Budapest is one of my favorite places on earth. I have never been anywhere like it; the old cars, ruin bars, vintage shops and hip cafes lining every street blend with the amazingly preserved architecture. The first time I set foot in this city, it instantly felt warm and inviting. My soul feels at home with the creative entrepeneurs, startup scenes, and ecclectic vibes going on. I would describe Hungarians as the kind of people who are so cool, they don't seem to notice. They are easygoing and quick to let you into their lives. Striking up a conversation with a barista or a stranger on the street might turn into a friendship.
All photos are by the incredibly talented duo - Just Stay Natural!
Our Airbnb was a designer's dream. The interiors in Budapest are so wild and clever. My favorite details were the blueprint wallpaper of the Keleti Train Station and the hanging bubble chair. Our host was so friendly and gave us tons of recommendations for the city, including a map marked with all the best spots! We were right in the heart of District VII, The Jewish District, within walking distance of the stunning synagogue and an awesome design shop, Printa!
The shopping in the city is fantastic, and pretty affordable! Nanushka is a super cool Hungarian women's brand and their flagship store is a must see. I found this concept store on Instagram a few months before our trip and made sure we stopped by to pick up a piece of minimal rose gold jewelry! We loved visiting ALL the vintage and thrift stores. A few to mention are Szputnyik, Retrok, Humana Vintage Butik. Every Saturday the city floods with flea markets so plan to walk around the city and browse at all the knick knacks, polaroid cameras, and secondhand designer clothes!
MMMM the food in Hungary is top notch. Hungarians hold high standards for their cuisine and have such a foodie culture. My perfect food day would consist of Szimply for brunch, Hummus Bar for a midday break, Japanika for a sushi dinner and mojitos, and a raw vegan treat from Naspolya. Justin's would be a pastry and coffee from Espresso Embassy, PadThai Wokbar for Thai Takeout lunch, Mazel Tov for an Israeli dinner, and Gelarto Rosa for dessert. Budapest even has a DIY Kitchen where you pick your dish and are given the ingredients, equipment and an iPad that walks you through the process with video tutorials!
And for sights to see?! There are SO many; don't forget your walking shoes. Fisherman's Bastion is a castle-like destination on the Buda side of the city, which is great for walking through and getting a breathtaking panorama of the country! St. Stephen's Basilica is located in the center of the Pest side. We loved walking through the church and seeing the ornate design, then sitting on the stairs outside to people-watch while enjoying our gelato. The Parliament building is really impressive with its detailed architecture, colorful gardens, and river view. Make sure to take the bridges by foot, each one is so unique and perfectly picturesque. For a birds eye view of the city, climb up to the Citadel. It is worth every step, trust us. Thermal baths are a cultural craze in Budapest. Rudas and Szechanyi are great to visit for a relaxing day! Rent bikes for a day and ride through City Park. The castle and river running through it transport you to a fairytale land!
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