The Buda-best time in Budapest!

It’s been a while since I’ve written on here due to end of semester exams and essays, plus some city break trips crammed in too! But finally I’m back, and albeit a bit late with the update, here to tell you about my trip to Budapest, Hungary with my Birmingham housemate Morgana!

We booked the flights months ago as they were SUPER cheap- my return to Berlin was 9€- and on 16th February we finally got to fly to the capital of Hungary. We’d organised an Airbnb flat in the centre, right between the strip of bars and the National museum (getting a bit of culture and booze!), and that too was also very cheap, 36€ each for 3 nights.

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On Friday we arrived around 10.30am, Morgana flying from her year abroad home, Amsterdam and myself from Berlin. Hungry as ever, we ate lunch in a vegan restaurant called Vega City, which was buffet style with a huge selection of cold sandwiches as well as hot curries, potato dishes, pasta dishes , vegetables and seitan. Since the conversion from Hungarian currency to GBP is so huge (we’re talking thousands…£93 was 33,000 Hungarian Fonts), it took us a while to work out that Vega City was pretty good value- about £3 for a full plate meal of curry, rice, pitta and veggies. If you’re veggie or vegan in Budapest then definitely take a trip here for lunch.

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We then made our way to the Airbnb and freshened up before strolling down the road to the National Museum, who gave us student discount, making our visit £2 each…there’s a running theme to this blog post which seems to suggest that Budapest gives you brilliant value for money! Later on we headed to the strip of bars and restaurants for wine and food; shall I mention again the great price of fantastic restaurants?

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Also the choice for vegetarians was insanely good at Dobruma Restaurant considering we’d been worrying about having to eat dumplings filled with meat.

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On the Saturday we headed out bright and early to the Széchenyi thermal baths, which had been recommended by everyone who had visited Budapest. It was a freezing cold day but with 28 degree water we were able to stay outside for a few hours, people watching all of the stag and hen do’s that were rolling in. It was the priciest thing we paid for on our trip (approx £15) but definitely worth it as there are 3 main outside baths (one was unfortunately closed when we were there) and lots of smaller hidden gems inside the building. We then headed to the Holocaust museum which was £2 entry and actually one of the better ones I have visited; it’s information was concise and well ordered in categories so that you weren’t overwhelmed or confused.

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That evening we hit up a bar called ‘Extra’, having been drawn in by the name and huge lit up sign outside. Cocktails were delicious and the bar had fab decor and vibes. After, we used google maps’ ‘Find food and drink in your area’ (always a life saver) and stumbled across a restaurant called Mazel Tov. We’d won the big bucks with this one as they had a fantastic veggie selection, as well as industrial chic decor (exposed brick walls, single light bulbs hanging from the ceiling and plants everywhere). A little more pricey but worth it!

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Sunday was our last full day so we decided to wander around and get some sight seeing done. It was a beautifully sunny day so we went to see the Hungarian Parliament building and the main river, snapping some insta-worthy pictures by street art walls on the way. Obviously neither of us could be in any city for 3 days and not have a mooch in the shops, and I found myself buying a few tops in H&M…I swear H&M has different clothes in different countries! Exhausted after a day of walking (and eating at The Hummus Bar- GO HERE!), we napped until 8pm and headed to OINOS Winebar Bistrot. This place was bougey AF but again the prices were ridiculously good; £16 each for 2 wines, a huge starter, a pizza and dessert! After our appetite had been pleased we took a visit to the Ruin Bars, which were recommended by Hazel (S/O)! A great place for watching stag groups make fools of themselves and dancing to a range of music- literally house, 80s, techno, pop! Ending our weekend away with a glass o’ wine like it began…

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Big up to Morgana for making the weekend so fabulous, here’s to the next!

Elle x

 

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