Monday, 15 October 2018

How To Spend 3 Days In Budapest

This month I went to Budapest with my sister, our first holiday together just the two of us. 

I went to Budapest in May last year with my partner, as part of a little tour around Europe. As we were trying to squeeze as many cities as possible into two weeks we only got 36 hours in Budapest, nowhere near enough time to explore.

I fell in love with the city as soon as I arrived, so I was really excited to get back out there, especially for a longer stretch of time and especially with my sister.

So here is what I got up to in Budapest…

Day One

My sister and I arrived in Budapest around 1.30 in the afternoon. To get into the centre we jumped on the bus from right outside the airport, easy peasy.

The Air BnB we stayed in was two doors down from Szimpla Kert, which is one of the most famous bars in Budapest. I was a little worried about noise pollution, but luckily I couldn’t hear a thing from inside the apartment.

Street Food Karavan is an outside street food alley next door to Simple Kert, seriously our apartments location was just ideal. So much food within a few metres, amazing.

After filling up on a delicious paneer jalaepno cheeseburger we went on the hunt for the famous ruins bars. There are literally so many to see and they’re all so quirky. However, my sister and I are getting older. After a long day of travelling we only made it until midnight before deciding to call it a night.

Let’s be honest, how great is that moment, the one where you’re out with someone else, and you’re trying to stay out because you don’t want to be boring and you don’t want to let the other person down, but in reality you’re exhausted. Then, after a few “I don’t mind what we do next, what do you want to do?” back and forth, you both realise that all you both want to do is get food and go home. Best moment ever.

So we hit the street food karavan once more, this time picking up a more traditional delicacy - the Langos. Langos is the best drunk food ever. It’s basically deep fried sour dough bread topped with sour cream and cheese. YUM!

Day Two

We started our morning having breakfast by the beautiful river Danube, how idyllic. 

Then we made our way across the Chain Bridge, but not before having a little photoshoot. The bridge is gorgeous, and there’s usually a busker playing an acoustic guitar in the middle. I stopped for a moment to listen to the music and take in the views (Budapest is very pretty).

We decided to make our way up to the castle using the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular. I first saw this on the Travel Man, any other fans of the show?

You can book a ticket in advance, which I would recommend as you get to skip the queue. That being said, we didn’t book in advance and it was a beautiful sunny day, so it wasn’t the worst thing in the world to wait around for 20 minutes. The only annoying thing was the amount of people who tried to sell us a coach ticket up.

The ride in the funicular was short but sweet, and the view from the top was breathtaking.

We didn’t go inside Budapest Castle, we  decided to just walk around the grounds instead. There are plenty more view points of the city, I recommend finding a spot on the wall for a good photo opportunity. you can see the whole city sprawled beneath you.

Just a few minutes away is one of the most beautiful building I have ever seen, the Fisherman’s Bastion, a neo-gothic and neo-romanesque style terrace. Each of the seven towers look like something out of a Disney movie, so pretty and magical.

The surrounding area is the old town, which we explored for an hour or so. The buildings were painted in yellows and oranges, the streets cobbled and there was a path with trees along either side that looked like it would be beautiful in Autumn.

After making a pitt stop at the apartment, we dolled ourselves up, played some drinking games and then headed out for a proper night out.

Some of the bars we made it to were Anker’t, Foghasz, Szimpla Kert, Grandio and a few others that I can’t quite remember the name of. Many drinks were involved.

Day Three

We planned for day three to be relaxing and indulgent, seemed like the perfect way to end the trip.

After waking up a little later and more hungover than planned, we went for lunch at what is known as the most beautiful cafe in the world - the New York Palace Cafe. It is quite famous, so expect to wait a little while to be seated if you just walk in off the street. We waited around 15 to 20 minutes.

The cafe is extremely decadent and and gorgeous, definitely the fanciest looking place I have ever ate at, although that may not be saying much. The menu was a bit underwhelming, not really a lot of options, but the food was delicious. And the hot chocolate, oh my god the hot chocolate was special. The thickest cream I have ever had, it was almost like having a scoop of ice cream on top. 

I got a hot chocolate, an orange juice and a main meal which came to just under £30. Budapest is fairly cheap to eat and drink, so this is the pricier option. 

Net up on our indulgent day was a trip to the baths. Budapest is famous for its many public baths. We walked to Szechenyi Baths, which is supposedly the most popular and is located in the city park. 

It was the perfect cure for my hangover.

For our very last meal we went to Goszdu Court, a strip of restaurants and bars with fairy lights twinkling overhead. 

We ended up eating at Blue Bird Cafe, but I would not recommend as the service was not great. The staff were nice but the organisation was a mess, after an hour of waiting for our food the waiter realised he hadn’t sent the order through to the kitchen, sigh. To  be fair they gave us a drink on the house to apologise, but I still definitely wouldn’t head back. 

And that is how we ended our little trip to Budapest. Well, we actually ended it with a 3am wake up and a sleepy ride to the airport, the true joy behind travelling.

Have you been to Budapest before? Where’s next on your travel list?


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