One of the best parts of traveling throughout so many countries was being unexpectedly and pleasantly surprised by cities I knew little to nothing about. Enter Budapest, one of the coolest cities I’ve ever been to! I had a concert in London planned out for a random weekend in July, and I needed a place to visit for a few days in between Luzern and London, so off to Budapest I went – and I’m so glad I did! Budapest is such an amazingly historic city filled with all kinds of nightlife, hip coffee shops, food, and culture. I was there for only one full day, but I already can’t wait to go back!!
I stayed in a cute little airbnb with a loft bed – something I thought was a good idea until I had one too many limoncello shots at an Italian restaurant down the street courtesy of the owner who had a massive crush on me – in a great area of town near many of the most popular sites. I rode on the oldest subway in Europe, ate TONS of paprikash, and bought a hedgehog toothpick holder! I walked from Buda to Pest, saw all of the historic sites, paid tribute at the Shoes on the Danube Bank monument, and fell in love with a coffee shop. The people were so nice and welcoming, and I had the most beautiful day exploring such a cool city. Budapest, I love love love love you!!
What to do!
- Fisherman’s Bastion – a part of the old city that has beautiful architecture with an even more amazing view!
- Hungarian Parliament Building – one of my favorite buildings to take pictures of in Budapest! I didn’t tour it, but I would absolutely recommend looking around!
- Hősök tere – a famous square that has tons of cool sculptures and places to walk around.
- Matthias Church – right next to Fisherman’s Bastion, so you can either take a tour, or just look at the detailed architecture.
- Chain Bridge – this bridge connects Buda to Pest, has great views, and is a quick walk across and back!
- Shoes on the Danube monument – a heartbreaking, yet beautiful, monument built to remember the Jews who were shot in the Danube River during WWII. It’s not a common touristy visit but definitely important.
- Ride the oldest metro – Budapest is home to the oldest subway, (Line 1!) and while it may not be the coolest thing to do in Budapest, it’s still fun to see the old railway cars and subway stops.
- Borlap – a somewhat touristy restaurant, although I noticed plenty of locals there as well! Their chicken paprikash was my favorite meal I ate in Budapest, and they also had yummy aperol spritzes! They are also located right near plenty of other great bars!
- Kaffeine – a very impressive coffee shop over in Buda that has delicious espresso drinks as well as pour-overs yay! The baristas know their shhhtuff, and they have a Black Eagle espresso machine! The street it’s located on had some other great restaurants and shops I wish I had time to check out.
xo Sara Lynn
*Song of the day: Take it Easy – Triathalon