This year we decided to go on a city break together instead of getting each other Christmas presents, we chose 3 places each and picked 1 at random from a bowl. Little did we know that we’d both put Budapest as one of our choices, and as fate would have it that’s where we picked!
We stayed at the Continental Hotel Budapest which was located between Inner City and the Erzsébetvaros, which was the perfect location for exploring. We were able to walk to everywhere we wanted to see which was great, we only really got taxis for dinner in the evening as it was way too cold to walk. We arrived early Friday morning to lots of snow so we wrapped up and headed out to find something to eat. The snow was quite heavy so we found some cute coffee shops and stopped off about every half an hour, safe to say we drank a lot of coffee this day (before moving onto the wine). We went to Deak St Kitchen for dinner which is part of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which we didn’t actually realise until we got there! They had live singers performing who were amazing and the food was delicious! They also did damn good cocktails, and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen Robbie and I chose a cocktail for each other, and I got stitched up with a chilli cocktail that nearly blew my head off! Of course I made Robbie drink it instead.
I followed an account on Instagram called Budapest Foodguide which was great for finding amazing spots for brunch. The only issue with “Instafamous” cafés is that the queues were wayyy too long for my hangry morning appetite. Luckily for us we came across Vintage Gardens and it was probably one of the prettiest cafés I’ve ever seen! It would be the perfect spot for a girls brunch as it was all pretty and pink, and they even did prosecco too, whats not to love? I filled up on pancakes and coffee and then we headed on the long walk up to find the Buda Castle. The sun was shining so it was the perfect weather (with lots of layers) to go exploring. I would definitely recommend going to see the Buda Castle, Matthias Church and the Fishermans Bastian as the views of Budapest are just incredible.
After a good 20k steps, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for dinner that evening. Of course, we made a ‘pit stop’ for coffee and cake on our way back at the London Coffee Society, there are so many amazing coffee shops in Budapest and I couldn’t get over how cheap they all were! A latté was around £2 which is so much cheaper than at home and the cake selections were incredible. Before dinner we wanted to check out the bars in the ruins at Szimpla Kert, as so many people had said to me to make sure we went there. It had kind of like a ‘Camden’ vibe to it, lots of cool bars inside from wine to cocktails, and shishas to photobooths. We stayed for a couple of drinks and then headed to Zeller Bistro for dinner after a recommendation from one of my friends. The food was honestly incredible, they had a live jazz band on, the tastiest traditional Hungarian dishes and a really lovely chilled out vibe, perfect for our last night.
And of course it wouldn’t be another day in Budapest without me talking about more food, woops. For our last breakfast we headed to Cirkusz which again had a huge queue outside, but this time we felt it was worth the wait which ended up only being about 10 minutes. I always have in my head that I’m going to opt for the Avo Toast or something similar but as soon as I saw French Toast on the menu I was sold! Again the café had a really chilled out vibe, perfect for a Sunday morning and I’d definitely recommend the French Toast if you get a chance to go! The weather was a bit colder again for our final day so we stopped off at Centrál Kávéház for a coffee and we couldn’t resist trying the macarons! This café really reminded me of something out of a film, the decór was beautiful and they had a bass player which was so relaxing giving me all the Sunday vibes!
Before we left Budapest, there was 2 things I wanted to try and that was Goulash Soup which is like a beef stew seasoned with paprika and a Chimney Cone which you might have seen on Instagram before as these are both famous Hungarian dishes. We found a little Hungarian restaurant on the high street with Goulash on the menu so I went for it, with the weather being how it was the soup was perfect for warming me up and the flavour was soooo good! And then the Chimney Cone which is like a sugar coated pastry filled with ice-cream, mine even had a little Twix bar on the top so you can see how in love I am with my Chimney Cone!
We love to travel together and when we do we stick to what we’re good at, eating! I love to try local cuisine when we go away and we were not dissapointed with the food in Bidapest. A beautiful place with great food, friendly people and beautiful scenery (not to mention its cheap). Hav eyou been to Budapest before, if so I’d love to know anywhere else you can recommend?