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    19 of the best places to go in Budapest on a city break

    Budapest is such a gorgeous, fascinating city to spend a long weekend in. So much so, that my lovely friend and I have been twice, and I simply had to share 19 of the best places to go in Budapest on a city break. Egészségére! (That’s Hungarian for cheers!)

    10 reasons luxury city break Sunset Danube Cruise Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Straddling the Danube, the towns of Buda, Pest and Óbuda merged in the Nineteenth Century to form the capital city of Hungary. With over a thousand years of history separately, the cities coped through much turmoil, and the Magyar people emerged with a lightness of spirit that echoes through the streets. Now often known for the litany of stag parties, as the Paris of East or the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest is a city that we fell in love with. At one point I think I even grandly declared it my favourite city break ever – you can simply spa and sup, or get all culture vulture, or a mixture of everything thing you love the best. Read more

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    A Long Weekend in Budapest (v.2.0)

    A couple of years ago our long weekend in Budapest was such a delight that my friend and I decided unanimously for a return visit.

    The Best Places Long Weekend in Budapest Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We met over a sunny weekday lunch to find a date, book the flights and decide where we were staying for the 5 days – the details simply fell into place with the tip-tip-tap of a few laptop keys. 

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    The Best Hotel Breakfasts In The World (So Far)

    Like the brunch queen I am, I couldn’t help myself and put together a list of the best hotel breakfasts we have enjoyed so far around the world – they say “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” and I can’t help but agree. These are all favourites for a myriad of reasons – and every single hotel that we stayed in and listed, has excellent coffee and was part of an adventure.

    Luxury Hotel Cornwall The Scarlet Newquay Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The locations vary from Texas to Cornwall, from Budapest to Gibraltar but all have beautiful food, something special about them, and I would love to revisit every single one of them for retesting purposes.

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    Ladies of luxury – our long weekend at Hotel Moments Budapest Review

    Hotel Moments Budapest has to be one of my favourite hotels we have stayed in so far. Over the years we have slept in gilded Belgian luxury, wandered through iron balustraded Trompe-l’œil in Paris, watched from our window as ships sail along Arctic waters in Tromso, made friends with hairy Hampshire locals, revelled in a gloriously historic Bordeaux Chateau, watched the sunrise reflect over the Thames River, eaten picnics in sunny Southern French apartment gardens, ordered pizza from Edinburgh bunk beds, sipped wine in a Viennese spa as the sun set over the Danube and a few more besides.

    In short, we have slept in a fair number of hotel rooms over the years.

    Hotel Moments Budapest Review Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Hotel Moments Budapest Review Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Disclaimer: We were guests paying a media rate at the four-star Hotel Moments Budapest for our long weekend, but my (very many) thoughts are only ever my own, and I would never recommend anywhere that I wouldn’t want to move-in, I mean, revisit for another break.

    What they all do have in common is being selected to suit our break. An anonymous spa hotel in Lille away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a swanky modern Barcelona escape near the beach and a taste of luxury close to our favourite Dublin watering hole.

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    Our favourite places to eat in Budapest

    Climbing the hills (top tip: avoid the furnicular, the hour long queue isn’t worth it), wandering through twisting lanes and floating in the thermal spas will definitely make you hungry in Hungary. (sorrynotsorry). In a similar vein to Berlin and Prague, I just assumed tables would be laden with dumpling studded hearty goulashes laced with paprika – perfect for winters of ice skating from one side of the Danube to the other – tankards of beer and stuffed cabbage leaves that comfort your heart somehow.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    So over our 3 day girl’s weekend in Budapest with very little planning on my part, and a fair amount more on Sam’s part (that went slightly awry on Sunday with may of the restaurants sadly closing too early) we enjoyed a real variety of ice cream places that we stumbled upon – a mixure of quirky buildings, delicious ingredients and fascinating stories.

    Breakfast
    We had brekkie in our hotel each morning, twice swanning down to the buffet spread served in their quirky restaurant (more on that later) and once taking advance of the complimentary room service. Yes we double coffeed unashamedly each day – you can’t take antipodeans anywhere!

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Coffee
    Much like the Viennese cake houses, Hungary has a rich history of writers and cafes which sparked our curiosity. Penniless writers would meet in the warm and inviting cafes, where they would put pen to paper, and often ‘paid’ for their meals with their thoughts. Sam had the gloriously ostentatious BookCafe on her hitlist where we stopped in for a quick slice of cake and many photographs. You walk into a perfectly High Street Book Shop, drift past the shelves full of books (resisting the urge to pick one up) and float up the escalator to this glory. Close to the Opera House – Andrássy út 39.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Hungarian coffee drinkers prefer sweet Kave to the ‘new wave’ style of Lattes and cappuccinos, but they are slowly changing their taste buds. So, slaves to the cause we also indulged in our adoration of the coffee bean at One Cup Espresso, snagging iced Lattes on our way to the most beautiful public library we’ve ever had the privilege of finding. As a refuel after a morning in the spa, it was quick, no fuss and glorious. Close to the Szabo Ervin Library – Baross ut 1.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Lunch
    One of the items on my wishlist was spending a few hours (sorry again Sam) with Andrea of Taste Hungary (as their media guests) as she took us on a mini-tour of some of the best places Budapest has. Whilst sadly I can’t share all of the fab places we visited on the Culinary Tour here, we left the tour absolutely stuffed. When they email telling you to come hungry, they really aren’t kidding.

    We knew we were in good hands immediately as conversation turned to up and coming coffees, and Andrea spoke about Nude and Caravan (obviously preaching to the converted) and we began by touring one of the historic cafes, trying the beautifully delicate Eszterházy cake, an Austrian family recipe layer cake, both gluten free and beautifully delicate.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We popped into the Sunday Szimpla Ruin Bar Farmers Market for a genuine feast of cheese, salamis, fresh strawberries and chilli candied pecans (not to mention nibbles along the way); and then stopped at a nearby streetfood market to share a traditional Lángos, a ridiculously moreish fried bread dough, often served with sour cream, garlic and cheese. Absolute heaven. They were originally made as snacks by busy bakers ripping off a handful of dough and knocking up a treat, but have been adopted as a perfect hangover cure. Unfortunately with the rise of modern bakeries, they aren’t seen as much any more.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Continuing our journey, Andrea shared a potted history of the local area peppered with her own memories growing up (hands down my favourite part of the tour) before taking us for a traditional lunch of meat, potato chips, lightly pickled vegetables (and watermelon!) and a massive glass of sparkling water.

    Feeling stuffed by this point already, she led us through streets lined with grandiose buildings before seating us in a (former Duke’s) cellar and taking us through a tasting of Hungary’s finest varietals, including the famous Tokaji from the North West of Hungary.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    As we made our way to the finishing point, Andrea’s helpfulness in finding a Chemist open on a Sunday (blisters) only cemented just how lovely she was to us, both of our dietary requirements were looked after beautifully and her recommendations as we made our way through the city helped the rest of our city break. Seriously, if you’re going I would highly recommend putting Taste Hungary on your ‘to do’ list. Right at the top.

    Ice Cream

    Overlooking the hill behind Fisherman’s Bastion we discovered a tiny, open-air bar complete with ice cream stand. Having walked for a good 4 hours by this point we seized on the opportunity to rest our feet, try some Hungarian ice cream (sour cherry for the win!) and sip a cooling sparkling apple mocktail as the sun hung in the sky. Close to Fisherman’s Bastion – er, not sure what it was called. Just wander.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Levendula Kezmuves Fagylaltozo, known as the Lavender Ice Cream franchise was recommended to us as one of the best in Budapest, and usually having queues down the street waiting for their quirky flavours to hit the waffle cones, we knew we were onto a winner. Various locations.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Again, having done a proper bit of research, Sam had fallen for the charms of Gelato Rosa before we had even landed, and I’m so glad she had. Rolling up for a dessert later in the evening, the beautifully sculpted concoction in my hand of Strawberry sorbet, dark chocolate ice cream and creme brulee was a highlight of the trip – running out of camera battery was less so. Various Locations.

     

    Drinks
    The skies were clear for our whole visit and the temperatures hovered around 30°C which was the perfect excuse for trying several glasses of the local wine. As we pottered/instagrammed/snapchatted our way around Fisherman’s Bastion, we decided that taking in the glorious views from the ‘Panorama Cafe’ was too irresistible. Ground Level of the Fisherman’s Bastion.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We nipped into the Art Deco glory that is the Four Seasons Hotel, and sipped refreshing cocktails/mocktails tucked away in the wings of the opulent foyer. Pest Bank of the Chain Bridge – Gresham Palace,

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Dinner 
    I can’t decide which of our dinners were my absolute favourite. We ate one in the Szimpla Ruin Bar, a kaleidoscope of amazing rooms, partying friends and home to a bevy of food stalls. I went for a bacon sandwich, grilled over a flame and ridiculously good, whilst Sam was far better behaved. Szimpla Kert –

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Our last dinner we spent watching the sunset over Budapest, drinking fruity mocktails and laughing at our Faulty Towers-esque Waiter in the top floor restaurant at the Aria Hotel. Despite his surliness, our meal was lovely and to see the city light up almost at our feet was magical. Close to the Basilica – Hercegprímás 5, 1051.

    Where to eat and drink Budapest Hungary Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Verdict: Take me back right now!

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