Following on from World Food Weekender – Faro…
In December I was lucky enough to win an amazing competition with Giraffe, a restaurant chain with a menu that takes all the best bits from around the globe. As their ‘World Food Weekender’, over the four weekends in January they will be sending my tastebuds to different European cities to explore, sample lots of local food and drink and report back by way of a short video encompassing my weekend and what I thought of what I ate!
So here is the vlog for my third trip! This time I was joined by the lovely Tom James a.k.a TJ, who kindly did an absinthe shot for me all for the purposes of journalism (the other 5 shots I cannot be held responsible for). The city was absolutely magical and I fell in love with it all over again. Eastern Europe is spectacular in the winter, and Budapest is no exception – providing you can manage -6 degrees temperatures!
Let me know what you think 🙂
Next stop: Valencia, Spain
Love, Lottie xx
(p.s. check out my instagram @alottielost for more photos!)
Where we went in chronological order of the video:
- Fővám tér, outside the Central Market Hall
- Central Market Hall, great place to try Lángos amongst other traditional Hungarian dishes, or to buy a souvenir!
- The First Strudel House of Pest, Rétesház (although the strudel shot is actually from Ruszwurm… see below)
- Hess András tér, on the way to…
- Ruszwurm – It’s a sweet and very small cafe dating back to 1827 which is the perfect place for an afternoon coffee and cake fix. Don’t miss the chestnut purée or ‘gesztenyepüré’, or the famous hungarian dessert wine ‘Tokaji’.
- Walking along the Danube River from the Pest side – one of the most beautiful views in the world, especially at dusk. Definitely don’t miss wandering along the river as the sun goes down, and bring an extra layer as the temperature seriously drops as soon as it disappears.
- Menza – Where we sampled the amazing duck burger with gorgonzola cheese, bacon and blueberry mayonnaise. A really cool 60’s/retro designed restaurant that feels a lot more expensive than it is! If its cold, grab yourself a ‘Budapest warmer’ cocktail… it will work wonders 😉
- Shoes on the Danube bank – sixty pairs of cast iron shoes sit along the bank as a memorial for the Hungarian jews who, in the winter of 1944-1945, were shot on the banks of the Danube River by members of the fascist Arrow Cross Party. Incredibly poignant and well worth a visit.
- The Parliament building from the Buda side of the river. Beautiful during the day, absolutely stunning at night.
- Szimpla Kert – Don’t miss Budapest’s first romkocsma (ruin pub); it’s one of the coolest bar’s I’ve ever been to. The huge maze of a building is filled with random bric-a-brac and you notice something new and quirky every time. #1 for nightlife on TripAdvisor.
- Hősök tere or ‘Heroes square’
- Szechenyi Baths – the largest medicinal thermal baths in Europe with water supplied from two thermal springs. Perfect place to shake/sweat out a hangover!
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
- Pest Buda Bistro – Grandma style fresh homemade Hungarian food; we tried the goulash soup and chicken paprikash which were both delightful! Slovakian beer was also top notch and dirt cheap. And not too much of a tourist trap considering the location.
- Buda Castle – Don’t miss walking up to the castle, taking the funnicular, or the lift which is to the very south side. Amazing views across the city, and then walk down to…
- The Fisherman’s Bastion – for a panoramic viewing terrace with unreal views and a few instagram photo opps! Complete fairytale.
- Matthias Church – right next door!