Budapest might be the capital city of Hungary, but it feels like a small country on its own because of its diversity and artistry
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Elio Santos
29 March 2019
Positioned between Eastern and Western Europe, Budapest is a place of energy and good vibes. It seems like the city doesn't ever need sleep. There is always something going on and the locals know how to have a good time.
The Old Jewish Quarter, also known as District 7, is currently the place to be in Budapest because of the trendy restaurants and the cool, always crowded coffee shops. Its addictive vibe comes from the cool bars and the ever-changing nightlife. You cannot be bored when being there.
District 8 or The Palace Quarter is a whole different chapter in this story. It is 'the new cool part' as the locals have named it. The blend of modern restaurants, rooftop bars and pre-historic buildings is a unique combination of style and antiquity.
The panorama of the city's landscape changes more the more you explore it. Go hike the Fisherman's Bastion to see the whole of Pest. Visit the Gozsdu Udvar hipster bars, but we must warn you that you wouldn't want to leave. Go to Spíler for good food and chilled out atmosphere to experience the city the right way. From the picturesque Buda Castle to the most famous bridge in all of Hungary - the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest just doesn't stop surprising.
Wherever your path takes you, make sure to stop at the Gillert Bath Palace. It is an incredible place, reflecting the city's culture from centuries ago, which is why it can get very busy at times. People from all over the world plan their visits there and if you are ever in Hungary's capital, make some time for this relaxing experience.
The good news is that the centre is walkable and it is relatively easy to get around. If you want to spend some time away from the crowds, we know how to lead the way. St. Stephen's basilica is a good place to start exploring the locals' culture. It is a stunning building - almost as stunning as the Parliament Building, which is the third largest in the world and estimated to be around 100 years old. Of course, to get the full experience, you need to stop at the Opera House and try a traditional goulash, which is a meat stew with paprika and spices, a locals' favourite.
It is interesting to know that back in the 1900's, coffee has a world of its own in Budapest. Ruszwurm is one of the oldest coffee houses. It used to be a place where writers, poets and artists went to work. Now it is holds a hipster kind of vibe and it is famous for the heavenly tasting cake.
Cool facts about BUDAPEST
The ancient Hungarians lived in the Euro-Asian nomadic pastoral region. They always put family first.
Hungarians were known to be the nation of the horsemen as riding horses used to be a crucial part of their everyday routine and the wild-at-heart animals quickly learned to trust them.
The Rubik's Cube was designed by Erno Rubik, who is a Hungarian inventor, architect and professor.