Things to be Thankful for in Budapest

November 13, 2017 | Andrew
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One of the best things for us foreign guides working here in Budapest is sharing in the giddy excitement of new arrivals, whether they’re here for a week, a semester, or for however long their livers will support them.

Today, we thought we’d take a little time to reminisce about what we’re thankful for in Budapest and hopefully convince a few more of you to come here and share in the antics with us.


So, without further ado...


We. Live. To. Party


Like every night of the week. Seriously. Whereas most cities have a party street, we have an entire bloody neighborhood dedicated to it, and something called ‘ruin pubs’. Bars born in old abandoned buildings and furnished with artsy crap rescued from the nearest skip. They are the height of hip and you’re likely to spend many a night there - particularly in one called Szimpla.


Clubs as well, we have plenty of those as well - from the more conventional to the ones that follow the ruin pub style. Doboz, Fogas Haz, Peaches & Cream, Otkert, Ellatohaz, Grandio, Morrisons 2 and Corvinteto and all names you’ll hear - and between them, they offer drinks deals and special nights to cover just about the whole week.


Good food that’s not expensive


Banish any thoughts you have of grey Communist slop - things just aren’t that way here anymore. Today, Budapest has a vibrant culinary scene with restaurants catering to every single exotic taste, including vegetarian, vegan and ‘I’m just a picky eater’. What’s more, for the eat-on-the-go types, the street food setup in Budapest is really starting to come alive, particularly led by Karavan next to Szimpla with its ever changing lineup of pop up eateries.


And coffee - we know this isn’t food, but it’s basically as important to some people. You’ll be reassured to know that the hipster brew wave has well and truly washed over Budapest - you’ll be falling over coffee shops to try - or you can take home their fancy overpriced beans and take care of it yourself.


There is actually quite a lot to see if you go exploring


Budapest did better than some places during WWII and, as such, there is still a great deal of cool architecture from bygone ages to be stared at - just take a walk and look out for Stalinist, Ottoman, Gothic & Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Renaissance and Baroque.


And yeh, Hungary was pretty much invaded or occupied by every great power of the region at some point in its long existence - which means plenty of quite interesting museums and galleries to walk around when you’re too hungover for anything else.


And, don’t just think inside Budapest. Get on a train and get out the city - charming towns, villages full of wine cellars, thermal baths and a really cool lake are all waiting to be discovered. Or, get yourself acquainted with Wizz Air - Hungary’s very own low cost airline with rediculously cheap flights to just about everywhere in this part of Europe and beyond.


We’re a social and cultural capital


Where else can you meet thousands of students from all over the world, flooding in every semester to study? Or stumble into any dive bar you find a down a shot or two of palinka with a friendly local. Budapest, that’s where!


And for culture mavens, there is something going on almost every weekend. Budapest’s festival calendar is jam-packed, celebrating all the finest things - wine, sausage, palinka, jazz music, craft beer, design and street food.


And, finally, the expat scene here is buzzing - language meetups, networking events, startups jam nights and artist workshops - there really is a lot to be thankful for, for those of us that like to keep life moving in high gear.


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