It is a city of cafes, impressive architecture, thermal baths and the amazing Danube. According to the words of the great poet Attila József, “embraces the past, present and future”.
I like this city a lot and been here more than a few times over the past 10 years. I love wandering around. Spending lazy days disputing European politics with friends in numerous cafes. Or taking it easy with a glass of Tokay wine or exquisite Palinka after a dinner.
It’s a striking place which I would rank next to Paris or Rome as one of the greatest capitals in Europe. With a bonus in shape of dozens of thermal and medical baths which make Budapest a perfect place to relax in hot sulphur waters.
A visit to its famous Szechenyi Baths is a must. There is no trip to the city without it, it’s like not having truly been to Budapest.
Not many know that Budapest is a city of music, from the classics of Bartók and Kodály to the contemporary fusion of folk, klezmer, jazz, and Gypsy sounds.
The classical scene is booming here, and getting last minute tickets for any show at the Hungarian State Opera is like trying to grow bananas in Finland! Book months in advance, it doesn’t matter if it’s the opera, ballet or just a concert.
This beautiful combination of two cities with their amazing landmarks, charming cobbled streets and lovely vistas is best appreciated from the hilly Buda or from the river side of Pest.
I personally most appreciate it over a sumptuous steam in the Gellert Bath or a strong coffee and a rich creamy cake in the chandelier-lit Gerbeaud Cafe, which is the city’s oldest.
It spreads its tables into Vorosmarty Square and becomes the perfect place to watch the world going by. If you want something less touristy, walk to the Gerloczy Cafe, the best breakfast place in the city.
This time I’m here with my Italian Team, Miss Earring and Mr Eight, due to a very special occasion.
Secret Party in Budapest!
A Secret Birthday Party of a friend of mine, we came here to rock this city big time and out-party ourselves.
Even though Budapest has a long tradition of a crazy nightlife buzzing with ‘once in a lifetime’ parties (I still remember the famous Sziget Festival night in 2007!). It was a classic! But there is more than plenty of reason why this story shouldn’t go public so let’s leave that hidden deep in my memory.
“Live to party” is the ethos of the young, fashion-conscious ‘Budapesters’. Bars, clubs, kerteks (garden bars) and floating lounges fill up every night of the week.
Multitudinous clubs like A38, Mix, Symbol, Mokka Cuka, White Angel or Suss Fel Nap. Bars like Negro, Fat Mo’s, Spoon, Tabu or The Garden will keep you occupied for weeks! But if you fancy something more bohemian stroll down the Jewish District’s artfully decadent courtyards.
I had an amazing time here again, two spectacular nights to remember filled with outstanding dinners, crowded clubs, the company of friends and champagne bottles popping every few minutes. That’s what party bears like best.