FOOD GUIDE: BUDAPEST


1. pink cadillac - ráday u. 22, 1092, Budapest
Ráday u. is known as Budapests 'Soho' and is a nice little street lined with many indoor and outdoor bars, cafés and restaurants. First stop was a typical 'safe' restaurant we tried. It had a variety of dishes to choose from so everyone would be able to find something that will take their fancy. The burger was insane, but they have many options for vegetarians and meat lovers. The main thing that excited me was the serving of rum, it was HUGE, more rum than coke but you can't complain when it only cost around £2. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves a safe bet and needs a place you can guarantee everyone will find a dish they love.    
2. rombusz- ráday u. 10, 1092, Budapest
A cute little outdoor bar set up, again on the same road as Pink Cadillac which had furniture placed all around, a food stall and bar with a stage for live music performances. I think this is a place more for locals but if you don't mind wondering in and trying to make sense of the drinks menu and soaking up some nice atmosphere this is a cute stop.
3. the vintage garden - dob u. 21, 1075, Budapest
The Vintage Garden is a definitely a blogger / instagrammers dream eating stop, be it the decor or even the food itself. It's the kind of place you walk into and just have to take a moment to look around. The food / drinks aren't bad either, the cocktails all come with roses as decoration and no one gave a disapproving look when they were ordered at 11am! The menu was gorgeous, with a range of flat breads with different toppings and more. Being early I went for the flat bread option, there's something here for everyone again and even with the uber girly decor I'm sure guys will enjoy it, even if its just for the food and the sneaky girly cocktail they try ;) 
4. szimpla kert bar - kazinczy u. 14, 1075, Budapest
Budapest is known for having many ruin bars around and Szimpla Kert is one of the most well known ones. I would recommend going both day and night so you can get a real feel of the whole atmosphere, day time is perfect so you can really see all the little details with chairs hanging above from wire, bath tubs cut open to make seats and an old safari car just in the middle. The food is more festival style grabs but still so so good, just maybe not a place for a proper meal. 
5. gelarto rosa - szent istván tér 3, 1051, Budapest
Another blogger cliché stop but nice nonetheless, a great little stop off when you've been walking around in the sun all day and just need a sweet treat. Yes the ice cream being a rose shape was the biggest appeal but being able to have the choice of flavours and creating your own was great too.
6. hotdog cold beer - 1051, zrínyi u. 14, 1051, Budapest
Fried crisps on a stick. What more can I say? Perfect for anyone who loves crisps and if you just want to grab a quick snack, even its just for the novelty. Hotdog, cold beer does also have other options, of course one of those being hot dogs. A great little pit stop.
There's also many Chimney cake stalls lining the streets, it's like a massive doughnut shaped like a tube and can come with different flavourings from vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. I was told you could get them filled with ice-cream too which I really wanted to try but couldn't find them anywhere.
 6. new york café - erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073, Budapest
Heads up. New York Café is not an American style diner / café. It's like stepping into a Parisian ritz style hotel. Gorgeous nonetheless, it is breathtaking but walking in with suitcases and a little sweaty probably wasn't the best idea. It was the last stop from the trip and we had breakfast before heading to the airport home. It was still made fairly American style by grabbing pancakes drowning in maple syrup and milkshakes. Its an amazing place to visit and to read about the history behind the place and if you can stuff your face with good food while taking in some culture and history, I would look this place up.

So, while I didn't try any Hungarian cuisine the places I did visit I would recommend. Even just for novelty reasons, crisps on a stick for sure, next time maybe I'll try a real Hungarian dish it just wasn't floating my boat too much but never say never.




A CITY GUIDE: DAY 1 IN BUDAPEST


Finally back again with another Budapest post, day one of what I got up too! So I was in Budapest for 4 days but really it felt like 48 hours as the other 2 days were spent travelling (who knew such a short flight still took up a whole day) but we were able to cram so much into such a small space of time I thought I'd show you what we managed too see and I guess recommend if you're thinking of heading to Budapest.

 1. parliament and margaret island
The plan wasn't to see the parliament really but as it's so easy to walk everywhere you follow the Danube river and walk alongside the parliament building along the way to the chain bridge or Margaret Island and it is actually very stunning, with such amazing detail. Well worth a stumble upon.
After that it's a bit of a walk to Margaret (margit) Island and but well worth it, and you can grab an ice cream / lolly and a drink from the cute ice cream stand right by the fountain. Which turns out to be a musical fountain and puts on a show every now and then throughout the day, which I didn't expect but is actually well worth seeing and its very refreshing dipping your toes at the edge.
2. szechenyi thermal baths
The thermal baths are one of the main 'attractions' in Budapest with a fair few dotted around. We headed to the main thermal bath and even with temperatures over 30 degrees the hot water is very welcomed. It's not to bad for how busy it is, you don't feel overwhelmed and there are plenty of places to set up your things. There are 2 baths, one is the more thermal bath and then the other one has a whirlpool in and is cooler so more leisurely. There are a lot of price options and we went for a daily ticket with cabin and bought towels there but you get refunded for those once you hand them back in. 

£? 5200 FT = £14 for a weekday daily ticket and a cabin.

    hero square pictures from beth
3. hero square                                                                                                                   
Hero Square is just before Szechenyi thermal bath and Budapest zoo and Botanical Garden, if you've come from Margaret Island and is one of the major squares in Budapest. Again another thing that wasn't planned but worth seeing. It looks very Greek, but features the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars (the leaders of the seven tribes of the Hungarians) and other important national leaders and also the tomb of the unknown soldier. Which is very interesting, it is also surrounded by two important buildings, The museum of fine art on the left and the palace of art on the right.


From Hero Square if you fancy a little bit of shopping, you can head down Andrassy Boulevard for a little mooch with stores from Armani, Gucci and even a COS! It's a central street with restaurants, food stands and even a piece of the Berlin wall still standing a long the way.