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n the latest autumn/winter issue of <strong>Funzine</strong>, the city<br />

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pulse, uncovering hidden gems and inviting you on<br />

a journey through the vibrant cavalcade of events and<br />

experiences that define the colder months.<br />

From sipping steaming cups of mulled wine at charming<br />

Christmas markets to exploring the city's historical landmarks<br />

adorned with colourful fall foliage, our pages are a<br />

celebration of the unique charm that <strong>Budapest</strong> exudes during<br />

the autumn and winter seasons. Join us as we navigate<br />

through the rich cultural offerings, exciting happenings,<br />

and cozy hideaways, ensuring your <strong>Budapest</strong> experience<br />

is nothing short of magical in these next months.<br />

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where art and history intertwine in captivating exhibits<br />

that transport you through time. Indulge your taste buds<br />

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of innovative chefs, our gastronomic guide promises a<br />

feast for every palate.<br />

For music enthusiasts, our pages resonate with the<br />

rhythm of <strong>Budapest</strong>'s live music scene, spotlighting<br />

venues that support both local and international talents.<br />

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and concert halls, promising unforgettable moments<br />

on both sides of the Danube.<br />

We invite you to immerse yourself in <strong>Budapest</strong>'s autumn<br />

and winter charm, where culture, cuisine, music, and<br />

nightlife converge in an memorable symphony of experiences.<br />

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TARTALOMJEGYZÉK 5<br />

CONTENT<br />

BUDAPEST FROM A BIRD’S EYE VIEW<br />

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WINTER IN BUDAPEST<br />

6 THE BESTS OF EUROPE<br />

IN BUDAPEST<br />

8 THE MOST VIBRANT<br />

NEIGHBOURHOODS<br />

IN BUDA<br />

12 WINTER WONDERLAND<br />

IN BUDAPEST<br />

14 ANDRÁSSY<br />

AVENUE AMBLE<br />

CULTURE<br />

18 MUSEUM GUIDE<br />

20 HEROES’ SQUARE<br />

TREASURES<br />

22 BUDAPEST’S<br />

PALACE QUARTER<br />

26 EXPLORING<br />

SACRED SITES<br />

30 CHARGING WITH MUSIC<br />

GASTRO<br />

32 SAVOUR BUDAPEST<br />

37 THE NEWEST<br />

SPOT FOR BEER<br />

AFICIONADOS<br />

38 QUICK & TASTY<br />

39 INDULGING<br />

IN BUDAPEST’S<br />

CLASSIC LÁNGOS<br />

40 AUNTIE KATÓ’S<br />

DELICACIES<br />

41 PIRATE EMPIRE<br />

CHILL ZONE<br />

42 BUDAPEST<br />

ON A BUDGET<br />

46 RETRO RENAISSANCE<br />

49 TRAVEL WITH<br />

BUDAPEST CARD<br />

50 MIDNIGHT<br />

IN BUDAPEST<br />

52 FALL IN TUNE<br />

55 ESCAPE TO<br />

EXCITEMENT<br />

57 TIME HEIST<br />

58 BUDAPEST BAZAARS<br />

59 PROGRAM CALENDAR<br />

60<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

BUCKET LIST


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Bests<br />

The<br />

of Europe in <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

DOHÁNY STREET SYNAGOGUE<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong> boasts several sights that are the firsts or largest in Europe.<br />

Make sure you take the time to explore the bests of Europe<br />

when in the Hungarian capital, we’ll show you the way!<br />

Photo: Géza Kurka<br />

Photo: Flippermúzeum Facebook<br />

PINBALL MUSEUM<br />

The largest open-air railway entertainment park<br />

in Europe: HUNGARIAN RAILWAY MUSEUM<br />

The largest open-air railway entertainment park<br />

in Europe is a dream come true for everyone who<br />

fantasized about being a railroad man as a child.<br />

Visitors can get a close look at different locomotive<br />

types, as well as take part in interactive programs<br />

from Tuesday to Sunday. On weekends and special<br />

occasions, for an extra charge, you can travel in the<br />

train driver’s cab of a nostalgia diesel locomotive,<br />

after which you’ll get an honorary degree of train<br />

drivers. The museum also boasts people-powered<br />

handcars which visitors are welcome to try.<br />

vasuttortenetipark.hu/en<br />

The largest synagogue in Europe:<br />

DOHÁNY STREET SYNAGOGUE<br />

The Dohány Street Synagogue is not just the largest<br />

one in Europe but the second greatest in the whole<br />

wide world. The imposing Moorish-style building<br />

was built in 1859 with 44 meters high towers and a<br />

spacious, 1200 square meters indoor area. The adult<br />

tickets to see this fascinating piece of architecture<br />

go for 9000 HUF and include a guided tour in the<br />

building and a free pass to the exhibitions about the<br />

Jewish culture and religion held in the Hungarian<br />

Jewish Museum, the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial<br />

Park, and the graveyard.<br />

jewishtourhungary.com/en<br />

The first underground railway system in Europe:<br />

UNDERGROUND RAILWAY MUSEUM<br />

Situated at the Deák Square subway station, the<br />

Underground Railway Museum honours <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

Metro, Europe’s first underground railway system<br />

that was completed on 2 May 1896. The tunnel<br />

section is the perfect place to pay tribute to the<br />

MUSEUM OF<br />

SWEETS & SELFIES<br />

HUNGARIAN<br />

RAILWAY MUSEUM<br />

underground railway and the city’s first metro line.<br />

Original vehicles, contemporary documents, and<br />

mementos reveal the story of metro line M1, while<br />

the metro shop gives you the opportunity to leave<br />

the tunnel with extraordinary relics.<br />

bkv.hu/en<br />

The largest continuously running interactive<br />

museum in Europe: PINBALL MUSEUM<br />

Who would’ve guessed that one of <strong>Budapest</strong>’s most<br />

popular tourist attractions would be a museum? The<br />

Pinball Museum, situated inside a cellar at Radnóti<br />

Miklós Street in Pest, is less like a museum and<br />

more like a retro arcade: with over 100 playable<br />

pinball machines (some of them dating from the<br />

19th century), acquired from countries such as<br />

France, the United States and Portugal, and more<br />

than 30 arcade games, it is an awesome, interactive<br />

exhibition of fun. Once you are there, check out their<br />

newest addition, a supercool <strong>Budapest</strong> inspired<br />

pinball machine!<br />

flippermuzeum.hu/en<br />

The first interactive selfie museum in Europe:<br />

MUSEUM OF SWEETS & SELFIES<br />

In <strong>Budapest</strong>, you can now encounter the Museum of<br />

Sweets and Selfies at two locations, each adorned<br />

with diverse themes, creative spaces, captivating<br />

backdrops, and fantastic installations. Amidst<br />

whimsical settings like the strawberry-banana<br />

swing, candy pool, unicorns, banana rain, and the<br />

colossal bubble bath – the possibilities for crafting<br />

unique photos of yourselves and each other are<br />

limited only by your imagination. Allow yourselves<br />

to be swept away by this kaleidoscope of colours<br />

and step into this vibrant dreamland.<br />

szelfimuzeum.hu/en<br />

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The Most Vibrant<br />

NEIGHBOURHOODS<br />

IN BUDA<br />

DISCOVER THE LIVELIEST QUARTERS OF BUDA, WHERE HISTORY,<br />

CULTURE, AND CULINARY DELIGHTS CREATE UNFORGETTABLE<br />

AUTUMN EXPERIENCES. EXPLORE BOHEMIAN BARTÓK BÉLA BOU-<br />

LEVARD, THE VENERABLE CASTLE DISTRICT, AND THE BUSTLING<br />

SZÉLL KÁLMÁN SQUARE, UNVEILING HIDDEN GEMS AND MUST-<br />

TRY GASTRONOMY VENUES. LACE UP YOUR WALKING SHOES AND<br />

JOIN US AS WE DELVE INTO THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOURS THAT<br />

DEFINE BUDA'S MOST CAPTIVATING CORNERS!<br />

CASTLE DISTRICT<br />

Photo: Géza Kurka<br />

BARTÓK BÉLA BOULEVARD<br />

Named <strong>Budapest</strong>’s coolest neighbourhood<br />

by the prestigious TimeOut magazine in<br />

2017, District XI’s Bartók Béla Boulevard is<br />

a charming avenue where architecture, fine<br />

arts, literature and culinary pleasures walk<br />

hand in hand.<br />

As one of its main draws, this bustling boulevard,<br />

stretching from Gellért Bath to Lake<br />

Feneketlen, boasts an impressive array of literary<br />

and art cafés, each with its own unique<br />

character and ambiance. Hadik, Kelet, and<br />

Arnoldo are just a few of the must-visit spots<br />

where you can sip on a warm beverage while<br />

immersing yourself in the world of literature<br />

and intellectual conversations.<br />

The avenue's bohemian spirit extends to its<br />

eclectic mix of bars and restaurants, including<br />

ruin bar-style Szatyor (named by famous<br />

Hungarian litterateur Frigyes Karinthy),<br />

laid-back Béla, and cozy Mitzi, where you<br />

can treat yourself to delicious fare and creative<br />

cocktails amidst a vibrant atmosphere.<br />

The tree-lined thoroughfare also offers a<br />

diverse selection of international cuisines<br />

to satisfy any craving. From the Italian flavours<br />

of Allegro and the authentic Neapolitan<br />

pizzas of MOTO to the Spanish delights<br />

of Ultramarinos Martinez, the Polish allure<br />

of Gdansk Bookstore Café, and the Hawaiian<br />

tang of ONO Poké Bowl Bar, there's a culinary<br />

adventure waiting for everyone in this<br />

dynamic district!<br />

CASTLE DISTRICT<br />

Travelers in the Middle Ages used to say<br />

that Europe had three crown jewels: Venice<br />

on the waters, Florence on the plains, and<br />

Buda on the hills. <strong>Budapest</strong>’s postcard-worthy<br />

Castle District, dominated by a Baroque<br />

palace complex, the ivory-white belfry of<br />

Matthias Church, and the seven-towered<br />

Fisherman's Bastion, has been listed as a<br />

UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987.<br />

Once the seat of kings, queens, and emperors,<br />

the Royal Palace now serves as one of<br />

the main cultural hubs of the country, accommodating<br />

Hungary’s National Széchenyi<br />

Library, along with a number of important<br />

museums, including the National Gallery,<br />

the <strong>Budapest</strong> History Museum, and the recently<br />

renovated St. Stephen’s Hall, a masterwork<br />

of Hungarian applied arts.<br />

The Castle District's monumental splendour<br />

doesn't end with its iconic palace. As<br />

you wander through its cobblestone streets<br />

and curved stairways, you'll discover a<br />

treasure trove of architectural gems that<br />

add to the area's rich historical tapestry,<br />

from the freshly reborn Riding Hall and the<br />

Palace of the Royal Guard to Csikós Courtyard’s<br />

tranquil Turkish garden, the intricate<br />

Matthias Fountain, the ruins of the Dominican<br />

Cloister (which you’ll find incorporated<br />

into a modern hotel building), or the ornate<br />

Gothic sedilias of the residential buildings<br />

on Úri Street.


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SZÉLL KÁLMÁN SQUARE<br />

Some of the most breathtaking panoramic<br />

viewpoints in <strong>Budapest</strong> are also to be found in<br />

the Castle District, including the fairytale-like<br />

Fisherman's Bastion and the scenic Castle Hill<br />

Funicular. Stroll along Tóth Árpád Promenade,<br />

lined with rows of trees and elegant mansions,<br />

and visit Várkert Bazaar, a beautifully restored<br />

cultural centre with terraced gardens and ornate<br />

fountains.<br />

Last but not least, the Castle District offers a<br />

diverse line-up of enticing gastro spots, from<br />

coffee at 4minutes cafe to fine dining at Aranybástya<br />

Restaurant. Savor pastries at the patinated<br />

Ruszwurm Confectionery, unwind at Gösser<br />

Vitéz pub, enjoy Instagram-worthy cocktails at<br />

White Raven skybar, and taste local cuisine at Fekete<br />

Holló Restaurant.<br />

SZÉLL KÁLMÁN SQUARE<br />

Located at the junction of District I, II and XII, Széll<br />

Kálmán Square is one of the city’s busiest transport<br />

hubs, as well as Buda’s culinary centre, with<br />

plenty of eateries, cafés, and bars to explore, offering<br />

a diverse range of flavours and experiences<br />

for food lovers and social butterflies alike.<br />

Do you have a craving for Middle-Eastern delights?<br />

Check out Pingrumba. Would you like to<br />

indulge in juicy burgers? We’ve got two words for<br />

you: Bamba Marha. In the mood for craft bakery<br />

goods? Scandinavian-style Nor/ma Grand will<br />

be right up your alley! Savor Taiwanese cuisine<br />

at 101 Bistro, Russian flavours at Gurman Bisztró,<br />

Hungarian dishes at Buja disznók, Indian fare at Indigó,<br />

and revel in the world of fine dining at Arany<br />

Kaviár. After supper, kick up your heels and mingle<br />

with fellow revellers at one of the many local<br />

watering holes, such as Nemdebár, EASY Art<br />

Space, Bereg Embassy, and Oscar Bar.<br />

The neighbourhood also boasts several architectural<br />

marvels and parks. The magnificent<br />

Postal Palace (housing the free-to-visit Money<br />

Museum and a rooftop café) showcases a unique<br />

blend of art nouveau and medieval castle architecture,<br />

while the nearby Church of the Sacred<br />

Heart stands as a testament to the pioneering<br />

spirit of 1930s Hungarian modernism. Nature enthusiasts<br />

will find solace in the lush Városmajor<br />

Park, a verdant oasis perfect for leisurely strolls,<br />

while the imposing Széllkapu Park features the<br />

region’s largest vertical garden.<br />

HOTEL GELLÉRT<br />

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Winter<br />

WONDERLAND<br />

IN BUDAPEST<br />

BUDAPEST PARK<br />

Photo: Péter Kálló<br />

CITY PARK<br />

City Park’s iconic Vajdahunyad Castle takes centre<br />

stage during the holidays with its bustling<br />

Yuletide bazaar, where families can indulge in<br />

delectable delights, one-of-a-kind crafts, and<br />

heartwarming performances. The park also<br />

brims with a myriad of marvellous museums,<br />

including the Museum of Fine Arts, the House of<br />

Hungarian Music, and the Museum of Ethnography,<br />

providing plentiful opportunities for cultural<br />

adventures. As twilight descends, make your way<br />

to the historic ice rink, where you can gracefully<br />

glide across the ice in-between two chimney cake<br />

breaks.<br />

MARGARET ISLAND<br />

Offering a serene sanctuary for those seeking a<br />

respite from the festive frenzy, Margaret Island<br />

is home to a delightful, free petting zoo where<br />

visitors can interact with adorable animals, creating<br />

heartwarming memories amidst the holiday<br />

hustle. The island's romantic art nouveau<br />

water tower stands as a testament to the city’s<br />

Christmas charm, inviting couples and architecture<br />

enthusiasts alike. For a truly rejuvenating<br />

experience, visit the Palatinus Baths' wellness<br />

section, where bathers can unwind in a soothing<br />

sauna world and indulge in a heated outdoor pool.<br />

NORMAFA<br />

Accessible from Széll Kálmán Square via the<br />

time-honoured Cogwheel Railway, Normafa is a<br />

beloved hiking destination that transforms into a<br />

snowy playground each winter, featuring a funfilled<br />

sledding area and an array of ski runs for<br />

adventure-seekers. Glide through the crisp winter<br />

air on the iconic Zugliget chairlift, then climb<br />

the steps of the arresting Elizabeth Lookout, a<br />

towering structure reminiscent of a Disney fairytale,<br />

where you can revel in the panoramic view of<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong>'s skyline.<br />

ELTE BOTANICAL GARDEN<br />

For the first time in <strong>Budapest</strong>, ELTE Botanical<br />

Garden invites visitors to experience the<br />

world-renowned multimedia exhibition that is<br />

Garden of Lights. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing<br />

universe of Alice in Wonderland, where<br />

you'll encounter the enigmatic Cheshire Cat,<br />

who’ll tell you about the power of imagination,<br />

and the wise Caterpillar, who reveals the boundless<br />

possibilities that arise when you let your<br />

creativity soar. Let loose at the whimsical Mad<br />

Tea Party, and help the Queen of Hearts reclaim<br />

her own imaginative spirit!<br />

GELLÉRT HILL<br />

Steeped in history and natural beauty, 235 meters<br />

high Gellért Hill offers an array of delightful attractions<br />

for visitors of all ages: it hosts a thrilling<br />

slide park, two imaginative themed playgrounds,<br />

and the imposing Liberty Statue. As you explore<br />

the area, don't miss the breathtaking section of<br />

the Budai Zöld hiking trail, which winds its way<br />

through a number of stunning vantage points,<br />

then recharge your batteries in the soothing rooftop<br />

pool of the nearby Rudas Baths, soaking in the<br />

magnificent views of your surroundings.<br />

BUDAPEST PARK<br />

Once again, Europe’s biggest open-air entertainment<br />

complex transforms itself into a wintertime<br />

paradise from 1 December, offering a frosty, funfilled<br />

experience for visitors looking to embrace<br />

the cold season, awaiting skaters with a massive,<br />

2,100-square-meter ice rink, a cozy heated tent<br />

where you can warm up with delicious hot drinks<br />

and snacks after your icy escapades, dazzling<br />

lights, and upbeat music. Whether you're a seasoned<br />

skater or a beginner eager to learn, <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

Park's Ice World promises an unforgettable<br />

winter pastime just a stone’s throw away<br />

from the city centre.<br />

As the holiday season approaches, the Hungarian<br />

capital transforms into a true winter wonderland.<br />

From picturesque castles and petting zoos to relaxing<br />

thermal baths, it has something for everyone. So,<br />

bundle up, grab a mug of mulled wine, and embark<br />

on a jolly jaunt through <strong>Budapest</strong>!<br />

ELTE BOTANICAL GARDEN


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HEROES' SQUARE<br />

ANDRÁSSY<br />

AVENUE<br />

AMBLE<br />

Embark on a captivating journey<br />

along the iconic Andrássy<br />

Avenue, where history, culture,<br />

and elegance seamlessly<br />

converge. Our guide to the<br />

treasures that line this grand<br />

boulevard will take you on<br />

a memorable exploration of<br />

Hungary's capital, revealing<br />

its hidden gems.<br />

HUNGARIAN STATE OPERA HOUSE<br />

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ERZSÉBET SQUARE<br />

Erzsébet Square, the buzzing heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>'s<br />

downtown, is the place to be for foodies and<br />

fun-seekers. It's like a culinary carnival, with a<br />

carousel of restaurants, bistros, and bars ready to<br />

tantalize your taste buds. But the real star of the<br />

show is the <strong>Budapest</strong> Eye, a colossal Ferris wheel<br />

smack dab in the middle of it all. Hop on, take a<br />

spin, and prepare to be spellbound as you soar<br />

high above the cityscape. From the top, you'll catch<br />

a breathtaking view of <strong>Budapest</strong>, and when the holiday<br />

season rolls around, you'll even glimpse the<br />

twinkling lights of the Christmas market below.<br />

PARIS DEPARTMENT STORE<br />

The Paris Department Store stands as a true gem,<br />

especially during the magical holiday season. Built<br />

on the site of the historic Terézváros Casino back in<br />

1911, this grandiose shopping haven was the brainchild<br />

of wholesaler Samuel Goldberger. When you<br />

glance at it from Andrássy Avenue, prepare to be<br />

wowed by an exquisite Art Nouveau facade, which<br />

gives a glimpse into the golden era of architecture<br />

and design. On the rooftop, visit the 360 Bar, where<br />

you can enjoy a cocktail and take in the mesmerizing<br />

panoramic view of the city.<br />

HUNGARIAN STATE OPERA HOUSE<br />

Step into a world of grandeur and enchantment<br />

at the newly renovated Hungarian State Opera<br />

House! With its recent facelift, this historic gem is<br />

now even more stunning, and they've opened their<br />

doors to curious visitors. Join one of their guided<br />

tours and get ready to be transported back in time<br />

while discovering the secrets of this architectural<br />

marvel. And what's more, during the holiday season,<br />

you can revel in the magic of Tchaikovsky's<br />

"The Nutcracker" as it graces the stage. It's the<br />

perfect blend of cultural exploration and festive<br />

cheer, making your visit an unforgettable experience<br />

in the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>!<br />

opera.hu/en<br />

LISZT FERENC SQUARE<br />

Since 1907, this lively place has proudly donned<br />

the name of the musical maestro Franz Liszt,<br />

celebrating the grand opening of the Academy of<br />

Music at number 8. On one side, you'll discover a<br />

majestic statue of the legendary composer, and<br />

at the end of Andrássy Avenue, there's the spirited<br />

presence of Hungarian writer Endre Ady. This<br />

square, nestled right in the heart of the city, is a<br />

whirlwind of dining delights. You can hop from one<br />

quirky eatery to another, with options like the hip<br />

Menza, the lively Korhely, and the charming Café<br />

Viant. So, take a stroll, soak in the musical history,<br />

and savour the eclectic dining experiences in this<br />

bustling hub of <strong>Budapest</strong>!<br />

HOUSE OF TERROR<br />

Andrássy Avenue's House of Terror is a real eyeopener!<br />

It's set up in the very place where the communist<br />

secret police used to do their thing once<br />

the Soviets took over from Ferenc Szálasi's Arrow<br />

Cross Party. Inside, there is a permanent exhibition<br />

that pays tribute to the people who suffered un-


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WINTER IN BUDAPEST<br />

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Photo: House of Terror Museum Facebook<br />

HOUSE OF TERROR MUSEUM<br />

der both the Hungarian Nazis and the Communist<br />

regime. You can step into a little voting booth and<br />

catch a video about that fishy election that landed<br />

the Communist Party in charge. Or how about taking<br />

a seat on a courtroom bench? The walls are decked<br />

out with secret police records and if you're up for it,<br />

you can venture down to the basement prison.<br />

terrorhaza.hu/en<br />

KODÁLY CIRCLE<br />

During the holiday season, <strong>Budapest</strong>'s Kodály Circle<br />

is a captivating mystery wrapped in history.<br />

Nestled between Andrássy Avenue and Heroes'<br />

Square, this charming square boasts grand palaces,<br />

historic statues, and an ancient plane tree.<br />

Wander through the opulent past, admire the four<br />

impressive statues, and explore the iconic Andrássy<br />

Court, once home to luminaries like Zoltán<br />

Kodály. But this place is more than its residents;<br />

it's steeped in mystique, from ghost stories to enigmatic<br />

events. Uncover the secrets and be enchanted<br />

by this unique square during your holiday visit.<br />

HEROES’ SQUARE<br />

Framed by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle,<br />

Hungary's grandest square is an architectural<br />

wonder designed by the dynamic duo Albert<br />

Schickedanz and Fülöp Herczog. It all started in<br />

1896 for the millennial celebrations, but the star<br />

of the show, the Millennium Memorial, didn't make<br />

its debut until 1906. The Millennium Memorial is a<br />

stunner, with Archangel Gabriel atop a towering<br />

column, holding Hungary's Holy Crown. There's a<br />

crew of seven Hungarian chieftains on horseback,<br />

four allegorical figures, and 14 significant figures<br />

from Hungarian history in two colonnades.<br />

CSÓK BISZTRÓ<br />

At CSÓK Bistro, the meeting point of contemporary<br />

art and good food, you can savour<br />

heavenly appetizers, delicious meals,<br />

and unique desserts, while sipping on<br />

some wine or a cocktail. Indulge in a delightful<br />

surprise when you dine at CSÓK<br />

Bistro! They are treating you to a tempting<br />

assortment of macarons in a wide array of<br />

flavours. Immerse yourself in the charming<br />

ambiance of the Andrássy Road Villa<br />

as you enjoy your meal. Secure your table<br />

reservation today to take advantage of this<br />

exclusive offer at the restaurant! Simply<br />

present the <strong>Funzine</strong> magazine or display<br />

our webpage on your<br />

mobile device to claim<br />

your special gift.<br />

1062 <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

Andrássy út 112.<br />

csokbudapest.hu<br />

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Photo: György Palkó<br />

Museum Guide<br />

Explore <strong>Budapest</strong>'s cultural gems in our curated museum<br />

guide. From the aromatic House of Unicum to the modern<br />

Museum of Ethnography and the sweet delights of Szamos<br />

Chocolate Museum, join us on a unique journey through the<br />

city's vibrant history and present.<br />

HOUSE OF MUSIC<br />

When strolling in the City Park, a distinctive<br />

piece of architecture will surely catch your<br />

eye: it’s the House of Music, a visionary creation<br />

by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.<br />

This unique building offers a year-round<br />

array of exciting programs in music, culture,<br />

and film. Among its highlights is the<br />

permanent exhibition titled "Dimensions<br />

of Sound," a sensory journey through the<br />

pivotal moments in the history of music,<br />

enriched with interactive elements that<br />

bring the story to life. Before you arrive,<br />

take a peek at the House of Music’s website<br />

– you're sure to find a program that tickles<br />

your fancy!<br />

1146 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Olof Palme sétány 3.<br />

zenehaza.hu/en<br />

HOUSE OF UNICUM<br />

Not just a factory, the home of Hungarian<br />

herbal liqueur Unicum moonlights as a museum,<br />

inviting visitors to an amusing journey<br />

through the art of crafting this elixir. As<br />

you embark on a tour through the distillery<br />

building and its cellar, you get to savour<br />

Unicum straight from the barrel, followed<br />

by a peek into the charming museum. Here,<br />

centuries-old artifacts and cutting-edge<br />

gadgets come together to narrate the epic<br />

tale of the distillery and the Zwack family.<br />

The Visitor Centre warmly welcomes<br />

all those keen on unravelling the secrets<br />

behind this unique potion and the saga of<br />

the spirited Zwack clan.<br />

1095 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Dandár utca 1.<br />

unicumhaz.hu<br />

Photo: House of Unicum<br />

Photo: Szamos Csokoládé Múzeum Facebook<br />

SZAMOS CHOCOLATE MUSEUM<br />

Step into a chocolate wonderland at the<br />

Szamos Chocolate Museum on Kossuth<br />

Square! Journey through the sweet history<br />

of chocolate, from ancient rituals to modern-day<br />

masterpieces. Discover the tools<br />

and techniques used to create this delectable<br />

treat, and immerse yourself in the<br />

adventurous stories of chocolate's global<br />

journey. Marvel at the intricate marzipan<br />

sculptures, including a perfect miniature<br />

of the Hungarian Parliament, the coronation<br />

jewels, and even the world's largest<br />

marzipan creation, made with 78 kilograms<br />

of marzipan! The Szamos Chocolate<br />

Museum is a unique and unforgettable experience<br />

for chocolate lovers of all ages.<br />

1055 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Kossuth tér 10.<br />

csokolademuzeum.hu/english.html<br />

MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY<br />

Opened in 2022, the Museum of Ethnography<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong> is one of the most modern ethnographic<br />

facilities in the world, seamlessly<br />

blending contemporary design with a tribute<br />

to Hungary's cultural heritage. Beyond a<br />

repository of around 225,000 ethnographic<br />

objects, the museum is an immersive journey<br />

through diverse traditions and daily lives<br />

LIGHT ART MUSEUM<br />

Get ready to dazzle your senses as the Light Art<br />

Museum has made a triumphant return with<br />

a brand-new exhibition at the sprawling Hold<br />

Street Market this autumn! Picture this: foreign<br />

artists sprinkling their magic on a canvas of light,<br />

transforming this international showcase into<br />

the trendiest event on the block. From supernovas<br />

to black holes, parallel universes to the<br />

shimmering Northern Lights trapped in crystal<br />

structures—this exhibit is a cosmic rollercoaster<br />

of mind-bending fun. Dive into the brilliance of<br />

light through funky installations and mind-blowing<br />

projections.<br />

1054 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Hold utca 13.<br />

lam.xyz<br />

worldwide. This <strong>Budapest</strong> sight captivates<br />

not only with its cultural treasures but also<br />

through its modern architectural marvels.<br />

One of the museum's standout features is its<br />

free-to-visit rooftop garden, a serene oasis<br />

amidst the urban hustle, offering visitors a<br />

panoramic view of <strong>Budapest</strong>.<br />

1146 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Dózsa György út 35.<br />

neprajz.hu/en<br />

Photo: Light Art Museum <strong>Budapest</strong> Facebook<br />

Photo: Néprajzi Múzeum Facebook


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Heroes’ Square<br />

Treasures<br />

Nestled at <strong>Budapest</strong>'s iconic Heroes Square,<br />

the Kunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts are<br />

monumental, awe-inspiring institutions offering<br />

a diverse array of captivating, high-quality exhibitions.<br />

These museums are grand in both their<br />

architecture and their extensive permanent collections,<br />

featuring classical masterpieces and<br />

cutting-edge modern works.<br />

Their permanent collections are like a rollercoaster<br />

through art history, starting with the ancient<br />

wonders of Egypt, then cruising through European<br />

masterpieces, and finally dropping you into the<br />

wild world of modern art.<br />

This autumn and winter season, the Museum of<br />

Fine Arts is a haven for art lovers, showcasing<br />

Renoir's exquisite, timeless paintings and fabulous<br />

masterpieces. Meanwhile, Kunsthalle is<br />

throwing down some serious contemporary Hungarian<br />

art, giving you a sneak peek into the local<br />

scene that's always evolving and staying fresh.<br />

Museum of Fine Arts<br />

3 1146 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Dózsa György út 41.<br />

9 mfab.hu<br />

Kunsthalle<br />

3 1146 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Dózsa György út 37.<br />

9 mucsarnok.hu/en<br />

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Dance in the Country or Dancers (Bougival), 1883<br />

© Paris, Musée d’Orsay, RF 1979 64<br />

Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay)<br />

Hervé Lewandowski<br />

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<strong>Budapest</strong>'s<br />

PALACE QUARTER<br />

Photo: Shutterstock<br />

Get ready to explore the enchanting Palace Quarter in the heart of<br />

the city. This historic district is a captivating blend of architecture,<br />

culture, and culinary delights. Discover the top sights, dining<br />

experiences, and activities that make this neighbourhood a mustvisit<br />

on your <strong>Budapest</strong> adventure.<br />

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HUNGARY<br />

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HUNGARY<br />

The Hungarian National Museum is not your typical<br />

stuffy museum – it's a vibrant journey through<br />

Hungary's history, culture, and art. Whether you're<br />

a history buff or just looking for a cool place to explore,<br />

this museum's got something for everyone.<br />

Inside, you'll uncover a treasure trove of artifacts,<br />

from ancient times to modern days. Admire the<br />

stunning Hungarian coronation regalia, get lost<br />

in the world of medieval Hungary, and explore the<br />

crown jewels, the armour of knights, and tons of<br />

intriguing exhibitions. After soaking in all that<br />

history and culture, take a breather in the museum's<br />

beautiful garden, which is a serene oasis in<br />

the heart of the city, perfect for a relaxing walk. In<br />

case you fancy a cup of tea or a tasty dessert, visit<br />

Geraldine Confectionary located right in the park.<br />

MIKSZÁTH SQUARE<br />

You'll stumble upon one of downtown's coziest<br />

squares in the heart of the Palace Quarter, not<br />

too far from the always lively Kálvin Square. This<br />

charming spot sits at the crossroads of Szentkirályi<br />

Street, Reviczky Street, and Krúdy Street,<br />

and it's named after famous Hungarian writer<br />

Kálmán Mikszáth. In the middle of the square,<br />

there is a cute little fountain, surrounded by<br />

benches and spots to chill. This place is a total hit<br />

with the hip local crew, because there are a bunch<br />

of rad restaurants, bistros, and cafes right on the<br />

square and in the nearby streets. They're dishing<br />

out fantastic food and awesome vibes, making it a<br />

surefire go-to for good times and great eats!<br />

If you're in the mood for a truly authentic Spanish<br />

tapas experience, head over to Arqutecto Pitpit,<br />

in case you're more into Italian cuisine, check out<br />

Basilico Pizzeria and for a cozy evening of sipping<br />

wine, Zengő Wine Bar is the perfect choice. For<br />

the most delectable coffee experience, make a<br />

beeline for LUMEN, where you'll savour the finest,<br />

aromatic brews. And if you're a beer aficionado,<br />

plop down at Jaromír by the Church, where you<br />

can revel in a fantastic selection of craft beers<br />

while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.<br />

JESUIT CHURCH OF<br />

THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS<br />

The church, well known for its distinct red brick<br />

exterior, was designed in a French-Romanesque<br />

style by József Kauser, got its grand opening in<br />

1909 and quickly became the heart of the Hungarian<br />

Jesuit community that very same year. After<br />

its inauguration, a vibrant religious community<br />

blossomed around the church, although it had<br />

to take a 30-year break during the socialist era.<br />

Since 1989, the church has been thriving once<br />

more, and its support has been unwavering. If you<br />

face the charming Szent Lőrinc Square, you'll see<br />

the arched windows and decorations, all part of<br />

the Neo-Romanesque style.<br />

Photo: Dolli Sutus<br />

MIKSZÁTH SQUARE<br />

URÁNIA NATIONAL<br />

FILM THEATRE<br />

The Uránia National Film Theatre isn't your<br />

run-of-the-mill cinema; it's a time machine that<br />

catapults you into a century-old cinematic wonderland.<br />

Back in 1895, it started as an orpheum<br />

tucked away in the lower floors of a charming<br />

apartment building. Fast forward to 1917, and<br />

voila, it officially transformed into a cinema. But<br />

here's the real gem: it has been showcasing moving<br />

pictures since 1899, making it Hungary's oldest<br />

continuously operating film theatre. Besides<br />

catching a flick, you can groove to a concert or get<br />

lost in a ballet performance in the spectacular<br />

screening rooms of the building.<br />

URÁNIA NATIONAL FILM THEATRE<br />

Photo: Shutterstock


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CULTURE 25<br />

RISING STARS<br />

NOSFERATU –<br />

SILENT FILM WITH<br />

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CULTURE 27<br />

EXPLORING<br />

Sacred Sites<br />

ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA<br />

St. Stephen's Basilica is not just a fancy church;<br />

it's like a grand palace for all things breathtaking.<br />

You've got stunning architecture that'll<br />

make your jaw drop, and when you climb up to<br />

the dome, you're in for a view that's like a giant<br />

postcard of <strong>Budapest</strong>. During Christmas, this<br />

place also becomes the heart of the festive action<br />

as the Christmas market outside the Basilica<br />

is pure magic!<br />

1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Szent István tér 1.<br />

bazilika.biz/en<br />

BUDATOWER<br />

Embark on a journey to the soaring gem of <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

– the lookout of the Mary Magdalene Church.<br />

Once grand, now only the tower and ruins stand as<br />

witnesses to history. The tower, a masterpiece of<br />

architecture, whispers tales of times gone by. Brace<br />

yourselves for a climb of epic proportions! But fear<br />

not, for the reward is beyond measure. At the summit,<br />

take a moment, catch your breath, and soak in the<br />

panoramic vistas. Snap those photos, you've earned it!<br />

1014 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Kapisztrán tér 6.<br />

budatower.hu/en<br />

Photo: A great shot of<br />

Photo: Shutterstock<br />

Photo: Géza Kurka<br />

Photo: A great shot of<br />

INNER-CITY PARISH CHURCH<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong>'s Inner-City Parish Church, also known<br />

as the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is located<br />

right in the busy hub of the city. Its adventurous<br />

history traces all the way back to the 14th century,<br />

and over the centuries, it even pulled double duty as<br />

a mosque. In the mid-1700s, it got a Baroque-style<br />

makeover that really spruced things up. You can<br />

actually join one of the guided tours in English to<br />

uncover all the secrets – the full scoop on the history<br />

and the mind-blowing architecture.<br />

1056 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Március 15. tér 2.<br />

belvarosiplebania.hu/eng<br />

CAVE CHURCH<br />

For a captivating visit right at the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

make sure to explore the Gellért Hill Cave Church, a<br />

genuine national treasure. This historic sanctuary,<br />

completed in the spring of 1931 according to the visionary<br />

plans of Kálmán Lux and masterfully brought<br />

to life by Károly Weichinger, stands as a remarkable<br />

sight that's not to be missed. Additionally, in 1934, a<br />

Neo-Romanesque-style monastery was added to the<br />

church, enhancing the entire experience.<br />

1114 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Szent Gellért rakpart 1.<br />

sziklatemplom.hu/eng


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CORY HENRY<br />

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CULTURE 31<br />

Charging<br />

Music<br />

with<br />

Photo: Bálint Hrotkó / BMC<br />

OPUS JAZZ CLUB<br />

Photo: Café Zsivágó Facebook<br />

CAFÉ ZSIVÁGÓ<br />

GET READY TO<br />

GROOVE, BUDAPEST!<br />

WE'RE TAKING YOU<br />

ON A TOE-TAPPING<br />

TOUR OF THE CITY'S<br />

BEST PUBS AND<br />

BARS, WHERE LIVE<br />

MUSIC AND ZESTY<br />

DRINKS HARMONI-<br />

OUSLY UNITE. SIP,<br />

SWAY, AND LET THE<br />

GOOD TIMES ROLL!<br />

GIERO PUB<br />

Dive into the vibrant world of Giero Pub, an intimate<br />

basement bar tucked away in the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

where authentic gypsy music comes alive every<br />

night from 11PM. As violin, piano, and double bass<br />

create an enchanting aura, this cozy nook offers<br />

an unforgettable experience like no other. Though<br />

small in size, Aunt Gizi's warm hospitality ensures<br />

you'll feel right at your grandma’s place while basking<br />

in the captivating tunes. Don't forget to carry<br />

cash, as credit cards aren't accepted, and be ready<br />

for a 1000 HUF entry fee.<br />

1061 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Paulay Ede utca 58. | fb/gieropub<br />

IKON PIANO BAR<br />

Discover Kazinczy Street’s dimly-lit gem, where<br />

live piano music and modern bistro dishes unite<br />

to create a swanky and scrumptious milieu from<br />

Wednesday to Saturday. Listen to pianist Norbert<br />

Gazsi’s renditions of Hungarian classics, 70s disco<br />

hits, Michael Bublé songs, and sultry jazz music,<br />

while savouring Hungarian wines or a cheeky G&T<br />

menu, and indulging in the delectable cooking of<br />

chef Tamás Farkas. Plus, as a rare treat in <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

IKON's kitchen stays open past midnight, perfect<br />

for late-night cravings.<br />

1075 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Kazinczy utca 5.<br />

ikonpianobar.hu/en<br />

OPUS JAZZ CLUB<br />

In close proximity to the iconic Great Market Hall,<br />

Opus Jazz Club is the place to be for jazz enthusiasts,<br />

foodies, and thirsty souls alike. This cozy<br />

hotspot lures world-famous jazz artists and serves<br />

scrumptious bistro-style dishes, tempting drinks,<br />

and head-bobbing contemporary jazz concerts from<br />

Wednesday to Saturday. Opus Jazz Club entices<br />

guests with its modern yet snug atmosphere, and<br />

a menu that caters to all - whether you're tackling<br />

food allergies or simply ravenous as a wolf.<br />

1093 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Mátyás utca 8.<br />

opusjazzclub.hu/en<br />

FONÓ BUDA MUSIC HOUSE<br />

Step into the warm embrace of Fonó, a legendary<br />

communal venue that has been fostering cultural<br />

connections and collaboration through the power of<br />

music, dance, and words for over 18 years. Known<br />

for its diverse programs, Fonó surprises audiences<br />

with an array of concerts, dance houses, and<br />

workshops. Meanwhile, the venue’s buzzing folk<br />

pub, Fonó Café invites guests to unwind and warm<br />

up to the night’s program with a variety of homemade-style<br />

Hungarian meals, a wide selection of<br />

premium wines, and kicking pálinkas.<br />

1116 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Sztregova utca 3.<br />

fono.hu/en<br />

JEDERMANN<br />

Nestled in Pest's vibrant restaurant street, Jedermann<br />

feels like a home away from home. A favourite<br />

daytime hangout for local university students,<br />

it transforms into one of <strong>Budapest</strong>'s top eats-andtunes<br />

venues by night. Jedermann offers a colourful<br />

lineup of live music, from string quartets and swing<br />

ensembles to jazz and funk concerts, while serving<br />

up dishes that’ll make your mouth water, including<br />

stuffed French toast, chili con carne, and confit pork<br />

filet with steamed purple cabbage and mashed potatoes,<br />

catering to a wide range of culinary and musical<br />

tastes at the same time.<br />

1092 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Ráday utca 58.<br />

fb/jedermann.budapest<br />

CAFÉ ZSIVÁGÓ<br />

While <strong>Budapest</strong> does have its fair share of trendy<br />

bars, just like any other buzzing European capital<br />

city, it also boasts a number of delightfully old-timey<br />

gems, such as Café Zsivágó. Tucked away in Paulay<br />

Ede Street, this charming spot oozes nostalgia with<br />

its flowery wallpaper, antique picture frames, and<br />

heirloom furniture. But don't be fooled by its vintage<br />

vibe - Café Zsivágó knows how to party, regularly<br />

hosting energetic live music concerts!<br />

1061 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Paulay Ede utca 55.<br />

fb/Café Zsivágó


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GASTRO 33<br />

Savour <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

From Michelin-recommended marvels to hidden gems, join us<br />

as we expose the city's top restaurants, showcasing a harmonious<br />

blend of tradition and innovation. Get ready for a tasty<br />

journey through the heart of Hungary's culinary capital.<br />

Flava Kitchen & More<br />

Discover a winter escape nestled in the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

– Flava Kitchen & More, your urban oasis. Just a stone's<br />

throw from Szabadság Square, this Michelin-recommended<br />

gem invites you to warm up in a downtown jungle of flavours.<br />

Embracing the spirit of sharing, their menu spans the globe,<br />

making it a breeze for larger groups to curate a feast. From<br />

international delights to traditional Hungarian flavours, Flava<br />

Kitchen & More crafts a fresh and unique culinary experience,<br />

ensuring every plate is a passport to the world's diverse<br />

cuisines. Make sure you try their signature babka with<br />

Turkish hazelnuts!<br />

3 1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Október 6. utca 26.<br />

9 flava.hu/en<br />

Robinson Restaurant<br />

Found on a charming island in <strong>Budapest</strong>'s most beautiful park,<br />

Robinson Restaurant pays tribute to Defoe's shipwrecked<br />

hero. Opened in 1989, this lakeside gem, overseen by owner<br />

László Árpád, welcomes guests on two floors with a seasonal<br />

menu inspired by international and Hungarian cuisines. From<br />

coconut salmon curry to hearty Hortobágyi meat pancakes,<br />

Robinson invites you to a global gastronomic journey. The<br />

restaurant's enduring allure lies not just in its celebrity clientele<br />

but also in its idyllic location by the City Park Lake. In<br />

the colder months, don't miss their sensational fisherman's<br />

soup, a perfect warmer for the soul!<br />

3 1146 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Városligeti-tó (City Park Lake)<br />

9 robinsonrestaurant.hu/en<br />

Jardinette<br />

Go explore beyond downtown and check out the gorgeous<br />

Buda Hills that give home to Jardinette. If you're up for<br />

diving headfirst into Hungarian cuisine, this place is your<br />

ticket to explore some seriously tasty traditional Hungarian<br />

flavours, with a twist of innovation and attentive service.<br />

Jardinette isn't just a restaurant, it's a whole adventure<br />

that'll take you deeper into the wonderful world of Hungarian<br />

food and mentality. Also, the restaurant's got this one-ofa-kind<br />

magic, thanks to its jaw-dropping conservatory. This<br />

cozy and tranquil conservatory is all lit up with giant glass<br />

walls, making it feel like you're in the middle of a fairy tale<br />

garden – even when winter's knocking!<br />

3 1112 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Németvölgyi út 136. 9 jardinette.hu/en<br />

Vén Hajó Restaurant<br />

How about spicing things up with a candlelit dinner on the<br />

Danube, surrounded by the dazzling nightlights of <strong>Budapest</strong>?<br />

It's a recipe for romance with a side of city sparkle! The legendary<br />

boat restaurant Vén Hajó (Old Boat) is on a mission to<br />

impress with its delightful dishes and an exceptional selection<br />

of wines. Prepare for a culinary adventure that pays homage<br />

to tradition while embracing innovation! So, deck yourself<br />

out in your fanciest threads, and enjoy the bests of traditional<br />

Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist, from beef stew in red<br />

wine to tenderloin carpaccio served with arugula salad.<br />

3 1052 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Vigadó Square, pier 2<br />

9 venhajo-etterem.hu/en<br />

Tapas Fino<br />

Indulge in the perfect blend of Spanish flair and Hungarian finesse<br />

as you unwind at Tapas Fino! This gorgeous restaurant<br />

is located on the UNESCO world heritage Danube Bank, offering<br />

an upscale selection of tapas dishes, Cavas and the bests<br />

from the Spanish vineyards. Led by executive chef András Sipos,<br />

the menu is inspired by Spanish cuisine, with fantastic<br />

meals cooked to perfection with a Hungarian touch. The cosy<br />

space with its modern decor and the floor-to-ceiling windows<br />

bring authentic Mediterranean vibes to the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>.<br />

Thinking of finishing your day with a delicious cocktail by the<br />

Danube? Tapas Fino is your place to be!<br />

3 1056 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Belgrád rakpart 24.<br />

9 tapasfino.hu


34 GASTRO<br />

GASTRO 35<br />

Tereza<br />

Downtown <strong>Budapest</strong>'s Tereza is a Mexican culinary fiesta!<br />

Close to Oktogon, dive into authentic regional flavours in this<br />

lively Mexican restaurant all year round. Beyond delicious<br />

dishes, enjoy perfect drink pairings and master oyster opening<br />

at the Oysters & Bubbles workshop. Live music rocks this<br />

special place, and winter coziness awaits inside. And hold<br />

onto your sombreros, because every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday,<br />

with tasty tacos at just 1290 forints each. Don't miss Margarita<br />

workshops for cocktail skills and monthly foodie events<br />

– Tereza is your go-to for a flavour-packed adventure!<br />

3 1065 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Nagymező utca 3.<br />

9 tereza.hu/en<br />

Soy & Olive<br />

Get ready for a culinary adventure in the centre of <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

– Soy and Olive has opened its doors, bringing your favourite<br />

global cuisines together under one roof! Aptly named<br />

after key ingredients from Italian and Asian kitchens, this<br />

exciting restaurant has set up shop in Vörösmarty Square.<br />

Housed within the unique interior of the nearly century-old<br />

Medimpex Palace, the restaurant seamlessly combines two<br />

distinct yet harmoniously operating culinary realms. This<br />

concept is a standout – it's not about fusion kitchens, but<br />

rather about two parallel, independently thriving cuisines<br />

coming together in high style.<br />

3 1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Vörösmarty tér 4.<br />

9 fb/soyandolivebudapest<br />

DNB <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

Get ready for a taste of winter delight at DNB <strong>Budapest</strong>, the<br />

culinary gem along the Pest side of the Danube. Fancy Advent<br />

and Christmas brunches with Hungarian stuffed cabbage,<br />

roasted pikeperch, and our famous Christmas cake bejgli get<br />

you in the festive mood. And if you're all about those cozy tea<br />

afternoons, they've got you covered for a relaxing time. No<br />

stress about the holiday feast either – on the night of 24 December,<br />

swing by the restaurant for some grilled lamb, deer<br />

ragout, and pumpkin pie. Or, if you're feeling lazy, let them<br />

bring the tastiest meals straight to your doorstep with their<br />

jolly home delivery.<br />

3 1052 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Duna-korzó 9 dnbbudapest.com<br />

Alessio<br />

Transport your taste buds to Tuscany without leaving Buda's<br />

green embrace! Alessio, nestled in the tranquillity of Pasarét,<br />

serves up authentic Italian goodness with traditional Tuscan<br />

flavours using genuine ingredients. From daily specials to<br />

homemade pastas and sizzling prawns, the menu is a journey<br />

into Italian delight. No need to cross borders for Mediterranean<br />

magic – just climb up to Pasarét's cherished Italian spot,<br />

Alessio. Each bite invites you on an instant Italian flavour voyage.<br />

Whether you seek celebration, relaxation, or a nibble of<br />

dolce vita, Alessio is the go-to for a swift Italian escape!<br />

3 1026 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Pasaréti út 55.<br />

9 cafealessio.hu<br />

Róma Ételbár<br />

Step into the Róma Food Bar any day of the week, and you're<br />

in for a treat – think checkered tablecloths, friendly staff, and<br />

heavenly smells! This spot is the perfect blend of cozy nostalgia<br />

and modern cool, serving up a lineup of unforgettable<br />

dishes that'll make your taste buds dance, from golden broth<br />

to heavenly chicken paprikash and sweet curd dumplings.<br />

Whether it's a Tuesday or a Sunday, Róma Food Bar turns<br />

every meal into a feast, and here's a secret: in <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

every road somehow leads to this zestful haven. It's not just<br />

a restaurant; it's a foodie's paradise you won't want to leave!<br />

3 1015 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Csalogány utca 20.<br />

9 fb/RómaÉtelbár<br />

Náncsi Néni Vendéglője<br />

If you're on a quest for the ultimate combo of homey Hungarian<br />

vibes and the gentle hug of nature, buckle up and head to<br />

Náncsi Néni Vendéglője (Aunt Náncsi’s Eatery)! Perched high<br />

above the city in the Buda Hills, this place is like a culinary<br />

haven for <strong>Budapest</strong> folks. From farm-fresh chicken soup to<br />

melt-in-your-mouth venison served with dumplings, each<br />

bite feels like a warm hug from grandma. This adventure of<br />

flavours will transport you to those golden Sundays when<br />

the whole fam gathered to soak up some cooking wisdom<br />

and devour grandma's magic. You're not just dining; you're<br />

time-traveling in taste!<br />

3 1029 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Ördögárok út 80.<br />

9 nancsineni.hu/en


36 GASTRO<br />

GASTRO 37<br />

The Newest Spot<br />

for Beer Aficionados<br />

WHETHER YOU’RE A SEASONED CONNOISSEUR OF BEER OR SIMPLY FEEL<br />

ADVENTUROUS ENOUGH TO TRY SOME SPECIALTIES, WITH 20 BEERS ON<br />

TAP, MARGARET'S RESTAURANT & PUB IS YOUR PLACE TO BE!<br />

PU_<strong>Funzine</strong>_124x87mm_231020.indd 3 <strong>2023</strong>. 10. 20. 16:34<br />

In the heart of the city, at the foot of Margaret<br />

Bridge on the Buda side, a new spot has been<br />

attracting beer lovers since its opening in late<br />

August. With a real downtown bar feel, Margaret’s<br />

carries an impressive assortment of local<br />

and international brands - like <strong>Budapest</strong>-based<br />

FIRST Craft Beer, the Czech Bohemia Regent or<br />

Primator - that all beer enthusiasts would surely<br />

appreciate. Here, you will find a wide range of pale<br />

ales, IPAs, NEIPAs, and stouts. In addition to the<br />

heavier brews, the 9% IPA being the most massive,<br />

Margaret’s offers 3 types of fruit beers.<br />

The menu is also worth mentioning - or tasting,<br />

for that matter: looking at the bar snacks alone,<br />

you will be tempted to try the paprika mangalica<br />

crackling with red onion and sourdough bread or<br />

the cold Bavarian sausage right away! Excellent<br />

ingredients and expertise combined with many<br />

years of experience shine through everything prepared<br />

here: legendary Hungarian dishes like red<br />

wine beef stew, confit duck leg or tenderloin steak<br />

- and so much more for you to enjoy at Margaret’s!<br />

Margaret's is where the party's at, no matter the<br />

occasion! They've got live music on the weekends,<br />

making it the ultimate hangout spot for friends,<br />

family feasts, birthday bashes, and anniversaries.<br />

Need a place for your company event? They've got<br />

you covered with a room for up to 30 people, and<br />

they'll also handle all the planning!<br />

Margaret's isn't just about good times, they're<br />

also dishing out some seriously cool events and<br />

jaw-dropping deals. So, make sure to keep tabs on<br />

Margaret’s Facebook page for the scoop on what's<br />

happening!<br />

3 1027 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Margit körút 2.<br />

9 fb/margaretsbudapest


38 GASTRO<br />

GASTRO 39<br />

Quick & Tasty<br />

VegaCity<br />

Just a stone’s throw away from the always busy Kálvin Square<br />

and Astoria, VegaCity awaits the health-conscious with the<br />

finest alternatives. The restaurant offers a continuously varying<br />

lunch menu and an impressive selection of green and<br />

healthy foods in the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>. Besides the finely prepared<br />

warm cooked meals, there are tasty homemade hamburgers,<br />

gluten and sugar free desserts, freshly squeezed<br />

juices and smoothies to consume. Check out the weekly offers<br />

and test the finger licking good meals regardless of being a<br />

committed vegan or a curious gastro tourist.<br />

3 1053 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Múzeum körút 23-25.<br />

9 vegacity.hu<br />

Indulging in<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong>'s Classic Lángos<br />

Although typically associated with lazy summers spent by lakes and on lidos,<br />

Hungary’s number one beach food can be enjoyed all-year round, with the colder<br />

temperatures only enhancing the lángos experience.<br />

Bubu Bubble Tea<br />

Indulge in the coolest sips from Asia all year round at three<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong> locations with Bubu Bubble Tea. Whether you're<br />

craving fruity adventures, tapioca treasures, or jelly journeys,<br />

these drinks are the bomb, bringing all the vibes of the<br />

seasons in colour and flavour. As autumn leaves fall, grab a<br />

tea that's practically a fruit fiesta on the go – apple, mango,<br />

and all that jazz! And hey, if you'd rather be cuddled up with<br />

your bubble tea, Bubu's got your back with their top-notch ingredients<br />

in their online wonderland.<br />

3 1052 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Petőfi Sándor utca 6.<br />

3 1066 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Teréz körút 38.<br />

3 1117 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Móricz Zsigmond körtér 16. 9 bubutea.hu<br />

Tölcsibe<br />

At Tölcsibe's, there's never a season that wouldn't be made<br />

better by a cone overflowing with joy – packed with chicken,<br />

salad, and rocking unique sauces and spices. While summer<br />

vibes scream for ice cream cones, fall whispers the<br />

call of the vibrant, leaf-strewn streets of <strong>Budapest</strong>, where<br />

a warm and crispy Tölcsibe is your ultimate hand-held buddy.<br />

Make sure you try their gluten- and dairy-free supreme<br />

chicken, too! Even if you're dancing with a vegetarian beat,<br />

their tasty cones made with jackfruit are the showstopper<br />

you won't want to miss!<br />

3 1077 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Wesselényi u. 23.<br />

3 1111 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Budafoki út 16. 9 tolcsibe.hu<br />

In 2011, Retro Lángos made our beloved deepfried<br />

comfort food (traditionally consumed plain<br />

or topped with garlic oil, sour cream, and grated<br />

cheese) available in <strong>Budapest</strong> all year round. Initially,<br />

they opened a tiny food stand next to Arany<br />

János metro station, which grew immensely popular<br />

during its 9-year lease. Due to the metro station's<br />

renovation, the food stand had to close, but<br />

Retro Lángos survived in the form of a brand new,<br />

modern lángos bistro just across the street.<br />

Today, they serve over 20 types of lángos, ranging<br />

from classic flavours to inventive variations, such<br />

as the Meat Bomb inspired by a guest who wanted<br />

all available toppings on his lángos. Even those<br />

with food intolerances can enjoy gluten-free, lactose-free,<br />

and vegan options. All lángoses are<br />

lovingly prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients<br />

on the spot.<br />

Retro Lángos' winter favourites include sheep<br />

curd-sausage lángos with scallion, tzatziki<br />

sauce-chicken lán gos with tomato and feta cheese,<br />

and the mouth-watering pulled pork lángos with<br />

BBQ sauce. Whether you go for a simple, a seasonal,<br />

or a more creative lángos, don't forget to pair<br />

them with the unique Retro specialty cocktail, a<br />

sensational blend of Tubi, ginger, and passion fruit.<br />

The warm indoor seating area attracts many people<br />

during the winter months, so it's common to<br />

see a queue in front of the bistro, especially on<br />

weekends. But fear not, Retro Lángos is famous<br />

for its fast service. A friendly, 20-member staff<br />

ensures you'll fill your belly with a hearty lángos<br />

in no time.<br />

3 1065 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 25.<br />

9 retrolangos.hu


40 GASTRO<br />

GASTRO 41<br />

Auntie Kató’s<br />

Delicacies<br />

Kató néni’s chimney cakes are an absolute<br />

must-have at the Christmas markets in the city.<br />

There's nothing quite like grandma's pastries<br />

– those sweet smells and tastes are like a blast<br />

from the past. The peeps who started Kató Néni<br />

Finomságai (Auntie Kató’s Delicacies) wanted to<br />

take us on a trip down memory lane with those<br />

old-school Hungarian recipes everyone loves. In<br />

addition to keeping traditions alive, the Kató Néni<br />

Downtown crew is all about staying hip with the<br />

times and keeping up with what the customers<br />

want. They've even given the classic chimney cake<br />

a modern twist, shaping it into a cone and stuffing<br />

it with ice cream or mousse. So, if you're down<br />

to get nostalgic and get a taste of authentic Hungarian<br />

traditions, or if you're just the curious type<br />

who's all about trying new stuff, make sure to hit<br />

up their booth at the Basilica Advent Fair! That hot<br />

chimney cake is gonna warm your heart and get<br />

you into the real Christmas vibe!<br />

3 1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Október 6. utca 6.<br />

9 katonenifinomsagai.hu<br />

9 fb/katonenifinomsagai<br />

Pirate Empire<br />

Brace yourselves for a feast like never before at <strong>Budapest</strong>'s Pirate Empire!<br />

With legendary decor, savoury delights, and a sea of fun, this be a swashbuckling<br />

escapade you won't forget. Join us for a buccaneer haven where every meal<br />

is a tale of high seas merriment!<br />

Welcome to Pirate Empire, the one-of-akind<br />

themed restaurant in <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

where everything revolves around the<br />

thrilling and sometimes mysterious<br />

world of those dreaded pirates. If you're a fan of<br />

swashbuckling adventures on the high seas, then<br />

Pirate Empire is your treasure trove!<br />

Step into the realm of Caribbean pirate films as<br />

the décor magically brings to life scenes straight<br />

out of your favourite movies. And guess what?<br />

The atmosphere is set with toe-tapping pirate<br />

tunes playing in the background. Now, feast your<br />

eyes (and your stomach!) on divine pirate meals<br />

with names as wild as the open sea—whether<br />

it's Barbarossa's Betrayal, Tia Dalma's Vision, or<br />

Blackbeard's Feast. Devour these delights in the<br />

spectacular pirate harbour, the captain's cabin, or<br />

even on the deck of a pirate ship. Wherever you<br />

choose, an unforgettable adventure awaits!<br />

So, gather your crew, set sail for Pirate Empire, and<br />

let the good times and pirate shenanigans roll! It's<br />

a feast fit for buccaneers, and the memories? Well,<br />

they'll be as legendary as Davy Jones' locker!<br />

3 1065 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Nagymező utca 41.<br />

9 kalozetterem.hu/eng


42 CHILL ZONE<br />

CHILL ZONE 43<br />

BUDAPEST ON A BUDGET<br />

JOIN US AS WE UNVEIL COST-FREE ADVENTURES, FROM CAPTIVATING WALKING<br />

TOURS TO CULTURAL DELIGHTS. DISCOVER THE BEST WAYS TO EXPLORE THE<br />

CITY'S CHARM, HISTORY, AND ART WITHOUT SPENDING A PENNY. BUDAPEST<br />

OFFERS A TREASURE TROVE OF ENRICHING ACTIVITIES, AND WE'RE HERE TO<br />

GUIDE YOU ON THE ULTIMATE BUDGET-FRIENDLY JOURNEY.<br />

BUDAPEST'S MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA<br />

Get ready to rock <strong>Budapest</strong> without breaking the<br />

bank! Dive into the city's musical vibes with epic<br />

free concerts – it's like a backstage pass to the<br />

coolest tunes in town! <strong>Budapest</strong> Jazz Club is turning<br />

up the heat not just on weekends but also on<br />

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. Jam<br />

out to spontaneous gigs by music legends and<br />

KINCSEM PARK<br />

budding talents from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of<br />

Music. Pótkulcs on Csengery Street is your ticket<br />

to quirky vibes, offering everything from eclectic<br />

tunes to film clubs and dance parties. And who<br />

could forget Szimpla Kert on Kazinczy Street?<br />

This spot is not just a maze of craft fairs and vintage<br />

treasures but also a haven for free concerts<br />

and parties. Even the metro joins the party – every<br />

Photo: Kincsem Park - Nemzeti Lóverseny Facebook<br />

Wednesday, catch some beats at Fővám Square<br />

between 4 and 7 pm. It's all free, but remember,<br />

you'll need a ticket or pass to groove in the metro<br />

zone. Let the music play and the good times roll!<br />

UNCOVER BUDAPEST’S<br />

COOLEST WALKING SPOTS<br />

Embark on a journey to explore the city’s hippest<br />

walking destinations, or hop on board a free city tour<br />

– we're spilling the tea on our absolute faves!<br />

Top <strong>Budapest</strong> Tours offers free walking tours in<br />

four different areas of the city. The Welcome to<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong> tour is the perfect option if it’s your first<br />

time in the Hungarian capital, whereas the Jewish<br />

Quarter tour guides you through the hidden historical<br />

gems of District VII. The Buda Castle walking<br />

tour is also very informative and rich in beautiful<br />

landmarks. Make sure you book your tour in advance<br />

online!<br />

Fiumei Road Cemetery isn't just your ordinary<br />

graveyard – it's Hungary's colossal sculpture stash!<br />

Picture this: a cemetery turned into a national memorial,<br />

where the tombs tell tales of everything<br />

from the Age of Dualism to communism, the 1848-<br />

49 War of Independence, the rebellious 1956 Revolution,<br />

and the birth of the democratic multi-party<br />

scene. It's history with a side of spookiness, so don’t<br />

hesitate to book a free English guided tour online!<br />

Buda’s Villányi Street hides a 7.5-hectare arbore-<br />

FIUMEI ROAD CEMETERY<br />

HUNGARIAN MONEY MUSEUM<br />

AND VISITOR CENTRE<br />

VIRÁG JUDIT GALLERY<br />

Photo: A great shot of Photo: Virág Judit Galéria Facebook<br />

Photo: Pénzmúzeum Facebook


44 CHILL ZONE<br />

CHILL ZONE 45<br />

tum that flaunts a new look with each season. Fall<br />

is the jackpot time for a chill stroll! Dating back to<br />

1893, the Buda Arboretum is the capital’s true green<br />

wonderland. There's a wild rock garden, a cute pond,<br />

ancient trees, and numerous bird species. Escape<br />

the city chaos between 8 am and 4 pm for free!<br />

EXPLORE BUDAPEST’S MUSEUMS<br />

WITHOUT SPENDING A DIME<br />

Head to <strong>Budapest</strong>’s free-to-visit museums to learn<br />

about Hungary’s rich cultural heritage! You can opt<br />

for Széll Kálmán Square’s recently renovated Postal<br />

Palace that gives home to the Hungarian Money Museum<br />

and Visitor Centre. Its comprehensive, modern<br />

display provides a fun program for both children and<br />

adults, as you can get acquainted with the history<br />

of money through a great array of playful, interactive<br />

tools and visual solutions. The entry is free, but<br />

booking an appointment online is compulsory.<br />

Your other cost-free alternative is the Police Museum<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong> that takes visitors on a captivating<br />

journey through Hungary's law enforcement history.<br />

Situated in the heart of the city, the museum<br />

showcases a diverse array of artifacts, crime stories,<br />

and interactive displays. With engaging exhibits<br />

on historical crime-solving methods and notable<br />

cases, the museum offers a compelling and educational<br />

experience for those intrigued by the world<br />

of policing. English-language guided tours are also<br />

available for free upon request.<br />

WEEKEND HORSE RACING FIESTA<br />

Craving a dash of excitement? Trot over to Kincsem<br />

Park, <strong>Budapest</strong>'s exclusive horse racing haven!<br />

Brace yourself for the thrill of free trotting and galloping<br />

races on this 100-hectare green paradise<br />

that's been horse-central since 1925. But it's not<br />

just about the races - immerse yourself in the lively<br />

vibes of this iconic venue. Picture this: a blend of<br />

hooves pounding the track and the chill of green relaxation.<br />

Whether you're a racing aficionado or just<br />

after a quirky weekend escapade, Kincsem Park is<br />

your ticket to a playful rendezvous with equine action<br />

and natural charm!<br />

HUNGARIAN ART UNLEASHED<br />

Ready to dive into the world of Hungarian art in<br />

the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>? Well, buckle up because<br />

these galleries are turning up the creative vibes,<br />

and guess what? It's all free! From Fashion Street,<br />

hop into the Deák17 Children and Youth Art Gallery.<br />

Until December 16, they're treating you to a visual<br />

feast of the coolest silent books from around the<br />

globe. Who needs words when you've got pictures<br />

telling stories in style?<br />

Now, let's groove to the Virág Judit Gallery, where<br />

19th, 20th, and 21st-century Hungarian artworks<br />

are throwing a party! From paintings to sculptures<br />

and even some historic ceramics, it's like a<br />

time-traveling art extravaganza. Oh, and don't forget<br />

the Contemporary Gallery inside – a wild ride of<br />

modern masterpieces, and it won't cost you a dime.<br />

Last but not least, the acb Gallery on Király Street<br />

is where contemporary art meets <strong>Budapest</strong>'s<br />

neo-avantgarde scene. Three exhibition spaces,<br />

loads of creativity, and guess what? Free entry! Art<br />

lovers, get ready for an adventure that's free, fabulous,<br />

and full of flair.<br />

TOP BUDAPEST TOURS<br />

: Top <strong>Budapest</strong> Tours


46 CHILL ZONE<br />

CHILL ZONE 47<br />

MEMENTO PARK<br />

Photo: Shutterstock<br />

From vintage shops and<br />

cafés to retro cinemas<br />

and museums, there's<br />

something for everyone<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong>'s retro<br />

revival. Here's a guide<br />

to the city's coolest<br />

old-school spots.<br />

ULTRAIBOLYA ESPRESSO<br />

MEMENTO PARK<br />

One of <strong>Budapest</strong>'s seriously cool attractions<br />

is Memento Park that reminds visitors<br />

about the rise and fall of the Soviet<br />

dictatorship in Hungary. You can stroll<br />

through the park, checking out 41 rad<br />

statues and memorials, all while getting<br />

the lowdown on a significant chunk<br />

of Hungarian history. The statue park is<br />

open even in winter, every day from 10 in<br />

the morning till 4 in the afternoon. Time to<br />

dive into the era of communism!<br />

mementopark.hu/en<br />

THEY WROTE THE SONG FOR US!<br />

Step into Hungary's musical time machine<br />

at the House of Music! Explore<br />

the early decades of Hungarian pop<br />

Photo: ultraibolyaespresso.hu<br />

Photo: Bem Mozi Facebook<br />

BEM CINEMA<br />

in the exhibit "They Wrote the Song for Us!" It's a<br />

groovy quest with interactive tech, showcasing<br />

iconic musicians, bands, and cultural events of the<br />

politically restricted era that lasted from 1957 to<br />

the Regime Change. Dive into the vibrant world of<br />

fandoms, clubs, and concert tours – it's a musical<br />

journey like no other!<br />

zenehaza.hu/en<br />

BEM CINEMA<br />

Explore the cozy charm of the legendary Bem Mozi<br />

on Margit Avenue, a retro film theatre with an extraordinary<br />

repertoire of movies. Get ready to see<br />

long-time favourites, including film classics, art<br />

films, as well as animated movies! Make sure you<br />

arrive to the cinema long before the start of the<br />

screening, as you cannot book your seat in advance.<br />

While you wait, enjoy a good drink and an even better<br />

conversation at the bar!<br />

fb/BemMozi<br />

EIFFEL BAZAAR AND CLUB<br />

When in hunt for antique treasures, the place you<br />

should surely pop in is District XIII’s Eiffel Bazaar<br />

and Club in Katona József Street. The quirky vintage<br />

store boasts an extraordinary asset of ceramics,<br />

vinyl, posters, postcards, lamps, cameras and<br />

hundreds of other retro gems. Bookworms will also<br />

EIFFEL BAZAAR AND CLUB<br />

enjoy visiting Eiffel Bazaar, as it is crammed with<br />

bookshelves that hide rare antique books and manuscripts,<br />

and sometimes book auctions are held for<br />

the finest printed copies.<br />

fb/eiffelbazaresklub<br />

BAMBI ESPRESSO BAR<br />

Step back in time at Bambi Espresso Bar, a retro gem<br />

that's been around for over 60 years. With its checkered<br />

floors, chrome accents, and vintage coffee<br />

machines, the interior is straight out of the 1960s.<br />

Whether you're looking to relax and people-watch,<br />

catch up with friends over a cup of coffee, or get creative<br />

inspiration, Bambi is the place to be. So come<br />

on down and experience a blast from the past!<br />

fb/bambieszpresszo<br />

ULTRAIBOLYA ESPRESSO<br />

UltraIbolya Espresso, a retro haven on Ferenciek<br />

Square, captures a timeless vibe just steps away<br />

from its sister, Ibolya. Popular among students and<br />

office-goers, it mirrors Ibolya's charm with spaceage<br />

chairs, period-specific drinks, and tasty snacks.<br />

Enjoy wallet-friendly breakfasts, hearty dinners, and<br />

a diverse drink menu, including new-wave coffee specialties<br />

and a unique selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic<br />

beverages. Cheers to a vintage experience!<br />

fb/UltraIbolyaEspresso<br />

Photo: Eiffel Bazár és Klub


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CHILL ZONE<br />

Photo: Ludwig Múzeum Facebook Photo: Hop on - Hop off <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

TRAVEL WITH<br />

BUDAPEST CARD<br />

UNWIND IN BUDAPEST’S<br />

THERMAL BATHS<br />

Soak up the bubbly bliss at one<br />

of <strong>Budapest</strong>’s world-recognized<br />

thermal baths! As the days go<br />

colder, there is nothing like a<br />

good dip in the hot pools of these<br />

historic sites. <strong>Budapest</strong> Card<br />

gives you a 20% discount on the<br />

entrance fee to the city’s tempting<br />

spas - find your favourite!<br />

SEE CONTEMPORARY<br />

ART EXHIBITIONS AT<br />

THE LUDWIG MUSEUM<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong> Card provides you free<br />

access to see the exciting contemporary<br />

art exhibitions at the Ludwig<br />

Museum. Situated next to river<br />

Danube, this extraordinary site<br />

gives you a glimpse into the world<br />

of the underrepresented Central<br />

and Eastern European artists.<br />

EMBARK ON THE BEST<br />

SIGHTSEEING TOURS<br />

Explore <strong>Budapest</strong>’s most famous<br />

landmarks like the Dohány Street<br />

Synagogue and the St. Matthias<br />

Church! With the <strong>Budapest</strong> Card in<br />

your pocket, you can choose from<br />

several free walking tours around<br />

the city, or even embark on a sightseeing<br />

boat ride on the Danube.<br />

Photo: A great shot of<br />

TAKE A STROLL<br />

IN THE CITY PARK<br />

Photo: Rudas Gyógyfürdő Facebook<br />

There is so much to see and experience<br />

in the beautiful City Park that<br />

you had better put it on your <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

bucket list. From the House of<br />

Music Hungary to Gundel Restaurant,<br />

you will be amazed by both<br />

architectural and gastronomic wonders,<br />

as well as special discounts.<br />

EXPERIENCE THE<br />

CHARM OF BUDAPEST’S<br />

COFFEEHOUSES<br />

Fancy having your afternoon tea<br />

and cake in a splendid environment<br />

where history meets aroma?<br />

Visit <strong>Budapest</strong>’s coffeehouses,<br />

where each sip is a journey<br />

through the city’s rich past and<br />

vibrant present. At the 100-yearold<br />

Café Astoria, for example, you<br />

can enjoy a 10% discount.<br />

EXPLORE<br />

THE CASTLE DISTRICT<br />

Take the castle bus to see the<br />

landmarks of the Castle District,<br />

learn about Hungarian history<br />

at the National Gallery and the<br />

Hospital in the Rock, and enjoy<br />

the mesmerizing panorama at<br />

the Halászbástya Restaurant<br />

while savouring local dishes.<br />

Use BP Card’s discounts to enjoy<br />

it even more!<br />

Learn more about the <strong>Budapest</strong> Card and its special deals at budapestinfo.hu!<br />

Photo: Café Astoria Restaurant<br />

Photo: Néprajzi Múzeum Facebook


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CHILL ZONE 51<br />

Photo: Instant-Fogas-Komplexum Facebook<br />

MIDNIGHT<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

GET READY FOR A WILD RIDE THROUGH BUDAPEST'S SIZZLING<br />

NIGHTLIFE, AS WE REVEAL THE CITY'S ULTIMATE HOTSPOTS<br />

FOR NOCTURNAL SHENANIGANS! FROM FOOT-STOMPING CON-<br />

CERT VENUES AND QUIRKY RUIN BARS TO SWANKY CLUBS,<br />

PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED BY THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES<br />

THAT MAKE BUDAPEST A NIGHT OWL'S PARADISE.<br />

INSTANT-FOGAS KOMPLEXUM<br />

AKVÁRIUM KLUB<br />

Plunge into the pulsating heart of <strong>Budapest</strong> nightlife<br />

at Akvárium Klub, one of the most popular<br />

concert venues in the city, tucked beneath a massive<br />

reflecting pool. Located just a stone’s throw<br />

away from the <strong>Budapest</strong> Eye, right next to buzzing<br />

Deák Square, Akvárium Klub is a cultural epicentre<br />

boasting a diverse musical lineup that spans<br />

from emerging Hungarian electronic acts and folk<br />

ensembles to British indie rock and Canadian vaporwave.<br />

Upcoming events include club concerts<br />

from King Krule, Swans, Blank Banshee, Holy<br />

Waves, and Son Mieux, while the in-house Lokál<br />

venue continues to host weekly themed parties,<br />

DJ sets, and local talent showcases.<br />

1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Erzsébet tér 12.<br />

akvariumklub.hu/en<br />

INSTANT-FOGAS KOMPLEXUM<br />

With 7 distinct dancefloors, 18 bars, diverse music<br />

styles, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, this renowned<br />

ruin bar complex has been attracting visitors<br />

for over six years now. Dance the night away<br />

on Instant's lively dance floor or challenge friends<br />

to a game of billiards; listen to the infectious beats<br />

as talented RnB DJs spin their favourite records at<br />

Unterwelt; get cozy at intimate Liebling; paint the<br />

town red at the crazy electro parties of Top Dance<br />

Floor, move your body to the electronic tunes of<br />

Fogas; spice up your night with the Latin rhythms<br />

of Frame; or plunge into a world of rock at Robot!<br />

1073 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Akácfa utca 51.<br />

instant-fogas.com<br />

CLUB BADHANNA<br />

If you’d like to sail to distant shores without stepping<br />

foot outside of the centre of <strong>Budapest</strong>, all you<br />

have to do is pay an evening visit to Badhanna, a<br />

fancy Asian fusion restaurant by day, and vibrant<br />

club by night. Headed by Blatti, an iconic figure in<br />

the <strong>Budapest</strong> club scene, Badhanna’s stunning,<br />

Hong Kong-inspired inner garden comes alive with<br />

a weekly entertainment extravaganza featuring<br />

guest DJs from near and far, playing an energetic<br />

mix of spicy tech funk, disco tech, jazzy & groovy<br />

house, striking the perfect balance between cutting-edge<br />

sounds and mainstream appeal.<br />

1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Hercegprímás utca 18.<br />

clubbadhanna.hu/en<br />

TURBINA<br />

A few minutes’ walk from the Harminckettesek<br />

Square stop of tram line 4-6, Turbina is an eclectic<br />

cultural centre where all programs and activities<br />

AKVÁRIUM KLUB<br />

aim towards enriching the lives of cosmopolitan<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong>ers. From club concerts and daytime<br />

parties to yoga classes, adult playhouses, markets,<br />

and more, Turbina caters to open-minded<br />

guests seeking both daytime and nighttime entertainment.<br />

Embrace the vibrant spirit of <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

at Turbina, where creativity, culture, and community<br />

converge to create unforgettable memories<br />

in a welcoming atmosphere. Don't miss this<br />

unique destination for a taste of the city's thriving<br />

artistic scene and lively events.<br />

1082 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Vajdahunyad utca 4.<br />

fb/turbinabudapest<br />

BOB<br />

Bask in the brilliance of Bacardi Original Bar, better<br />

known as BoB, a dazzling destination overlooking<br />

the picturesque Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Buda<br />

Castle, which lives up to its first-rate surroundings<br />

with professional mixologists, an extensive selection<br />

of top-shelf drinks, beautiful interiors, and the<br />

greatest R’n’B, hip hop, reggaeton, and rap anthems<br />

in the city. Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure<br />

of this chic venue, where exquisite cocktails, a<br />

Cuban ambience, booming tunes, and awe-inspiring<br />

views meld seamlessly, creating a captivating atmosphere<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong>'s bustling centre.<br />

1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Széchenyi István tér 7.<br />

fb/bobbudapest<br />

Photo: Akvarium Klub Official Facebook


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CHILL ZONE 53<br />

LIVENATION.HU<br />

Fall in Tune<br />

HALOCENE<br />

After last year's first successful concert in <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

Arizona's Halocene returns to the city again. There<br />

are bands, tribute bands, nostalgia parties and then<br />

there is Halocene, who are all three at once. The<br />

YouTube hit band has been known for their unique<br />

covers, but there's no shortage of original songs<br />

neither. Prepare for an extreme stage spectacle and<br />

a unique soundscape. Bet your favourite song won't<br />

be left out on 18 November at Analog Music Hall!<br />

SEAFRET<br />

The British acoustic folk duo returns to <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

with a new album. Seafret will probably be remembered<br />

for the song Oceans - which features Maisie<br />

Williams in the video - or Atlantis, which is also popular<br />

on TikTok. Their latest release is Wonderland,<br />

which encapsulates the duo's previous two years,<br />

dealing with heartache and loss, reaching out to<br />

love and the joys of a new life. We can join them on<br />

this uplifting journey on 15 November at Dürer Kert.<br />

THE SHERLOCKS<br />

The Sherlocks could easily be the next Arctic Monkeys,<br />

but they are certainly one of the most exhilarating<br />

British indie-rock bands of recent years. The<br />

Yorkshire band have already proved themselves to<br />

acts like Liam Gallagher and Kings of Leons, and<br />

now it's time for us to dance to their new songs at<br />

Dürer Kert on 27 November. For tickets, head to<br />

www.livenation.hu.<br />

CAVALERA<br />

Attention Sepultura and Soulfly fans, Brazilian<br />

death metal headbang meeting on 30 November<br />

at Dürer Kert! The Cavalera brothers are back!<br />

The brother duo will be touring with re-recorded<br />

versions of Sepultura's first two albums, Bestial<br />

Devastation and Morbid Visions. Cavalera will thus<br />

capture the graveyard essence of these albums with<br />

fresh vigour, showing from start to finish that they<br />

can even wake the dead from their crypts.<br />

Already feeling the boogie? Go grab your tickets at www.livenation.hu!


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CHILL ZONE 55<br />

Escape to Excitement<br />

Discover <strong>Budapest</strong>'s pulse-pounding escape adventures at Locked Room and<br />

AROOM! From thrilling mysteries to gripping challenges, these hotspots offer<br />

an unforgettable experience across 12 unique realms, even for families! Get<br />

ready to ditch the ordinary and dive into excitement!<br />

Locked Room and AROOM make these gloomy<br />

days way more fun! These next-gen escape<br />

rooms are the bomb, offering different themed<br />

games that guarantee to help you shake off<br />

the stress of daily life. Take your pick from a cool<br />

selection of 12 rooms spread across both spots.<br />

Now, if you're into some spine-tingling action, the<br />

Locked Room is your go-to. Check out the Bunker<br />

Heist, Zodiac Killer, Serial Killer, Motel, Heisenberg<br />

Project, and Seven Hill escape rooms for<br />

a thrill ride. Head to the Székely Mihály Street<br />

Locked Room for six different thriller games -<br />

perfect for families with older kiddos who can<br />

handle a bit of suspense.<br />

But if you're dreaming of pirates, zombie attacks,<br />

or Pablo Escobar's legacy, hit up AROOM. And the<br />

list doesn't end there, folks. They have just added a<br />

new craze called Sky Heist that take you on board<br />

of the largest airship ever built! The AROOM on<br />

Király Street adds altogether six games to the mix,<br />

ensuring there's something exciting for everyone.<br />

And hey, students, you're in luck! In case of a minimum<br />

of 5 people, snag a sweet 15% discount on<br />

the best adventurous escape rooms. The more,<br />

the merrier – and the bigger the discount is! Just<br />

remember to book your spot before rolling in!<br />

3 1061 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Székely Mihály utca 4.<br />

3 1061 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Király utca 14.<br />

9 locked.hu/en


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CHILL ZONE 57<br />

Cat Museum<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong><br />

Meet some irresistibly adorable cats<br />

at the Cat Museum <strong>Budapest</strong> – they're<br />

totally up for some love and cuddles!<br />

As you follow the house rules, don't forget to spoil<br />

these adorable furballs and indulge them with<br />

some free snacks. After your cuddle session,<br />

explore the captivating gallery featuring unique<br />

paintings created exclusively for this place and<br />

an assortment of cat-themed items. Are you up<br />

for a challenge to test your newfound cat expertise?<br />

Take a quiz, and if you ace it, there might be a<br />

delightful surprise in store for you!<br />

Oh, and they've got these fun cat-themed painting<br />

workshops twice a month – perfect for a chill<br />

afternoon date. And if that's not enough, you can<br />

enjoy audio-guided tours in English and Hungarian,<br />

movie nights, and a cozy corner to relax. From<br />

mid-November, get ready for an even bigger,<br />

more amazing museum!<br />

3 1054 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Vadász utca 26.<br />

9 catmuseumbudapest.hu<br />

Time Heist<br />

Embark on a wild adventure at Time<br />

Heist in <strong>Budapest</strong>!<br />

If you're looking for a blast, dive into District IX for<br />

the quirkiest, most mind-bending escape rooms<br />

in town. Located in the heart of the district, Time<br />

Heist promises not just an escape but an immersive<br />

experience like no other.<br />

Picture this: 60 minutes of pure joy with your<br />

squad, tackling head-scratching puzzles and living<br />

out your favourite shows like Money Heist,<br />

Stranger Things, Squid Game, Bridgerton, and<br />

the latest addition, The Witcher. Even if you're not<br />

a show buff, no worries! All you need is your wits,<br />

skills, and teamwork to unlock that exit door.<br />

As you embark on this epic journey, leave behind<br />

the mundane and step into a world where every<br />

twist and turn is a piece of a puzzle waiting to be<br />

unravelled. Bring your A-game, laughter, and joy<br />

– you're in for a fantastic time!<br />

3 1095 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Liliom utca 5.<br />

9 timeheist.hu<br />

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CHILL ZONE 59<br />

Photo: Fény utcai Piac Facebook Photo: Szimpla Kert Facebook Photo: Gozsdu Udvar<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong> Bazaars<br />

Gozsdu Weekend Market<br />

For nearly a decade, the Gozsdu Weekend Market has<br />

been the Party District's trusty anchor, drawing in hordes<br />

of deal-seekers to the 220-meter-long Gozsdu Udvar passage.<br />

If you're into all things retro, you'll have a blast sifting<br />

through the cool stuff they've handpicked. You can also<br />

check out stalls loaded with modern art and design treasures.<br />

But it's not just about buying things – soak up the<br />

vibrant atmosphere and catch some fun extras like workshops<br />

and live performances while you're at it. During the<br />

holiday season, between December 8 and 24, the passage<br />

is decked out in holiday cheer, with tons of handmade<br />

goodies and fun events lined up to keep you entertained.<br />

3 1075 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Király utca 13. – Dob utca 16.<br />

9 weekendmarket.hu<br />

Szimpla Kert<br />

Szimpla Kert in the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong> is the place to be for<br />

both tourists and locals for its party scene and awesome<br />

markets. You can find all sorts of cool stuff there – vintage<br />

gems, funky ceramics, mouthwatering homemade<br />

cookies, plants, blingin' jewellery, and more. It's not just<br />

a shopping scene; it's a hangout spot. You can chill, meet<br />

people, and soak up the city's artsy vibe. This place is like<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong>'s cultural mixing pot, where you can hunt for<br />

treasures and make new pals in a laid-back, friendly setting.<br />

Szimpla Kert's got the market game on lock!<br />

3 1075 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Kazinczy utca 14.<br />

9 fb/szimplakert<br />

Fény Street Market<br />

The Fény Street Market isn't just any old market; it's a legendary<br />

local hangout which has a whopping 148 shops and<br />

97 farmer's tables, spread out on multiple levels. Nestled<br />

right in the heart of <strong>Budapest</strong>, this place is where the<br />

city's cool cats come to meet, greet, and shop. But don't<br />

be fooled, it's not your average shopping destination. This<br />

is where you'll find the freshest, highest quality groceries,<br />

special meats that'll make your taste buds dance, and<br />

flowers that bring a burst of colour to your life. Grab a cup<br />

of the best coffee in town, savour a mouthwatering lángos,<br />

and swap stories from your week or last night's epic party.<br />

3 1024 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Lövőház utca 12.<br />

9 fenyutcaipiac.hu<br />

PROGRAM CALENDAR<br />

EVERY DAY<br />

AT 10 AM, 10:30 AM, 3:30 PM<br />

City Sightseeing Tour //<br />

Top <strong>Budapest</strong> Tours<br />

Meeting point: Madách Square,<br />

Sissy Statue<br />

EVERY DAY AT 11 AM<br />

Jewish District Tour //<br />

Top <strong>Budapest</strong> Tours<br />

Meeting point: Madách Square,<br />

Sissy Statue<br />

EVERY DAY AT 3:30 PM<br />

Buda Castle District Tour //<br />

Top <strong>Budapest</strong> Tours<br />

Meeting point: Széll Kálmán<br />

Square, the digital clock in the<br />

middle<br />

EVERY DAY AT 7:30 PM<br />

Folklore Boat Trip on the<br />

Danube // Mahart Passnave<br />

Live music dinner cruise<br />

along the Danube<br />

Meeting point: Vigadó Square<br />

Boat Station, Pier 6<br />

5 NOVEMBER,<br />

3, 17 DECEMBER<br />

KISKERTPIAC<br />

Market at Madhouse<br />

Plant and natural design fair<br />

in the city centre<br />

1061 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Anker köz 1-3.<br />

6-9 NOVEMBER<br />

Jazzfest <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

Autumn jazz fiesta<br />

in the Erkel Theatre<br />

jazzfestbudapest.hu<br />

11 NOVEMBER<br />

Vintage Market<br />

in the Szimpla Garden<br />

Sustainable fashion,<br />

unique gems, vintage and<br />

streetwear stuff at one place<br />

1075 <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

Kazinczy utca 14.<br />

12 NOVEMBER<br />

WAMP Design Market<br />

at the Museum of Ethnography<br />

Clothes, jewellery, home décor,<br />

and culinary delicacies from<br />

local producers<br />

1146 <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

Dózsa György út 35.<br />

17 NOVEMBER – 1 JANUARY<br />

Advent Feast at the Basilica<br />

The most beautiful Christmas<br />

market in Europe<br />

1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Szent István tér<br />

17 NOVEMBER – 1 JANUARY<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong> Classic Xmas<br />

Culinary delights<br />

& local artisan producers<br />

1051 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Vörösmarty tér<br />

17 NOVEMBER<br />

– 31 DECEMBER<br />

Winter Wonderland<br />

Frosty paradise above the city<br />

Westend Rooftop | 1062<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong>, Váci út 1-3.<br />

17 NOVEMBER<br />

– 20 FEBRUARY<br />

City Park Ice Rink<br />

The most magical ice rink<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

1146 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Olof Palme<br />

sétány 5.<br />

24 NOVEMBER<br />

– 23 DECEMBER<br />

Corvin Hütte<br />

Christmas market<br />

at the Corvin Promenade<br />

At the square<br />

behind Corvin Plaza<br />

1 DECEMBER – 31 JANUARY<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong> Park Ice World<br />

Lights, music, and party<br />

on the ice rink<br />

1095 <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

Fábián Juli tér 1.<br />

8-24, 27-31 DECEMBER<br />

Gozsdu Christmas Market<br />

Bazaar in the Jewish District<br />

1075 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Király utca 13.<br />

16 DECEMBER<br />

Vegan Christmas Market<br />

Christmas desserts, handmade<br />

soaps, jewellery, and more<br />

Westend Rooftop | 1062<br />

<strong>Budapest</strong>, Váci út 1-3.<br />

31 DECEMBER<br />

Galloping New Year’s Eve<br />

in the Kincsem Park<br />

Year-ending fun at <strong>Budapest</strong>’s<br />

largest horse-central<br />

1101 <strong>Budapest</strong>,<br />

Albertirsai út 2-4.<br />

5-7 JANUARY<br />

Gozsdu New Year Market<br />

Bazaar in the Jewish District<br />

1075 <strong>Budapest</strong>, Király utca 13.


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CHILL ZONE 61<br />

Christmas<br />

BUCKET LIST<br />

Written by: Mária György<br />

The festive season is upon us, and if you're spending your winter getaway<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong>, you are in the right place! We've put together the ultimate<br />

Christmas bucket list, featuring everything from sipping warm mulled<br />

wine at enchanting markets to fun adventures and spectacular views!<br />

ADVENT FEAST AT THE BASILICA<br />

Photo: Shutterstock<br />

ADVENT FEAST AT THE BASILICA<br />

Right next to the famous St. Stephen's Basilica<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong>, you'll find the Advent Feast from 17<br />

November – it's where all the holiday magic happens!<br />

Imagine a Christmas fair brimming with<br />

incredible goodies and scrumptious food that'll<br />

tempt even the Grinch. And let's not forget the<br />

star of the show: mulled wine that warms your<br />

soul. As you wander through the festive stalls, you<br />

can soak in the joyful holiday vibes with the grandeur<br />

of St. Stephen's Basilica as your backdrop.<br />

It's the perfect place to kickstart your jolly season<br />

and fill your heart (and belly) with cheer.<br />

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ADVENT FESTIVITIES IN ÓBUDA<br />

'Tis the season to soak in the festive vibes at the<br />

Christmas fair right in the heart of beautiful Óbuda!<br />

Picture enchanting stalls, twinkling lights,<br />

and the aroma of roasting chestnuts filling the<br />

air. What's even better? A hearty dose of free concerts<br />

to keep your spirits high! Glide across the<br />

ice rink or dive into a world of diverse family activities.<br />

Whether you're sipping mulled wine, hunting<br />

for unique gifts, or dancing to the tunes, the<br />

Advent fair in Óbuda has all the ingredients for a<br />

perfect Christmas celebration.<br />

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FESTIVE RIDES<br />

When the holiday season rolls in, you absolutely<br />

can't skip the Christmas-tinged means of transportation.<br />

Why? Because with your regular BKV<br />

tickets, you can hop aboard the dazzling Festive<br />

Tram and the jolly Santa Claus Trolley. Riding<br />

these festively bedecked, regularly scheduled<br />

routes guarantees you a journey filled with merry,<br />

joyous, and utterly festive vibes!<br />

CHRISTMAS RIDE ON THE CHILDREN’S RAILWAY<br />

During the Advent season, the Children's Railway<br />

decks out a special carriage fit for a holiday journey.<br />

This time around, they've rolled out a snazzy<br />

blue nostalgia car to greet all the merry wanderers.<br />

It's not just any old train car; it's a 92-yearold<br />

gem, a lovingly restored relic from the golden<br />

age of railways. This festive ride is all set to<br />

spread holiday cheer as it chugs along. It's part<br />

of the regular passenger trains, departing from<br />

Hűvösvölgy at the even hour and from Széchenyihegy<br />

at the odd hour. So, hop aboard and let the<br />

holiday spirit carry you away!<br />

360 BAR IGLOO<br />

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind winter experience<br />

in <strong>Budapest</strong>, you've got to check out this rooftop<br />

bar. Have you ever seen an igloo up there? Well,<br />

we've got something special for you this season.<br />

The nine giant heated igloos are the perfect place<br />

to enjoy a warm cocktail while taking in the stunning<br />

panoramic views of <strong>Budapest</strong>. Plus, these igloos are<br />

Instagram-worthy, making them a fantastic spot for<br />

capturing beautiful photos of the city. So, don't miss<br />

out on the chance to try the Igloo Garden feeling –<br />

it's a unique and unforgettable experience!<br />

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CITY PARK ICE RINK<br />

One of the main attractions of wintertime <strong>Budapest</strong><br />

is the huge ice rink found at the entrance of<br />

City Park, situated behind the impressive Skating<br />

Hall, a masterpiece of Hungarian Neo-Baroque<br />

architecture. Announced to open on 17 November<br />

this year, this classic rink adored by young and<br />

old alike has been welcoming skate lovers since<br />

1869. They also got a whole bunch of awesome<br />

events lined up in <strong>2023</strong>: think Santa's shindig,<br />

skating through the holiday season, Ugly Sweater<br />

Day, epic Be Massive parties, Ice Rinks Night, and<br />

more! It’s recommended to buy your ticket online<br />

in advance, so that you can skip the queue!<br />

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NEW YORK CAFÉ<br />

The New York Café, often hailed as the world's<br />

fanciest coffee spot, threw open its doors back in<br />

1894. This place is a real showstopper, with a fancy<br />

fountain at the entrance, ceiling paintings (they<br />

call 'em pannos), super posh Venetian chandeliers,<br />

and those famous twisty columns. The story<br />

goes that during the big grand opening, famous<br />

Hungarian writer Ferenc Molnár got so pumped<br />

that he snatched the café's key, sprinted all the<br />

way to the Danube with his buddies, and chucked<br />

it into the river to make sure this café never close.<br />

'Tis the season to cozy up by the Christmas tree<br />

with a steaming cup of something delicious or a<br />

sweet treat. New York Café's got that warm and<br />

festive vibe, so grab your cup, find a comfy spot,<br />

and savour the holiday magic!<br />

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THE CHRISTMAS TREE OF HUNGARY<br />

Every year, Hungary's big Christmas Tree takes<br />

centre stage at Kossuth Square, right behind<br />

the grand Parliament building. The pine tree arriving<br />

from different parts of the city each year,<br />

is decked out with 2,500 meters of twinkly fairy<br />

lights and 16,000 vibrant LED bulbs – this 18-meter<br />

giant totally owns the Christmas scene in the<br />

city. And here's the kicker: from the first Advent<br />

Sunday till Epiphany, you can check out a life-size<br />

nativity scene with wooden figures. It's like the<br />

North Pole, but with a touch of Hungarian flair!<br />

Make sure you put it on your bucket list!<br />

Photo: Shutterstock Photo: New York Café Facebook Photo: Lumina Park<br />

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NEW YORK CAFÉ<br />

THE CHRISTMAS TREE OF HUNGARY<br />

LUMINA PARK<br />

There's an absolutely fantastic spot at Margaret<br />

Island's Palatinus Bath in winter: Lumina Park.<br />

It's open every day until 9 PM, except for 12 and<br />

24 December. You can take an enchanting stroll<br />

through this mesmerizing, magical world with<br />

fantastic, jaw-dropping light installations and<br />

some seriously cool sounds. They've got energy-saving,<br />

eco-friendly LED lights, and the winter<br />

wonderland party goes on until 15 February <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Everyone's invited for a dazzling, unforgettable<br />

experience!<br />

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WESTEND WINTER WONDERLAND<br />

Westend Rooftop is the ultimate hangout for anyone<br />

in search of some serious festive fun between<br />

17 November – 31 December. Picture this: an awesome<br />

winter wonderland high above the city, complete<br />

with an ice rink, a magical carousel, food<br />

trucks that'll rock your taste buds, and a cozy<br />

heated tent to keep you toasty. Oh, and they've got<br />

all your classic winter treats covered too! Plus,<br />

you can munch on them before or after you dive<br />

into all the cool stuff they've got lined up – think<br />

themed events, concerts, artsy crafty workshops,<br />

and dazzling ice dance shows. Best part? You can<br />

snag a free pass for all these shenanigans with<br />

a nifty coupon from the Westend App, even the<br />

carousel for the little ones. So, who's up for some<br />

rooftop winter magic?<br />

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+1: SZENTENDRE CHRISTMAS MUSEUM<br />

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the capital, near<br />

Szentendre’s main square, this house is an absolute<br />

must-see during the Advent season. You<br />

won't believe your eyes! They've got this free exhibit<br />

and a cool shop that'll transport you straight<br />

into a Christmas wonderland. Visiting here feels<br />

like stepping into a time machine – from oldschool<br />

retro Christmas decorations to stuff dating<br />

all the way back to the 1830s when they started<br />

making them in bulk. And the shop? It's like a<br />

Christmas treasure trove, with everything under<br />

the holiday sun – from nutcrackers and angels,<br />

both fancy and funky, to unique, one-of-a-kind<br />

goodies that'll knock your stockings off!<br />

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