I have recently got back from an amazing Easter weekend in Budapest! This city did not disappoint, the culture, sightseeing, food and wine was incredible. As I am a huge keeno and always research where is good to eat and see in new cities I thought I would share my favourite experiences just incase you ever manage to visit this beautiful city!
My favourite food spots:
Brunch at Cirkusz – I obviously researched where to Brunch in Budapest before I even set off but with it being Easter weekend some places were unfortunately shut. We ended up at Cirkusz on our last day and I wish we would have found it earlier. Known for their silky poached eggs and quirky atmosphere it did not disappoint! Mimosas were £2.50 and the Turkish eggs were out of this world, if you have never tried them before then I highly recommend you do!! A great find in the Jewish Quarter, the only downside was as it is so popular you do have to wait a while to be seated and for food so don’t go too hungry!
Lunch at Dobrumba – Dobrumba was recommended to us by our AirBnB host, it is a Mediterranean restaurant so my boyfriend was in his element. The atmosphere was very laid back but the food was exceptional, we are both big hummus and flatbread fans so it didn’t take much for us to love this place! We had hummus, chickpea Moroccan soup, lamb koftas and zaatar wedges as a ‘light’ lunch however, if you fancy something larger they do main courses as well as the tapas style dishes.
Dinner at Vicky Barcelona – Now this may not be traditional Hungarian food but the reviews for this place were great. Vicky Barcelona is in the heart of the Jewish Quarter and was lively from start to finish. The food was Spanish tapas and we enjoyed every dish as well as the bottles of Rioja at only £10! When the kitchen shuts the place turns into a club/bar vibe where everyone gets up dancing. Most nights there is a live singer or band but on Fridays (when we visited) there is a DJ, it shouldn’t work with it being a restaurant but it really does, we felt like we were actually in Barcelona! Great service, amazing churros and a good night out.
Wine at Doblo – In the Jewish quarter there is a lovely wine bar called Doblo, the décor is gorgeous with all open red brick and wine bottles everywhere. We just went for drinks but they do meat and cheese platters and wine tasting too, the bar staff knew everything there was to know about the wines they serve and the wine tasting looked fab.
Cocktails at 360 Rooftop Bar – 360 Rooftop Bar was by far the best cocktail I had the entire trip, I went for the 360 that was only around £6 (which is quite pricey for Budapest!) The views were spectacular, staff were friendly and we loved the music. It was a little windy up there when we visited but they do have blankets, it is definitely worth going for at least one cocktail!
An Extra Surprise, Wine Tasting:
I also got an early birthday present from my boyfriend whilst we were in Budapest of wine tasting in a small Hungarian Village. Hungarians admit they are not well known for their wine but mainly because they cannot make enough to export! The 12 wines we tasted across the three vineyards we visited were lovely, it was mainly white wine but with the odd sparkling, rose and red wine there is something for everybody! Our trip was with City and Wine Tours, they were very professional, we met some great people from all around the world and the attention to detail and authenticity of the trip really made it special, a must do if you are in or close to Budapest.
Favourite Sightseeing Spots:
Fishersmans Bastion – the views from Buda to Pest from Fishersmans Bastion are lovely, a famous spot to visit whilst in Budapest! Here you can see Hungarian Parliament building which again you must go and visit, a grand, beautifully kept building.
Canal Cruise at night on the river Danube – there are many different options on these tours but we just did the basic one which takes around one hour. If you walk to the water front of Pest you can take your pick from there or if you want to book in advance TripAdvisor have some useful links.
St Stephen’s Basilica – just opposite here is where they make amazing Rosa Gelato’s, I was in my element as you can imagine!
The Jewish Quarter – perfect for foodies and those looking for some lively nightlife!
Ruin Bars – the most famous ruin bar is Szimpla Kert in the Jewish Quarter, it is very cheap for beers and wine and has plenty of nice food places around, including a street food market!
Thermal Spa Baths – Budapest has around 12 hot springs underneath the City (so I am told) so the thermal baths are nice and warm no matter how chilly it is outside of them!
Budapest was a really pleasant surprise for me, there was so much to do, the people were lovely, everything is reasonably priced and the atmosphere was great. I would definitely recommend!!