This is gonna be the last part of “Travel the Pest Side of Budapest” mini series (kinda). But that doesn’t mean I will stop posting about my Budapest trip. I still have to show you the Buda side of Budapest. If you haven’t see the first and second part, I suggest you to check that out first because it based on my timeline itinerary when I was traveling in Budapest and it kinda make sense if you follow it.
The Great Market Hall
I’ve always think that, one of the way to see the true color or true character of a city or place you want to get to know better, their fresh market or market place (that sells food) is one of it. At the same time, when I was doing my research about Budapest, this Great Market Hall place keeps popping up and people in the internet keep suggesting this place as one of the must-go places. Breakfast in neo gothic market hall is not that bad. The Market Hall is very clean, but mostly sells ingredients like meat, vegetables, wine, rather than food ready to eat. But thankfully in the second floor, there is this restaurant called Fakanál Restaurant and they offer some breakfast menu.
Let’s just say that Andrassy Street is like the Rodeo Drive of Budapest. Luxury brand stores along the Andrassy Street but what I like the most about this street is the buildings. Yes, I know, I’ve been saying this all along the Budapest trip. But it is true. I mean, how can they decorate the outside of the buildings in such a decorative and extensive details? Usually people care more about the interior decoration but it’s different in Budapest. It seems like every building has their own personality.
After I got deceived by chimney cake seller in Vaci Utca, I learned my lesson and found another chimney cake when I was strolling around Andrassy Street. The Street Cakes is across the House of Terror, which I didn’t go but you should. In Street Cakes, you can choose your topping, and ice cream flavor to be put in your chimney cake. Not like other chimney cake seller that just give you the option of cinnamon or vanilla or something like that, you can get creative with Street Cakes.
Address: Andrássy út 61, 1062
After a long walk from Andrassy Street, Heroes Square (Hősök tere) is part of the end of Andrassy Street. Surprise, surprise, I just knew that this Heroes Square is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site (which I love) and surrounded by museums. If you walk straight further pass the Heroes Square, you will go to the City Park. In the Heroes Square, it is mostly statues of national heroes like their kings and big politicians that I have no idea.
New York Cafe
I made a blog post only about this grand New York Cafe (click here). It is hands down the most beautiful cafe in the world. Not that I’m an expert in cafes but you’ll see why when you see my blog post and when you go there and witness it yourself. Last time I went here, the queue wasn’t that long and bearable, but do make reservation just in case.
There’s so many things in the City Park of Budapest and I think I will also make a separate post about this. I went to Budapest when it was autumn in October and the City Park is just amazing and everything is just orange, warm and fuzzy. The famous Széchenyi thermal bath also happens to be situated inside the City Park. Nearby the entrance of the City Park, you can see a castle that is called Vajdahunyad Castle.
Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar
The coolest, hippest bar in Budapest is Szimpla Kert. They open at night but I can’t see and take picture of anything at night! So I came back in the morning to do it. Another good thing going in the morning is there’s no one there! They have several bars that each bar specifically sell wine, cocktails, beers and other. They have the second floor as well but it was too dark for me to find the stairs haha. This Szimpla Kert is just next to the Street Food Karavan and across this bar is a ramen restaurant. Even if you’re not a night person or something like that, this place is too cool to be missed!
As a cafe hunter, I try not to leave out good cafes before I leave the city. Cafe Gerbeaud is one of the good cafes in Budapest apart from New York Cafe. Once more, I dedicate a blog post for this beautiful cafe because this beauty need its own separate post. I had my last breakfast/brunch in Cafe Gerbeaud. Click here to see the full post about Cafe Gerbeaud.