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books set in budapest
Travel Tips
March 31, 2018

6 Books to Read Before Your Budapest Trip

Budapest has long been a great inspiration to many writers - and it’s easy to see why. Walking around Budapest, you cannot help but admire the city’s intimate atmosphere, with charming, even poetic cafés that look like they were just made for…
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budapest golden age
Hidden Places
March 14, 2018

Budapest Through the Centuries: The Golden Age

Have you read the first two parts of this series yet about Budapest during the Roman times and during the Ottoman era? Around the turn of the 20th century, Budapest really started to come into its own as this was a period…
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things to do in budapest in spring
Things to Do
February 28, 2018

9 Reasons For You to Visit Budapest This Spring

Spring tends to bring out the best of just about anywhere, and Budapest is no exception. After an often cold winter, leaves start to come back on the trees, the cold wind abates and it starts to stay increasingly lighter,…
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best craft beer bars in budapest
Food and Drinks
February 10, 2018

Inside Budapest’s Craft Beer Boom: Where to Find the Best Beer in Town

Budapest has entered an age of Renaissance when it comes to craft beer. From niche interest to latest craze, craft beer bars and the microbreweries that support them can be found popping up all over the city and beyond. Of…
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budapest ottoman era
Hidden Places
January 18, 2018

Budapest Through the Centuries: The Ottoman Era

Budapest’ Ottoman era – which spanned over 150 years - profoundly shaped the city at the time. Today, it's not that easy to see the Ottoman influence in Budapest, but if you look hard, and you’ll be rewarded – fragments…
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roman empire budapest
Hidden Places
December 20, 2017

Budapest Through the Centuries: The Roman Empire

Roman history is some of Budapest’s earliest. Aquincum, as this area was called during the Roman era, was located in the northern part of the Pannonian region of the Roman Empire. While the Romans were the first to really develop the…
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places with vegetarian vegan and guten free options in budapest
Food and Drinks
November 22, 2017

6 Places in Budapest with Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Options

Hungarian cuisine is pretty meat and dairy orientated. Certainly yummy, but if you happen to have a food allergy or are vegetarian or vegan, you might worry you’ll be going hungry here in Hungary. Luckily, this couldn’t be further from…
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zsófi barabás
Hidden Places
October 21, 2017

VIDEO: Faces of Budapest – Zsófi Barabás

Budapest Local & Infinitum Films present Faces of Budapest, a series which tells the story of local people and the connection they have with their home of Budapest. Here is the latest episode, featuring Hungarian painter Zsófi Barabás. Download our…
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things to do in pest
Things to Do
September 9, 2017

8 Things You Can Only Do in Pest

Buda and Pest may go together like a horse and carriage, but the two sides have such distinct personalities reveal their independent past as separate cities, even in today’s unified Budapest. While Buda is curvy and more mature, with hills…
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beaches in budapest
Things to Do
August 10, 2017

Keeping Cool in Budapest

Budapest may not have any coastline to boast of, but when the summer months heat up there is plenty of water around - and we’re not just talking about Balaton. In and around Budapest itself you’ll find plenty of places…
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budapest gellert hill hidden spots
Short Stories
July 7, 2017

Strangers On the Bus

Ottó waited to pull out from his starting point knowing all that would happen that day. Most of it had been happening on bus #27 everyday for more than 10 years. He drove the small bus like hell on a…
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hungarian cook books
Food and Drinks
June 26, 2017

7 Books for You to Master Hungarian Cooking and Baking

One thing most people rave about after a visit to Hungary is the wonderful food on offer here. Steeped with over 1,000 years of history, passion and cultural mixing, Hungarian cuisine is a rich treat of flavors, colors and textures.…
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best places for cocktails in budapest
Food and Drinks
June 16, 2017

Best Places to Get Cocktails in Budapest

While Hungarian wine gains traction and Budapest’s craft beer scene is on the rise, even if you’re a cocktail lover there is no need to feel left out when you come to the Hungarian capital. If your preference is sipping…
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things to do in buda
Things to Do
June 4, 2017

10 Things You Can Only Do in Buda

Budapest may be a single city in name, but divided by the River Danube, the two sides of the Hungarian capital have little in common. From the hills of Buda to the flat plains of Pest, there’s plenty that’s unique…
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szechenyi baths
Short Stories
May 20, 2017

Mark and Jacob

It is a warm early morning at Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Nobody has arrived yet except for a few insomnia sufferers and three other people who didn't want to sleep: two young lads  and a young woman with them, wearing a…
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budapest rainy weather things to do
Things to Do
May 3, 2017

Here Is What You Can Do in Budapest On a Rainy Day

Whether you travel or live there, there is nothing more depressing than a rainy day. When you’re in Budapest and you’re eager to get a taste for the city, but the weather has other ideas, check out our special local…
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ecseri market budapest
Short Stories
April 20, 2017

Pre-Loved Items for Sale

The stall owner put me down with a thud. This was my new home, at least until someone bought me, on the wooden table outside the shop in the middle of the market. Other cameras sat to the side of…
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best museums in budapest
Things to Do
March 18, 2017

Unusual Museums and Exhibitions in Budapest

When it comes to museums, Budapest has all the usual candidates, including, art, national, natural history and ethnographic. These are all fine choices for a visit, but you may be the type of person - like us - that prefers…
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budapest walk
Short Stories
February 20, 2017

Reclaiming Budapest

If a break-up means a new beginning this is neither. First I broke myself. Then, you too. Afterwards we broke each other. Maybe the order is wrong. I do not know what came first. Chronology is not relevant here. New…
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Fungarian
Hidden Places
February 1, 2017

VIDEO: Faces of Budapest – Miklós Molnár

Budapest Local & Infinitum Films present Faces of Budapest, a series which tells the story of local people and the connection they have with their home of Budapest. Here is the latest episode, featuring teacher & tour guide Miklós Molnár…
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karolyi kert budapest
Short Stories
January 28, 2017

Iris’s Children

She has a swarm of children, a whole regiment of children. Her name is Iris. She is wearing a long flowery skirt and pearl drop earrings. She doesn't mind when someone calls her “young lady”. She had never planned or imagined…
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normafa budapest
Short Stories
January 27, 2017

Morning Meeting

Laura woke later than planned and dressed in a hurry. She could not be late. It was dark outside as she fumbled through the clothes she’d laid out the night before. With her pants on, tight from her leggings underneath,…
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budapest in 2016
Things to DoTravel Tips
January 9, 2017

Our 12 Favorite Articles about Budapest in 2016

January To help start the year right, Saveur hit us up with an article talking about the recent trend of supper clubs forming in Budapest. Thanks to dine-with-a-local experiences, kitchen takeovers and high-end foodie tours, traditional Hungarian cuisine is being…
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food truck udvar budapest
Food and Drinks
December 6, 2016

Street Food and Craft Beer at Food Truck Udvar

Food Truck Udvar is the latest addition to the growing neighbourhood of Budapest's District 9. While the month of December may not appear to be ideal for introducing such an outdoor food court, many braved the cold to try out…
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emma rault budapest short story
Short Stories
December 5, 2016

Earthquake

Budapest in January had not seemed like a terrible idea. Elias was aware the climate was likely to be a lot harsher than what he’d grown used to, but he figured it couldn’t be much worse than...
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budapest guidebooks
Travel Tips
December 5, 2016

The Ultimate Selection of Budapest Guidebooks

If you’re planning on coming to Budapest, you’d do well to give yourself a little introduction to the city so you know what to expect and have an idea about what you want to see and do. You’ll find plenty…
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films set in Budapest
Hidden Places
November 18, 2016

Budapest Through the Lens: 6 Films that Capture Hungarian History and Culture

Budapest is an iconic city, with stunning architecture, a vibrant atmosphere and a storied history, so naturally, it’s a city that attracts filmmakers, both locally and from abroad. As Budapest lends itself to being dressed up as Paris, Berlin or even…
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rautavaara the mine
Things to Do
October 10, 2016

The Mine: World Premiere at the Hungarian State Opera

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Hungarian State Opera in cooperation with FinnAgora will be presenting Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's opera Kaivos (The Mine). Composed between 1957 and 1960, The Mine tells the story…
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Food and Drinks
October 4, 2016

Whisky Show 2016: Taste Your Way Through the Spirit!

For many Budapest revelers, an evening out now often revolves around whisky. They might head to cozy Scottish pub Caledonia, say, for a dram of the Glenlivet alongside sausage & mash, or to the posh Boutiq Bar for one of…
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weddings in Budapest
Hidden Places
September 1, 2016

VIDEO: Faces of Budapest – Dora Helmeczi

Budapest Local & Infinitum Films present Faces of Budapest, a series which tells the story of local people and the connection they have with their home of Budapest. Watch the latest episode below, featuring wedding planner Dóra Helmeczi from Budapest…
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day trips from Budapest
Beyond Budapest
August 26, 2016

4 Day Trip Destinations for Your Budapest Vacation

As much as there is to see and do in Budapest, taking the time to explore outside the city bounds is well worth it, particularly if you want to get a real flavour of life in Hungary. Luckily, you don't…
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hopstel
Hidden Places
August 12, 2016

Check Out Hopstel, the First Beer Hotel in Budapest

There is no doubt about it: Budapest is becoming a Mecca for beer lovers. With a whole district full of cool bars dedicated to craft beer and our Budapest Craft Beer Tour, you can now plan your entire trip around…
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projekt showroom souvenir shop
Travel Tips
July 29, 2016

Budapest Colors: Unique Souvenir Shop Not Only for Tourists

The latest Projekt Showroom pop-up store, called Budapest Colors, is now open for two full months until Friday, September 30th, 2016. With products by over 80 manufacturers, you'll find all sorts of "alternative" souvenirs, including books in English, textiles, design objects,…
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budapest in a day
Things to DoHidden Places
July 26, 2016

This Is What a Perfect Day in Budapest Looks Like

Budapest has a lot to offer and, very often, travelers feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to planning their trips. So we recently created a series of videos for Emerald Waterways, featuring some of our suggested morning, afternoon and evening activities…
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budapest summer
Things to Do
July 18, 2016

The Ultimate Summer Experience in Budapest

If your desire for the best summer ever happens to coincide with a trip to Budapest then you’re in for a treat. Like many places, the sun brings out the best of Budapest, with parks and plazas filling to the…
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adrenaline boost budapest
Things to DoBeyond Budapest
July 8, 2016

6 Activities in Budapest for the Best Adrenaline Boost

When it comes to visiting a city like Budapest, the last thing on your mind is adventure, unless your concept of adventure begins at the 20th shot of pálinka, but that’s another story. However, one of the most unique factors…
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szalai tamas
Food and Drinks
July 3, 2016

VIDEO: Faces of Budapest – Tamás Szalai

Budapest Local & Infinitum Films present Faces of Budapest, a series which tells the story of local people and the connection they have with their home of Budapest. Watch the next episode below, featuring beer blogger Tamás Szalai from Fenékig.…
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budapest craft beer district
Food and Drinks
June 23, 2016

6 Must-Visit Bars in Budapest’s Craft Beer District

In the space of just about 18 months, Budapest’s IX district has grown from one that had pretty much no reason to visit, into an almost Mecca for craft beer lovers, thanks to the variety of great bars that have…
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főzdefeszt
Food and Drinks
June 15, 2016

VIDEO: Főzdefeszt

The 11th edition of Főzdefeszt took advantage of its wonderful settings at Városliget to create a special atmosphere, once again, for craft beer fans of Budapest. Featuring over 50 breweries, this year's festival embraced the "return of the lager" theme…
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retro budapest
Hidden Places
June 10, 2016

10 Places in Budapest for the Best Retro Experience

While it wasn’t fun and games to live under the Communist regime, where even a careless remark could land you behind bars in the early years, there’s a wave of nostalgia for its places, relics and echoes of a simpler…
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kempinski hotel brunch
Food and Drinks
May 27, 2016

Brunch Time at Kempinski

There are more and more hotels in Budapest that have a lot to offer not only to travelers but also to locals. Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is a great example with the culinary offerings at its ÉS and NOBU restaurants…
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királyi bérpalota
Hidden Places
May 19, 2016

Királyi Bérpalota: The Royal Apartments

You’ve seen it many times. You probably walked beside it the other day. But did you notice it looks different now? Originally designed by architects Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl, Királyi Bérpalota has sat in the middle of Ferenciek tere…
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shoe shopping budapest
Hidden Places
May 9, 2016

6 Unique Places in Budapest for Shoe Shopping

It’s no coincidence that Budapest earned its name as City of Design by UNESCO, since the city is bursting in creativity – and fashion is no exception! However, to make life easier and narrow down the list, it’s time to talk…
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mátyás szira
Things to Do
April 22, 2016

VIDEO: Faces of Budapest – Mátyás Szira

Budapest Local & Infinitum Films present Faces of Budapest, a series which tells the story of local people and the connection they have with their home of Budapest. Watch the next episode below, featuring tour guide Mátyás Szira from Conquer…
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tiofelipe
Food and Drinks
April 21, 2016

TioFelipe: Spanish Tapas Bar with an Italian Twist

Nagysándor József is a short, scruffy street, just behind the lovely green Szabadság tér and close to the fresh produce mecca Belvárosi Piac. But with the arrival of the sleek Spanish-meets-Italian restaurant TioFelipe, the quiet block now flaunts a welcome…
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district 9 budapest
Food and Drinks
April 13, 2016

District 9 Beer Festival: The Ultimate Budapest Craft Beer Tour in 2 Days

District 9 held their indoor beer festival over the weekend, mapping out a community that involved 18 bars spanning a distance of 1999 meters serving 99 different craft beers on tap. By visiting each participating venue for a beer and…
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green sheep bar budapest
Food and Drinks
April 11, 2016

The Coziest Craft Beer Bar in Budapest

Tucked away down a side street off the tourist-popular Ráday Street, Green Sheep Bar is a cozy little basement bar and a great place to stop for a few after dinner. Founded by a local entrepreneur with a long history…
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aria hotel budapest
Things to Do
April 10, 2016

5 Reasons Why You Need to Check Out Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria is a luxury boutique hotel in Budapest with unique music themed design and services. However, Aria is not just a place for visitors to Budapest, but it's also one of the few hotels in town that...
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vera jonas
Things to Do
April 4, 2016

VIDEO: Faces of Budapest – Vera Jonas

Budapest Local & Infinitum Films are excited to launch Faces of Budapest, a new series which tells the story of local people and the connection they have with their home of Budapest. Watch the first installment below, featuring singer/songwriter Vera…
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district 9
Food and Drinks
April 3, 2016

VIDEO: District 9 Beer Festival

The festival will take place April 8 – 9, 2016 and will include over 20 bars within the district, all mapped out for your exploration. There will be a wide variety of beer served from 99 different taps over a…
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paneer budapest
Food and Drinks
March 31, 2016

Cheese Reinterpreted: Visiting Budapest’s First Cheese Bar

There is something wonderfully comforting about fried cheese. The crunchiness of the breading combined together with the smooth and delicious melted cheese inside makes it the ultimate comfort food. If you’re a fan of cheese and you’re in Budapest, then…
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vera jonas experiment
Things to Do
March 30, 2016

Vera Jonas Experiment: Tiger, Now! Album Release Party

Unique, fresh and playful, with a very sensitive and personal voice upfront. Vera Jonas, after earning both Hungarian and international recognition, introduces a new chapter: Vera Jonas Experiment is set to release their latest called Tiger, Now! with an album release…
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disabled community budapest
Travel Tips
March 25, 2016

Find Out How the Disabled Community Is Empowering Itself in Budapest

Traveling in Budapest with a disability, while not without its challenges, is a positive experience. As is the case with most old European cities, general accessibility can be a problem, but with the city center under almost constant renovation, things are…
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budapest tavel hacks
Travel Tips
March 13, 2016

Make the Most of Your Budget in Budapest with These Smart Travel Hacks

It’s natural to want to fit it all in when you come on a trip to a new city, but the costs of sightseeing can sure add up. A romantic dinner here, a river cruise there. Bike rental. Museum entry.…
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unicum
Food and Drinks
February 27, 2016

Discovering the Spirit of Hungary: A Trip to the Unicum Factory

When it comes to drinking through Hungary, Unicum, that iconic dark green orb filled with a bitter herbal concoction, is one of the country’s flagship drinks. While you might have tried the country’s famous (or not so famous) wines, downed…
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globalista konyha
Food and Drinks
February 12, 2016

Global Flavors: International Pop-Up Dining in Budapest

It wasn’t dinner as usual in Sushi Sei on Bécsi út in the III District. Rather than the classic sushi affair, the Japanese restaurant in Óbuda had turned into a pop-up dinner dedicated to Japanese-fusion cuisine featuring the talents of…
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valentine's day dinner aria hotel budapest
Food and Drinks
February 5, 2016

Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiacs for Music Lovers

If you're celebrating Valentine's Day this year, you're probably thinking about how you could surprise your loved one with a truly special experience. There are many restaurants in Budapest offering Valentine's Day dinners, but if you're looking for a unique night out, then…
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feszek klub budapest
Hidden Places
January 29, 2016

Time Stands Still: See 1960s Budapest at the Fészek Club

One of the frustrating things about Budapest is that you can’t capture all of its major landmarks in one photo, despite many of them being so close together. There’s nowhere you can stand where you can take a photo that…
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Thummerer winery
Beyond Budapest
January 22, 2016

VIDEO: Wine Tasting and Cooking Class at Thummerer Winery

Budapest Local headed to a town near Eger, Hungary to explore the different programs offered by Thummerer Pince. These included a tour of their natural wine cellar, a traditional Hungarian cooking class and a fine dining wine pairing dinner. Our…
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budapest craft beer
Food and Drinks
January 9, 2016

What’s Brewing in Budapest?

Few years ago, three young guys from Budapest, a brewer, a publican and a journalist decided over a mug of bland, industrial lager that they would turn the boring world of Hungarian beer upside down. They were few of a…
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Travel Tips
December 26, 2015

Our 12 Favorite Articles About Budapest in 2015

The end of the year has us all reflective here at Budapest Local. A year is a long time in any city and Budapest, which is fast becoming the destination of choice for curious tourists, is no exception. So we…
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Things to Do
December 20, 2015

New Year’s Eve 2015 in Budapest

Known in Hungarian as “Szilveszter”, New Year’s Eve really makes Budapest come alive. Locals like to party at the best of times and for many, the 31st is the time to pull out all the stops. If you’re lucky enough…
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bitcoin budapest
Travel Tips
December 11, 2015

Bitcoin in Budapest

Budapest is a city of techies with a buzzing startup scene. One technology getting people excited right now is Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has been hailed by some as one of the most exciting technological advances since the Internet and…
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vintage clothing tour budapest
Things to Do
December 3, 2015

Vintage Clothing Tour in Budapest

When it comes to Budapest street fashion, it’s hard to point a finger at any specific style. Having a unique, individual flare is perhaps the best way to sum up the look on the streets, offering an eclectic mix from…
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aria hotel budapest
Things to Do
November 27, 2015

3 Must-Visit Places in Budapest for Beautiful Interior Design

One of the best ways to learn about Budapest is through its architecture and interior design. However, while you can easily explore architecture when walking around the city, interior design is something more difficult to discover if you don't know where to start. So…
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korda studios
Things to Do
November 13, 2015

VIDEO: Visiting the Korda Filmpark and Korda Studios

Did you know that Budapest has become a major filming location over the last years? Movies like Houdini, Hellboy II and The Martian were all filmed in Budapest. However, besides the beautiful architecture of the city and the 25% tax rebate,…
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taste hungary
Food and Drinks
November 6, 2015

Thursday Dinners With Taste Hungary

Exploring Budapest through its gastronomy is always great, and when you can combine that with wine, then it's one of those perfect travel experiences. Luckily, Tasting Table Budapest offers wine dinners on a weekly basis, where you can both taste some delicious Hungarian…
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prague vs. budapest
Beyond Budapest
October 16, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Budapest Over Prague!

You might be trying to decide between a trip to Prague or one to Budapest. We’ll agree it’s a tough choice. Both cities have charm and beauty in abundance and plenty to keep you occupied over a long weekend or…
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restaurant week budapest 2015
Food and Drinks
October 10, 2015

6 Restaurants to Try During Restaurant Week 2015

Restaurant Week is an annual food festival of sorts, where restaurants all over the city offer fixed price, three-course menus for only 3,000 HUF - occasionally with a few extra surprises on top. While fine dining in Budapest has always…
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cozy cafés in budapest
Food and Drinks
October 2, 2015

Cozy Up This Fall at These 7 Cafés and Restaurants in Budapest

As Kert season comes to a close, Budapest slowly starts to take life indoors as the weather cools down. While most of us spent the summer suffering from the intense heat, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the temperatures…
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ruin pubs in budapest
Hidden Places
September 28, 2015

Ruin Pubs and Beyond: Exploring Budapest’s 7th District

If you're coming to Budapest, visiting some of the ruin pubs is probably on the top of your list. But did you know that Budapest's 7th district offers so much more than a great night out in these cool bars? In fact,…
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budapest market
Food and Drinks
September 19, 2015

5 Markets to Explore in Budapest Beyond the Great Market Hall

The Great Market Hall makes it onto pretty much every tourist’s Budapest itinerary, and for good reason. It’s a charming place, packed every day with locals and tourists trying to spot good grocery deals or negotiating the narrow paths of…
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jewish budapest
Hidden Places
September 10, 2015

This is How You Can Experience Jewish Budapest to the Fullest!

We recently participated in a tour called Authentic Flavors of Jewish Budapest, offered by Context Travel and Taste Hungary. If you've already been on a tour with Context Travel, you probably know that they stand out in the travel industry with…
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budapest airbnb
Travel Tips
September 4, 2015

7 Airbnbs in Budapest That Will Make You Want to Book Your Trip Right Away!

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness on Saturday, December 9th, 2017. The days of choosing between one generic hotel and another on a city break are, thankfully, in the past. Airbnb, the website that connects…
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eat and meet video
Food and Drinks
September 3, 2015

VIDEO: Bogrács Dinner with Eat & Meet

If you've read our article on the Eat & Meet apartment restaurant, you already know how much we loved everything about it: The food was delicious, the service was top-notch, and the whole experience was like having a great dinner…
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budapest open-air bars
Food and Drinks
August 26, 2015

6 Open-Air Bars to Visit in Budapest Before the Summer is Over

As August is almost over, there are more and more signs that remind us of the coming fall season: The days are shorter, the sun has a different color and we need to put on more layers. However, luckily, there will still…
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Budapest Local Sziget 2015
Things to Do
August 14, 2015

Video: Budapest Local at Sziget 2015

Budapest Local was at the Sziget Festival the other day to see some of those must see bands at Sziget 2015. We also went around with our camera and talked to a few people to get their thoughts on the…
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sziget festival
Things to Do
August 11, 2015

Who Should You See at Sziget 2015

The Sziget 2015 Festival is upon us and ready to turn up the heat on Budapest during an already sweltering summer. In its 23rd year, the festival will be bringing international and local music together from August 10 to 17.…
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Food and Drinks
July 22, 2015

Here is the Best Place in Budapest to Get Traditional Hungarian Food!

With its many restaurants, bistros, bars and cafés, Budapest is a mecca for exciting gourmet experiences. Over the last couple of years, the city has also gone through a culinary revolution, and today, you can practically get any kind of food in Budapest,…
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monk's bistrot
Food and Drinks
July 13, 2015

Check Out This Hidden Bistrot in the Busiest Part of Budapest!

Although we always encourage you to explore the less touristy parts of Budapest so that you can have a more local experience, we also understand that some of you do want to check out the main tourist sites, such as Heroes' Square and Váci Street. However, what…
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coffee shop in budapest
Hidden Places
June 23, 2015

New Coffee Shop in the Palace District!

Budapest has a long tradition of coffee houses and a great culture of cafés and small coffee shops. In fact, if you spend more time in Budapest, you'll most likely find your own favorite local coffee shop, where the barista remembers you and quickly learns…
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budapest baths faq
Travel Tips
June 16, 2015

Budapest Baths FAQ

Thermal baths in Budapest are definitely among the main attractions of the city. However, still today, there is so much confusion and outdated information about these great places. As the high season is approaching, we receive more and more questions…
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kollazs four seasons budapest
Food and Drinks
June 3, 2015

Cocktail Time at Kollázs

In Budapest, it's not very common among locals to go to a hotel bar for drinks. For some reason, we have this idea that a hotel bar is a sort of foreign territory, reserved for hotel guests, who are happy to relax in…
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pop up store in budapest
Hidden Places
May 15, 2015

It’s All About Roses: New Pop-Up Store in Budapest

We love the concept of pop-up stores, and fortunately, there are more and more of this initiative in Budapest. The latest store, called Pop-Up Store to the Rose, opened on Thursday, May 14th in the heart of Budapest, right next to…
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balkan odyssey video
Beyond Budapest
May 12, 2015

Video: On Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express Luxury Train

As we wrote in a previous article, Budapest Local was invited for the Royal launch of a new luxury rail journey called the Balkan Odyssey. This special trip is offered by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, a UK-based company that operates 15…
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balkan odyssey
Beyond Budapest
May 7, 2015

Balkan Odyssey: a New Luxury Rail Journey Between Budapest and Venice

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, a UK-based company, specializes in long-distance rail tours such as its flagship Trans-Siberian Express. They are known for their journeys that take passengers to places that are less explored and also more difficult to access for individual travelers. In the…
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fröccs
Food and Drinks
April 30, 2015

Take the Ultimate Fröccs Quiz!

Take this fun quiz and find out how many fröccs types you can recognize!
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weddings in budapest
Hidden Places
April 17, 2015

Dream Weddings in Budapest

In the last couple of years, Budapest has become one of the most popular European travel destinations. Almost every week, the city is featured in articles by The Guardian, Huffington Post, the Daily Telegraph, Lonely Planet or Condé Nast Traveller, just…
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café terraces in budapest
Food and Drinks
April 10, 2015

Best Café Terraces in Budapest to Welcome the Spring Season

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016. One of the best things about spring time in Budapest is that we can finally have our coffees on the café terraces while enjoying…
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finnagora
Things to Do
March 18, 2015

Meet the New Director of Finnagora!

If you follow what's happening in the Budapest cultural scene, then you've probably come across some great Finnish events, such as the Finnish Film Days, the Restaurant Day or the Luukku Atelier, organized by Finnagora, the Finnish cultural center in Budapest.…
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hungarian food
Food and Drinks
March 6, 2015

Take the Budapest Local Food Quiz!

Have you been to Budapest yet? How much do you remember from your culinary adventures? Now it's time to test your memory with this fun quiz!
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where to stay in budapest
Travel Tips
February 20, 2015

Where to Stay in Budapest?

Where to stay in Budapest? That’s probably one of the first questions that comes to mind when you start planning your trip to the Hungarian capital. There are way too many options and if you don’t know the city and…
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budapest neighborhood
Travel Tips
February 6, 2015

Take the Budapest Neighborhood Quiz!

Wondering which Budapest neighborhood would be the perfect match for you? Take the Budapest Local quiz and find out.
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budapest flea market
Hidden Places
January 30, 2015

Treasure Hunting in the Heart of Budapest

Flea markets are great places to discover unique objects that you could never find in a store. Visiting flea markets is also a very exciting activity as you never know what you'll find, and they are also...
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budapest apps
Travel Tips
January 24, 2015

6 Great Apps to Use While in Budapest

If you have a smart phone and/or a tablet, traveling can be so much simpler and easier. And it's not only because you can use the Internet any time to check opening hours, addresses or directions from point A to…
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sauna in budapest
Hidden Places
January 8, 2015

Sauna Time in Budapest

Are you ready for a truly special activity in Budapest? Then check out Valyo's mobile sauna! There is everything you need in this little bus: a changing room, a cold shower, an authentic wood stove sauna, and last, but not…
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new year's eve in budapest
Things to Do
December 27, 2014

Spending New Year’s Eve in Budapest? Check Out Our Curated List of Happenings in the City!

Click here for our recommendations on New Year's Eve in Budapest in 2015. Planning to spend New Year's Eve in Budapest? Here is our list of suggestions on some great happenings in the city. Wether you're in the mood for a delicious dinner,…
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Virág Judit Gallery
Hidden Places
December 19, 2014

17 Years Among the Most Beautiful Hungarian Paintings: Interview with Judit Virág

Virág Judit Gallery has been one of the most successful galleries and auction houses in Budapest since its opening in 1997. The gallery's 48th auction was on December 13th where 213 items were auctioned, including Hungarian paintings from the 19th and 20th…
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projekt showroom
Things to Do
December 16, 2014

Visiting the Home of the Christmas Spirit

This is the third year that Projekt Showroom has come up with a great Christmas pop-up store with the most unique and special Christmas gifts. However, those who are familiar with the concept from the last two years, also know…
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budapest in the winter
Things to Do
December 10, 2014

9 Reasons For You to Visit Budapest in the Winter

Are you planning a trip to Budapest in the winter but worried about not finding any fun and interesting activities in the city? Then we have good news: Budapest is a great city for a winter vacation and to prove…
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budapest coffee house
Food and Drinks
December 5, 2014

Discover the Budapest Coffee House Culture (Part Two)

In the first part of this interview with literary historian Noémi Saly, we talked about the golden age of coffee houses in Budapest. In the second part, you will learn about how the role of coffee houses has changed over…
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budapest coffee house
Food and Drinks
November 21, 2014

Discover the Budapest Coffee House Culture (Part One)

One of the best things about Budapest is that while it's a truly modern metropolis, locals and visitors are constantly reminded of the city's great history. Besides the architecture that obviously provides an excellent way to learn about Budapest's history,…
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veli bej
Things to Do
November 14, 2014

Introducing Veli Bej, Budapest’s Secret Bath

If you're planning a trip to Budapest, then you probably have at least three things on your "must do" list already: having dinner at Zeller Bistro, visiting at least one ruin pub, and going to the baths. However, then you…
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random trip
Things to Do
November 8, 2014

Budapest Local Takes You on a Random Trip

Random Trip is one of the most exciting weekly projects in the Budapest music scene happening on every Tuesday on the A38 Ship. With a different lineup each week, Random Trip offers a great way to explore what the Hungarian…
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hungarian wine
Food and Drinks
November 5, 2014

Kadarka: The Place to Learn About Hungarian Wine

When you come to Budapest for the first time, going to wine bars to try out different Hungarian wines might not be the first thing that comes to your mind. Instead, you probably go to one or more ruin pubs to…
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budapest english theatre
Things to Do
October 29, 2014

Budapest English Theatre: Great Plays in English, But Not Only for Expats!

Budapest is a great place to live if you love theatre. Most of the productions are in Hungarian, but fortunately there are also more and more shows in English. One great example is Budapest English Theatre's new comedy, called Pretext, written and…
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prezi
Hidden Places
October 22, 2014

Prezi: a Startup Fairy Tale from Budapest

Prezi is a presentation software that allows users to present their ideas on a zoomable virtual canvas. The story of Prezi started about five years ago in Budapest and since then the company has proved to the world that presentations can…
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Dinner on the Orient Express
Food and DrinksBeyond Budapest
October 3, 2014

Dinner On the Orient Express Restaurant Car

It’s just like any other Friday evening at Nyugati Railway Station. Everybody is busy catching their trains or picking up friends or family. But at platform 9, something unusual is happening: there is a strange crowd all dressed up drinking…
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budapest secret place
Hidden Places
September 19, 2014

Here Is One of Budapest’s Best Kept Secrets!

When you live in a big city, like Budapest, you might get tired of the busy city life, dreaming about a nice quiet spot. Although there are cafés in the center, where you can find some privacy, there is also…
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jewels of persia
Beyond Budapest
September 5, 2014

From Budapest to Tehran on a Moving 5 Star Hotel

If you had to describe your last train ride, ‘exciting’ would probably be the last word that came to your mind. For a long time now traveling by train has been anything but a special experience with simple train- and buffet…
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Zeller Bistro
Food and Drinks
August 8, 2014

The Secret Behind Budapest’s Top Rated Restaurant

There are a lot of great restaurants in Budapest with excellent food. But there are only a few places, where you feel truly special. Zeller Bistro is one of these places. I'm not sure if it is the elderflower champagne, or the little cupcakes…
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Paloma
Hidden Places
August 1, 2014

Check Out the Creative Side of Budapest at Paloma

Today it might be hard to believe, but Kossuth Lajos Street used to be the shopping street of Budapest where people bought everything they needed. However, as shopping malls became more and more popular in the '90s, Kossuth Lajos Street…
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Villa Bagatelle
Food and Drinks
July 28, 2014

Villa Bagatelle – Great Bistro and Bakery on the Buda Side

Although most restaurants, cafés, and bistros are on the Pest side, sometimes it's worth taking the trip to the other side of the river. But don't expect the same bustling atmosphere; Buda is primarily a residential area and with the…
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Ari Santeri Kupsus
Travel Tips
July 22, 2014

The One Thing Finnish Expats Always Have in Their Fridge

I first met Finnish expat Ari Santeri Kupsus at one his monthly salon concerts just before I moved to Finland in 2009. I was fascinated by his cultural projects, including his scholarship fund for Hungarian students, but was also wondering…
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Le Petit Bistrot
Food and Drinks
July 16, 2014

Le Petit Bistrot – French Ambiance Behind the Opera House

Wandering off the main streets and avenues of Budapest is always exciting as you can find hidden places that are more local and less crowded.  Le Petit Bistrot is a perfect example of these hidden places with its central location, just a few…
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relaxing place in Budapest
Food and Drinks
July 1, 2014

You Won’t Believe That This is Also Budapest!

The Danube is one of the most defining parts of the breathtaking Budapest view. And yet, we don’t have much contact with the river in our everyday lives. In Budapest, there are no cafés and restaurants by the river like in…
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cukorka and insitu
Hidden Places
June 22, 2014

Cukorka and INSITU: Two Hidden Stores in a Passage

There are many passages in Budapest that come in handy when you’re in a hurry and need to take a shortcut. Sometimes, the two streets have completely different atmospheres and in this way, the journey through the Budapest passage has an…
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farmers market budapest
Food and Drinks
June 16, 2014

If It’s Sunday, Then It’s Farmers’ Market at FARM Bar!

FARM is an unusual place in the 6th district of Budapest: during the weekdays it is a trendy bar with a laid-back atmosphere and great cocktails, but on some Sundays, it turns into a farmers' market. Vendors are in the outdoor area…
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quiet café in Budapest
Food and DrinksHidden Places
May 30, 2014

Café Arioso: An Oases on the Pest Side

When you walk around in Budapest you usually don’t get to see what is behind the facades. If you’re not from Hungary, you might not even know that most of the buildings have an inner courtyard. Since only the tenants…
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Stolpersteine
Hidden Places
May 23, 2014

Stolpersteine in Budapest

When walking in Budapest, you should always keep looking up because some of the most beautiful architectural details are on the upper part of the facades. But sometimes it is worth looking at what is under your feet otherwise you…
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