Are you looking for the perfect weekend or summer getaway destination? Do you wish to know more about Hungary than goulash, Sziget festival and the breathtaking Parliament? As your local guide, let me invite you on a little visual trip around my hometown, BUDAPEST with tricks and tips about where to shop, rest and dine in!
SHOPPING FASHION & THE DAILY DOSE OF LITTLE THINGS:
– Fashion: Andrássy Avenue is the Hungarian Champs-Élysées. If you wish to dress according to the spirit of top fashion capitals head over to Il Bacio di Stile and enjoy luxury on the shelves and hangers. In case you are opting for a stylish contemporary look the Nanushka flagship store is your must visit destination. My third tip is Ludovika that is a hearty little boutique dedicated to vintage treasures; to one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. If you are lucky, you’ll even get to meet and stroke Freddie, the most beautiful collie on Earth.
– Flowers&Decor: If there’s an occasion where flowers never fail to impress is every day! One of the most inspiring places for shopping goods that makes you smile unwittingly is called Arioso on Király Street. It’t both a flower and interior design shop with the finest selection of fresh blossoms and home decor. Watch out, it’s the kind of a shop you never want leave! Another one is SOLINFO is a stylish showroom slash cafe that deals with professional lighting, furniture and accessory design products besides having coffee specialities, smoothies, breakfast and ice-cream. Heavenly!
– Madison perfumery: After clothes and home decor we only need the right fragrance, what do you say ladies? Madison perfumery offers exclusive fragrances, niche colognes, hard-to-find perfumes, home scents and other beauty gems for man, woman and your home. If you wish to surprise yourself, your mom or your bff, the Madison world is a place to discover. It’s going to be a tough choice, I promise!
WALK, TALK & REST WITH A VIEW:
– Outdoor walk&talk: Visiting first the Buda side is always a bliss; The Citadella, The Buda Castle, The Fisherman’s Bastion, the blooming arcades of architectural treasures. I’d though encourage you not only cross the Pest side because of the Parliament or the Basilica but visit the City Park behind the Heroes’ Square. It’s a magnificent park with magic green colours, playgrounds, restaurants, the Széchenyi Bath and the Vajdahunyad Castle. This is lately my inspiring morning run destination as well!
– Cultural walk: The Kunsthalle (Műcsarnok) by the Heroes’ Square is the definitive exhibition gallery of contemporary visual arts in Budapest. I remember going there with my Art History class back in high-school, well, my fascination towards art hasn’t changed ever since, visiting spacious room with painting on the wall is one of the most greatest energy one can get on a weekend afternoon. If you’re around and in the mood for art, visit the Museum of Fine Arts just right across too!
– Rest in a Thermal Bath: Speaking of great energy, how do you dear readers feel about spa-s? I personally prefer the swimming-hot sauna never-ending circle or a hardcore aqua fitness, but sometimes it feels so refreshing to take a hot bath, then receive a proper spa treatment is the exquisite surroundings of the Széchenyi Thermal Bath that is also the largest medicinal bath in Europe.
DINE IN & GO OUT:
– Sweet treats and brunch: Vintage Garden is a collection of the good things France can offer á la Budapest: romantic vibes, tasty treats, fresh flowers, calmness and stylish interior. This is lately my perfect Sunday destination; a freshly baked croissant in one hand and a hot latte in the other. I also lately fell in love with the salads at my brunch spot called KEKSZ. You choose your ingredients and they mix it…Ruccola, walnuts, beetroot, camembert and dark beer-lime sauce…Delicious!
– The dinner: One good thing about Budapest is that you will definitely bump into bars, ruin pubs, restaurant, cafès wherever you go but to have the absolute flawless dinner in town you should definitely head to Nobu or the renowned Déryné Bistro. While Nobu is so called the world’s most famous “New Style” Japanese cuisine in Budapest, Déryné has been the local Grand Café and Bistro for those living in the inner Buda district but also for visitors, tourists and connoisseur. Are you hungry yet?
– To drink: If it’s just a hearty cup of takeaway coffee I’d suggest My Little Melbourne if it’s your cold glass of Prosecco or Aperol during the day it’s definitely the sunny staged terrace of Akvárium surrounded by green zone and the hype scene of Design Terminal. If you fancy continue your way into the night check out innio, a proper stylish spot for the best wines and cocktails in the heart of Budapest.
If you wish to visit this booming capital feel free to drop a line here in the comments section and I shall be happy to share some more insights about the where-s and about-s! Also if I’ve forgotten something, you are most welcomed to share your local tips too – such things are always highly appreciated!