The third stop on our summer Eurotrip was Budapest! (You can read about our travels to Amsterdam and Prague too!). Budapest held a special place in my heart because I’m part Hungarian and we even got to have lunch with a distant cousin who I had never met before. We had 4 days in Budapest and loved every second of it! It’s such a cool and beautiful city with so much to do! Check out how to spend 4 days in Budapest, Hungary!
Where to Stay in Budapest, Hungary
For our first few nights in Budapest, we stayed in an Airbnb. Airbnb is often our go-to when we travel, and in Budapest we were in a prime location! We also got the privilege to stay at the ARIA Hotel Budapest for our final night. If you’re looking to make your stay in Budapest extra magical, I highly recommend it, and you can read all about our stay here!
Sights to See in Budapest
The Hungarian Parliament building is absolutely jaw dropping. We did a tour of the interior, which was regal, and the exterior is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s one of the (or maybe even THE) most spectacular parliament buildings in the world.
The Chain Bridge is the bridge between Buda and Pest that crosses the Danube River. The view from the Chain Bridge is absolutely spectacular as you can see a panoramic view of both Buda and Pest.
The Hungarian Parliament is situated on the Pest side and looking at it from the Chain Bridge really illuminates its beauty. We stayed on the Pest side and walked over the Chain Bridge to Buda. There are lots of cute cafes and restaurants and of course Castle Hill, which I talk about below!
Castle Hill is located on the Buda side of the Danube River and it is a must-visit when you travel to Budapest. It’s a large hill lined with castles, churches, and some of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments that sit atop winding cobblestone streets.
We took a bus up – there are tons of companies that approach you at the bottom of the hill to take you up and they stop at different spots along the way, including Fisherman’s Bastain (below) and Buda Castle. Or you can take the funicular to the top. You can also walk up if you want a really good workout!
Fisherman’s Bastain & Matthias Church
The Fisherman’s Bastain and Matthias Church were definitely a highlight of our trip to Budapest. Located at the top of Castle Hill, the Fisherman’s Bastain is a neo-Gothic neo-Romanesque style terrace and Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church with a coloured tile roof, and both are completely majestic.
City Park is a beautiful public park in Budapest, and there’s a bar when a huge seating area right in the middle of it! I wish we had something like this in Toronto, it was so cool and such a great place to just hang out with a drink.
Szechenyi Thermal Bath
We went to the Szechenyi thermal bath on our final night, and although I’m happy we checked it out, we both personally thought it was a little bit overrated. It was beautiful, but it’s PACKED with people and just feels a little… dirty?? I would suggest getting there right in the morning when it opens. Hopefully it would be less busy and you could actually relax in the heated water!
Where to Eat in Budapest
We ate at Mazel Tov for our first night in Budapest and fell in love with it. It’s one of the most gorgeous restaurants I’ve ever stepped foot in, with an open air vibe, overhead string lights, and a cozy garden space, where we sat.
Their menu boasts Israeli fusion options like the Mazel Tov veggie burger and kebab baked in a crunchy pita, and some of our favourite dishes were the creamy hummus plates and the cauliflower dish with pomegranate. They also had live music and it was completely magical!
Another one of our favourite spots was Dobruma, a restaurant inspired by cuisines around the world including the Middle East, Italy, Morocco, Italy, Turkey and more. We opted for pita and dips, and ordered the hummus paprika and baba ganoush. It was some of the best food we had on our trip!
If you want a good spot for classic Hungarian food with a twist, Cupakos is it! Designed to feel sort of like a new age butcher shop, Cupakos has a homey vibe and it’s really all about the meat!
They also have a nice terrace you can eat on, but luckily that night we were sitting inside because it started pouring rain. But I can imagine how nice it would be to sit outside!
I think we got pizza from this cute little pizza joint two or three times (LOL), it was just SO good! If you’re in the mood for pizza in Budapest, Local Korner is a must! You can eat there or take it away (we took it out and ate in our Airbnb/hotel!), and you get to create your own pizza.
They also have a really cool map on their wall, and you can sign your name over where you’re from. They had all different names from around the world, and it was so amazing to see! Sadly, I didn’t get any photos, but trust me, it’s amazing!!
Stika is one of Budapest’s most popular brunch places, with a line up outside most of the time. The inside is pretty tiny, but we were able to get a spot on the patio. The pancakes with bananas and berries are an absolute must, as is the eggs benedict!
We met up with my cousin at a traditional Hungarian spot called Voros Postakosci and it was amazing. I ordered the goulash soup (I can’t remember what Stefan got), and we got the gundel pancakes for dessert! It was so nice to try a restaurant that he frequents in the city and get to enjoy some traditional Hungarian eats!
If you’re planning a trip to Budapest, these are the top things to do, places to eat and where to stay! Let me know if you have any questions and if you’ve been to Budapest before, let me know what your favourites were!