A while back I got to tick off one of my bucket list destinations – Budapest. It seemed like everybody was visiting except me so my friend and I finally bit the bullet and booked a trip!
We visited in December 2015 so it was during the Christmas markets, which I’d really recommend. The city is beautifully decorated and lit up in the festive period and there is a real magic around, particularly in the market square area where an ice rink is erected.
During our time in Budapest, we stayed at the wonderful Continental Hotel. To be honest, we weren’t really expecting much as this was a cheap deal that we booked through a budget airline however this hotel is something special! The lobby in particular is stunning, with a mezzanine bar area.
The buildings and architecture in the city were really striking, and as someone who is a complete sucker for beautiful buildings, I can safely say that I left my heart in Budapest. On our first night we went to a river side restaurant for some traditional Hungarian goulash and it truly warmed our tired and cold bodies. Aside from the food, the view was to die for – overlooking the lit up Buda castle was a perfect way to spend our first evening.
One of the main draws of going to Budapest for me was the ruin pubs (make of that what you will..!) as I’d seen them so many times on various travel blogs and they just look like my absolute dream bar. The rustic, laid back yet bustling vibes really appealed to me and I had to experience them for myself! We went to Szimpla Kert and Instant and I have to say that they were like nothing I’ve ever experienced before! The completely psychedelic and maze-like interior made for quite an overwhelming night considering I’m used to basic one room English bars and clubs. One of the many reasons I’d love to go back to Budapest is to revisit the ruin pubs for a proper night out experience as I feel like before, I was completely overwhelmed with the atmosphere and just spent the time wandering around like it was a museum rather than a bar!
Aside from spending your whole weekend in the ruin pubs, I’d recommend going to the Budapest Cat Cafe if that’s your ‘thing’..! Personally, I’m a cat lover so it was a great, fun way to spend the afternoon. The separate food and drink area looked very sanitary and the cats were well looked after with plenty to keep themselves occupied.
In terms of other things to do in the daytime, we got some great city views from the 65m Budapest Wheel which is located in Erzsébet Square. It was budget-friendly at approximately £6 each and there are plenty of nearby cafes and shops to relax at afterwards.
Hopefully this post has encouraged you to visit Budapest or given you some inspiration for your itinerary! Follow and tweet me @evierosetravels or comment below if you’d recommend anything else to do in Budapest.