It was last year on early October when I traveled Budapest, Hungary. I arrived in the late afternoon and the weather was gloomy. I’ve never been to Budapest before and very excited to travel here. I’ve been pinterest-ing a lot before I travel to Budapest, expectation high as the sky, and can’t wait to prove myself that Budapest is as pretty as what social media and the Internet said.
I stayed at Airbnb during my trip to Budapest. The location of the Airbnb apartment is not exactly in the city center but near the inner city of Pest side. Link in here. The price is very affordable for an studio apartment. It includes comfy bed, very clean bathroom (I’m very fussy about this), minimalist living room and a small kitchen. The host of this Airbnb apartment, David, is extremely friendly and helpful! There was a lil problem where I was already near the location but David (the Airbnb Host) had to take care of another of his guest and he give me full written guide via WhatsApp and it was really helpful! I love the apartment so much and it was located in a very walkable distance to the nearest underground/metro station (Kálvin Tér). If you can use the metro, Budapest is basically reachable to everywhere. I personally highly recommend this Airbnb.
Once I “check-in” to my Airbnb apartment, I walked around Pest side of Budapest (the East side) to eat. Budapest is very beautiful and safe during the night. I never feel safer and carefree to walk around. After dropping my luggage in the apartment, I was starving and can’t wait to try my first goulash and I chose Street Food Karavan. I gotta say that it was four months ago and I think the goulash in a bread bowl was delicious because I will remember it if it a bad dish. I also ordered a sauerkraut stew in a bread bowl and love it as much as the goulash. The location of the Street Food Karavan is in Kazinczy utca 18, near the famous ruin bar Szimpla Kert.
Visiting Danube River during the night is prettier than I expected. I also got a chance to walk around the Vaci Utca (Vaci Street). You know it is famous for tourists when you see H&M, Zara, and other international stores and fancy restaurants. It is still a very nice street for pedestrian only and I ate my first chimney cake (a must eat when you travel in Budapest!) in Vaci Utca and it was extremely overpriced! I just realized it when I was eating it. Make sure to negotiate first. It was actually still cheap for a chimney cake, but if you’re a tight-budget traveler, no harm in negotiating for a better price. Vaci Utca to the bank of Danube River is not far at all. Buda Castle is on point at night and coincidentally, there was fireworks from one of the cruise on the Danube River as if they were welcoming me to Budapest. My first day (or night actually) in Budapest, Hungary was all-in-all amazing. I knew that the whole Budapest trip will be amazing.
I still got three days worth of travel pictures and stories from Budapest to share with you.