Budapest is embellished with stunning architecture, cool ruin bars, delicious food and wonderful views of the city. I absolutely loved exploring the streets with my mum, strolling across the Chain Bridge at sunset, getting lost in a market and going for a swim in a thermal bath! There’s so much to do and we had so little time there, so we squeezed everything we could into the weekend. Below are some of the places we visited, that I definitely recommend!
Start the day fresh and flowery at the Vintage Garden Restaurant, it’s the perfect breakfast spot- you’ll be welcomed by friendly staff, flower walls and a beautifully pink interior. We chose a table in the conservatory section of the cafe next to a pretty fireplace and we ordered their cereal with yogurt and fruit, and their pancakes that were sprinkled with delicate pieces of apple, banana, strawberry and grape.
This quaint restaurant is situated on the Buda side of Budapest, away from the tourist crowds in Pest. We decided to head here for breakfast on our last day in the city, before we wandered off to explore Castle Hill.
We sat outside and were served by a very friendly lady who brought over a selection of fruit juices in vases for us to choose from. I ordered a delicious granola and Greek yogurt with fruit and my mum chose scrambled egg with salmon and mushrooms, which looked lovely. We were also handed a basket of sourdough bread to munch on whilst we sipped on our teas and coffees and waited for our breakfast- my tea was nice too, it’s always nice when your hot drink comes with a biscuit!
The restaurant is nicely decorated with pretty chairs, there are giant meringues in the window and in the garden, there’s a cute little shed that sells bread.
Mazel Tov is a stunning restaurant with a beautiful high glass ceiling that’s speckled with fairy lights and hanging leaves. This urban dinner spot is located in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, there’s lots of scrumptious Israeli food to choose from on the menu and there’s a great selection of cocktails- I enjoyed a refreshing Hugo cocktail with my falafel pitta and salad. I definitely recommend booking beforehand though, as there was a bit of a queue when we first arrived.
Szechenyi Thermal Bath
There are a few of these fantastic spas dotted around Budapest, it’s definitely worth having a little dip in one! We spent the afternoon at the Szechenyi Thermal Bath near Heroes square, It’s stunning, yellow palace looks wonderful against the blue pools, I felt so relaxed immersing myself into the calming warm water. Lots of other people were paddling about too, sun bathing and sipping on summer drinks in the afternoon heat.
When you visit, you can have your own little cabin to keep your things in and you are also given sachets of shampoo to use in a shower afterwards. If you’re staying in Budapest a little longer, you could treat yourself to a massage or a facial treatment before you head out in the evening!
Castle Hill Funicular
The Castle Hill Funicular is a cable car that takes you to the top of Castle Hill where you’ll find Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and other historic architecture and museums. Travelling by the funicular is fairly cheap and it’s great if you fancy giving your legs a break from all the walking in the City- you’ll see stunning views of Pest across the water on your way up. Even though the funicular was originally destroyed in a WW2 bombing raid, it has since been reconstructed into its beautiful vintage design.
Fisherman’s Bastion is one of my favourite buildings in Budapest. This gorgeous fairy tale-like structure is perched on Castle Hill by Matthias Church, you’ll see lots of tourists posing like princesses on it and taking photos of its stunning towers- i joined in too!
The name ‘Fisherman’s Bastion’ was given to the structure because the Buda side castle wall was protected by the Fisherman’s guild who were responsible for defending this area of the city walls in the Middle Ages. I loved wandering up the many steps of this enchanted kingdom and looking at the sunny views from the balconies.
To add a little sweetness to our last day, we took the funicular down to the bottom of the hill again and enjoyed a vanilla and apple pie ice cream in the sunshine!
We really enjoyed our little weekend getaway, if you’re wondering where to go on your next city break, I definitely recommend exploring Budapest’s many hidden gems!