Three Days in Budapest
Two months later and I’m finally sharing photos from our trip to Budapest earlier this summer. Better late than never could not be more fitting for this post as it always takes me a little while to get back on track post trips.
Despite the rainy weather JL and I loved this Hungarian city. It’s a place with rich history, a sense of old and modern, there’s a feel of Turkish influence, and...cool fashion. The architecture is impressive and based on what I read it is predominately Baroque, Neo-Gothic, and Romantic.
For our stay we booked a cute Airbnb (for three nights), which was perfect for the two of us, however, it was a little further than we would’ve liked.
If you’ve never been to Budapest, here’s a little background.
The city is divided in two by the Danube River. There’s the Buda bank and the Pest bank, which are connected by a series of eight bridges–the oldest being the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge. We stayed on the Pest side which is more lively and easier to navigate than the Buda side–I suggest you also stay on that bank if you decide to visit! The Buda bank is a lot greener, filled with trees and hills–definitely more residential too. The Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle, Matthias Church, and Citadella/Gellért Hill are all located on this side.
We arrived in the afternoon so on our first night we only went out to dinner and light drinks. Also, we got there just as the World Cup hype was beginning so we took a few soccer-viewing breaks in between sightseeing.The next day we spent almost the entire day on the Buda side. It was rainy and cloudy, but that didn’t stop us from walking over the grassy hills. On our second day we took a one-hour boat trip on the Danube. To our surprise, a drink was included with each ticket, so we sipped rosé and listened to the pre-recorded audio guides telling of the history of the city. We also explored more of the Pest side and walked around the Hungarian Parliament and basically what they call the fifth district.
For transportation, like most trips, we found walking to be the best way to explore and get around. As mentioned, the Buda side is filled with greenery and hills so you must wear comfortable shoes. I wore Tevas and Converse for this entire trip, but TBH I think a pair of Nike’s would’ve been better. We found public transportation to be somewhat confusing and hard to understand if you’re not a local, but if you need a (literal) pick-me-up, Taxify is a great app for getting a ride. There’s no Uber in Budapest, so this is the next best thing, and you can also pay in cash (Hungarian forint)!
On our last day, which to our luck was super warm and sunny we planned for a day at the Szechenyi thermal baths. This was our first time experiencing anything like it and we had a lot of fun! Our plane was leaving at 9 p.m. that night so we got up early and spent the day tanning (something I never do!) and hanging in the water. We didn’t have much of a choice, but we preferred going in the morning anyway as it’s a lot less crowded and more chill. The afternoon crowd seemed to be in more of a party mood since the baths don’t close until 10 p.m. and they’re quite easy to get to (you can take the subway!). It looked like it was about to be lit right as we were leaving.
A few places we ate at:
Dobrumba- This place was recommended to us by our Airbnb host. We liked the friendly atmosphere and enjoyed the food which was fresh and tasty. Their dishes are heavily influenced by the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Zoska- Another recommendation from our Airbnb host, we went here for breakfast. This is a cute coffee shop with an upstairs section made up of only a couple of tables. It’s modern yet cozy, and you can even grab a book from one of their shelves (if you understand Hungarian).
Bors Gastro Bar- Though we weren’t drunk when we went here, this to me was like drunk food at its finest. These sandwiches are really good, but also really filing. I wish I would’ve tried their soups! If you go, try one and let me know how it was!
Gelarto Rosa- This gelato place is the definition of pretty-sweet. They have uncommon but yummy flavors like Lavender with Chocolate, Basil Lemon, and classics like vanilla and chocolate along with a few others. Even if you’re not a huge fan of sweets, it’s fun to just watch how they use a spoon technique to create a cool rose-shaped ice cream cone.
Where I shopped:
Szputnyik- Since our time was limited, I didn’t have too much to spend on shopping. I only went to one store called Sputnik. There’s a couple of them in the city, and they offer new and vintage clothing and accessories. There’s everything from local to prestigious brands. I found a vintage Balmain shirt!
Nanushka- Ok, I didn’t shop here, but oh how I wish I would have! I made it to the store with about 20 minutes left before closing time, but I couldn’t leave without getting to see it. The store is big and beautiful! There’s an in-store coffee shop, modern furniture, and even super cute Bedlington Terriers running around. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos and I keep tormenting myself for it, but this article illustrates it.
I made Budapest one of the highlights in my Instagram stories–be sure to check it out!