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When you think of Budapest, its spectacular Buda Castle is the first thing that comes to mind. Also its historic thermal baths. But in recent years the city's gastronomic and bar scene has flourished, and there has been a boom in the world of design, culture and fashion.See 11 photos
What to do a weekend in Budapest
We have all the essential addresses to meet her on a weekend getaway.
Buddha and Pest, how beautiful you are. © Traveler
It is the first fact that every novice or initiated tourist in the city should know: Budapest is divided into two cities, Buda and Pest. Separated by the Danube river and connected by the imposing Chain Bridge. Almost all the action takes place in Pest, east of the river, where the most frequented cafes, restaurants and shops are. On the other side, there is the baroque Buda Castle and some of the most famous thermal baths in the Hungarian capital.
THE BEST COFFEE: New York Café
Budapest is known for its dedicated coffee culture and this impressive place played a key role in the city's literary atmosphere. It is one of the directions that nobody can skip on any visit. For its high ceilings, twisted columns and white tablecloths. You will go for its decoration and you will return for its traditional chocolate cake or caramel dobos.
Erzsébet krt 9-11
Tel .: +36 1 886 6167
OF STORES: Andrassy Avenue
You may not be able to go beyond shop windows, but the elegant Andrassy Avenue is worth a walk. There are the big international brands, such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton or Gucci. It is also a good place to try a classic schnitzel in the always fashionable Bistro Fine, to gain strength and then continue on towards the VII District, in the Jewish Quarter, full of cool shops. Our favorite? Szputnyik, a gallery-style space with white walls and wooden floors where you can buy second-hand clothes.
A SPA: Gellért Bath
The history of Budapest goes back to Roman times. Therefore, its tradition of thermal baths throughout the city is not surprising. In fact, a trip to the Hungarian capital will never be complete without a visit to any of them. Our favorites are the Gellért Bath, art nouveau style, with its decorated columns and its huge blue pool: you will hallucinate with its tiles, painted ceilings, mosaic dreams and stained glass.
Kelenhegyi út 4
Tel .: +36 1 466 6166
Every tourist deserves a break. © Traveler
TO DINNER: Downtown Costs
Costes was the first restaurant in Hungary to get a Michelin Star, thanks to the Portuguese chef, Miguel Rocha Vieira. Since then, Budapest has witnessed a gastronomic revolution both in restaurants and in an active street food scene. If you prefer something newer, you can also try the new Downtown Costs (which already has its own Star). Choose between the four and six course tasting menu, which includes fried duck liver with rhubarb and elderflower.
Costs Downtown, Vigyázó Ferenc u. 5
Tel .: +36 1 920 1015
A MUSICAL APPOINTMENT: Franz Liszt Academy of Music
This historic concert hall and renowned musical conservatory deserves a visit only for the frescoes of its main hall, reopened after a thorough renovation in 2013. Here the most famous composers and musicians of Hungary were formed and worked and it is still one of the schools Most important in the world. You can see it on a guided tour or book a ticket for one of the concerts of its students in which they celebrate the traditional music of the country.
Budapest Opera House, Liszt Ferenc tér 8
DE COPAS: High Note Sky Bar and the Jewish Quarter
Do you want a drink with the best views of the city? Go up to the High Note Sky Bar and order a cocktail of mezcal or a Unicum Spritz, the typical herbal liqueur of Hungary. And if you still want to continue later, when you get off, walk to the 'ruined bars' of the Jewish Quarter. This is what they call a series of abandoned and empty warehouses that have been transformed into hipster air bars in recent years. The pioneer was Szimpla Kert, who is still standing. Look for a program, because all these spaces usually have film screenings and art exhibitions. And the night continues with the story lights of Anker't, where the most famous DJs in Budapest play.
Hercegprimás u. 5
Tel .: +36 20 438 8648
These are the privileged views from the Sky Bar.
WHERE TO SLEEP: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
This classic art nouveau hotel is on the east side of the Chain Bridge in Pest. Its location is perfect as a center of operations: near the best restaurants and shops and not far from the Castle District. The mosaic and glazed ceiling of its lobby deserves, at least, to look at it. Special mention are the Hungarian treatments of its spa.
Széchenyi István tér 5
Tel .: +36 1 268 6000
TO BREAKFAST: Liberté Grand Café
Crossing the Plaza de la Libertad you find Liberté Grand Café, another of the historic coffee shops in Budapest. Although it has more than 100 years of life, its interior is contemporary with velvet chairs and tile floors. Of course, it serves good coffee and on the breakfast menu they have from the international avocado toast to the local Mangalic sausage.
Aulich u. 8
Tel .: +36 30 715 4635
The Heroes Square.
THE VISIT: The Castle District
Cross the Chain Bridge to reach the Castle District on the steep Buddha. Following the winding cobbled streets, you will pass in front of the baroque houses of Buda Castle, which have been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its history, and today house the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Continue your walk to the Fisherman's Bastion to enjoy the panoramic view of the Parliament and Danube buildings.
The best views of Budapest.
TO EAT: Hold Street Market
This market in the city center is one of the best places to try the local cuisine. It has a market with fruits and vegetables and good restaurants on the first floor, such as Stand25, by the famous chef from Budapest, Tamás Széll. And if you prefer something more informal, try a languis, a fried pita bread with sour cream and cheese, the perfect hangover cure after a night of drinks in the Jewish Quarter.See 11 photos
What to do a weekend in Budapest