EXPLORE EUROPE | 3 DAYS IN BUDAPEST.
explore Budapest +
I arrived in Budapest on a train from Prague. Trains across Europe are great. Being able to sit and write this glaring into the green scenery of Czech is just ideal. Ear phones in, hot coffee, various snacks. All about that.
As a city still standing on old world charm, the natural draw to Budapest is it’s visual history. The instantaneous attraction is feeling like you’ve stepped into a city, years beyond your time. Naturally, luxury follows old world; making it one of the most desirable destinations of the world.
As I jump off the train I always take a few minutes to look at the people around me. What do people wear here? Where are these people going? Where do you work? I want to know something everything about the people of Budapest.
It’s my first time in Hungary, and I’m being taken from the airport to my hotel. The drive is about 30 minutes down road 4. I arrive at my hotel, grab my bags and venture to the nearest place for some food. Food before anything.
STAY AT THE ARIA HOTEL.
Unbeatable location. The Aria Hotel gives you the most amazing views of St Stephens Basilica. Henry Kallan is the brains behind the Library Hotel Collection, who transformed what once was a bank, into a luxury four-winged hotel, with each wing to a music genre. In those wings, each of the suites are playfully titled after various artists in that genre.
The hotel facilities: bar, spa, sauna, pool, fitness centre, laundry, parking, restaurant, room service.
DRINK AT THE SPILER AND THE NEW YORK CAFE.
Located on a strip of various downtown locals, Spiler is a perfect place for some drinks in the Jewish Quarter. It’s retro and loud, but the atmosphere is great. We sat and had drinks and snacks, people watching and chatting to the locals.
New York Cafe is a great destination for afternoon tea in Budapest. The decor is absolutely bursting with gold carvings and regal settings. This venue is super touristy, but not to be missed!
WALK DOWN ANDRASSY AVENUE: THE AVENUE.
The Avenue, the home of many Nobel prize winners and fashion designers. Not to mention many upscale boutique stores, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci for that shopping kick. You’ll also find the Opera House, and House of Terror.
SEE THE CITY FROM BUDA CASTLE.
Never miss a great opportunity to see the city from a height. I have always had a slight bother of heights and it only seems of late that it’s really begun to bother me. It seemed to get worse from my last trip to Cambodia. I was climbing Temple of Wonder at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, all of a sudden I was overcome with dizziness and an urgent need to be on the ground floor. Since then, a fear of heights seems to have been a little more noticeable.
EAT AT DEAK ST. KITCHEN: THE RITZ BUDAPEST.
The unrivalled Deak St. Kitchen is the perfect place for a luxury dining experience. The dishes are cooked with local recipes and ingredients, serving classic Hungarian dishes along with the finest selection of Hungarian wines and beers.