Budapest has been on my travel to do list for a while now. After a few days in the Hungarian city with good friends, I wasn’t left disappointed.
The sun was shining on day one; a perfect day for a walk around City Park via Heroes Square and Városligeti Műjégpálya ice rink. In the lead up to the trip, there wasn’t a single person who didn’t mention the thermal baths Budapest is famous for. Szechenyi Baths topped recommendations, and we managed to spend a good hour or two bobbing around here! A super relaxing way to spend a crisp afternoon.
Another top hit on the Budapest scene is Szimpla Kert. The city has plenty of ‘ruin’ bars taking occupation in building abandoned buildings, leasing them a new life. Not only super cheap, Szimpla Kert has an amazing atmosphere made up of several rooms on two levels; each catering it’s own bar and individual environment. You can even enjoy your wine from a sofa made from half a bath… Yep. Also be sure to check out the buzz of several bars and restaurants on nearby Király Street.
Head to Ahoy for the most unbelievably delicious homemade strawberry and coconut lemonade. I have to say everything I saw in this cafe looked incredible. I love the customisable style of the menu in choosing all the components for your lemonade or milkshake.
Ofcourse, be sure not to miss the history of the city and the most incredible architecture. The Hungarian Parliament Building, Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church were personal highlights. We managed a 23,000 step, 10 mile tour via the city’s most popular spots which was a great way to see the sights.
Last month I was finally able to tick Budapest off the list. Although I have no doubt I’ll be back.