Budapest City Guide

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I recently spent a wonderful long weekend in Budapest, and whilst the main reason for my travel was for a wedding, I was glad to get to see a bit of this city I’ve heard so much about, and two have a wonderful anniversary dinner with the boyfriend. This won’t be a long post, but a quick round up of the places I did visit that I would recommend.

Bar Pharma 

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This bar was small, cosy and very pretty. With an apothecary feel (as the name would suggest) you really will be wowed by the quality of cocktails and quantity… on the walls are cocktails to try that other guests have come up with and you can pretty much tell the bar staff what you like and they will create something for you. It’s a little pricey, expect to pay what you would in London for a drink, but well worth the visit.

 

KOLLAZS is in the Four Seasons and looks out of the beautiful Danube. Inside is a beautiful derogated Art Deco feel restaurant with cosy booths or space for larger parties. We decided to give KOLLAZS a try because of the intriguing menu on offer… in that we just told them we wanted the blind tasting menu and were served whatever the chef desired. It was well worth and if you wanted to pair it with suggested drinks they do that too… I liked the element of surprise ( we ended up with an 8 course menu!) and really not knowing what I was going to get, and all in all it was a wonderful way to spend our anniversary. After you’ve finished feasting head for a walk along the Danube and up to Parliament, it’s stunning.


 

I think we ate here about three times on our trip. If you’re after a great Hungarian Goulash then head here. Set in a pretty little square in the Jewish quarter, just a stones throw from Bar Pharma and The New York Palace, Menza really is a treat. With great food and wonderfully strong Bloody Marys (perfect for a hangover!) I really do recommend making a trip… for more than just the Bloody Mary!

 
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If you want some opulence in Budapest then look no further than the New York Palace Bar. Like walking into a baroque chocolate box this bar is a beautiful place to spend the early hours enjoying a cocktail or two. We tried the Hungarian sparkling wine here and it was smooth and light and very drinkable, and the martini’s were fantastic!

 

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