Our flight from London was super early so by the time we got to Buda (we were actually staying in Pest, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it) we were pretty tired. However, we dropped our stuff off and wandered out to go and explore, getting the lay of the land and scoping out venues for future dinners and drinks. In true holiday tradition, we then went back to the hotel and napped (something we did every day from about 4-7, it was fucking amazing). On our wanders we’d spotted a restaurant literally round the corner called Platz, and the full length windows with sparkly fairy lights were enough to win me over instantly. Keiran was thrilled to see a giant projector screening the Europa Cup final on the wall when we were directed upstairs (legit don’t know if that’s right but I’m going with it), and I was just happy drinking cheap alcohol and snap chatting the interior every time I went for a wee. We didn’t go out the first evening because we were so tired, so after dinner and, obviously, dessert, we popped back round the corner to our hotel and pretty much went straight to sleep.
(P.S. Has anybody noticed that when they go abroad, the only channel in English is CNN Worldwide? We went when the EgyptAir flight had just gone missing and omg I feel like an expert now.)
The sun was shining and we were feeling the holiday vibes, so with outdoor seating in mind, we opted for a cute Italian restaurant just beyond the Parliament houses. Obv lunchtime is cocktail time and I coerced Keiran into joining me for a mojito (or three, yay to daytime drinking), alongside our chosen pizzas – mine with goat’s cheese, red onion and salad, his as Pepperoni as possible. We sat and lounged and drank for as long as we fancied, laughing at the pigeons who were scrapping over our pizza crusts and discussing what to do with the rest of our day. Naturally, after locating some more bars and trying to decide where to spend our evening dranking, the next step was more food. I’d seen The Donut Factory bandying around on Instagram and being as easily influenced as I am, I made a slightly tipsy Keiran Uber there with me on the hunt for sweet treats. Whilst I went straight for the pistachio option, he decided to get three different flavours (fat fuck) and then shortly fell into a coma, meaning only one thing – nap time.
After a well deserved sleep, we got ready for a night of more food and more drink. The availability of vegetarian options is pretty good in Budapest, but the restaurant we went to oddly only offered one, which meant I had mushroom risotto for the second night in a row. After a few more cocktails and a little grump from me because I couldn’t find the bars I wanted, thanks to Google Maps and Keiran, we found a super cute cocktail bar complete with picturesque garden and recycled bottles. I’ve legit just spent fifteen minutes trying to find it on Google Maps because I can’t for the life of me remember it’s name, but unfortunately I can’t spot it so it will have to be a mystery gem for you lads and ladies! If you get a map from your hotel and it notes all of the different popular bars, it’s the one a little way away from the Ruin Bars and seems to be hidden down a side road.
By the time we got back over to Pest it was most certainly time for lunch. On our first day we had spotted a burger joint called Burger & Love, and having gone without halloumi for two days, I was starting to get the shakes. Burger & Love offered a whole range of different options (and more than one for veggies, yay!), allowing you to customise toppings and bread much like Five Guys. I opted for a flatbread with pesto, halloumi, salad and fries, whilst K-Ran went for a beef burger in ciabatta with lashings of ketchup. Subsequent to this we wandered for a bit more, went home for a nap and then went out for dinner and final night cocktails. I didn’t photograph any of this as I just wanted a chilled evening without blogging, but it was a perfect final night and I certainly made the most of the passion fruit margaritas. The next day we spent the morning lazing about, drinking more hot chocolates and trying (and failing) to find little holiday gifts, before hopping on our transfer and catching our 3pm flight home.
All in all Budapest was my absolute favourite break of all time, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s cheap, it’s clean, and most of all it’s beautiful. If you have any questions or recommendations for future visits, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment down below or find me over on Instagram and Twitter. I hope you’ve enjoyed my first proper engagement in travel blogging – please do let me know what you’d like to see in the future, and until then, happy Wanderlust!