A Weekend in Budapest
Updated: Nov 9, 2019
At the end of October, my girlfriends and I took a trip to Budapest, to celebrate our friend Jordan's upcoming wedding! We booked her hen do a few months ago, so we were super excited to let her in on the secret of where we were going and get to celebrating.
On our first night we had reservations at one of my favourite spots in the city, Vicky Christina. A really great tapas bar that clears the tables into a dance floor later in the night (our kinda place). They had changed their cocktail menu since I'd last been, but they still made my favourite Flowergasm cocktail on request.
We woke up on Saturday with slightly heavy heads, but didn't let that stop us getting out and about.
The weather was incredible for the last week of October (24 degrees celsius!) so we left our winter coats in the apartment and headed out into the sunshine. We had lunch at Fabbrica, a really swish Italian place right in the main square surrounding St Stephens Basilica. A round of espresso martinis and we we ready for some sight seeing.
We walked down the cobbled streets toward the River Danube.
And crossed from Pest into Buda (the city actually used to be two cities!)
(Picking out which boats and houses we'd buy when we win the lottery!)
Buda is the quieter and more traditional 'old town'. With the famous Fisherman's Bastion standing high at the top of the hill, keeping guard over the city.
It's honestly something out of a fairytale, with it's towering turrets and hidden archways.
We scored perfect seats for sunset.
But the real show was as we walked back over the Danube into Pest. After the sun had set, the sky turned every shade of pink you can imagine, I'll take a pair of rose tinted glasses if everything will look like this!
The river sparkled gold, a favourite memory of the trip.
On Sunday we headed for another of my favourite places.
We hadn't made reservations (which was a mistake - there was a little queue down the street already), but we got in line and it was worth it. Mazel Tov is one of the more upscale 'ruin bars', serving insanely good Israeli dishes alongside cocktails with a bit of a twist. A beautiful light and airy space, it mixes the traditional disintegrating facade of the ruin bars, with a stunning more modern decor and foliage. We ordered lots of dishes to share and left feeling very full.
After lunch we hopped into a taxi (we used the app Bolt to get around) and made our way to the Szechenyi Baths. We had booked cabins (changing rooms), which you can keep your belongings in, and rented towels whilst we were there.
The water is sooo warm and inviting. We arrived late afternoon and stayed till after sunset, when a chill started to creep into the air.
It's always busy, with locals and tourists alike, but a bit of a Budapest 'must do'. I think next time I'm here I'd also like to check out the Gellért Baths in Buda.
Our last morning was spent enjoying breakfast at the rather fancy New York Cafe (I can't express how much I'd advise reserving a table here, last time I was in Budapest I had to give this a miss as they couldn't fit us in). The Egg Benedict is a dream, and they don't call it 'the most beautiful cafe in the world' for nothing.
After packing up our bags we wandered back to St Stephens Basilica and enjoyed cappucinos in the weak autumn sun.
Wrapped up in blankets (the weather was turning much colder), we ordered a round of goulash to warm us up.
The perfect end to our Hungarian adventure.