever solo travel adventure to Budapest at the end of August.
Budapest Travel Guide
Budapest has been on my bucket list forever. Not because I’ve heard great things about it, but because I desperately want to visit every European capital before I turn 30. But once I arrived there I immediately knew that I was wrong to underestimate the Hungarian capital. From the first second on I was stunned by how much I loved walking through the historical streets, breathing in the air of adventure and feeling the sunshine on my skin.
I was super lucky with the weather and had 30 degrees sunshine every day. However, I think I would have also liked this beautiful city in the rain. The city isn’t too big, which makes it super easy to explore everything by foot and discover little gems along the way. I personally adore beautiful architecture and historical city centres. Budapest ever so much reminded me of Vienna and I do love Vienna’s historical charm. When I was sitting on the liberty bridge, watching the sunset over the Danube, I knew that I was falling in love with this charming little city.
Places you must see while in Budapest
- CHAIN BRIDGE
- SHOES ON THE DANUBE
- BUDA VAR / FISHERMAN’S BASTION
- LIBERTY BRIDGE
- JEWISH QUARTER AND THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE
- HERO’S SQUARE AND THE CASTLE
The best food spots in Budapest
See, I was in Budapest alone and I find it rather weird to eat all by myself. That’s why I tried fewer places than I would like to admit. However, that gives me the perfect excuse to go to Hungary again and experience more of the delicious food. My favourite part of the city, food-wise, was the Jewish quarter. I’m a sucker for pita and hummus so that was to be expected, wasn’t it? As I’ve got so many restaurants and coffee shops recommended, I thought I’d simply share the list with you so you can try them as well if you fancy to treat yourself while in Budapest.
- MAZEL TOV (amazing location and the most delicious food for a very much reasonable price, 10/10 would recommended)
- HUMMUS BAR (super delicious shakshouka and pita sandwiches to take away)
- MASSOLIT BUDAPEST COFFEE AND BOOKS (the coolest bookstore, which also is a coffee)
- ALEXANDRA BOOK CAFÉ (sadly was under renovation when I was there but is supposed to be amazing)
- CAFÈ NEW YORK (the “most beautiful coffee shop in the world” – must agree)
- SZIMPLY (fancy hipster food – definitely worth a visit)
Looking back at those pictures I realize that this trip to Budapest brought me much more bliss and joy than I had expected. The beautiful architecture, the cool Jewish quarter and the delicious food sold it to me. However, the feeling of being utterly welcome was what I remember the most. The second I hopped off the train I felt like the city embraced me and invited me to have a good time.
Be it when I lay down in the grass in a park somewhere and fell asleep for an hour. When I sat at the Fisherman’s Bastian and was annoyed by the hoards of tourists blocking my way across this gorgeous city. Or during my night walk, while I was eating a delicious ice cream and enjoyed the last summer days in all their glory. I always felt at home and welcome. And to me, there’s no better feeling when travelling than that state of utter happiness and easy feeling.
Have you ever been to Budapest? Did you like it as much as I did? Or is there anything you’d like to add to my Budapest travel guide? Let’s chat in the comments below :)
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