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I honestly had no idea what to expect from Budapest but wow did I love this city and am so glad we added it to the itinerary.  What started as an anxious thought of if we would even like this city turned into some incredible food experiences, beautiful views, and insane nightlife.  Everything exceeded my expectations except Hungarian food, but would easily go back to this city.  The beauty, history, ruin bars, and activities made this city so exciting to be in, however we definitely built up a decent bill from Lime as we were just scootering all over the city to be able to see and get to everything.

  • Stay

    • Pal's Hostel and Apartments: Link

    • Next time: Incredible location, picture to the right is our room view (St. Stephen's)

  • Things to Do and Reviews

    • St. Stephen’s Basilica

      • Gorgeous building to view with a good square/area of restaurants

      • We didn’t go inside but his right hand is encased there

    • Parliament Building

      • One of the most gorgeous buildings I’ve ever seen

    • Shoes on the Danube

      • Hungarian Holocaust memorial area on the river right in front of the Parliament Building

    • Buda Castle

      • Has an awesome view of the city and really cool architecture and statues

      • Lots of stairs/hard hill to get up, there is a funicular

    • Gellert Hill

      • Right next to Buda Castle, it is a giant hill that contains the Citadel (which was closed for us)

      • Beautiful walk and incredible views of the city on the way up, but actually a pretty difficult uphill walk so be prepared for that

    • Margaret Island

      • Beautiful island that we took Limes to and just rode around, buit it is a giant strip of so much greenery and nice parks and fountains

      • Definitely a child area with camps going on here, but nice place if you want to ride around and see insane greenery/have a picnic

      • Only takes about 25 minutes to get to the other side and back so could be a quick and fun detour

    • Szechenyi Thermal Baths

      • Absolute must do​

      • Really interesting and unique experience of basically being in a giant warm pool with a ton of random people but also beautiful

      • Check for any upcoming Sparty, huge Saturday night party at the baths

  • Breakfast Places and Reviews

    • Cirkusz Cafe

      • One of my favorite breakfasts I’ve ever had

      • Apple Juice was easily the best I ever had

      • I got the Avocado Toast with salmon which was actually incredible

    • Cookie Beacon Brunch

      • Insane cookies to get as you order

        • Undercooked and super sugary if you like that type

      • Eggs benedict was awesome, but waffle breakfast sandwich had the most absurd amount of cheese so that it was uneatable

  • Lunch Places and Reviews

    • .75 Bistro & Bar

      • Roast beef was really good but super peppery

      • Strawberry soup was weirdly really good

      • Good place right next to St. Stephen’s but not a must go to

    • Drum Cafe

      • Serving traditional Hungarian food

      • I thought the goulash was really good but everyone else wasn’t a fan

  • Dinner Places and Reviews

    • Mazel Tov

      • Reservation!!!

      • Awesome Israeli food

    • Bombay

      • Insanely good Indian food, highly recommend!!!

      • My Indian friends said it was some of the best they have ever had

  • Dessert/Late Night Eats

    • Gelarto Rosa

      • Insane gelato/ice cream place that serves you in the form of a rose

      • Prepare for a line but it moves pretty quickly

    • Melissa’s

      • Late night gyros that are awesome and open until like 3am

  • Best Bars/Clubs

    • Szimpla Kert

      • One of the most fun places I’ve ever been to

      • Super diverse crowd with cocktails in the back right corner which will make any night fun

      • Recommend the Long Island or the Zombie from the back right bar

    • 360 Bar

      • Rooftop bar with a cool view of the skyline

      • Reservation is definitely a good call

    • Morrison’s

      • Go on Monday when you are already hammered and it is late

      • Super cool ruin bar with underground tunnels connecting many different dance/music rooms

      • Morry Monday’s are all you can drink for students for like $20

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