When in Budapest, you are always only a few steps away from a beautiful café. Turn any corner and you will find a street filled with beautiful architecture, cozy restaurants, and contemporary boutiques. Budapest draws you in with open arms and is most definitely worth visiting.
Budapest has a wide selection of beautiful boutique hotels that are easy to find online. Choosing an accommodation near the centrum makes it easy to walk around and explore the city. If you're looking for an alternative to a hotel, Airbnb is always a viable choice. Though Airbnbs can vary widely in quality and price, simply looking through the recommendations gives you a pretty clear image of what to expect. We found an inexpensive, clean, and cozy Airbnb in the centrum, and we enjoyed the stay.
Travel Tip: Flight arrival times can be unpredictable, so I suggest searching places that use key-boxes, which allows for late check-in times.
Upon arrival we decided to take a taxi, running at 7000HUF from the airport to centrum. There are also various shuttle bus options for which you can buy tickets at the airport once you have arrived.
The most convenient form of transportation in Budapest is simply walking—we didn't public transportation essential to seeing the city. But, you might want to avoid passing through the underground, as it can feel a bit unsafe. So if you find yourself in need of a quick ride, calling a taxi is your best bet.
The food in Budapest was nothing short of amazing. If you appreciate stunning interior design and delicious food at affordable prices, you will not be disappointed in Budapest.
Address: Vörösmarty tér 5.
The beautiful restaurant with its insta-friendly pink retro-inspired interior has a good selection of different meals.
Address: Dob Utca 5.
A meal I won't forget anytime soon is how I best describe the food at Dobrumba. Their middle east inspired shareable dishes and stunning interior, not to mention their homemade lemonade, are all part of why this is a favorite of the locals and visitors.
Address: Kerület Rumbach Sebestyén utca 3.
Café Babart was one place we walked by every day, and one hungry morning we decided to go there for breakfast. The coconut porridge with berries was one for the books. The perfect way to start your morning. The prices were about half the other cafes, but it was the best breakfast we had on the trip, and the staff was super sweet.
Address: Erzébet körút 13.
Horizont is a superb restaurant across the street from the famous New York Café. They made a lovely cup of coffee, and it is an excellent place for a break from the hassle of the city.
Address: kerület Corvin köz 2.
Cinema Sushi Bar is a hidden gem, with four small tables. It is a perfect lunch spot, and the sushi is simple but super fresh and tasty. The price was a lot less than the Sushi prices you usually see.
Address: Király utca 13.
The famous Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria Gozsdu restaurant is the dream of any pizza/pasta lover. It is a pretty touristy restaurant, but a fun visit.
You can find these beautiful bookshops on wheels at different locations around the city. We didn't get anything ourselves but saw many who used them.
They are yet another example of why we found Budapest a pretty quaint and friendly city to visit.
Address: Magyar Utca 18
This charming shop is filled with unique, handmade pieces, including artwork, ceramics, and jewelry. You can browse for a while as there is a lot to see. There is even a section with bread and some other edible items!
Address: Multiple locations.
If you enjoy secondhand shopping, the Humana shops are the perfect places to go and explore. It was like stepping into a treasure box.
Address: vitkovics utca 7.
A great shop with handmade home items from various artists. It is an excellent place to find affordable but unique presents for you and your loved ones.
If you google "what to do in Budapest," the New York Café will surely be on the list. It is very touristy and almost always filled with people. It is an ancient building with a lot of artwork and details.
If you want a table, booking beforehand is a must.
Like many other European cities, Budapest has a Central Market filled with small vendors selling delicious fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, and much more.
If you need to get some work done while visiting the city, Urban Lobby is the place to go. It is a co-working environment and costs 5 euros for a full day pass. This includes snacks and drinks, and there is even a shower.
The interior is simple and has a lot of different seating areas. They also have a luggage storage area.