Hi Guys! How is 2018 treating you?!?
I got to go on another quick city break this year for Rebecca’s birthday and am here to tell you all about it! Which cities have you visited this year?
We left the Maltese Islands on the 12th of April via WizzAir – a quick one and a half hour flight and we landed in the beautiful Hungarian city. We took a bus from the airport (costs around €3.00) to the city centre – where our Hipster Hostel awaited us.
I cannot praise this Hostel enough – it is the best one I have stayed at by far; location, staff, cleanliness and everything else you could imagine excelled – it felt like home for the three nights we stayed.
We arrived late in the afternoon so we put our luggage in the room and left to walk around and explore the city. One thing is for sure – this city loves dogs and that, without a doubt, means that I love this city.
For our first stop we headed to a Langos place – deep-fried dough topped with sour cream and loads of cheese! It is definitely not something you want to miss out on. After our snack it was time to grab more food so we headed to the dinner spot that I was most excited about!
Meat! at the hot stone steakhouse – steak is served seared and you finish it off by cooking it to your liking on a hot stone. We had sizzling prawns for a starter – then the second best steak I have ever had (have your read my blog post about the one I had in Barcelona?!?) . The sides were great too and service was excellent – and the lava cake is to die for!
And as you can see – Amy loved every minute of it (I did too but I am nowhere near as smiley during my dinners).
We then headed back to the Hostel for the night to prepare ourselves for the jam-packed days to come.
We had an amazing breakfast at premier kult cafe which is an amazing place with a great cause . The coffee is amazing and the chicken club sandwich is not to be missed!
The best way to get the most out of Budapest on such a short trip is to get on The Hop on Hop off buses there. Our first stop was the parliament. It has beautiful architecture and makes for a great photo spot , however the full grandeur of the parliament is best experienced via the river cruise.
We then stopped for a Starbuck’s coffee and saw this amazing place on the way – a cafe with all kinds of donuts and books (not in English, but I still adore the concept) . I had a caramel donut with a stroopwafel on the side simply because I was craving the waffle and the galaxy donut which was yummy!
I would highly recommend our next stop – the heroes’ square – home to various statues of different Chieftons and political leaders – The Budapest sign is also there and this makes for a great photo opportunity (get that shot!).
Back onto the bus; on wards to the castle. We went up to the Buda castle via funicular which is a ride worth experiencing – again we took loads of pictures here and admired Pest and the Danube river in all its glory.
On our third day we awoke bright and early boy oh boy was I ready for breakfast! We went to the bagel shop called ‘Bagel’ across from our hostel. This place is great for all you healthy eaters (Rebecca told me this) as there are super foods in the bagels and most options are healthy – I was mostly overjoyed about the bacon in mine.
On our second day on the bus we started the day off by stopping at the St. Stephens basilica and climbed all the way to the top – a beautiful view of the city and a church filled with amazing art.
We passed by the heroes square again and decided to explore the city park which is just by the Vajdahunyad Castle.
This was probably my favorite stop in Budapest – the park is amazing, a hundred dogs run amok with places to stop for beer and fresh lemonade (for humans, perhaps a water for the dogs?). We spent the afternoon rolling in the grass and climbed to the top of the Gate Tower to watch over our castle.
Then it was time to relax and observe the city on a different form of transport. River cruises are a great way to explore whilst resting your feet and dirnking a nice coca cola (they have them in the tiny glass bottles!).
In an effort to see as much of Budapest as we possibly can we also headed to the fisherman’s bastion later that day. What a fairy tale – a great panoramic view of Pest, the river and Margaret island.
For dinner we headed to the food stalls. Anything from fried potato pancakes (that’s what they looked like so that is what we called them), delicious pork, sausage, potatoes and goulash! This is a foodies dream come true – we got as much food as we possibly could and ate as much as our stomachs could take in.
For the evening we headed to a ruin bar – Szimpla. A bar like nothing I have experienced before; there are different sections and rooms within and outside of the bar. Great food, a beer bar, a wine section and loads of different music playing in the background.
For our last day in Budapest – we took the boat to Margaret island. Upon arrival we rented a little cart which we had to bike around. After a lot of physical strain we managed to get to the Japanese garden – took a few great pictures and paddled all the perimeter of the island to give the bike back. All in all it was a great laugh.
After such laborious work we needed something to eat and there was no question – we headed back to the food stalls – had even more food and stuffed our faces.
Next up ; the baths. We got a cab to the Szechenyi Spa Baths. Definitely a great way to rest up after two days of walking around.
The pool can get overcrowded during the day and I especially enjoyed it after sunset. All the lights went on, there were fewer people and it was just a better atmosphere in general. After leaving the baths it was straight into the shower and the bed. We had been in the baths for a few hours and came out feeling so relaxed.
That was all the time we had in Budapest – a great city with amazing sights and wonderful dogs and delicious food. Do visit and let me know what your favorite place was!
Cher Shares x