The capital of Hungary is the perfect city for long walks. According to many travelers, the city is full of alluring sites to discover. So, here is a guide to the best secret places to visit in Budapest: cafes, panoramic cocktail bars, picnic spots, and other useful tips.
1. Secret places to visit in Budapest: Restaurants
Terminal (Erzsébet ter, 11). Stylish restaurant in a former bus station, serving modern Hungarian cuisine and fusion. Here you’ll be sure to find your favorite drink, as well as other unusual ones.
My little Melbourne (Madách Imre út, 3) is a small cafe that aims to reproduce the typical Australian vibes. High-quality coffee, they serve biscuits, juices, and salads are some of the things they serve. If it’s warm outside, hurry up and take a seat on the terrace.
Mazel Tov (Akácfa utca, 47) serves Jewish food. Here you can try the best shakshuka in town with homemade lemonade or the Hungarian fröccs (wine with soda from an old siphon). This very restaurant hosts the Jewish Summer Festival in August.
Pizza di Mamma Sofia (Kiraly utca, 20). The best place to eat a great pizza made with Italian ingredients. Benissimo!
2. Secret places in Budapest: Bars with a breathtaking view
This bar is located on the rooftop of the Aria Hotel and ranks in the Top 15 Most Beautiful Bars in the World by Conde Nast Traveler. Worried that it might be too fancy for you? Don’t worry, despite its pricy appearance, the waiter will smile at you, even if you order just one cocktail (from € 7.5). So, just enter the hotel, move through the lobby to the elevator and press the button to the top floor. It would be better to go there at dinner time to avoid long queues. In this way, you will be able to calmly move around the site and even enter the VIP zone, which is usually closed in the evening.
A place with affordable prices on Andrássy út 39. Many people go here before sunset, so plan your trip and book a table. You can also check prices there: Pina Colada – € 6,4, Corona Extra – € 3,1). Rooftop bars usually close during the cold season, but 360 Bar installs insulated yurts. As a matter of fact, you can come here all year round.
The Rooftop restaurant of the hotel with the same name. It is open 365 days a year, regardless of the temperature. There is no open terrace here. However, you can still admire the view of the city and the University Church. Definitely your cup of tea if you don’t particularly like to be outside during winter. Prices in this bar are above average, but a glass of wine (from € 3.9) or a cocktail (from € 5.5) are quite affordable.
3. Secret places to visit in Budapest
Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library
Firstly, you need to know that the house was built by Count Weinkheim in 1898. After he died in 1927, the city authorities decided to rebuild it and opened a library here. Secondly, it’s a huge complex now, consisting of an old part and two new buildings. You can find more than 2 million books. But tourists, as you know, don’t come here for books. You can buy a one-time ticket for 1000 forints (3 euro) and take a look the palace.
Szimpla Kert (Kazinczy, 14) spreads over two floors. Whatever you need, you can find it here: from beer to wine, an open kitchen with a grill, a hookah bar, a cinema, exhibitions of young artists every evening where DJs and musicians play. Moreover, you can buy fresh cheese or homemade rolls at the farmers’ market on Sunday mornings. You can also rent a bike.
Csendes (Magyar, 18) is a pub with summer tables right in the park. Barbie dolls suspended from the ceiling, children’s bicycles – a place where you can view extravagant and quirky interior solutions. Furthermore, there’s a large selection of wine and deliciously simple food with low prices.
Before visiting Budapest, check out the Bonuszbrigad. This is a page where all the city’s promotions are listed. You can buy discounts for many restaurants and entertainment points. The site is only in Hungarian, but Google translator will not refuse to help you.
In order to make our walking guide around Budapest complete, here are other websites that can help you:
bkk.hu/en/main-page/news – all public transport in Budapest (timetables, night buses, info about tickets).
lonelyplanet.com/hungary/budapest – Budapest through the eyes of the Lonely planet guides.
budapestbylocals.com/events – city events by month.
likealocalguide.com/budapest – tips from locals.
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