The downtown northern part includes the Parliament, Szent István Basilica and some museums, the south part mostly high class accommodations, night life area and the National Museum. Andrássy út: This boulevard was built emulating Paris' Champs-Élysées. It connects the Erzsébet Square in V. District and Heroes' Square in City Park. It crosses the körút at always-busy Oktogon square, which got its name from its shape. At the end of Andrássy út the City Park (Városliget) is probably the most pleasant of Pest's districts and houses a number of interesting if low-key attractions often skipped by the package tour companies. The area is easily accessible with the yellow subway line (nearest station : Hősök tere) and entry into the park, including the castle grounds, is free. This boulevard and its surroundings is part of the World Heritage.
- The Jewish Quarter. This area of the Hungarian capital is also known as the Jewish Quarter. It was established as such at the turn of the 19th century when the Jewish community gathered in this district along the road leading to the bridge that crossing the Danube. The center of this area became Kiraly Street. Budapest today is home to the largest Jewish community in Central Europe. This area one can find most of Budapest's site's of Jewish cultural heritage, like the „Synagogue Triangle.” (This was also where in 1944 the Pest Ghetto was built.) At Dohany Street 2. you will find the world's second largest and Europe's largest synagogue, the Dohany Street Synagogue. The site of this building is also the birthplace of Theodor Herzl, Father of Zionism. In the garden is the Martyrs' Cemetery and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Adjacent to the temple is the Jewish Museum. The second point of the Triangle is the synagogue on Rumbach Street, also known as „the little synagogue.” The third point is the Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue. This area is home to kosher shops and Budapest's only mikveh (ritual bath). This historic district, as a part of the city's rehabilitation strategy, started to look towards youth culture and tourism in recent years: from 2002 some now very popular cafes, bars and summer music venues opened in buildings that were earlier considered for demolition: the Szimpla, the Gozsdu Mano Klub, or the Koleves (Stone Soup) to name a few. Since then the area, especially Kazinczy Street is not only known for its rich history and cultural heritage, but for it's unique cultural present, with "ruin pubs," art and design shops, like the Kék Ló (Blue Horse)and Printa graphic design studio which incidentally also function as pubs/cafes. In 2002 this historic neighborhood bordered by Kiraly and Csanyi Street, Klauzal Square, Kisdiofa and Dohany Street and Karoly Boulevard was named the old Jewish Quarter of Pest and was entered into the World Heritage Conservation Zone.
Coming from Buda, you can cross the Danube with Metro line 2 . Important stops are Kossuth Lajos Square (get off here to see the Parliament), Deák Ferenc Square (major transport hub), and Keleti pályaudvar (railway station). Trams 4, 6, 47 and 49 are also good options.
- : Millennium Subway (Millenniumi Földalatti Vasút), From downtown along under the boulevard Andrássy to Városliget. The recently renovated metro 1 line. More Budapest:Get around:By metro for background). A convenient way to reach the outer areas of City Park. Normal ticket needed, but unlike other public transport, this it is only good for thirty minutes after the ticket is validated.
- Deák Ferenc Square, Deák Ferenc Square (,,). The metro network does a pretty good job of covering the Pest side of the river, with all three lines meeting up at Deák Ferenc tér in the center of the city.
- Tram no. 2. This tram line running along the east bank fill in a useful gap. You shouldn't miss a ride along the Danube as it touches many tourist spots in Pest (e. g. the Parliament at : Kossuth Lajos tér and the Great Market Hall at Fővám tér). This line was recently voted as one of the most beautiful tram routes in the world, so it's a sight in itself and well worth trying.
- F4 Object (Rákosi bunker), Steindl Imre utca 12 (entrrance) ( Kossuth tér). By appointment. It is a formerly secret nuclear shelter under the downtown of Budapest. It is located 45-50 metres below the surface, several kilometres long approximately in a "H" shape between Kossuth tér and Szabadság tér. It has a direct connection to the Line 2 of the Budapest Metro and a closed tunnel to the Hungarian Parliament Building. According to other sources, the bunker has a connection with the former headquarters of the Hungarian Working People's Party
- The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, MTA), Széchenyi István tér 9. 3rd floor (bus 16, 105 from ,,: Deák tér, or tram 2), ☎ 36 1 411-6100, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M & F 11.00-16.00. This is the most important and prestigious learned society of Hungary. Its seat is at the bank of the Danube in Budapest. Visit MTA's Collection of Art (Művészeti Gyűjtemény) In the exhibition rooms of the former Esterházy Gallery on the third floor of the Academy, contains portraits, landscapes, historical genre paintings, archaeological drawings, as well as the noted 19th-century gynaecologist Gyula Elischer's Goethe Collection, and the fine art objects of the Széchenyi Museum. The richest donation to this collection was made by Count István Széchenyi.
- Glass House (Üvegház), Vadász u., 31 (: Arany János utca). During the Holocaust, the Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz helped Jews in Budapest in many ways, including protection at here.
- Hungarian National Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank), Szabadság tér 8/9 (: Arany János utca), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Coin Shop of the Hungarian Mint Ltd. (MNB Visitors Centre) M-F 09:00-15:30, Th 09:00-17:30. The Visitors Centre temporarily closed since 2013 okt.
- Kossuth Memorial (Kossuth Emlékmű), Lajos Kossuth Square (: Kossuth Lajos tér). A public monument dedicated to former Hungarian Regent-President Lajos Kossuth in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building. The memorial is an important Hungarian national symbol and scene of official celebrations. The group depicted the members of the first Hungarian parliamentary government: Lajos Kossuth (in the middle), Pál Eszterházy, Gábor Klauzál, József Eötvös, István Széchenyi, Prime Minister Lajos Batthyány, Bertalan Szemere, Ferenc Deák and Lázár Mészáros. Horvay’s composition was criticised because Kossuth played only a minor constitutional role in the first cabinet. Art critics condemned the melancholic atmosphere of the memorial and the sculpture remained somewhat unpopular.
- Parliament (Országház), Kossuth Lajos tér. On specific times during the day, and you have to get your ticket in advance for a timed slot, you have to use the ticket the day you get it. Tickets are sold out by about 11AM.. The Hungarian National Parliament building is the largest in Europe, designed by architect Imre Steindl for the 1896 millennial celebrations, and built 1880-1902. It is based on England's Parliament building, and supposedly is one meter wider and longer than that august building, just a little bit of architectural conceit. The building is so immense, the weak alluvial soil along the Danube had to be reinforced with a 7-foot-deep concrete foundation. Not surprising, as the building is 300 yards long and 140 yards wide, with 691 rooms and 12.5 miles of corridors. The lacy white neo-Gothic froth covering the building is actually educational: 88 statues representing Hungarian rulers, princes and military commanders. These statues are small and cannot be readily distinguished from the ground, but they are there. For EU citizen: free, non EU: HUF 800 adults, HUF 300 children.
- Under the Parliament's cupola the Hungarian crown jewels are exhibited. After World War II, the medieval crown (last used in 1916) was taken out of the country by escaping Hungarian fascists, ending up in the United States. President Carter returned the crown to the Hungarian state in 1978, accompanied by a large American delegation. It was exhibited in the National Museum until 2000 when it was moved to its present location.
- Tours lasts ~30 minutes. Getting to the ticket office is bizarrely confusing and time consuming. Queue up by the security fence where you see the "buy ticket" sign, this is by the front of the Parliament at gate X (the opposite side to the river). There will be no sign of a ticket office or anyone selling tickets. It will seem like you are queueing up in front of a fence. Do not panic - this is OK. There may be people in a separate queue, these may be Hungarians who can visit more frequently, or indeed tourists in the wrong queue - you won't be told where to go or what to do, so it is common for people to wander about. The security guard will open the security fence (there is no gate) and you should walk towards the doorway with an X above it, inside is the cash office and you can get your ticket here. Be warned, there are no signs or explanations anywhere of what to do. They only let 2 people at a time in the cash office, and it can take 2-3 minutes per person to get a ticket. Come back at the specified time on your ticket and join the "with tickets" queue to the right, where, again, you will be left with no one to greet you or explain what's going on, until 1 minute before your tour time, when a guide will appear (not in a uniform)and you can go through the fence and get security screened before starting. The tourist information gives tour times for the various languages (e.g. English is 10AM, 12PM and 2PM), your ticket may have a different time on it, like 10:15AM, this is because there is more than 1 tour around the times listed, so you will not join the 10AM tour, but the 10.15 tour. The end result of this system is that at first glance, there are people standing in a very slow moving queue, with occasional tourists wandering into an unmarked door in the corner of the building. Suddenly, a large group of people will appear and jump the queue and wander through the security fence (this is a timed tour starting), the guards are not tour advisors and will not tell you if they are sold out of tickets, or if a tour is starting, or that you are in the wrong queue. Parliament is in session Monday and Tuesday, but tours still operate. For the time of your language tour get the slip of paper from a tourist information office.
- St. Stephen (István) Basilica (Szent István Bazilika), Szent István tér 1 (: Arany János utca, OR ,,: Deák tér), ☎ (36)-1-311-08-39. 9.00-19.00. Though often called "the Basilica" for short due to its clerical rank as a basilica minor, it actually is shaped like a Greek cross, with two steeples and a dome on top. Designed by Miklós Ybl and József Hild, and built 1851-1905, it is as high as the Parliament building -- it's the highest church in Budapest. Walking in the main entrance, after climbing a series of stairs, the viewer is first greeted with a relief of St Stephen, then a mosaic of Christ's resurrection. There are many notable mosaics in this church, especially those within the dome designed by Károly Lotz, best known for his ceiling frescoes in the State Opera and Ethnographic Museum. While designed here, the mosaics were made in Venice. The foremost Hungarian artists of the day designed the artworks within St Stephen's, among them Bertalan Székely, Gyula Benczúr and two men also known for their work in the Opera, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl. Here Stróbl contributed the central statue of St Stephen on the main altar. In the left hand chapel is the "Chapel of the sacred right hand" this is pretty surreal as St Stephen's surviving hand in a glass box, lovely. Organ Concerts in the Basilica see to do chapter Free entry. For a fee visit the very top of the Basilica to get a wonderful view.
- Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum (Dohány utcai zsinagóga és a Zsidó Múzeum), Dohány ut. 2-8 (: Astoria), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mar-October: Su-Th: 10-18, F: 10-16:30; Winter 1.5h shorter. This synagogue is unique both because of its size, and its two onion-shaped domes, which are forty-three meters high. Onion domes are typically found on Catholic churches, and Hungary is a very Catholic country. Perhaps Ludwig Förster, the architect, meant for it to blend in a bit. Adults: €8, students: €4, Budapest card: €7, for student: €3.5.
- Ethnographic Museum (Néprajzi Múzeum), Kossuth Lajos tér 12 (: Arany János utca 500m or tram 2; bus 15 and trolley 70 and 78; Across from Parliament), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tue-Sun, 10-18. Sometimes said to resemble the Reichstag (parliament) building in Berlin, the white neo-Renaissance façade complements the neo-Gothic Parliament building just across the square. Do not miss the richly decorated interior, including the ceiling frescoes by Károly Lotz (who also frescoed the State Opera's ceiling). The building was originally used to house the Supreme Court and chief public prosecutor's office, explaining some of the motifs used in the frescoes. Normal fee:€3.4, with temporary exhibitions: €5, discounted:half price both..
- Little Princess statue (Kis Herceg szobor), Pesti alsó rakpart (near Vigado ter) (Tram 2 to Vigado ter stop). 24/7. A bronze statue created by László Morton, a child sitting on the fence of the tram, on bank of Danube Free.
- Shoes on the Danube memorial (Cipők a Duna-parton), On the Danube Promenade near corner Zoltán utca (Tram 2 to Széchenyi rakpart stop). 24/7. The shoes are placed there in memory of the Jews who were shot into the Danube during World War II. Free.
- CET, 1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11-12, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9:30-20:00. It is also called as BÁLNA (Whale) and the venue of exhibitions, cultural and entertainment events. It is a beautiful glass bulding near the Martket Hall. It was designed by Kas Oosterhuis.
Out from Downtown
- Gresham Palace (Gresham-palota Four Seasons Hotel), Széchenyi István tér 5-6 (Bus 16, 105 to Széchenyi István tér), ☎ . The site was once occupied by Nákó House, a neo-classical palace built in 1827. In 1880, the London-based Gresham Life Assurance Company bought the property. Originally, the palace served as an office building as well as a home for wealthy British aristocrats associated with the Gresham company. Original details restored by the Irish Investment company Quinlan Private include a large staircase, stained glass, mosaics, ironwork and wintergardens.
- Kazinczy Street Synagogue (Sasz-Chevra ortodox nagyzsinagóga), VII. Kazinczy u. 29-31 (: Opera). Late Art Nouveau architecture, built between 1912–13, by the Löffler brothers. The most characteristic synagogue is part of a complex including a school and communal Hall built in 1911.
- Rumbach Street synagogue (Rumbach utcai zsinagóga), Rumbach Sebestyén utca 10 (: Astoria). This was built in 1872 to the design of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner. The Moorish Revival synagogue has eight sides, the octagonal, balconied, domed synagogue intricately patterened and painted in Islamic style is exquisitely beautiful. It was built not as an exact replica of, but as an homage to the style of the octagonal, domed Dome of the Rock Muslim shrine in Jerusalem
- Holocaust Memorial Center (Holokauszt Emlékközpont), 39 Páva St (Tram line 4-6: Corvin-negyed stop, : Corvin-negyed station, Tram line 51-51A – Bokréta Street stop), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su: 10.00-18.00. This is a former synagogue, the Pava Synagogue. That dates back to the 1920s and serves as a memorial and museum for and about Hungarian Jews that were killed in The Holocaust.
- Újpest Synagogue, Attila József street (: Újpest-Városkapu metro station). is a Neolog Judaism synagogue. The Romantic-style edifice was built in 1866 and holds 1,000 seats. The memorial, which was unveiled by Hungarian President Zoltán Tildy, is a wall with names of the 17,000 Jewish Ujpest residents that were victims of the Holocaust
- Budapest Stock Exchange (Budapesti Értéktőzsde (BÉT)), Andrássy út 93 (: Bajza utca), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 09:00-17:00. Re-opened in 1990. The key institution of Hungarian financial markets and the official trading venue for publicly offered securities.
- Eötvös Loránd University (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem), Múzeum körút (: Astoria. Opposite Hotel Astoria, and between the National Museum and a modern office block.). It was founded in 1635 by Péter Pázmány, Cardinal Archbishop of Esztergom. The university is one of Hungary's most widely recognized institutions of higher education. The campus of the Faculty of Humanities is situated among historic walls, and is attended by nearly 8,000 students and a vibrant international student community from all over the world. The former library and study of Loránd Eötvös, the famous Hungarian physicist and eponymous founder the university, had his library and study in Building "D", but several other hidden treasures can be found at the Faculty. It is worth dropping by for a short visit. Visitors can rest in the lush Trefort Garden or have a refreshment in the popular Bölcsész Terasz, an open-air cultural garden that has musical performances as well as food.
- State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház), Andrássy ut 22 (: Opera), e-mail: email@example.com. +36 1 81 47 225, +36 1 81 47 408. Built between 1875-1884 by the premier Hungarian architect of the day, Miklós Ybl, who also worked on nearby St Stephen's Cathedral.Cheapest Opera on the planet-a full blooded production costs E1.50 in the "gods". Tour €3.3, To stage €1.5, Operaball: €30-300.
- Széchenyi Spa (Széchenyi fürdö), Állatkerti út 11 (: Széchenyi furdo), ☎ . 6.00-22.00. It is one of the largest bath complexes of its kind in Europe and was the first baths to be built in Pest side. The ticket includes a number of wellness services in addition to the traditional balneological services. These include saunas, gyms, aerobic and group exercises in the pool. See the Baths section in Budapest for more information. Daily ticket €14-16; Afternoon ticket (from 7PM) €13, on weekends + €2-3.
- Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára), Vajdahunyadvár (: Hősők tere), ☎ . 24/7. While loosely modelled after a Transylvanian fortress of the same name, the building is not really a castle at all: it's a full-scale model built for Hungary's 1896 millennial celebrations. The structure has three distinct wings, one Gothic, one Romanesque and one Baroque, making it quite a bizarre sight when seen from a distance. But sneak up closer and its magic will be revealed: thanks to the moat, the trees and the carefully laid footpaths, you can usually only see one section at a time. The attention to detail (all copied from real sites around the country) has been painstaking, so it's like seeing three extraordinarily pretty castles rolled into one. The structure was originally supposed to be only a temporary one, but Budapest's people liked it so much that it was rebuilt to last. Located on an island in the middle of the park's lake. Free visit for courtyard.
- The statue of Anonymus, Next to the Vajdahunyad chapel (: Hősők tere). 24/7. a hooded monk representing the unknown historian who recorded the annals of the early Magyars in the time of the mighty King Béla. (He is unknown partly because the King Béla he dedicated his work to could be any of 3 or 4 during the 12 and 13th centuries, but most probably King Béla III.) Hungarian writers still trek to the statue to touch his quill for inspiration. Free.
- ING office building (ING Biztosító), Dózsa György utca 84 b (: Hősök tere, 300 metres, south-eastwards on Felvonulási tér), ☎ . 9:00–16:00. designed by Dutch architect Eric van Egeraat. Insurance company. Free.
- Jak Chapel, Vajdahunyad Castle (Jáki kápolna), Vajdahunyadvár (Entrance from the Vajdahunyad Castle coutyard). Mar – Oct: Su ( services ). Free.
- Millennial Monument (Milleniumi emlékmű), Hosok tere (: Hosok tere). 24/7. Made for the 1,000th birthday of Hungary in 1896. Dedicated to a handful of outstanding Hungarian statesmen, kings and heroes who tried to make Hungary a better place and a thriving independent country.The tall column in the middle is topped by Gabriel Archangel. Free.
- Hungarian Railway Museum (Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park), Tatai út 95, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at a railway station of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV). The museum covers more than 70,000 square meters and it features over one hundred exhibits, including railway vehicles and equipment. Visitors can not only admire the old machines: they can also try them out.
- Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), Dózsa György utca, 41 (: Hősök tere), ☎ (36-1) 1429-759. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Has an incredible range of European artwork from Greek and Roman times to the present. It is best known for its Spanish collection, the largest accumulation of Spanish paintings outside Spain. There is a large Greek and Roman collection, an Egyptian collection, much Italian (also French, German and Dutch) sculpture, including a statue of a man on horseback by da Vinci, and a very large collection of 10,000 drawings and 100,000 engravings rivalled only by similar collections in Berlin. On the Heroes Square ('Hősök tere') - with the Millennium Monument in the middle and two museums on the two sides. PERMANENT EXHIBITION €6, TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS €7-11, a wide variety of discount tickets.
- Palace of Art or Art hall (Műcsarnok), Hősők tere (: Hősők tere), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su: 10:00-18:00. An "art hall" showcasing exhibitions of modern art by Hungarian and international artists. If you're nearby it's always worth taking a look to see what's happening today. Adult €6, student €3.
- Hungarian Agricultural Museum (Mezőgazdasági múzeum), Vajdahunyadvár (: Hősök tere), ☎ 36 1 422-0765, 363-1117, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu – Fr: 10:00–16:00(1 Nov–31 Mar), 10:00–17:00 (Apr.1–Oct.31), Sa–Su: 10:00–17:00. Housed in Vajdahunyad Castle's baroque wing, this is the only part open to the public and it now houses the exhibits on breathtaking topics like cattle breeding and fishing. But at 550 ft a throw for students it's worth seeing just for the architecture. €4 or student €2.
- Bible Museum (Ráday Gyűjtemény - Biblia Múzeum), Ráday utca 28 (: Corvin negyed), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Three thousand years ago the world of the Bible - The Bible and Archaeology, - The write and text-story exhibitions. Since 2013 closed for renovation!
- Ernst Museum (Ernst Múzeum Budapest), Nagymező utca 8 (: Opera), ☎ 36 (1) 341 4355. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, 11:00-19:00?. Contemporary Hungarian art. Part of 'Műcsarnok'. €2.5, €1.5.
- National Museum (Nemzeti Múzeum), Múzeum körút 14/16 (: Astoria Or M3: Kálvin tér), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00 Mar-Oct, 10:00-17:00 Nov-Mar. Not to be confused with the Hungarian National Gallery (Nemzeti Galéria), located in Buda Castle. Founded in 1802 by Count Ferenc Széchenyi, whose manuscript, map, numismatic and print collections formed its initial core holdings, the Hungarian National Museum was designed and built by the popular architect Mihály Polláck between 1837-1847. When it opened, it was the fourth largest museum in Europe. However, it was far enough from the city proper that sometimes loose cattle from the weekly Kálvin tér market wandered into the museum.- Before entering, take note of the museum's exterior, a fine example of neoclassical architecture, with an exceptional portico. Eight Corinthian columns support a frieze with an ornamental cornice and a large pediment. The pediment features the allegorical figure of Pannonia (Pannonia was the Roman name for the Hungarian lands) sitting with the Hungarian coat of arms on her shield, surrounded on either side by Science and Art. The exterior of the museum is also significant for what has taken place there. According to a popular urban legend during the 1848 revolutions that swept through Central Europe, on 15 March, Sándor Petőfi (perhaps Hungary's most famous patriotic poet) recited his emotionally gripping poem called "National Song" to a large crowd from the left pillar of the National Museum's exterior staircase. This poem pleaded with the nation to liberate Hungary from the Habsburg oppression. Not everyone was impressed. The director of the museum recorded in his diary that a noisy mob had gathered outside the building that day, disturbing his work so much that he left for home.- Major acquisitions and collections donated by the Kubinyi, Pyrker, Marczibányi and Jankovich families rapidly expanded the museum's holdings. Late in the 19th century some collections were separated from the general holdings to form new specialized museums such as the Museum(s) of Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Natural Science and Ethnography. Today the museum's five major divisions (archaeology, Middle Ages, modern era, numismatics, historical paintings), two permanent exhibitions, and archaeological library (with over 100,000 volumes!) make it one of the richest museums in Central Europe. €5.5, €3, photo €2, concert €5, Budapest-card discount.
- Museum of Applied Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum), Üllői út 33-37 (: Corvin-negyed Or Tram 4, 6), ☎ . Tu-Su 10.00-18.00. The museum home is a masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau, built between 1893 and 1896 to plans by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. Collections of: furnitures, ceramics, glasses, metalworks, textiles and costumes. permanent exhibitions €7, Student €3, Bigot-pavilon same, Combined: €10, Student €4.
- Holocaust Memorial Centre (Holokauszt Emlékközpont), Páva u. 39 (Tram 4,-6: Corvin-negyed stop; : Corvin-negyed station Tram line 51-51A – Bokréta Street stop), ☎ +36 1 455-3333 +36 1 455-3399, e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su: 10:00-18:00. The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city’s panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Páva Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest. Adult €5, discount €2.3.
- Ludwig Museum of Modern Art (Ludwig Múzeum – Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum, Művészetek Palotája), Komor Marcell u. 1. (Tram 2 or 1 to Lágymányos bridge), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu: 10.00-20.00, We-Su: 10.00-18.00. Museum of Contemporary Art collects and displays masterworks of modern and contemporary art. Focusing on Eastern and Central European art, it also puts a special emphasis on presenting the Hungarian art of the 60's to recent days in an international context. Adult €2.7, €1.4.
- Natural History Museum (Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum), Ludovika tér 2-6 (: Klinikák), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. W-M:10:00-18:00. Mainly minerals at display in the historic building of the old Ludovika Military Academy. Permanent Exhibitions 1600 HUF, Dinos from Argentina (temporarly) 1950 HUF, Dinosaur Garden 400 HUF. Students about half..
- Jewish Museum (: Astoria. At the main synagogue). - Details in dowtown chapter.
- Museum of Transport (Magyar Műszaki és Közlekedési Múzeum), Városligeti krt. 11 (: 'Széchenyi fürdő' than across the City Park), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-F 10:00-16:00, Sa-Su 10:00-17:00. Exhibitions: History of motorcycling, - Exhibition on the History of Automobiles, - "Hungarian Railways are 150 years old", - Hungarian Navigation, - Hall of celebrities Urban traffic , - The Bridge Garden, - The steam locomotive 424 001 Adult €5.5, €3.
- Museum of Terror's House or House of Terror (Terror Háza), Andrássy út 60 (: Vörösmarty; Corner of Csengery Street, a few hundred metres from Oktogon). Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. The building in the block of "Andrássy út 60." was used both by Nazis and the communist-led Political Police/State Security Police as headquarters. In the basement a labyrinth of prisons was created. Many people were jailed and starved or beaten to death here. 2002, the "house of fear" was converted into a stylish but depressing museum about Nazi and communist terror which helps visitors to understand Hungary's 20th century. This museum is displayed for the enlightenment of Hungarians, so one must get an English-language audioguide at the front desk for an extra fee. Adult €6.
- Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Goldmuseum (Aranymúzeum), Andrássy út 110 (: 'Bajza utca'), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su 11:00-17:00. Has the leading collection in Europe of southeast Asian gold artifacts from the 1st millennia BC Adult €12, €6, over 70 years free.
- Kodály Museum (Kodály Zoltán Emlékmúzeum és Archívum), Andrássy út 87-89. (: 'Kodály körönd'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. W, Th, F 10:00-12:00, 12:00-16:30. The flat consisted of four front rooms with conveniences. The furnishing was practical rather than luxurious; its individuality and charm was given by the taste of its residents. The rooms were decorated with folk ceramics and embroideries (souvenirs from the folk song collecting trips), and with keepsakes of the long-lasting artistic career: statues, laurel wreaths, programs of prominent performances abroad, as well as pictures of the closest family members and contemporary colleagues. Adult €3, €1.5.
- Liszt Museum (Liszt Ferenc Emlékmúzeum és Kutatóközpont), Vörösmarty utca 35 (: Vörösmarty utca), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F: 10:00-18:00, Sa:09:00-17:00. Home of Ferenc Liszt, most famous Hungarian composer. Collection of his personal objects and instruments can be visited. - Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and Research Centre was opened in September, 1986 in the building of the Old Academy of Music. There are : Entrance room - Dining room, - Study bedroom, - Drawing room, - Concert hall Adult €4.4, €2, Audioguide €2.4.
- Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts (Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum), Andrássy út 103. (: Bajza utca), ☎ . We-Su: 10:00-18:00. The Hopp Museum of more than twenty thousand objects such as custody, which is related to the Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Islamic culture. And additionally also has two large collections of Chinese and Japanese culture. Adults: HUF 1000 Students & pensioners: HUF 500 Family: HUF 2300.
- György Ráth Museum (Ráth György Múzeum), Városligeti fasor 12 (: Bajza utca), ☎ (36 1) 342-3916, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. F-Su: 10AM-6PM. Permanent exhibitions: - Hamvas őszibarack és mohamedánkék - The art of Chinese ceramics, - Oriental collecting in Hungary, - Ukiyo-e - Japanese woodcuts from the Count Péter Vay collection, - György Ráth memorial room Adults: HUF 1000, Students, pensioners: HUF 500, Family: HUF 2300.
- Kossuth Museumship (Kossuth Múzeumhajó), Vígadó Square boat station, No. 2 pier (Tram 2 to Eötvös tér stop or walk from : Vörösmarty tér), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-Su 12:00-24:00. Built in 1913, the Újpest Shipyard (northpest district) and was given the name Duke Ferencz Ferdinand . The capacity of vessel: 800-1200 person. The length 62.38 m, maximum width of 16.5 m. Initially, coal, and later oil-heated boilers produced steam for the 580-horsepower steam engine. During the Soviet Republic named the Rigó (Blackbird), from 1930 known as Leányfalu (village on Danube Bend) traveled. The present name was given in 1953. 1979 traveled to the Danube. Since 1984, the property of the Museum of Transport. Rented for restaurant 'Vénhajo'
- Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Spa, Erzsébet körút 43-49 (: Oktogon further tram 4-6), ☎ , fax: +36 1 479-4333, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A symbol of history, culture, architecture and the tradition of hospitality opens its doors in all its original splendour. The Royal Spa has been beautifully restored to its original splendour and now offers the latest state-of-the-art spa facilities and treatments. The Royal Spa is one of the most expensive in Budapest. It is a spectacle of opulence and luxury in the amazing art deco setting. Included in the price is bath robe, towels, lockers, hydromassage, fruit juices and water. Although expensive it is a truly unforgettable experience . day pass €35.
- Dagály Spa (Dagály Fürdő és Uszoda), Népfürdő u. 36 (: Árpad Híd, tram No1, one stop toward Danube.), ☎ 361 452-4556, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 06:00 – 20:00. There is an outdoor 50m lap pool open year round and a covered-in-winter 25m lap pool. There are 2 large outdoor hot baths. One heated to 33C and the other to 36C. In summer, several huge pools are also available and plenty of open grass and trees for sunbathing or shade. The architecture is classic modern. - One changes clothes in a small cubicle before passing through to the large unisex locker room. Be sure to bring some bath sandals to wear to the pool edge. The floors are not always clean. One sees lots of families here, elderly people and fitness swimmers. Staff do not speak English, but is helpful and patient. ~€8. full day, €6 after 16:00. An attendants lock your clothes in a locker. Tip HUF 100 on your way out..
- Széchenyi Spa (Széchenyi Fürdő), Állatkerti krt. 11 (right next to the Zoo; : Széchenyi fürdő), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Indoor part open daily from 6AM-7PM; outdoor 6AM-10PM in winter; summer-time hours may be different.. Built in 1909 in the present-day City Park, this is the largest spa in Europe, and probably the nicest one in Budapest. A vast bath complex amidst beautiful architecture, it contains 3 outdoor pools including a large lap pool, at least 3 sauna rooms, and several indoor pools at different temperatures.- It is recommended not to store valuables in the lockers -- use the safe boxes for 500 HUF (well worth the peace of mind) . Signs warn they are not responsible for losses except for safe boxes. - The attendant will ask you to write a "code" word on a piece of paper; this paper is placed in the box along with your valuables, and you will be given a physical key. When retrieving your items, the attendant will ask you for the "code" and check it against the paper in the box. These safe boxes can be used if the larger locker or changing room is not required. - Its recommended that you bring your own towel or bathrobe, as the towels available for rent are more like bedsheets. - Outdoors: Two hot soaking pools (30 degrees C and 38 degrees C) and one swimming pool (26-28 degrees C) are all open-air (even in winter), and form the center of the baths. All facilities are shared by men and women (except shower and toilets). There's a swimming tube (a whirling corridor): round- (outdoors) or rectangle-shaped (indoors) pool with artificial flow, a feature difficult to find elsewhere. Another specialty is a tradition to play chess while sitting in the water - even in winter. One or two cafes/juice bars are available directly from the swimming deck, near the cabins, year-round. - Indoors: Several saunas, one steam bath. Cold-water pool, hot tubs, aqua-gym pool with weights. Northern part of indoors baths is more modern and clean. There are two entry types: Cabin (weekdays: 4600 HUF, weekend: 4800 HUF) or Locker (weekdays: 4100 HUF, weekend: 4300 HUF).
- Boat trip to Margaret Island (MARGITSZIGETI SÉTAHAJÓJÁRAT), Vigadó tér (: Ferenciek tere, or tram 2), ☎ 36/1-318-1223, e-mail: email@example.com. 1. May - 1. Sep, four a daily ; off season only weekends. You don't want to miss a boat trip on River Danube! Then you can enjoy both riverbanks and the bridges at the very same time. It is especially spectacular at night. '. This boat has guiding in 11 languages, and makes a non-stop round trip in about 1 hour. There is a cheaper boat line operated by BKV, which leave from Boráros tér, and makes a stop at other places too, such as Batthyány tér, Jászai Mari tér or Margitsziget. Of course you can take the boat the opposite direction too, however a round trip is not recommended, because the route is really long, and you'll have to buy two tickets. This line does not have any kind of tour guiding. crossing €2, RW ticket €4.
- Cruising and eating, Zrínyi street 5 (Danube Palace), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9:00-19:00. If you would like see the attraction of Danube and eat something you can book tickets for Lunch & Cruise, Dinner & Cruise with live music. These cruising includes 3 drinks, warm buffet meals. 10800HUF.
- Critical Mass. Different times. Unfortunately, there are few bicycle lanes and many dangerous drivers. However with organized groups such as Critical Mass operating in the city, things are slowly becoming more bicycle friendly. Pest is very flat and excellent for bicycle riding - just make sure to keep your wits about you, as drivers can be somewhat careless. Free.
- TreeHugger Dans Bookstore & Cafe, Lázár u. 16 ( : Opera), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F: 09:30-18:30 Sa-Su:10:00-16:00. summer daily 9:30-20:00. - Used English bookstore, bicycle rental and coffee shop. Smoke free and the staff is very friendly even if the book prices are extortionate. A good place to pick up a local city map with fresh recommendations.
- Yellow Zebra Bikes, Lázár utca 16 (: Opera), ☎ . Ap-Oct: 9AM-8:30PM Nov-Feb: 9AM-7PM. Rents bicycle and also provides bicycle tours of the city €2-6 depend of type; €10-16 more than half day (same day return).
- Cinema Puskin (Puskin Mozi), Kossuth Lajos utca 18 (: Astoria, M3:3 Ferenciek tere), ☎ . 10:00-23:00. “Pushkin” is the most mainstream among the art house movie theatres in Budapest, an elegant, decorated multiplex offering quality, but generally easy-to-watch Hungarian and foreign films. Its café is recommended. HUF 800-1050.
- Cinema Művész (Művész Mozi), Teréz körút 30 (, tram 4, tram 6 station/stop Oktogon), ☎ . 11:00-23:30. This is probably the most popular “Art Mozi” theatre in Budapest. Many Hungarian movies are on show with English subtitles; ask for them at the desk. HUF 920-1050.
- Movie Museum Örökmozgó (Örökmozgó Filmmúzeum), Erzsébet krt. 39 (tram 4, tram 6, stop Király utca), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. “Perpetual motion” (that’s what the name means) is your best choice if you’re in mood to see a movie from the times when Leonardo DiCaprio was a child. Most of the oldies speak their original language and are subtitled in Hungarian.
- Uránia National Movie Theatre (Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház, Rákóczi út 21, metro 2 station Blaha Lujza tér, tickets HUF 890-990), Rákóczi út. 25 (: Astoria), ☎ +36 1 486-3400, 486-3413, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 10:30–22:30. Combines mainstream European artistic movies with new Hungarian films, the latter ones sporadically subtitled in English. €4-5.
- Corvin, Corvin köz 1. (: Ferenc körút, tram 4, tram 6 stop Üllői út). One of the oldest, although completely modernised cinema in the city—gives multiplex feeling for those tired of malls. On Corvin's wall memorial tablets and reliefs are reminiscent of the 1956 revolution’s heavy fightings around the building; the memorial itself is worth a visit. Tickets HUF 1150, before 16.00 HUF 950, on Wednesday HUF 750.
- Palace Westend, Váci út 1-3, 4th floor (in Westend City Center. , tram 4, tram 6 station/stop Nyugati pályaudvar)), ☎ . 9:30-22:30. The most centrally located mall cinema. 2D, 3D films €5.3-7.
- Cinema City Arena:, Kerepesi út 9., near to the Keleti Railway Station, ☎ . 9:30 - 22:30. The cinema is on the first floor of the Arena Mall. It has VIP rooms, IMAX room. Accessible with wheelchair.
- Basilica organ concerts (Bazika orgona koncertek), Szent István tér 1 (: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, : Arany János utca). 11 Apr-30 Nov: Thu. - - the hosts organ concerts by Miklós Teleki, one of Hungary's most highly regarded organists. During his performance he is accompanied by renowned flutist, Eleonora Krusic and oratorio singer, Kolos Kováts.
- G1 Kart Center (Gokart Pálya), Róbert Károly körút 54-58 (Tram 1, 1A), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 15:00-22:00, Sa-Su 10:00-22:00. 8.5 horsepowers Hondas. €6 for eight min.
- Boating lake of the City Park (Városligeti csónakázótó), Olof Palme sétány 5. (: Hősők tere, Trolley 75, 79), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 9-13, 16-20; Sa-Su 10-14, 16-20, only during winter. Winter open-air skating rink. Summer boating lake. Rink entrance: M-F morning 600ft, Fri evening-Sun. Skate rental available (look for Roces sign further from the Heroes Square); deposit 15.000ft or a photo document; rental hour is 600ft., Summer boating HUF1500 /h.
- WestEnd City Center, Váci út 1-3 (M3: Nyugati), ☎ . from Oct or Nov until Mar. There is a rink on the top of WestEnd mall. It is smaller, but it usually less crowded than the rink at City Park.
Kayaking / canoeing
- Budapest Bike Breeze, Deak ter. 4 (,,: 'Deak ter'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Canoeing, bike riding €17, 3-4 hours, canoe tour.
- City Park (Városliget), Olof Palme sétány (: Széchenyi Fűrdő). 24/7. Offers boating in the summer. There're also open-air tables for ping-pong nearby. Strolling around.
- Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden (Budapesti Állat és Növénykert), Állatkerti krt. 6-12 (: Széchenyi Fűrdő), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Feeding hippopotamus is one of the main attractions in the zoo.
- Karoly Garden (Karolyi Kert), V. Karolyi Mihaly utca 16. It is near to the Astoria, in the Downtown. The Park has sandboxs, jungle gyms and seats.
- Syma Sport and Events Centre (SYMA Rendezvény és Kongresszusi Központ), Dózsa György út 1. (: Puskás Ferenc Stadion), ☎ 36 1 460-1100, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. SYMA is used for sports events, concerts. SYMA has 3 halls. Hall 'A', the biggest has a maximum capacity of 10,000 people. Concerts usually accommodate a crowd of 6,000 Vary.
- : HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center, X. Albertirsai út 10. It is open all year. This is the venue of many exhibitions, fairs and congress. For example Travel exhibition, Caravan Salon.
- Petőfi Csarnok (Petőfi Hall), Városliget, Zichy Mihály út 14. (: 'Széchenyi fürdő'), ☎ 061 848 02 06, e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 10:00-16:00. often called PeCsa, is Budapest's only youth leisure center. Placed in the Városliget, it is a famous concert spot for pop/rock music, serving as home for hundreds of cultural programs, exhibitions, and fan clubs. PeCsa holds a 930 square metre hall, and an open stage with a guest capacity of 6000 persons.
- Magyar Theatre (Magyar Színház), Hevesi Sándor square 4 (: 'Vörösmarty utca', trolley 73, 74, or 76 to Izabella utca stop), ☎ 36 1 341-3849, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 10:00-18:00. Designed by Adolf Láng, and founded by the Rákosi-Beöthy family was built in 1897 in the then-suburban Izabella (today Hevesi Sándor) square. The premiere was on 16 October 1897. The two-storied auditorium had 996 seats ~HUF3500.
- Budapest Operetta Theatre (: Opera). Budapesti Operett Színház, 1065 Nagymezõ utca 19, metro 1, tram 4, tram 6 station/stop Oktogon, tickets HUF950-15000. Grandmothers' eternal favourite, the Operetta Theatre performs old-fashioned operettas for the nostalgic hearted and tries to be Madách's main rival in musicals.
- Central European Dance Theater (Közép-Európa Táncszínház), Bethlen Gábor tér 3 (: station Keleti Pályaudvar, Trollley 78). CEDT's company performs renowned contemporary dance theatre. HUF1,200 senior HUF700, student HUF800.
- Experidance Company (RaM Colosseum), 13.distr Pest, Kárpát u. 23. (: Dózsa György út, : Lehel tér, bus 15 Tisza utca stop), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. At 15:00, or 19:00. This popular company performs Hungarian popular dances in modern conception. Performaces mostly in RaM Colosseum. ~HUF2800.
- Danube Palace (Duna Palota), 1051 Zrínyi u. 5 (,,: Deák Ferenc tér, : Arany János utca), ☎ . Daily 20:00.  performances, concerts & exhibitions . 3,600-6,400 HUF, discounts available for students.
- Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája), Komor Marcell utca 1 (tram 2 to Millenniumi Kulturális Központ stop), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 09:00-18:00. This modern, power plant-looking building hides an excellent modern art museum (Ludwig Múzeum), a festival theatre (Fesztivál Színház) and the marvellous Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Bartók Béla Nemzeti Hangversenyterem), which offer great concerts from classical, jazz and world music to Hungarian and international pop, special children programmes and the best opera performances in Central Europe. The annual Wagner festival in June is a must. Spectacles are held all around the year. Book your tickets at the Palace of the Arts home page without additional booking fee. HUF700-9,800 for students are available for HUF 200 one hour before every show.
- Theatre Madách (Madách Színház), Erzsébet körút 29-33 (: Blaha Lujza tér, tram 4, tram 6 stop Wesselényi utca), ☎ 36 (1) 478 2000, e-mail: email@example.com. 10.00-12.30 & 13.00-18.30. If you want to see the Hungarian version of blockbuster musicals like The Phantom of the Opera or Producers, this is your place. Madách is widely popular among musical fans, and some of their recent shows have been critically acclaimed, so [www.madachjegy.hu book] well in advance. €6-30.
- Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza), Liliom utca 41 (: 'Ferenc körút', tram 4, tram 6 stop Üllői út). 16:00-22:00. In a renovated transformer building, Budapest's most important contemporary cultural centre presents Hungarian and international experimental dance, theatre and music performances. A disco hall in the cellar and a lively bar upstairs also serve your entertainment. HUF1,000-2,500, 25% discount for student.
- State Opera or Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház), 22 Andrássy út (:Opera), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. guided tours - every 3PM and 4PM. It is home to the Budapest Opera Ball, a society event dating back to 1886. Before the closure of "Népszínház" in Budapest, it was the second largest opera building in Budapest. Today it is the largest Opera building in Budapest and Hungary. - - But even if tickets are expensive you will enjoy the performance even if you're not an opera buff. You can get cheaper tickets during the summer when there often are opera festivals. Most operas are in Italian, but at the State Opera they subtitle the entire performance in Hungarian. The hall is beautiful and in its original state. On the balcony surrounding the hall they have put the name of every classic opera performed there into the wood. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Appropriate dress - suits or sport coats for men, dress or skirt/blouse for women (although tuxedos to backpacker wear is seen during the week). - One of Europe's architecturally most breathtaking opera house's company performs traditional opera and ballet. The quality of its huge repertoire is not always up to international standards, but if you don't expect too much, you will spend a decent night here. Cheaper tickets offering reduced visibility are a good deal if you don't want to pay HUF2,500 for the official guided tour to the building. The company also performs at Theatre Thália. Tours €3.4, just to stage €2.4 kabin or box seats: €17-27..
- Theatre Thália (Thália Színház), Nagymező u. 22-24 (:Oktogon, or tram 4,6 station/stop Oktogon, Trolley 70, 78), ☎ . M-F 10.00-21.00 Sa-Su 14.00-19.00. Play areas: Main Stage, Microscope stage, New Studio, Arizona Studio HUF2,900-4,900.
- Theatre Erkel (Erkel Színház), II. János Pál pápa tér 30 (: Blaha Lujza tér or/and Tram 28, 37 II. János Pál pápa tér or bus 99 Kiss József utca), ☎ . Open 2014?. the Opera's chamber theatre is closed due to reconstruction. Being the largest public building in the city for decades, it was made part of the Hungarian State Opera House in 1951.
- Planetarium (Planetárium), Népliget (: Népliget or Tram No.1 to Népliget stop), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Two English shows: - The Hubble Universe (32 min), - Wonders of the sky (50 min) €5.
Váci utca is Hungary's premier shopping street and consequently very expensive. In general, prices for big-name goods in Budapest tend to be at least the same as in Western Europe, but rarely cheaper. Much of this due to the relatively higher rate of purchase tax (VAT), which in Hungary is set at 25%.
- Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok), Vámház körút 1-3 (Tram No.2, 47, 49 to Fővám tér), ☎ . M 06:00-17:00, Tu-F 06:00-18:00, Sa 06:00-15:00. A grand old three-level market hall, with a modern supermarket in the basement, small stalls selling mostly gourmet food items on the ground floor (more paprika and goose liver than you can shake a stick at) and handicrafts on the second floor. It is very touristy these days but still worth a visit. Bargaining and comparison-shopping are recommended.
- Lehel Market Hall (Lehel téri piac, Kofahajó), Váci út, 15-19 (: Lehel tér), ☎ . M-F 6:00-18:00, Sa 6:00-14:00, Su 6:00 -13:00. Mostly fresh food prodacts. Founded 1945, demolished 2000, rebulded 2002, for $ ~15 million. Four level building (2 of them parking). There are 349 tenant retail space, more than 80 small-scale producers, Post Office. The market itself is designed primarily housed on the ground floor and the first floor gallery. The underpass level used mainly for the landing of goods dealers, and also here operates the "small market". At the Small market, - as well as in the other end of the hall,- a supermarket works, also find here pastries and sweets shop, antique store and pub. This section opens directly to the m3 subway, and this part open longer than the 'upper' section. - The whole building is painted by a myriad of colors,- especially red, yellow and blue,- whhat are the colors of the capital.
Malls and department stores
- Arena Plaza (Aréna Pláza), Kerepesi út 9 (: Keleti pályaudvar & trolley 80, 80A), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. SHOPS: M – Sa 10.00-21.00, Su 10.00-19.00, Restaurants daily 08.00-24.00, TESCO hypermarket: 6.00-24.00, Cinema: 9.30–22.30.
- Árkád (ÁRKÁD Örs vezér tere Bevásárlóközpont), Örs vezér tere 25/a (: Örs vezér tere), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-Sa: 6:50AM-10PM, Su: 7:50AM-8PM, Groceries M - Th and Sa 7AM-9PM, F: 7AM-10PM, Su 8:30AM-7:30PM; SHOPS: M - Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-7PM. Mode, shoes, pharmacy, dm, restaurants.
- Duna Plaza (Duna Pláza), Váci út 178 (: Gyöngyösi utca), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Restaurants, cafés: M-Sa 10:00-19:00 Shops: M-Sa 10:00-21:00 Su 10:00-19:00.
- Sugár Shopping Center (Sugár Üzletközpont), Örs vezér tere 24 (: Örs vezér tere), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-Sa:10.00-20.00 Su: 10.00-18.00. Built in 1980. With more than 100 retail and service units (ground floor and first floor). More than 20 public catering, entertainment & service units(second floor).
- WestEnd City Center, Váci út 1-3 (: Nyugati tér, At the southern end of Váci út), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. shops: M-Sa: 10:00-20:00 or 21:00 Su: 10:00-18:00 or 19:00. Formerly the largest shopping mall in Central Europe with over 400 shops, and one of the newest in Budapest. Pop into the pleasant roof garden for a break. - Cinema: Cash box is open: Su-Th: 9:30-23:00, F-Sa: 9:30-0:15. -
- Holló Workshop Folkart furniture and gifts, Vitkovics Mihály u. 12 (:Ferenciek tere. From Gerloczy Cafe next to Váci út, walk down a side street and you'll find this small shop. Be intentional about looking for it because it's easy to pass by.), ☎ 361 317 8103, e-mail: email@example.com. M-Fr:10:00-18:00 lunch:13:00-13:30, Sat: 10:00-14:00. There are nice painted eggs, wooden boxes and candlesticks, and even furniture there. If you are in town for a while, have the man there personalize eggs or jewelry box with your name--it's free.
There are two areas packed with cafés, restaurants and disco clubs:
- Liszt Ferenc tér (next to Andrássy út, between Opera and Oktogon) has several trendy restaurants and bars popular with tourists and locals; it's a nice place to stroll around while choosing
- Ráday utca (starting from Kálvin tér), which is filled with restaurants.
- Andrássy avenue (Andrássy út). It starts at Erzsebet Square and finishes at Heroes’ Square. You can use the Metro Yellow 1 or 105 bus. Many restaurants and coffee houses can be found.
- Alexandra Book Café (Alexandra Könyvesbolt Kávézója), Andrássy út 39 (: Oktogon), ☎ . Daily 10:00-22:00. In the 19th Century was a Casino and later as the city's first real acting as a large department store building now houses a huge book store. Bookcafé is located on the second floor of the former Paris Department Store, which currently houses the Alexandra bookstore. Quiet, grandiose space. The beautiful Lotz hall ideal for meetings and established. If you love books and you love the tarnished splendor, be sure to check out here! - The café is decorated with beautiful chandeliers and a fresco-style ceiling, painted by Károly Lotz. His paintings also decorate the rooms of the Parliament building. The grandiose, palace-like interior makes visitors feel like they are in the residence of an aristocrat who once used to live on Andrássy Avenue. What makes Alexandra Bookcafé particularly interesting is that both the building and its interior are fine examples of Art Nouveau, while the café is reminiscent of a renaissance-style ballroom. - The menu contains small, gourmet meals, like salmon on a bagel or cheese platter and a large selection of pastries at reasonable prices. Free WiFi. 3 courses average price (HUF): 3,500; Wine (HUF / dl): 420 (2012).
- Downtown Auguszt Confectionery (Belvárosi Auguszt Cukrászda), Kossuth L. u. 14-16 (: Astoria), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 9-19h, Sa 11-18h. Also offer breakfast and lunch. Pastries, Pies, Salty pastries, Seasonal Products, Cakes, Wedding cakes, Form-cakes, Parfaits, ice-cream, Lunch menu
- SugarShop (cukorkaboltok), Paulay Ede utca 48. (m1 Opera), e-mail: Paulay@sugarshop.hu. M 12:00-22:00, Tu-Su 10:30-22:00. Pastries, Cakes, Muffins, Mini Cakes, Chocolates, Candes, Lollies, Ice Cream, Milk Rice. - Other unit: Petőfi utca 35
- Zila Café (Zila Kávéház Krisztina Cukrászda és Étterem), Üllői út 452 (: Határ út further Tram 50, bus: 93, 93A, 236, 236A to stop Szarvas csárda tér), ☎ (1) 290 2417, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 10:00-22:00. Here made four times the 'Country cake'. Cold appetizers HUF1 690-2 890; Soups HUF890-1 290; Hot Appetizers HUF 1 490-1 890 ; Salads HUF1 990 - 2 390 Ft; Sandwiches 790-1 890; Fish dishes HUF2 990- 3 390 ; Poultry dishes HUF2 590 -3 490; Pork dishes HUF690 -2 790; Veal & Beef dishes HUF2 390- 4 390; Lamb dishes HUF 2 890-3 290; Pasta dishes HUF 1 590-2 390; Home-made pickles and fresh salads HUF500.
- Anna Cafe (Anna Café), Váci utca 5 (: Vörösmarty tér), ☎ 266-9080 (or 318-2016?). Daily 8.30–24.00. Decent place for coffee and cake with mid-range prices, much like Starbucks. Anna is a chain of at least two cafes there are more one at Fővám tér. The one near Vörösmarty tér is always full of visitors even in winter time, however once a waiter was caught adding extra meal to a bill (Jan 2007)--just check your bill carefully. Latte is bit smaller than usual; by default there's little milk. Good selection of leaf teas; served in kettles about 2 cups in size. Free wifi internet access. Complett breakfast €8-12, Cakes,Coffees €2.5-3,.
- Central Café (Centrál Kávéház), Károlyi Mihály utca 9 (: Ferenciek tere), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 08.00-23.00. Centrál Kávéház is a very famous high-end coffeehouse. Recently renovated. Founded in 1999. Breakfast €4-10, desserts, cakes, biscuits €2.
- Gerbeaud Café-confectioneries (Gerbeaud Kávéház), Vörösmarty tér 7 (: Vörösmarty tér), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.. 09:00-21:00. Budapest's most famous cafe, an incredibly ornate Rococo confection dating to 1858 and lavishly restored in 1997. It's also priced to match, but still reasonable value as the pastries, cakes, desserts and ice cream remain excellent. Hot chocolate is well worth a try. Cake slices: €6.5, breakfast €7-10.
- Dunapark Cafe & Restaurant (Dunapark Kávéház), Pozsonyi út 38 (: Lehel tér), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 8:00-23:00, Saturday: 10:00-23:00, Su: 10:00-22:00. A very noble café-restaurant, originally opened in 1937, for enjoying a coffee or cake, some food, and live piano music. Situated in the pleasant, though less touristy quarter of Újlipótváros quarter, District XIII. Soups €5, Sandwiches €8-11, Starters & Salads €6-11, Main Dishes €10-15.
- Gerloczy Cafe (Gerlóczy Kávéház), Gerlóczy utca 1 (: Ferenciek tere, Off of Vaci, away from the river), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Daily: 07:00-23:00. A small cafe, which is a nice place for coffee. During the warmer weather, have a meal at one of the outside tables.You can select your own two or three course menu from the daily specials; from appetizers, soups, main courses and desserts - available M-Th noon-3PM. menus. On Fridays the Chef presents his seafood specialty while on other days of the week and weekends the Chef prepares a variety of daily selections. Live guest musicians, harp and accordion in the night time. In the daytime: fine jazz music, old and new school Latin and Mediterranean themes, a hint of bossa nova and samba. Free WiFi access. menu €6 no drinks, 3 courses a la carte with drinks €20-24.
- New York Café (New York Kávéház), Erzsébet körút 9-11 (: Blaha Lujza tér), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM - Midnight. This is the complete opposite of Buda's Ruszwurm: absolutely over the top ornate, shiny, dazzling. The New York has been a writer's haven for years -- before WWII writers would often come to "work" first thing in the morning, buy some coffee and write in the café all day until it was time to go home. This café was rammed by a Russian tank in the 1956 Hungarian uprising, and the damage has still not been repaired! Obviously, the Russians knew what would sting the most -- damaging a popular coffeehouse! A lengthy renovation was completed in 2006 and it's now back in business. Snacks €11, soups €7, main course €14-18, cafes: €3-4, tea €6.
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- McDonald's Restaurant, West End, VI. distr. Vaci ut. 1-3. (m3 Nyugati, Tram 4, 6). Su-Th 08:00-22:00, F, Sa 08:00-24:00. All units have Wi-Fi. More than thirty units in Pest. - Other units: IV. distr. VÁCI ÚT 94-98.(Tel: +36 399 0141, Daily 07:00-23:00, McDrive, McCafé, McReggeli,Parking), IV. KER. ÁRPÁD ÚT 183-185. (Tel: +36 1 272 0105, McDrive, McReggeli, Parking),VÁCI ÚT 95. (Daily 07:00-02:00, McDrive, McReggeli), XIII. KER. SZENT ISTVÁN KRT 2. (Tel: +36 339 8641,Daily 07:00 -23:00, McReggeli)
- McDonald's Restaurant, V. distr. RÉGIPOSTA U. 10. (M1 Vörösmarty, M3 Ferenciek tere), ☎ . Daily 07:00-24:00. - The first unit in Hungary. McCafé, McReggeli, Wifi, ATM. - Other units: V. distr. MÚZEUM KRT. 1/B (Tel: +36 1 317 32 47, Daily 07:00-24:00), V. distr. SÜTŐ U. 2., X. KER. BORÁROS TÉR 4.
- Burger King (Keleti BURGER KING®), Baross tér 14 (m2 Keleti p.u.), ☎ . 08:00-23:00. - Other units:Oktogon Burger King, 1056, Oktogon tér 1, WiFi, 07:30-24:00; XIII. Szent István körút 10;
- Burger King (Astoria BURGER KING®), 1088, Rákóczi út 1-3 (m2 Astoria), ☎ . - Other units: Astoria BURGER KING® , 1088, Rákóczi út 1-3., 1 266 0702; Nyugati BURGER KING® (1065, Nyugati tér, 1 269 0616); Emke BURGER KING® (1107, Akácfa utca , 1 321 8147); Aréna BURGER KING® (1087, Kerepesi út 9 , +36 1 323 1732 ),
- Lecso Fast food Restaurant (Lecsó Gyorsétterem), XIII. Szent István körút 10 (Tram 2, 4-6, to stop Jászai Mari tér, troli 75, bus to stop Tátra u. 206, 26 or from (M3) Nyugati), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Su-Th 11.00-24.00, F-Sa 11.00-02.00.
- Arriba! Taqueria (Arriba Teréz krt.), Terez Krt. 25 (: Oktogon. - After Aradi st., one block northwest from Octogon), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-W: 11:00-22:00 Th-Sa: 11:00-24:00 Su: 11:00-22:00. An expat's dream, a decent taqueria in Budapest! Chips & Salsa, Guacamole, Jalapeno. More units: Széna tér 1/A.(Buda, M2: Széll Kálmán), Arriba Allee Pláza, Október huszonharmadika u. 8-10 (Buda, near to Móricz Zsigmond tér) Salads, Tortilla Soup €2-2.5, Fish Tacos with soft drink €6.3.
- GOVINDA restaurants (Govinda Vegetáriánus Étterem), Vigyázó Ferenc utca 4 (: Arany János utca, or bus 105, or tram 2 from the Chain Bridge exit into Pest, turn left into Apáczai u. then take the second right), ☎ . Mo-Fr: 11.00-21.00, Sa: 12.00–21.00. Aaah, Hare Krisna, the saviour of vegetarians and budget-conscious travellers across Eastern Europe. Get your fill of tasty and very reasonably priced Indian and Italian dishes, ranging from soups to lasagna or sample a bit of everything with the set menu. The staff are helpful and some speak English. Highly recommended. - More units: Govinda Vega Corner restaurant in the 5th district (Pest), in Papnövelde Street, Govinda-Buda (2nd.district . Árpád fejedelem u. 33. and Lukács utca 1. corner) Govinda Eger, Govinda Debrecen Soups €1.5, lasagna €2, set menu €4.5.
- Hummus Bar (Hummus Bár), Október 6. utca 19 (: Arany János utca, bus 15 to Hercegprímás utca stop), ☎ . M-F: 11:30-20:00., Sa-Su: 12:00-22:00. Best Falafel in Budapest, Vegan Friendly, english menu and staff. They also have a second location at V. Alkotmany Ut. 20 , a 3rd at V. ker. Kecskeméti utca 1., a 4th at VII. ker. Wesselényi-Síp utca sarok, a 5th at IX. ker. Tompa utca 30-34., a 6th at XIII. ker. Hollán Ernő utca 6. - Buda's unit: XI. ker. Bartók Béla út 6. falafel €3, hummus plates €3-6.
- Pozsony tavern (Pozsonyi kisvendéglő), Radnóti Miklós utca 38 (near Margaret bridge, corner of Pozsonyi út and Radnóti utca, tram 2, 4 or 6), ☎ . 10:00-24:00. Traditional Hungarian cuisine, cosy atmosphere - friendly staff, cheap and excellent menu. It's only a 15 minute walk from the Parliament. Only a few steps from Kiskakukk Restaurant (s. there). Beware: Large portions, only very hungry people can eat two courses here. €3-6.
- Stex Cafe-Restaurant (Stex Kávézó - Étterem - Söröző), Jozsef korut 55-57 (at the corner of Street Baross and Boulevard Jozsef) (Tram: 4-6, bus 9, red 17, trolley 83, M3: Corvin-negyed), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-Sa: 08:00-04:00 Su: 09:00-02:00. Pub, restaurant and casino. Try for a good-quality, mid-budget food. Menu €3.5, breakfast €2-3, Appetizers €6-8, Vegetarian food €4-8, Soups €2-3, Salads €5-8 , Cold salads -€3, fishes €6-9, Stex meat bowl (for 2 persons) €18.
- Bagolyvár (Bagolyvár Étterem), Gundel Károly út 4. (: Hősök tere), ☎ , fax: +36(1)363-1917, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 12:00–23:00. Mid-range sister of famous Gundel. Claims to be the only Hungarian restaurant where women cook and serve food. Soups can be served either in a small tureen, which is better for a company to give everyone a try of several soups. Grilled сheese with caramelized walnut and fruits is a must-try, ideally with a semi-sweet Tokaji wine. Wiener schnitzel is huge-sized, be careful. Wine soup sound promising, but not everyone likes it. Creamy wild game soup with croutons is really good. Teas (Impria brand) are quite average; cocoa is really good. To buy a take-away bottle of wine you liked in Bagolyvar, head to 1894 Food & Wine Cellar to save half a price. Tourist mix: many locals, but tourists still prevail; Russians/Ukrainians and Austrians can be frequently seen there. Menus €11-30; with wine €34, meat dish €10-22, dessert €3-7, fish €17-21, soup €5-8.
- Bali Caffe restaurant and café (Bali caffe étterem és kávézó), Károly körút 4 (: Astoria), ☎ 06 70 389 3642, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 8.00-24.00. Small but stylish and laid-back restaurant and café. Great Hungarian specialities like Lètcho, Paprikás and Beef stew. They also serve Pasta and a variety of meat dishes. Check their website for the menu. Very friendly professional staff. Coffee €1.5-3.5, Tourist menu: €8 without drink Soup €3, Mains €6-16, dessert €4.
- Berliner Pub (Berliner Sörkatakomba - Söröző - Pub - Bár), district IX, Ráday utca 5 (near 'Kalvin ter'), ☎ 361 217-6757, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa: 11:00-24:00, Su: 11:00-23:00. Try for high-quality, medium-budget food. Excellent service, fresh beer, huge meals. Recommended (Jan 2010). Appetizer €3-8, soups €3, pasta €6-8, berliner classic €6-8, bier (more than a dozen) 0,33 l €3.3-3.6.
- Fatál restaurant (Fatál étterem), Váci utca 67 (: Ferenciek tere or Kálvin tér), ☎ . Daily 12:00-24:00. Possibly the one place worth going to on Váci utca. Popular with tourists and locals alike, although advanced travellers report it's too touristy. Located in an atmospheric cellar, the foreboding name means "wooden platter" in Hungarian, and refers to the plates that the ridiculously huge portions are served on — an order of goose with dumplings, for example, will lead to an entire goose being deposited on your plate. Takeaway bags are provided on request if you can't finish it all. In solidly meat-eating Hungary, this is also one of the few places where you can sample vegetarian versions of dishes like goulash. Reservations are essential for lunch- or dinner-time visits. beef dish €12-34, specials in pots & pans €10-18, aperitifs €3-5, soup €3-5, main course €5-8.
- Firkász Cafe-Restaurant (Firkász Kávéház Étterem), Tátra utca 18 (: Nyugati tér), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 12.00-23.00. Small and cosy with great atmosphere (including walls cutely decorated with objects associated with the newspaper trade) and excellent Hungarian food and wine.- entrees €5-11, Soups €3-7, Hungarian mains €11-20, menu €26, International dishes & Specialties €10-20, Firkász dish for two: €38, Garnishes €2, Salads €3-6, Desserts €4-5. All prices include sercice charge! (2014).
- Iguana Bar & Grill (Iguana Mexikói Étterem), Zoltán utca 16 (Between Parliament and the American Embassy, off of Szabadsag ter), ☎ 36 (1) 331 4352, e-mail: Iguana2@t-online.hu. 11:30–01:00. Mexican food, pretty decent, but but don't look for Southern California standards. Recommended that you reserve a table in advance. - Appetizer €2-6, burritos, enchiladas €7-8, soups €3-4, quesadillas €6-12, chilis €5-8, main courses €6-15, fajitas €8-12.
- Magdalena Merlo restaurant (Magdalena Merlo Étterem), Király u. 59/b (:Oktogon. Near Academy of Music), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00-24:00. Nice interior and good-looking visitors are promising enough to give it a try. mains are under €15 (2014).
- Indigo Restaurant (Indigó Indiai Étterem), Jokai utca 13 (:Oktogon), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 12:00-23:00. Has excellent Indian food, with great options for vegetarians. Soups €2-3, Appetizers €3-6 Tandoori delights €6-15 Vegetarian dishes €4-6 Chicken Dishes €7-8 Lamb Dishes €10, Seafood Dishes €10-11 Rice Dishes €2-10 Indian Bread 1.5-2 Salads and Raita 2-3 Desserts 2 Soft Drinks €1.3.
- Múzeum (Múzeum Kávéház és Étterem), Múzeum Körút 12 (: Astoria, near National Museum), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa: 18:00-24:00. Great place to try Hungarian cuisine and wines, although quite expensive. Old-style interiors, looks very much like a museum. Tourist mix: half are locals in evening dresses, another are tourists (even backpackers) driven here by travel guide books. Although service charge is already included on bill, waiters, piano player and even cloakroom attendant all expect tips and hint it heavily--at least from tourists unaccompanied by locals; possibly locals in your company can change their attitude. Mains: €12-18, wine in glass €2-3/dl.
- Leroy Cafe, Váci út 1-3 (: Nyugati tér), ☎ +36 1 238 71 09, (36) 70 333 20 74, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 11:00-24:00. The jewel piece of the chain. Often plays live music. Mid to high-priced restaurant chain that offers Hungarian classics with other Italian and European cuisine. Very fashionable interiors and popular with the well-paid white collar crowd. Reservations are recommended during traditional peak times. When eating here, always make sure that you won't be slapped on an extra 100% service charge. Read the menu before entering the restaurant carefully and insist on talking to someone who speaks english. More unit: Kerepesi út (Aréna Plaza). Soups €3-5, mains €7-18, desserts €4, salads €3, coffees €2-3.
- Raday Pest Restaurant (Ráday Pesti Vendéglő), Ráday utca 11 (: Kálvin tér), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Snacks € 5-8,Hamburgers €8.8-12.0, Vegetarian dishes €5.0-8.0, Soups €3.5, Salads €3.5-7.0, Pickles €2.8, Classic Hungarian dishes €2.8-15.0, Poultries €7.1-14.0, Pork dishes €8.2-11.5, Beef and veal dishes €7.1-21.4, Meat dishes € 9.6-12.3, Fish 100-gr €3.6-10.3, Giant prawns €15.0, Garnish €2.0-3.5, desserts €3.5-4.3.
- Rákóczi Restaurant (Rákóczi Grillház), Rákóczi út 57 (: Blaha Lujza tér or M2: Keleti pályaudvar), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-Su 12:00-24:00. All-you-can-eat concept. All you can eat €9-10, All you can eat and drink €15-17 plus for all a service charge.
- Taverna Pomo d’Oro, Arany János utca 9. (metro (1,2,3) Deák tér station, tram: 2, bus 105), ☎ 36-1 312-1405, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo–Fr 12pm–12am, Sa–Su 4pm–11pm. Tis is an Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. Nice selection of Italian and Hungarian wines. Delicious coffee
- Ristorante Il Terzo Cerchio, 1072. Dohány utca 40, (: Astoria station, trams: 47 or 49, bus: 7 or 78), ☎ 36-1-354-0788. Mo-Su 12.00–23:30. Italian Restaurant. Pizzas Starters/Soups/Salads/Pastas/Mains/Desserts HUF2500/1300-2500/2200/2000-3300/2200-5000/1000-1200.
- Salaam Bombay, V. Mérleg utca 6 (: Deák tér station, tram: 2, bus 105), ☎ 36-1-411-1252. Mo-Su 12-15 and 18-23. Indian Restaurant. Various vegetarian plates Meals HUF3500.
- Le Bourbon Restaurant, 1051, Erzsébet tér 9-10. (,,: Deák tér station), ☎ 36-1-429-5770. Mo-Su 12:00–22:30. French Cuisine. A restaurant is within the luxury hotel Le Meridien. Sunday brunches (12 pm – 3 pm)
- Chez Daniel Restaurant (Chez Daniel Étterem), 1063. Szív utca 32, ( Kodály körönd station or bus 105), ☎ 36-1-302-4039. Mo-Su 12-15 and 19-23. French cuisine. French and Hungarian wines
- Haxen Restaurant (Haxen Király Étterem), 6th district, Király utca 100 ( Vorosmarty utca station trolley buses: 73, 76, 78), ☎ 36-1-351-6793. Su-Th 12 pm–12 am, Fr-Sa 12 pm–1 am. A popular Bavarian beerhouse and restaurant, offering huge pork knuckles, knödels, sausages.
- Momotaro Ramen, 6th dist, Széchenyi utca 16 (metro (red) Kossuth Lajos tér station, tram: 2 or 2A, bus 15), ☎ 36-1-269-3802. Mon-Sun 11am – 10 pm. Chinese restaurant, also Japanese dishes here meals 3000 HUF.
- Taiwan Restaurant, 19th dist., Gyáli út 3 (metro (blue line), Nagyvárad tér station), ☎ 36-1-215-1236. Mo-Su 12pm – 12 am. one of the best Chinese restaurants available in Budapest
- Pampas Argentine Steakhouse Restaurant, Vámház körút 6. (next to the Central Market Hall. metro (blue line) Kálvin tér station, tram: number 2 or 2A or 47 and 49), ☎ 36-1-411-1750. Mo-Su 12pm–2am. wines are also from Chile, Argentina and France – at reasonable prices. Steaks come in 200g, 320g and 480g portion. A paradise for beef meat lovers.
- Gundel, Állatkerti út 2 (: Hősök tere), ☎ , fax: +36(1)363-1917, e-mail: email@example.com. 11:30AM-3PM. The flagship of Hungarian gastronomy for decades. Jackets are mandatory for gentlemen in evening time, and dinner clothes are recommended. On Sundays, the restaurant serves a buffet brunch, - reservations recommended. This is worth the price for the amazing dessert buffet alone. The restaurant is part of a holding including an own wine brand, and a line of delicacy products (cheese, goose liver, palinka and paprika). Brunch 6600 with drinks, 5600 without.
- The Gresham Palace: Part of the recently renovated amazing art nouveau hotel, reputed to be the most luxurious of the city - see Sleep:Splurge section for details.
- Képiró, V. Képiró utca 3 (: Kálvin tér), ☎ . M-F 12AM-3PM, 6PM - midnight, Sat 6PM-12PM. Very modern Hungarian haute cuisine with some exotic influences. Excellent wine list, exclusively with Hungarian wines. The staff are very helpful, friendly and speak excellent English. Be aware that if asked for advice, they will unashamedly recommend their most expensive. Highly recommended, the food is delicious.
- Kiskakukk, Pozsonyi út 12, next to Margaret bridge, between Katona Jozsef and Radnoti Miklos streets (Tram 4, 6 to Margaret Bridge (Pest)), ☎ . Traditional Hungarian cuisine, wonderful ambience - very friendly staff, excellent menu, good english spoken, wireless internet. Warm old bookshop/library feel but patrons of all ages - highly recommended. It is only 2 minute walk from the eastern end of Margaret Bridge. Stuffed cabbage excellent as were the meat dishes. Large portions HUF 7000 for 2 courses including beer and good house wine.
- Trofea, Visegrádi u. 50A (: Lehel tér). - reasonable buffet, - all you can eat and drink (beer, wine, champagne). More units: at the final station of Metro line 1 (Erzsébet királyné út 5); in the XIth district (Hauszmann Alajos / Szerémi út).(flagship outlet). €18 on the weekends, lower prices during the week.
There are dozens of romkocsma (literally translated: ruin-pubs) in city centre (V.-VI.-VII. districts). These inhabit ruined courts of old houses, therefore they are hard to be found. Ask locals for hints and go for the unique post-socialist atmosphere!
Bars & Clubs
- Action Bar, Magyar utca 42 (m2 Atoria, m3 Kálvin tér), ☎ . One of Budapest's gay bars. Located in basement bar. Shows Friday nights. Not easy to find: There is a separate door to the cellar with a A on the door. You'll get a consumption card after you've entered the place. Pay at the bar before you leave.
- Beckett's Irish Pub, Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 72 (: Nyugati pályaudvar), ☎ . Noon to 1AM weekdays, to 2AM weekends; closed on Sundays. Claims to be Budapest's only authentic Irish bar and restaurant. This place is renowned for its pricey but potent drinks.
- Fat Mo's Music Pub, Nyári Pál u. 11 (: Ferenciek tere). . Apparently has live music most nights of the week.
- For Sale Pub, Vámház körút 2 (: 5, : 83, : 2, 47, 49 to stop Fővám tér). A country-style pub located at the bridgehead on Szabadság Bridge. Though small, it has two floors. They serve good food and many kinds of beers and have live music. Shelled peanuts come free with the beer and you can have fun throwing them around; as litering the place is officially allowed. This, over 10 year old pub, has bills, currencies, business cards etc. of their visitors ornamenting their walls; and don't miss to stick yours while you are there! Staff is unfriendly.
- Fregatt Pub, V. Molnár u. 26 (:), ☎ 318-9997. A British-style pub that's popular with foreigners. The interior is styled after a frigate.
- Instant Bar/Club, VI. Nagymező utca, 38 (: Oktogon), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 18:00 - 02:00. An alternative backyard bar spanning across multiple houses. Good for drinks and music in the cellar but no food served besides hot dogs. - 23 rooms, 6 bar, two open-air garden, three disco
- Kuplung (Clutch (English translation), Király utca 46 (: Oktogon). An underground bar located in an old garage, hence the name Kuplung, which means "clutch" in English. Has dancing, frequent live music, friendly bartenders, and decent drink prices. The walls are decorated with graffiti. Usually busy, especially later in the evening. Also, as with most Hungarian bars, has a few foosball (cso-cso) tables which are almost always occupied.
- Morrisons English Pub, VI; Revay utca, 25 / Andrássy út 20 (: Opera), ☎ . An underground pub, with a dance floor and kareoke. Its a fun place to go with friends and they have cheap beer. You'll find a lot of travellers and local Hungarians.
- Cafe Negro, Szent István tér 11 ( Bajcsy Zs.), ☎ . A popular and trendy hang out for ex-pats and locals; also a restaurant. Unprecedented view to a square with St. Stephen's Basilica, especially in the night time. Great drinks, DJ with energetic carefully-chosen music, and beautiful women make this one of the major stops for anyone looking to fall in love with the city. For mass-hangout holidays, reservation is essential. Paid WiFi internet access operated by T-Com (see Budapest#Connect for prices).
- Szimpla Kert/Mozi, V. Kazinczy utca 14 (: Astoria, or bus:5, 7, 7A, 8, 112, 178, 239 to stop Uránia), e-mail: email@example.com. Apart from the huge ruin-like bar/club/cinema that is frequented by Hungarians and foreigners as well, "Szimpla" is also the name of a project to support alternative culture on a profit oriented basis. The place is definitely worth visiting: good atmosphere, good music, great people and a very interesting location. Hungarian pizzas from the owen: HUF600, SNACKS 780, salad 880, WARM SANDWICHES HUF850, VEGETARIAN WARM SANDWICHES 800, Hamburger (giant) 1200. Hotdog HUF600, Fried onion rings HUF600, French fries HUF650. - Ratatouille with sausage HUF850, Chicken liver HUF850, Sausage HUF850.
- Szóda, Wesselényi u. 18 (: Astoria, or bus:5, 7, 7A, 8, 112, 178, 239 to stop Uránia), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Another place to go out. By day it's a cafe in the old Ghetto; close to the Shul, but by night it is a strangely unique bar for dancing and enjoying Budapest! Check out this real Hungarian place.
- Macska Cafe and Gallery (Macska Kávézó és Galéria), VIII., Bérkocsis u. 23? (: Blaha Lujza tér), ☎ . Daily 16:00-01:00 (2011). Macska which means "Cat" in Hungarian is a charming, eclectic pub and vegetarian restaurant in District VIII. The neighborhood may have a bit of a bad reputation, but its really quite alright as it is close to Jozsef Ringroad. It is a ruin pub decorated with recycled, retro pieces, showing yet again that in Hungary one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure. Feature art exhibitions, dj sets and craft beer as well as delicious vegetarian snacks, meal and desserts. Wifi, friendly staff and interesting patrons.
There were several huge free wine tasting facilities on Buda Hill; these are now closed though still listed on many sites. One new one is in a catacomb at the cliff at the end of the main street on the hill. You pay a fee for the tour based on how many and which wines you will taste at the end of it.
- Gundel 1894 Food & Wine Cellar, Állatkerti ú. 2 (: HŐsők tere), ☎ , fax: +36(1)363-1917, e-mail: email@example.com. M-Sa 6PM-11PM; happy hours 5PM-7PM (30% discount for wine by glasses). Preferred place for buying wines from Gundel wineries; 2 times cheaper than in Bagolyvar restaurant (and possibly more than in Gundel restaurant). Offers a series of wine-tasting courses; very serious about rare vintages. Some soups and mains are also served.
- Wine tasting on boat, zrínyi street 5, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 17:00-18:00. If you would like taste some Hungarian wine and enjoy the panorama of the city, choose Wine & Cruise
Pest has a huge number of backpacker hostels.
- 2night Hostel, Szt. Istvan krt, 22, Just press ’96′ (: Nyugati pályaudvar, or Direct train access from airport Terminal 1), ☎ . Big rooms, no bunk beds, free breakfast, free Internet. Formerly known as 2night Home or 2night Privates hostel. Offers spacey double rooms and dorms. 4, 6 bed or dbl. (off season) €11, €10, €16; - - 4, 6 bed or dbl.: €15, €13, €22 per person.
- Aboriginal hostel, Bródy sándor utca 46 (Tram 4, 6 to stop Rákóczi tér, M2 Blaha Lujza), ☎ . . Next to the National Museum in the city centre. Staff very helpful and speak very good English. ?.
- Astoria City Hostel, Rakoczi ut 4 (: Astoria, Tram 47, 49, Bus: 5, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 15 112, 133E, 178, 233E, 239), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. . Offering dormitories, private rooms and apartments. Dorm 6-8 bed EUR 14-18, Triple EUR 72/room, dbl EUR 56-64/room twin EUR 56/room (2014 aug).
- Astoria hostel (Károly Apartments), Karoly korut 16 (: Astoria), ☎ . . Also near the metro station astoria and the Danube river Hostel and separated apartments with bathroom and kitchen. sgl./dbl. 11,000/13.340.
- Bed 'n Roses (vendégház), Zichy Jenő utca, 20 (: Arany János station, ,,: Deak ter : Opera house; Zichy Jenő/Hajós u. corner), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Offers quality accommodation, mid prices. Dorm 5 bed €16 (only in jun-sep possible), Sgl/Dbl Su-Th & 1st night €44/50, from 2nd night €34-38/36-40 EUR,+EXTRA:10eur/room/night for all Fri, Sat..
- Boomerang Hostel and Apartments, Bank utca 7, Bell: 11 (M3 Arany János utca), ☎ . Prime quality services, moderate prices. The manager is very helpful with giving information about points of interest. May-Aug Dorm 4 bed €15, Trpl €55, dbl. €45 (discounts for low season, lat minute etc.).
- Budapest Museum Central, Muzeum korut 39. II. floor / 5 apt., Door-Bell code: 10. (m2 Astoria Metro station, m3 Kalvin Ter metro), ☎ , fax: +36 1 700 4606. Mid prices, all rooms with private bathroom. Some rooms with jacuzzi. MIN 2 nights! Sgl/Dbl.€ 49/59 per night.
- Carpe Noctem Party Hostel, Szobi utca 5, Doorbell 13 (m3 Nyugati station), ☎ . A mid priced place. Perfect for single and young, who want to be part of an interactive and lively hostel experience as well as maximising the city in the day time and seizing the night when the sight seeing has ended. min. 2 nights from HUF4500/night in 8 bed dorms weekend extra 12%!.
- Dominik Hotels (Central Hotel 21), 8th dist, Mária utca 10, (: Blaha Lujza tér, tram 4, 6 to stop Rákóczi tér), ☎ , fax: +36 1 783 0536, e-mail: email@example.com. 3 star. In a quiet, renewed area. The centre can be reached in 5 minutes walking. sgl/dbl from HUF 12,700/20,000.
- easyHotel Budapest Oktogon, Eotvos utca 25/a (: Oktogon), ☎ . Cheap hotel, with small rooms. sgl. from €39.
- Friends Hostel Budapest, 6th district, Teréz köút 4, 2nd floor (: Oktogon square, : Blaha Lujza square 0.7km), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Very well located small hostel in a walking street. Clean, well equipped, friendly staff. (2014. may) sgl/dbl/tpl from €33/38/45. Dorm 5 bed €12, one night extra €€5, off season discounted.
- Green Bridge Hostel, Molnar u. 22-24 (tram 2 to stop Fővám tér), ☎ +36 1 266 6922 ?, e-mail: email@example.com. Cheap dorms in the winter, no bunk beds, unlimited free tea and coffee. ???.
- Locomotive light hostel, Baross ter 2 ( Keleti p.u.), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. No curfew, no lockout, Free internet - terminal and wifi, Free breakfast drinks, Kitchen. Cycle rental available (near the hostel) Dorm 5-6 bed €13-14, Sgl/Dbl.€30/36.
- Mellow mood Marco Polo hostel, Nyár utca 6 (: Blaha Lujza tér). Staff not particularly welcoming or helpful. Very clean and well maintained. Easy to find. Internet access was expensive (250ft/half hour) in the portal. Breakfast for fee. Sgl/Dbl. €33-40/40-48. dorm 12 bed EUR11,5-14,0..
- Origohostel, Nador utca 34 (: Kossuth tér), ☎ , fax: +36 1 700 23 80, e-mail: email@example.com. Cosy, clean accommodation for up to 14 persons High season (Mar-Oct) Sgl/Dbl/tpl.€34/40/48/56 dorm 20.
- Unity hostel, Kiraly utca 60. 3rd floor. (: Oktogon), ☎ , fax: +36 1 413-7378, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-out: Late ?. Free breakfast, tiny rooftop terrace. CCramped but clean, central, cheerful, safe and cheap. Lockers and kitchen. 24 hr open. It has sister hostel on lake balaton. Dorm from EUR 12, Sgl/Dbl/tpl. 29/36/43/49. Apt from EUR 57 (2014).
- Tiger Tim's Place, Teréz Körút, 58. Buzzer 64 (: Nyugati), ☎ . Party hostel. It's a bit tough to find. ~Dorm 4-6-8 bed from HUF4,000, dbl HUF14,000-18,000, 12 bed from HUF1,800? (2014 mid season).
- 1 ST Hotel Hostel, Sip utca 5 (: Astoria), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 11:00-21:00, check-out: 09:30-10:00. Cheap hostel, central location, for special request large groups accepted even for 8-15 person. dorm 4, 6 and 8 bedded ? sgl./dbl. HUF18,000.
- Acehostel Hotel Agency, Vaci utca 46 ( Vörösmarty tér, Ferenciek tere), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 11.30-22.00, check-out: 10.00. . Private rooms, one corner from the walking street and second block from Danube. Small hostel and apartments surrounded by pubs and restaurants. No Luggage Storage!
- Aventura Boutique Hostel, 1132 Visegrádi str.12; Door bell:5 (: Nyugati pályaudvar), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-out: flexible?. Uniquely designed, intimate, cosy environment. From here most of the sites are within walking distance, otherwise metro and tram are a few minutes walk away. Very enthusiastic and helpful staff, clean and nicely decorated rooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Good breakfast and free internet. Dorm 5 bed €18, 6-8 bed €14, dbl. HUF15,000-18,000 (2014). sgl from HUF10.858.
- Bohem Art Hotel, Molnár utca 35 (m3 Kálvin tér), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. . Expensive. Four star? Rates include breakfast. Champagne buffet breakfast. dbl €112-135 suites from €200 (2014).
- Hotel Gloria Budapest City Center ***, Blathy Otto street 22 (m3 Népliget), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. . Small hotel in a very quiet green belt of the city. Rooms with breakfast. Mar–Oct sgl/dbl from €44/56 (in low season: discounts, 2014).
- K+K Hotel Opera, Révay utca 24 ( Opera), ☎ , fax: +36-1-269 02 30, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. “Váci utca” is just a short walk away, while the “Opera” underground station is right next door. high season dbl €128 (in low season: discounts, 2014).
- King's Hotel, Nagy Diofa utca 25-27 (m2 Blaha Lujza tér and walk; or Trolley 74 to Nyár utca), ☎ , fax: +36-1-352-7696, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 11.00, check-out: 15.00. , three star, in the heart of the Ghetto. Rates include breakfast. 79 rooms. high season (2014) sgl/dbl €60/70.
- Lion's Garden Hotel Budapest, Cházár András utca 4 (metro 2 Keleti pályaudvar and take bus 7. to stop Cházár A. utca; trolley 79 or 75 to stop 'Ajtósi Dürer sor'), ☎ , fax: +36-1 221-4274, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. . The four star hotel has a large wellness area. 30 rooms From HUF18,000.
- Leo Boutique Hotel (Leo Panzió), Kossuth Lajos u. 2/A. (m3 Ferenciek tere), ☎ , fax: 36 1 2669-042, e-mail: email@example.com. Near Váci utca, small, friendly and modern three-star hotel. It has air conditioning essential in summer. Take time to savour the ancient and ornate lift. Rooms (04.01.2014- 10.31.2014) €76/87.
- Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Széchenyi István tér, 5 (Bus 16, 105; Tram 2, m1: Vörösmarty tér), ☎ , fax: +36 1 268 5000. is a stunning reconstruction of this Art Nouveau masterpiece. Located in central Pest, it faces the beautiful Chain Bridge, the Danube and the Castle Hill. Its restaurant and cafe are amongst Budapest's finest, and well worth visiting in their own right. More at 'see' chapter Dbl. €345-555, suites From €345-4,600.
- Grand Hotel Royal and SPA (Corinthia Hotel Budapest), Erzsébet körút 43 (tram 4, 6 to stop Király utca, m1 Oktogon), ☎ , fax: +36 1 479 4333, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A symbol of history, culture, architecture and the tradition of hospitality opens its doors in all its original splendour as Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal. First opened in 1886, the Royal Spa has been beautifully restored to its original splendour and now offers the latest state-of-the-art spa facilities and treatments. More at 'do' chapter Dbl. From €514.
- Bikercamp Camping & Pansion, Benyovszky Móric utca 40 (m3 Népliget), ☎ , fax: +36 1 3034438, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 12.00, check-out: 12.00. 2 double bedroom, and 1 triple bedroom. Run by a biker since 1991. Offers showers, a pub, and laundry service. Free parking. Tent space: 25 little €10/person in camp, sgl/dbl €30/40, Breakfast /6-10 o'clock/ €5; Dinner /18-21 o'clock/ €12.
- Camping Haller **, Haller utca 27. (m3 Nagyvárad tér further Tram 24 to stop 'Balázs Béla utca'), ☎ +36 1 476-3418, Mobil:+36 20 367 4274, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24/7. Each 4th night is free! €5 p.p., €9/tent, €13/van. Free car parking..