Whether you are looking at what to do in Budapest or if you already have it very clear, do not miss out on enjoying a beer, brunch, or cake in the following places, they are mythical of this incredible city. Some of them are far apart, but you can enjoy them throughout the day on the following route.
Csendes Vintage Bar & Café ( Budapest, Ferenczy István u. 5, 1053 Hungary ). District V
This bar is perfect for a stopover if you are going to drop into the most famous shopping street in the city, Váci Utca (along with the ornamental Andrassy Avenue ). You can enjoy a very quiet environment, surrounded by the most curious gadgets you can imagine or utensils that have passed away (for example, a bathtub split in half that acts as an armchair). It is not expensive to eat or have a beer, as a reference, these are the prices that are managed: the pint of beer is at € 2 (624 Ft), a salad € 4.5 (1490 Ft) or a plate of pasta € 5 (1590 Ft).
You can get there by metro, the stop is M3 Ferenciek here (it is a 4-minute walk from Centrál Kávéház ). It is open from Monday to Sunday. From Monday to Romans 10:00 to 2:00 am the Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 2:00 PM.
Centrál Kávéház (Budapest, Károlyi utca 9, 1053 Hungary). District V
An alternative to the Csendes Vintage Bar & Café is this legendary cafe-style art nouveau marble tables, which are open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 23:00. You can enjoy their desserts for € 2-€ 3 (recommended the Sacher cake ), breakfasts for € 9 (2950 Ft), their à la carte menus for € 8 (2190 Ft). It is full of tourists, but the atmosphere is very relaxed and you will be surrounded by photographs of Hungarian writers and poets.
You can get here by metro, the stop is the M3 Ferenciek there (as is the Csendes Vintage Bar & Café). It is a very good alternative to get out of the tourist bustle of Váci street.
Szimpla Kert (Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary). District V
Almost certainly have never been to a place like this, the entrance and says it all, are known as pubs in ruins (Ruin bar, ruin pubs ) is in the city, it is considered one of the most important ( together with the Púder ), you can come to just have a beer (pints cost 619 Ft, € 2 change), eat (the average price of a salad is € 4.50 or a main dish for € 5 change) or enjoy their concerts live (you can see their programming here ). The place itself is very curious, it is full of rooms (it even has a souvenir shop ) and vintage decoration. It opens every day of the week, but most interestingly, it closes at 4:00 AM and on Sundays at 5:00 AM.
You can get here by metro, the closest stop is the M2 Astoria. Other Ruin Pubs in Budapest that you can put on your list to visit can be found here.
Gundel (Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4, 1146 Hungary). District XIV
You cannot leave the city without trying Sunday brunch in this place with a certain ancestry for Aquincenses (or Budapians). This brunch is a buffet with a great representation of Hungarian cuisine, based on cold meats, consommés (mainly pumpkin and duck), salads, meats, and a very careful selection of desserts. It is open on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and it will cost you € 30 per person.
The quality and care with which they prepare each of the dishes are well worth a visit. You can book online and you will receive the confirmation of the reservation in the mail.
You can get here on foot (it’s 30 minutes as a reference from the Sofitel hotel). The M1 metro line Hősök Tere stop or by bus also H paradasök Tere stop (with the name of the large square that will be impossible not to see). It is within what is known as City Park, a wooded area with the Vajdahunyad castle very close.
After brunch, you can take the opportunity to visit the Kunsthalle (contemporary art collection) and Szépművészeti (Fine Arts, closed until February 16, 2016, for renovation) museums, as well as the impressive Hősök Tere square, take an incredible walk through the City Park gardens, and if the weather is nice, go to the Széchenyi baths (Állatkerti art. 9-11).
From here, I recommend that you go down to the center again along Avenida Andrássy út, but this time, walking (it is lined with very well-preserved palaces, many of them are used as embassies), visit the Opera (in Andrássy út 22, has toured for tourists for € 12 to change), or something more alternative, stop by the Miniversum museum (Andrássy út 12) of scale models at 1: 100 with the representation of the main places of Budapest and Hungary, Austria and Germany.
It is made in such a way that you can interact with the model (you can direct traffic on some streets) and with interactive screens.
If you come with children, it is a great plan. It has very long hours during the week, including weekends, and its prices for adults are 2400 Ft – € 7.75 to change.