Destinations Budapest, Hungary
Where to stay?
Airbnb is your friend in Budapest, the options are practically endless and suit all budgets, I spent a month in a wonderful apartment that’ll I’ll link to. Should you only be visiting for a few days then a hostel might be your best bet, again, the options are plentiful and you can find some nice places in great locations.
What to see?
I’m a big Columbo/Peter Falk fan, so are (some) Hungarians. With that in mind it seems pretty fair to me that you can go and visit Falk Miksa and find a statue of the great man himself (dog included). It is rather surreal but pretty flipping great! Should amazing television detectives not be your cup of tea there are plenty of other sites to enjoy. The zoo is fantastic and very cheap, Margit Island and its free mini zoo is a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon in. Heroes square offers a unique slice of Hungarian grandeur and architecture. Fisherman’s Bastion is well worth the walk over the bridge to Buda. West End shopping has many shops catering to all for a bit of retail therapy and of course the Danube dissects the city offering brilliant views.
Where to eat?
With over 1500 restaurants you’re not likely to go hungry (I’m not doing the joke) in Budapest. You can find world cuisine on almost every street in the centre at affordable prices. You’ll find everything from Chinese to Mexican and everything in between if you look hard enough. It does appear that kebab is a national dish, I’ve never been to one city with as many kebab shops in, enjoy a kebab!
Some highlights for me included
W35, an American/Mexican place with great burgers!
Pointers, an English style pub serving fantastic pizzas at low prices.
Bajor Sarok, an Hungarian place offering an extensive menu and quite a lot of character.
Where to drink?
Try the ruin bars such as Szimpla, Instant and The Fig, wrap up warm in the winter as they can be pretty chilly and beware the toilet attendants! For sport lovers Pointers is a great choice with big screen TVs showing sport all day everyday (happy hour 12 – 6). The Public pub is a must for all craft beer lovers out there. Helevica is on the street I stayed on (Eötvös utca) and is cheap and friendly. There are also countless cafes offering afternoon tea and cakes which look amazing.
Visit Columbo, make sure you visit Fisherman’s Bastion on the Buda bank, try a kebab, use ASM shuttles if you’re arriving at the airport.