In addition to the best sites of Budapest, which you can read about in this blog post, you might also be wondering about where to eat and sleep. Wonder no more, I’ve got the best places for you below. Sleep: Kempinski Budapest The moment we checked into the Kempinski Hotel, I knew this experience in Budapest was going to be unlike all the others. The modern lobby and friendly, swift welcome made way to a spacious, upscale room that looked out to my favorite building in Budapest, St. Stephen’s Basilica. And, since it’s often the little perks that really make an experience, I now realize what my favorite part of staying at the hotel Kempinski was: the morning buffet, where we got to choose whether we wanted to sit indoor or outdoor in the on-site restaurant, and the afternoon swim/sauna in the hotel’s wonderful spa. The central location made for a quick get-around of Budapest too, and before I knew it, I was reacclimatized to the city I love so very much. Eat There are many amazing places to eat in Budapest, but in order to avoid the tourist-trap restaurants (with prices much higher than need-be) I recommend trying the following if you’re stumped for where to eat in Budapest: Gelarto Rosa Gelarto Rosa is still my favorite gelato spot, because well, the gelato looks just as good as it tastes. There are now 2 locations right beside St. Stephen’s Basilica, which makes for a really great backdrop for your drool-worthy photography. Private Dining Experience at Zoltan 18 Friends of mine from Vancouver are currently residing in Budapest, and running a private dining experience kitchen called Zoltan 18. Located literally at “Zoltan Utca 18” in a boroque-style apartment building in the heart of Budapest, you’ll be wowed by their 5-course meals (wine pairings included) by the wonderful chef Anatoli Belov. I highly recommend this experience on your next trip to Budapest, which is much more than a meal but a cultivated treasure that will light palette (and inner socialite) aflame. Visit them here to see when their next dinner is being held. Liszt Ferenc Ter Liszt Ferenc Ter is not a place in particular, but a street off of Andrassy Ut where you can find quite a few great little bistros. Many of these spots have 2 or 3 course lunch deals for around 1500 HUF (or about $6 CAD).
Heading to the eastern, but not too eastern, city of Budapest? Wondering what the best sites of Budapest are? Wonder no more! After a luxurious stay with Kempinski Hotel (much recommended and a longer review to follow), I’ve got all the details of this amazing city at your disposal. Plus, I’ve got three months of Budapest residency under my travel belt to make sure I’m giving you all the right details. Consider the following your Budapest travel guide, itinerary, or mere suggestions, and be sure to watch the video below. I’d recommend you see theses, which I consider to be the best sites of Budapest: Szechenyi Bathhouse/Heroes’ Square: Hit two birds with one stone and stop by Heroes’ Square for some photos on your way to Szechenyi Bathhouse, where you’ll find a historical medicine bathhouse full of many different indoor and outdoor baths of different minerals and temperatures. Liberty Bridge + Chain Bridge: These are my two favorite bridges in Budapest, though all of them are unique in their own right. I prefer Liberty Bridge for its sunset-watching capabilities – watch my video here – where you are more than welcome to bring a bottle of wine and dinner. Chain Bridge is more historic and has a cool urban myth/true story about the architect who committed suicide by jumping off of it when a little boy pointed out that, the bridge indeed was not flawless, given that the lions guarding each side don’t have tongues. St. Stephen’s Basilica: You can’t miss this! I highly recommend getting a rose-shaped gelato from Gelarto Rosa or bottle/glass of wine from DiVino at the square and enjoying a view of St. Stephen’s Basilica. You can also climb to the top for arguably the best lookout view of the city, more details on that here. Parliament House: The second largest parliament house in Europe, the Hungarian Parliament building offers a spectacular site, especially from across the Danube on the Buda side between Chain Bridge and Margaret Bridge. I wouldn’t recommend the inside tour (I found it long and boring), but rather an outside view from afar or up-close will be plenty. Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle District: You can climb up a set of stairs relatively easy to discover the wonders of Fisherman’s Bastion, which lies just next to the Buda Castle in the Castle District hills. There’s a wonderful view of Budapest and the Parliament House from here as well. Gozsdu…