Budapest really is the “Paris of the East”! The only complaint I had about our visit was that it was too short. I really look forward to visiting Budapest again one day. During my short one-night stay I managed to find some amazing places in the city, check them out below in this guide to Budapest.
WHERE TO STAY
- For a luxurious stay, check out Prestige Hotel Budapest. Their rooms are stunning and their breakfast buffet is one of the best in the city!
- With a city this pretty you need a hotel to match. Hotel Palazzo Zichy is a top choice! Beautiful hotel, great staff and centrally located. Our room also had a really nice view of the rooftops in Budapest.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- One of the best known attractions in Budapest are the baths! A trip to this city is never complete without at least one spa visit. My recommendation is Gellert Bath. It’s easy to get to from the middle of Budapest and it’s absolutely beautiful. It can be a little confusing here so make sure you grab a map at the ticket counter.
- If you’re looking for a bigger bath you can try the famous Szechenyi Bath. It’s slightly further from the centre of Budapest and from what I’ve been told, can be busier than Gellert. If you have enough time in Budapest then try both!
- Probably one of the most photographed sights in all of Budapest is Chain Bridge. Come here in the evening as the setting sun casts a beautiful glow over the bridge, making it the perfect time for pictures. Nighttime is also amazing as the lights on the bridge light up once the sun goes down.
- Budapest is filled with big, beautiful bridges and Liberty Bridge is another popular one! You can actually climb up onto it on the low areas – making it the perfect photo opt in the middle of Budapest!
- For all your shopping needs head to Vaci Street to stock up on souvenirs to take home. Central Market Hall should not be missed either! Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or a quick snack this huge market has a huge selection of traditional Hungarian foods.
- Lastly, Hero Square is Budapest’s most famous square. We didn’t have time to visit ourselves, but next time we won’t miss it.
WHERE TO EAT
- Spiler BistroPub is the perfect place for dinner. The food is great and the atmosphere is lively and fun!
- After a long morning of sightseeing and shopping, a gourmet lunch at Hadik Kávéház Cafe is the perfect compliment. It’s located close to the Gellert Baths, and they have a beautiful outdoor terrace. The burger was delicious and their lemonade tasted homemade!
- For dinner, try Spoon for a modern twist on Hungarian dishes. This restaurant is located on a boat on the Danube River. The boat stays put all night, but the views of Chain Bridge are stunning and the food is phenomenal. The “Veal Paprika” is particularly good, and it’s their upscale version of goulash.
WHERE TO DRINK
- Whether it’s for dinner or just drinks you can’t miss the opportunity to visit Buddha Bar. This is one of my all time favourite restaurants in Paris, and the Budapest location is just as good.
- Ruin pubs are famous in Budapest – and Szimpla Kert is the most popular one.