Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, and although it might not be the first European city you think of when booking a trip, it is certainly worth a visit! The city is one of Europe’s more affordable destinations, but it’s certainly not short of things to see and do – and eat, of course.
Hit the streets
When it comes to food, street food stalls are everywhere, and their offerings are delicious – especially if you go around Christmas time. Be sure to try a cinnamon-covered Chimney cake for a sweet treat and Langos for a deep fried, savory dough which is heavy on the calories and flavor!
One of the best ways to get your money’s worth when it comes to food in Budapest is to visit an all-you-can-eat buffet like the Trofea Grill. There are so many different dishes on the menu – some traditional Hungarian food to try, and other things that you will recognize, as well as bottomless drinks.
This is a fantastic place to visit if you want friendly service, a lovely atmosphere, and authentic Hungarian food for an affordable price. Be sure to try the goulash and stuffed cabbage for the perfect taste of Hungary. There’s a reason that you need to make a reservation for this restaurant; it’s very popular!
A ruin bar
Although the name might not sound like somewhere you would want to visit, you absolutely cannot go to Budapest without finding one to check out! Szimpla Kert is the original ruin bar, and the concept is simple – an old abandoned building is made safe, but nothing else is really changed. It is then filled with weird and wonderful items, from old cars to disco balls, pallets to sit on, and even children’s rides. There is so much to see and discover, and each room offers something different, whether you want to listen to live music, smoke shisha or enjoy a drink. There is so much going on all day and night at Szimpla, with an atmosphere packed with culture, creativity, and friendliness. There is even a Farmers’ Market during the day to support the bar’s eco-friendly ideals.
The city is perhaps best known for its naturally heated thermal baths, and these are a must-visit when you are in the area. Szechenyi is the largest and most popular, with a vast number of indoor pools of varying degrees of temperature and size, as well as the main attraction, the outdoor baths. The water is said to have healing properties, and with the lights and outdoor bar, the atmosphere is incredible. The temperature is like a hot bath, so even in the dead of winter it is worth a visit – perhaps even more so. For those who are around on the weekend, they often throw parties in the outdoor pool!
As you can see, a weekend in Budapest can be a real adventure for all the senses. If you haven’t been before, why not add it to your travel bucket list now?