CUTTING ABROAD - BUDAPEST
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, with a population of 1.8 million.
Buda and Pest were originally separate cities, on either side of the River Danube, until they were merged to create Budapest in 1873.
It’s a city with a rich history, boasting incredible architecture in a wide range of styles and from distinct time periods.
It’s recently become a very popular location to shoot movies and TV shows. It provides very favourable tax breaks, wonderful locations and a local workforce who speak excellent English. Korda and Origo are the two main studios. It also has a superbly spacious post production facility called Colorfront.
Anyone lucky enough to be working on a project in Budapest is in for a treat. The city is compact enough to reward exploring on foot. There’s something to be discovered around every corner.
From ruin bars, markets and wonderful restaurants to thermal baths and the famous Escape Rooms.
Venture out of the city for a visit to Lake Balaton, Central Europe’s largest lake and a popular summer holiday destination for Hungarians.
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Szimpla Kert. Kazinczy Utca
One of the original ruin bars. This is a must. Full of character, based in a vast, sprawling old building stuffed with all manner of quirky bric-a-brac. It hosts a farmers market every Sunday.
Wichmann’s Pub. Kazinczy Utca
This no frills pub does a mean chicken schniztel sandwich. It’s easy to miss, as it doesn’t look like much from the outside. But once you find it, you’ll be glad you did.
Potkulcs. Csengery Utca
Another pub that’s difficult to find, but hard to leave. It has a relaxing beer garden and often has live music.
Hops. Wesselényi Utca
Every inch of the walls of this cosy craft beer bar are adorned with beer mats. It serves over 100 bottled and draft beers, from all over the world. But there are enough different Hungarian beers to keep you going for weeks – the Budapest brewery ‘Mad Scientist’ alone having a dozen to try!
Lado Café. Dohány Utca
Situated close to the Boscolo Hotel, this Hungarian restaurant is the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary. Live jazz every evening from 8pm.
Mazel Tov. Akácfa Utca
A friendly, informal Israeli fusion restaurant situated in a large indoor garden.
Macesz Bistro. Dob Utca
A welcoming bistro in the Old Jewish district, serving Hungarian and Jewish cuisine. Has an excellent wine list.
Kozmosz. Hunyadi Tér
This cosy basement restaurant serves delicious vegan food, including versions of traditional Hungarian meals.
Trattatoria Pomo D’oro. Arany János Utca
Probably the city’s best Italian restaurant. Incredible food and an extensive wine list. A real treat.
The escape room craze began in Budapest in 2011. It grew out of the city’s many neglected properties. Participants in small groups are locked in a room and given an hour to escape. In order to get out, they must work together to solve a sequence of puzzles, riddles and treasure hunts. There are now over 50 in the city.
There are half a dozen thermal baths in the City. The largest and most popular is Szechenyi with 21 indoor and outdoor pools, maintained at various temperatures. The water is supplied by two thermal springs. Use of sauna and steam rooms are included in the price of the entry ticket, but there’s an extra charge for massages.
This fun class starts at the huge food market where you get the ingredients for the delicious 4 course Hungarian meal you’ll be cooking. A vegetarian option is available.