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Easy Hungarian cottage cheese strudel (túrós rétes) recipe

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Which is the best part in the cottage cheese strudel? The creamy cottage cheese filling, of course! The phyllo sheets are only protecting the filling from falling into pieces, the essential is the creamy filling. So in this cottage cheese strudel, the best part will be the thickest layer. Read my easy Hungarian cottage cheese strudel (túrós rétes) recipe.

This recipe is simplified. You don’t have to roll anything, we will just layer the ingredients on each other. That’s why it’s easy to make.

My only concern was fat in my mom’s recipe, but we need only one tablespoon. I asked my mom, can I use coconut oil instead of fat? Her reaction was “If you want to make it with coconut oil, don’t make it”. Okay, sooooory mom.

Maybe one day, I’ll try it with coconut oil. Psst, don’t tell my mom.

Interested in Hungarian food? In this post, you’ll see plenty of it 😉

Tips and tricks before starting:

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

Before cutting the lemon in half, wash the skin so that any dirt or bacteria residing on the surface will not be transferred to the fruit’s interior.

Every oven works differently, so 1st time check the strudel before the required baking time. I baked it on 175 °C (347 °oF), but maybe your oven is stronger, so be careful not to overbake the strudel.

I use a Bosch kitchen machine for beating everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

Preparation time: 40 min

Baking time: 30 min

Ingredients for 20×30 cm baking tray:

  • 1 package of phyllo (filo) sheets
  • 1 tablespoon fat, melted
  • 3 + ¾ cup (750 g) cottage cheese
  • ½ cup (100 g) brown sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of half lemon
  • 4 eggs (3 for the filling, 1 for the top)
  • 3 heaping tablespoons sour cream (2 for the filling, 1 for the top)
  • ½ cup (100 g) raisin

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How to make the cottage cheese strudel?

The creamy cottage cheese filling

Soak the raisins into the water and clean them.

In a medium bowl (I used the bowl of my Bosch kitchen machine) mix 3 eggs with the brown sugar, then add cottage cheese, lemon zest and juice, 2 heaping tablespoons sour cream and finally the cleaned raisins. The filling should be runny, not solid. Set it aside.

Whisk the 1 remained egg in a cup and mix together with 1 heaping tablespoon sour cream. This will be the last layer of the strudel. Set it aside.

Assembling the strudel

Preheat the oven to 175 °C (347 °F). Grease the baking tray with melted fat (not all of it) and set aside. I used a 20×30 cm baking dish. You can make it in a bigger one, in that case, you might need more fat for greasing and the cottage cheese layer won’t be that thick like this one.

This is the part when you have to pay attention, the rest will be easy peasy. The phyllo dough can dry out easily if you work too slowly and forget to cover it. You will need 1 dry and 1 damp dish towel to avoid drying out.

Lay the dry dish towel on your worktop, roll out and place the phyllo sheets on it and cover them with the wet dish towel.

Uncover the sheets, cut them to fit into the baking dish. It won’t be a problem if it’s a bit bigger or if the sheets rip, everything will be okay in the oven. You can create layers from the pieces as well.

I had 8 sheets, so 4 for the bottom and 4 as the cover. Place the 1st layer into the baking tray (after removing the sheet, cover the rest of the phyllo sheets with the dish towel), grease it with the melted fat and repeat it with other 3 sheets.

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Now it’s the time for the cottage cheese filling, pour it on the top of the 4 sheets.

Let’s place the rest of the phyllo sheets. One layer sheet, grease it with fat and repeat.

Cover the top with the egg and sour cream mixture.

Place it into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown. The top will rise a bit, but it will be flat after removing it from the oven.

Wait an hour and you can dust with powdered sugar. Aaaaand it’s ready to serve. It’s good when it’s lukewarm, don’t have to wait until it’s cold.

Don’t store in the fridge, otherwise, it’ll have a different consistency. It’s enough if you store it in a cold space.

Easy Hungarian cottage cheese strudel (túrós rétes) recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland #recipe #dessert #strudel #Hungary #Hungarianfood

Easy Hungarian cottage cheese strudel (túrós rétes) recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland #recipe #dessert #strudel #Hungary #Hungarianfood

I hope I can bring back your strudel experience from Hungary.

Almost forgot to ask… Have you been to Budapest? Have you tried the cottage cheese or another kind of strudels? Or other traditional Hungarian food?

Bake the strudel and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest. Write a comment here and on Pinterest and tell me your opinion.

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Home decor & design,Home decoration,Hungary

Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists

Budapest maps and prints by Anita Nemes - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Are you into Budapest? I totally get it 😉 A lot of Hungarian people shares this feeling, so they paint and draw Budapest and you can buy these art pieces! I show you the best Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artist, plus I tell you where to buy them. These Budapest-themed art prints can work as a souvenir or a gift to another Budapest lover.

The city can inspire in so many ways: Danube, architecture, street art, ruin bars, galleries, coffee shops, parks, nature… The following local artists are showing you their Budapest diversely, so I’m sure you’ll find your favourite!

Take home a piece of Budapest and remember your best moments here 🙂

Have you read my post about 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest?

Pin photos for ideas. If you would like to learn more about products, artists and shops or just look for the source of the photo, click on the highlighted names.

Cover photo by Anita Nemes.

The best Budapest-themed illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists

Hand-drawn Budapest maps by Urban Sidewalker

The story of Urban Sidewalker began in 2014 with Balázs, the artist and his friend, Máté. Balázs draws freehand and uses digital techniques only for colouring.

They started with maps capturing Budapest, its significant buildings and the Danube. If you are looking closely, you can discover tiny people on the streets of Budapest. Posters and postcards are available in many colour combination.

I don’t want to tell you every detail, so visit the Urban Sidewalker design shop close to Deák Ferenc square, browse their Etsy shop or buy their maps and prints in these stores:

Their products can be found in London, Vienna, Berlin, Prague and Bratislava. Check the website for the specific locations. Photos from Stylewalker.

Hand-drawn Budapest maps by Urban Sidewalker - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Hand-drawn Budapest maps by Urban Sidewalker - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

The illustrations of Zsolt Vidák

Zsolt Vidák is a super talented Hungarian artist. He had many exhibitions and his works were featured in international magazines.

Look at the details and the colours of the Anker Palace and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath (photos from WeLoveBudapest), his illustrations are AMAZING. The people, traffic, advertisements and the small details make the drawing more special and lively. He captures the daily life of Hungarians in a fun and colourful way.

Buy his art online or visit these stores:

Look for the fun details and be careful with the shark if you visit Széchenyi Thermal Bath 😉

The illustrations of Széchenyi Thermal Bath by Zsolt Vidák - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

The illustrations of Anker Palace by Zsolt Vidák - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Budapest silkscreen prints by Zita Majoros

Zita Majoros is the founder of Printa, which is one of the first environmentally conscious brands in Hungary. They produce clothing, tote bags, home accessories, notebooks and different kinds of souvenirs as well. A café and a Zero Waste Showroom are also part of the shop.

Budapest Bridges and Budapest Bridges Beige are part of the Budapest collection. The graphics are inspired by the city’s architecture, street art, daily life and combined with typography. Photos from Printa.

Surprisingly you can buy these prints in Printa or order them from Printa online shop 🙂

Budapest silkscreen print by Zita Majoros - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Budapest silkscreen print by Zita Majoros - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Silkscreen prints by Natália Varga for Printa

Natália Varga created these illustrations for Printa’s Budapest collection.

Printa’s Pest Map isn’t only an amazing map of Pest, it shows the urban hotspots and provides a useful description. They create fresh versions to display newly opened galleries or bars and be up-to-date.

Thermal Baths map is printed on recycled paper too and presents the thermal baths and bridges of Budapest. Photos from Printa.

Aaaaand they are available in Printa and in Printa online shop.

Budapest silkscreen print by Natália Varga for Printa - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Budapest maps and prints by Anita Nemes

Anita Nemes studied typography and she creates Budapest-themed colouring books, logos, maps and prints. Her Budapest collection for MNG (Hungarian National Gallery) has been nominated in the “Product of the Year” category.

This black & white print is called That’s all about the city (photo from her website).

If there’s a Stylewalker event in the city you access her maps in design and fashion stores. This one was designed for 2015 winter (photo from her website).

Buy her prints online or in these shops:

Budapest maps and prints by Anita Nemes - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Budapest maps and prints by Anita Nemes - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Bird’s eye view maps by Béla Magyar

Béla Magyar is a Hungarian architect, graphic artist and designer. He works freehand and with a digital pen on a digital tablet. His bird’s eye view maps are usually black & white, but he also draws colourful maps.

The artworks are available in different qualities. The high-quality giclée print achieves prints of superior quality and extremely long life without fading or changing colour. You can also buy his digital prints, posters, planners and notebooks.

My favourite is the Colourful Budapest and the Colourful tiny world (photo from his website). Most of his drawings have a black&white and colourful version as well.

Visit his shop, the Citygraph Gallery in the 5th district or buy his works in MAGMA Gallery design & art shop.

Budapest bird’s eye view maps by Béla Magyar - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Colourful tiny world of Budapest by Béla Magyar - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Illustrations by László Nagy

László Nagy makes screen printed posters, book covers and amazing drawings of Budapest. His drawings are so detailed and I adore that only one part is colourful.

The Széchényi Bath collection captures the busy life of the bath inside and outside as well.

Panoramic Budapest series shows the streets and squares of Budapest at Keleti railway station, at Blaha Lujza square and the emblematic yellow railing of the metro line 1 at Andrássy Avenue. Photos from his behance site.

Buy his drawings at rododendron art & design.

Széchényi Bath illustrations by László Nagy - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Panoramic Budapest illustrations by László Nagy - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

“Highlight in New Lights” Budapest poster series made by locals

Budapest Szuvenir poster shop (photos from the Facebook page) can be found on the 1st floor of Konyha in Madách square and it’s a home of Budapest posters by local artists. Every designer shows their own Budapest. Take a look at this different kind of Hero’s square by Attila Stark or the Chain Bridge with the alive lions by Richárd Orosz.

Hero’s square by Attila Stark - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Chain Bridge by Richárd Orosz - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Budapest map by Lídia Hajdú

Lídia Hajdú is a graphic designer, who creates mainly packaging design, brochures and illustrations. Her Budapest map is available with different coloured backgrounds. Photo from MAGMA.

Her art is available in MAGMA Gallery.

Budapest map by Lídia Hajdú - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

The colourful paintings of Osgyányi Sára

Osgyányi Sára’s paintings look very cool, I like the way she uses the colours. Her favourite subjects are the Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd), Parliament, Chain Bridge (Lánchíd), the Danube and the yellow trams.

You can order the canvas from her website. Or visit their studio in the 6th district, but call her or email her in advance. For more info and photo click here.

Buy her art in MAGMA Gallery.

The colourful Budapest paintings of Osgyányi Sára - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

The colourful Budapest paintings of Osgyányi Sára - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Budapest scratch-off map

This different kind of artwork, the Budapest scratch-off map was created by a traveller couple, Kata and Ádám aka The Scratch-off Company. This map can be a Budapest travel guide, a great souvenir and a beautiful poster on your wall. Just scratch off the visited landmarks of Budapest and put it on your wall. Discover the must-visit attractions of Budapest with this unique map.

Order it from its website or visit these design stores in Budapest:

Budapest scratch-off map - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Budapest scratch-off map - Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #souvenir #homedecor #illustration

Maybe you’ve figured it out that my fav is Urban Sidewalkers, but I’d place every one of the illustrations and print on my wall. Unfortunately, I have a small apartment and don’t have enough walls…

I adore Budapest, the art and the architecture. So I collected 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest and a local’s travel guide to Budapest and I tell how to get here, where to stay, what to do and where to eat.

Which one was your favourite?

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest. Write a comment here and on Pinterest, tell me your opinion.

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A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary

Castle District with the Matthias Church - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Are coming to Budapest? Yeeeeey, I’m so excited! I’ll tell you how to get here, where to stay, what to do and where to eat in Budapest. And I live here, I’m a local, so read my local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary to know more about the must-visit tourist attractions, cultural activities and must-try restaurants.

If you are interested in a place,  just click on the pink text to reach the websites.

How to get to Budapest?

By aeroplane to Budapest Airport (BUD)

Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport isn’t that big, so it’s not that hard to get around.

I know it doesn’t belong to this topic (just a bit), but it’s important. DO NOT EXCHANGE YOUR MONEY AT THE AIRPORT!!! Not worth it.

Just follow the exit sign and take a taxi or a bus.

You can reach the city centre easily by shuttle bus 100E. It goes directly to Deák Ferenc square (which is the centre of the centre), or take off at Kálvin square or Astoria (which are also in the centre). The ticket costs only 900 HUF. You can buy your ticket in a vending machine at the airport bus station, you can pay by cash and card as well (it also has a pay pass option).

The bus can be crowded during the summer season.

It operates from 4 am to 1:20 am and goes in every 20 minutes, check the time schedule on the website of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport). It takes around 30 minutes to reach the centre, depending on the traffic.

Or take bus line 200E, which has many stations till Kőbánya-Kispest metro station (around 25 minutes), where you can change to the metro line 3 to the city centre. A single ticket costs 350 HUF. So your trip to the centre will cost 700 HUF and around an hour.

If you spend more days in Budapest and want to use public transport, the best solution is to buy 10 tickets for 3000 HUF.

By taxi to the centre costs around 6000 HUF depending on the traffic. The basic fee is 700 HUF. If you want to pay by card, always ask them about this option. ALWAYS CHECK THE TAXIMETER.

By train

Budapest have 3 main railway stations: Keleti pályaudvar, Déli pályaudvar and Nyugati pályaudvar(on the photo (from WeLoveBudapest), this railway station was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel tower). All of them are close to the centre.

A metro station belongs to all of them, so it’s easy to reach the city centre or your accommodation.

There’s another one called Kelenföldi railway station at an outer part of the city.

Nyugati railway station - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

By bus to Népliget bus station

Our main bus station is called Népliget. Its metro station name is the same and metro line 3 will bring you to the city centre easily.

Come here with Flixbus, eurolines or Regiojet. Be sure to check the bus station because not all of the Regiojet buses go to Népliget, it has another stop at Kelenföldi railway station.

By boat

On the Danube you can arrive by boat, this option takes more time, but I bet the view is beautiful.

Now, you (virtually) arrived! Welcome!!! And let’s talk about Budapest 😉

Where to stay in Budapest?

I live in Budapest, so I’ve been in hotels only as a visitor, but I know about the most well-known hostels and hotels. Enjoy your stay here 🙂

Airbnb homes in Budapest

Budapest offers more than 300 Airbnb homes, mainly in the city centre of Pest side. Search on Airbnb for your perfect location.

This Airbnb apartment was designed by POSITION Collective, a Hungarian architect office and was featured on many design and architectural sites, photos from dezeen (my fav design site).

Airbnb apartment was designed by POSITION Collective - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Airbnb apartment was designed by POSITION Collective - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Airbnb apartment was designed by POSITION Collective - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Hostels in the city centre of Budapest

Wombats city hostel Budapest

Wombats (photo from Booking) is your place if you’re ready to discover the city and its nightlife. The hostel is opposite the Gozsdu courtyard, which offers many restaurants, cafés and bars. Deák Ferenc tér is few minutes on foot, so Budapest is waiting for you to explore it.

Wombats city hostel Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Maverick lodges Budapest

Maverick has 3 locations in the city centre with a different type of accommodations. Every three offers free cancellation, no deposit and no extra fee for late check out. You can also book rooms with private bathrooms. Visit their website for more information.

Maverick city lodge is situated in the historical Jewish Quarter in Kazinczy street (the street of Szimpla ruin bar), so bars, ruin pubs and restaurant are in your neighbourhood. I visited my friends in this hostel once and it looked very stylish and clean. Their room looked amazing with a huge Budapest wallpaper. Photos from Booking.

Maverick hostel can be found around Váci street in a renovated royal mansion building, so the rooms combine modern design and historical style. They have both private rooms with up to 5 beds and 4, 5, 6 and 10-bed dorms.

In Maverick apartments, your privacy is guaranteed and you can also access to Maverick reception desk services. 6 of the rooms are in the previous royal building and 1 apartment is just a 3-minute- walk away in another historical building. This separate apartment offers a truly amazing panorama of the Danube and Buda side.

Maverick city lodges Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Maverick city lodges Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Flow hostel

Flow hostel is also located in the centre, close to the Great Market Hall. It offers premium quality accommodation with dormitory and private rooms as well. The rooms are decorated with stylish handmade furniture and vivid colours. I adore the design of the rooms. Photos from Booking.

Flow hostel - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Flow hostel - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Boutique hotels in Budapest

Brody House, Brody Apartments and the Writer’s Villa

BrodyLand offers 3 historical building as accommodation: Brody House and apartments on the Pest side and a villa on Buda. Each location is unique and dressed with contemporary design and art. You can stay for short and long-term as well.

The heritage building of Brody House is located in the centre, next to the Hungarian National Museum. It has 11 rooms, every room was designed by a different artist or curator.

The Brody Apartments are situated close to Deák Ferenc square. Photo from BrodyLand.

Brody Apartments boutique hotel in Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide #boutiquehotel

If you need some silence, your place is the Writer’s Villa in the Buda hills. The 19th-century building looks like a little palace with romantic decoration and details. Photo from BrodyLand.

The Writer’s Villa by BrodyLand boutique hotel in Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide #boutiquehotel
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Hotels in Budapest

Hotel RUM Budapest

Hotel RUM Budapest is a contemporary design hotel in the historical city centre. I’ve been in the foyer and its rooftop bar called Toprum only, but it looked awesome. Rooms are available in 4 different sizes, every room is dressed uniquely. For more photos visit their website or the page of Roadster.

Hotel RUM Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Hotel RUM Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel

In Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel every room has an individual look too. The multi-award winning hotel offers an amazing view to the Danube and the Chain Bridge. It’s located under the Castle District, next to the river. During the night the facade is illuminated with blue and green lights inspired by the Danube. Photo from Booking.

Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Hotel Budapest is next to St. Stephen’s Basilica in the centre, it was the best hotel in Budapest in 2017. The design of the 5-star luxury hotel was inspired by music.

Its rooftop bar called High Note SkyBar provides a view to the Basilica and to the city. Photos from Booking.

Aria Hotel Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Aria Hotel Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Hotel Clark Budapest

Hotel Clark opened in March 2018 at the Chain bridge. The design is modern and classical at the same time. Its lion logo (Leo) is a beautiful art piece in every space. The Leo Budapest rooftop bar offers you a tropical mood and the best view to the Danube and the Buda Castle. Photos from the hotel’s website.

Hotel Clark Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Hotel Clark Budapest - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

What to do in Budapest?

Must-see tourist attractions in Budapest

  • Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy) with Citadel and an awesome panorama
  • Central Market Hall for food and souvenirs
  • Castle District with the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) and Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) (the church is on the photo)
  • Parliament with its 96-meter height
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István bazilika) with its Panorama terrace
  • Andrássy Avenue with historical buildings and fashion stores
  • Hero’s Square (Hősök tere) and City Park (Városliget) with Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Margaret island (Margitsziget) to enjoy the nature

Castle District with the Matthias Church - A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary - How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? | Aliz’s Wonderland #Budapest #travelguide #Budapestguide

Discover Budapest and its must-visit tourist attractions from these scenic viewpoints offering amazing panorama to the city. Read my post about Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest. My favourite guide is the 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest post with a downloadable checklist.

Thermal baths

Budapest is famous for its thermal baths. Most of them were established by the Turks in the 16th century. The thermal water has healing properties.

  • Gellért Thermal Bath is my personal favourite, it’s perfect in every season. The building is super beautiful with the mosaics and its historical indoor pools. Aaaaand in summer the outdoor pool functions as a wave pool in every hour! So fun!
  • One of the most unique experiences in Rudas Thermal Bath is the rooftop panorama pool. Its 450-year-old steam bath also offers an intimate atmosphere.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the most popular and well-known. The outdoor pools have a totally nice atmosphere (on the photo) and the inside seems like a maze at the first time.
  • Palatinus Bath on Margaret island has indoor pools and wellness area as well. The outdoor pools are very busy during hot summer days.
  • St. Lukács Medicinal Bath and swimming pool is considered to have the most efficient healing water.
  • Király Bath is a small hidden gem in Buda with steam bath, hot air chamber, jacuzzi and fitness room.

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Best museums in Budapest

Most of the museums are closed on Mondays, so before visiting check their website for the opening time.

  • Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria) in the Buda Castle (visit the amazing Frida Kahlo exhibition till the 4th of November 2018).
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) on Hero’s Square is closed temporarily until the end of October 2018.
  • Kunsthalle (Műcsarnok) is situated opposite the Museum of Fine Arts and it’s the home of contemporary Hungarian and international fine art.
  • Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) has a huge collection of Hungarian artefacts, archaeological, historical and ethnical relics.
  • Ludwig Museum is located in the building of the Palace of Arts and showcases contemporary art on three stories.
  • House of Terror Museum (Terror Háza) on Andrássy Avenue hosts a shocking exhibition about life during the fascist and communist occupations in Hungary.
  • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Robert Capa Kortárs Fotóművészeti Központ) is a home of press and documentary photography including Robert Capa’s photos.
  • Museum of Applied Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum) is CLOSED TILL 2022 due to renovation but put it on your list.

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Classical and contemporary music venues

  • The magnificent building of Hungarian State Opera (Magyar Állami Operaház) on Andrássy Avenue has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe. It’s CLOSED TILL 2019 due to renovation.
  • Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája) has a 1525-seat concert hall and Festival Theatre, both with an amazing interior (on the photo) and acoustic. It offers classical, contemporary, popular and world music, moreover, jazz, opera, contemporary circus, dance, literature and film.
  • Budapest Music Center is the home of classical and jazz music. Aaaaand the building was designed by art1st design studio where I work as an architect!
  • Margaret Island Open-Air Stage provides opera, operetta, dance, classical and contemporary music during summer.
  • Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia) is a music conservatory and also has a concert hall.

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Discover the ruin bars and the nightlife in Budapest

The 7th district is the best area to find RUIN BARS, where the abandoned houses have been filled with life, vintage furniture and a little hipster vibe.

  • The most famous ruin bar is Szimpla Kert. On Friday and Saturday evening, it can be very crowded, you have to wait in the queue to get in. So I’d recommend to visit it during the day and choose another bar for the evening.
  • Another famous ruin bar is Instant-Fogas (used to be Fogasház), which is a good party place, but also busy during the weekend.
  • Kőleves is one of my favourites outdoor bars. The colourful furniture and lights give a vibrant atmosphere to the courtyard (on the photo).
  • Ellátó kert (opposite Kőleves) also offers a colourful and friendly environment.
  • Mika Tivadar Mulató has an outdoor and indoor area too.
  • Anker’t is the stylish ruin bar in the yard of an old brick building. Enjoy tasty food and drinks in the evening and farmer’s market on weekends.
  • In the yard of Kuplung you can enjoy your drinks under colourful lamps.
  • Csendes Vintage Bar & Café is a totally cute and vivid bar close to Astoria.
  • Púder is a colourful and vibrant ruin bar close to Kálvin square.
  • The look of Szatyor Bar is similar to Púder, but it’s on the Buda side.

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Concert, music, party and more bars

  • A38 ship is anchored near Petőfi bridge on the Buda side. It’s a popular club with a concert hall, open-air terrace, restaurant and bar. I enjoyed so many great concerts there by famous and less famous bands.
  • Akvárium Klub has 2 concert halls with a great sound system and great bands. The big green area above Akvárium and Fröccsterasz are perfect places for a drink.
  • Pontoon is located at the foot of Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) on the Pest side. Have a drink and enjoy the view to the Castle District.
  • Lärm is the place to enjoy good quality electronic music. The black room is on the 1st floor of Instant-Fogas.
  • In Madách square, a lot of bars are waiting for you, most of them have outdoor seats as well. Choose Castro Bistro, keksz, Telep, Központ or Hivatal.
  • Toldi operates as an art cinema as well and you can enjoy the movie with your wine 😉 On weekends it hosts alternative parties.
  • Gozsdu courtyard offers loads of options to hang out. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops… 4BRO Downtown and Spíler to eat, drink and party, DiVino to drink great wine, Padthai wokbar for Thai food, Vicky Barcelona for Spanish food.

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Where to eat in Budapest?

  • Gettó Gulyás is my favourite Hungarian restaurant. The food is super tasty for an affordable price (on the photo), the service is very good and the wine selection is just perfect. I wrote another blog post about the traditional Hungarian dishes. Read my Budapest food guide for more information and photo.
  • The menu of M restaurant changes daily because they cook only from seasonal ingredients, bought freshly on the market. And I love the minimal style of the place with the wallpapers.
  • Mazel tov is a must-visit restaurant because it’s more than a restaurant, it’s an urban paradise of gastronomy, interior design and perfection.
  • Padthai wokbar is one of the friendliest Asian places with super tasty food. Choose your base, toppings and sauce, plus ask for some homemade lemonade or tea.
  • Khan (in district 13) and Sáo food & bar (in district 7) are both Vietnamese-Chinese restaurants with amazingly tasty and beautiful dishes. And great design… (yes, I’m an architect).
  • In Ramenka you’ll get the best ramen in Budapest. Enjoy your tasty soup, the minimal design and the friendly environment.
  • Zeller Bistro offers a cosy atmosphere and delicious food. And they discovered my superpower, it was written on the wall. “I make wine disappear. What’s your superpower?”
  • Most Bistro has a big indoor restaurant area and a bigger friendly outdoor area. The menu offers a huge selection of Hungarian and international dishes.
  • Karaván Street food in Kazinczy street (the neighbour of Szimpla) provides all types of food. It’s the street of street food. Sounds good?!! You can choose lángos at Lángos Burger, the real cheeseburger at Paneer, Kolbice by Kobe Sausages, vegan burgers at Las Vegan’s, super tasty burger at Zing Burger, rice burger at Samurice, Hungarian dishes and ice cream or chimney cake for dessert. Some bad news to the end… it’s closed in January and February.

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Tipping in Hungary

Give around 10% if you’re satisfied with the service. Before paying and tipping, always check the bill because the service can be included in some places.

 

Wow, thaaaaat was a long list… But there’s even more, you need to know about my lovely Budapest.

Interested in Hungarian food? I bet you do 😉 This Budapest food guide for traditional Hungarian is waiting for you.

Do you like to discover the city from the top? Read my post about the Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest, Hungary. My favourite guide is the 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest post with a downloadable checklist.

And even more is about to come…

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dessert,Recipe

Peanut butter chocolate energy bites with oats

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These no-bake peanut butter chocolate energy bites with oats are perfect before your workout or any time of the day. Thanks to its rich fibre and protein content you can have it for breakfast too. Sometimes I eat this healthy snack between lunch and dinner.

The creamy peanut butter and sweet honey is a perfect match with the oatmeal and ground flaxseeds.

Serve it as a dessert or a snack, but be careful… It can cause addiction.

Do you like easy to make snacks and desserts? I have another idea for you 😉 Try out the pumpkin cookie with chocolate chips recipe, which contains oats, honey and chocolate chips as well. Moreover, it’s made with butternut squash, so it’s perfect for the fall.

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Health benefits of cocoa, flaxseed, honey and oat

Cocoa powder

Cocoa powder is made by crushing cocoa (cacao) beans. It contains polyphenols, which have numerous health benefits like reduced inflammation, better blood flow, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels. However, processing and heating cocoa can cause it to lose its beneficial properties.

Are you a chocolate fan? Prepare my tasty brownie.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed is really high in omega-3 fatty acids like rich alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), that protects against inflammation in the blood vessels, prevents stroke and reduces bad cholesterol.

It contains two types of fibre: water-soluble and insoluble.

Water-soluble fibre slows digestion in the stomach and reduces the feeling of hunger.

Insoluble fibre can keep you healthy by moving food quickly through your body and useful for preventing constipation. Be careful, don’t use a high amount of it, it can cause stomach ache because of its high fibre content. The recommended amount is 1 tablespoon (10 g) of ground flaxseed per day.

Honey

Honey can be used as food (natural sweetener) and medicine as well. It acts as a natural medicine for cough and helps to heal wounds. High-quality honey contains antioxidants, so it can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer.

Oat and oatmeal

Oat is one of the best sources of the soluble fibre. Helps to reduce the level of cholesterol and the risk of heart disease, during digestion it attaches to cholesterol particles and removes them from the body. It cleans your intestines and gives energy for many hours.

Preparation time: 10 min + 15 min

Ingredients for 15-18 energy bites:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (60 g) old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons water

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How to make the peanut butter chocolate energy bites with oats?

Place all ingredients into a bowl. Stir them together. (If it looks dry, you can add a little bit of water.)

Cover the bowl and put in the fridge.

After 30 minutes, take out the bowl from the fridge and start to roll the bites. I use around one tablespoon of the mixture for one ball. From this amount of ingredients, you will get around 15-18 balls.

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Aaaaand your energy bites are ready to serve. Enjoy it! You can store it in the fridge for a week.

These bites are perfect before workout and it’s working as a snack too. Be careful, it can cause addiction 😉

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Prepare the peanut butter chocolate energy bites with oats and let me know your opinion. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy your workout and the energy bites!

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I was inspired by the energy bites of Chef Savvy.

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Home decoration,organization

Crush your goals with my to-do list and calendar

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Are you too busy? Do you think multitasking is good? Can’t you concentrate? If your answer is yes, you need my tricks to achieve your dreams and goals! Download the free printables and crush your goals with my to-do list and calendar!

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It’s September, almost October….. Whaaaaat? How is that possible?

If you’re thinking about this, I guess you haven’t completed a lot of things from your 2018 list.

Does these sentences sound familiar?

  • “I’m too busy right now”
  • “I’m too tired”
  • “I don’t have time for it”

These are just excuses.

Do you have a dream? If it’s important to you, go for it!

Set your goals and work for them.

These free printables will help you to organize your weeks and your days better. With the to-do list, you can prioritize your tasks and in the calendar, you will see your schedule for the whole week or month.

It’s not too late to make a great ending for 2018 and be ready for 2019!

Download the free printables to set your goals and make them come true.

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Set your goals and make them happen

What is your dream? Don’t be afraid of dreaming big. And believe in your dreams!

Write it down, this way it becomes more realistic.

Set your PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS too.

When you have your big dream, make some notes how are you going to accomplish your dream, divide the big goal into smaller goals like WEEKLY OR MONTHLY GOALS. And go for it!

Work for it, sometimes it’s hard, just think about your dream.

Remember to give yourself enough time, you don’t want to get done everything in a week. Take baby steps, just one step at a time.

Know your limits and don’t forget to enjoy your life, in the meantime 😉

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My goals look like this for the year of 2018:

  • Save money! Always think before buying!
  • Live healthily – do more sport & eat less unhealthy food
  • Don’t leave things for the last minute – do it now!
  • Do more of what you love
  • Improve the blog

I like this list, I think I will use it also for next year 🙂

This list hangs above my table, so I know what I have to do and it inspires me to get stick to it and remember to it.

Save money! Always think before buying!

What do you like the most? For me, it’s travelling and for that, I need money to buy flight tickets, book accommodation etc.

We need to eat, drink, have fun, get dressed. So when I go to a store or want to order something online, I always ask myself: Do I really need this?

If you hesitate after 3 seconds, you don’t need it, so DON’T BUY IT!

Money is important, we work for it hard, so we deserve our flat white or the fancy brunch sometimes, just know the limits of your bank card and your budget.

I manage my expenses with an application to know how much I spend monthly on food, transportation, bills, clothes, holiday etc. I use a Hungarian app called Koin, but maybe I will change to other free budget application like Money Lover.

Live healthily – do more sport & eat less unhealthy food

We only have one body, so we should treat it well. We need to do sports, find our favourite(s). Sport is good for our body and soul too.

Sweets, chocolates, cakes and carbs are my weak points (busted… 😉 ), so I have a rule. I eat (or try to eat) healthy food on weekdays, however, on weekends (+ holidays), I allow myself to eat sweets and dessert.

I don’t want to torture myself, it wouldn’t be good for my soul 😉

Don’t leave things for the last minute – do it now!

You cannot make everything right now, I know that. But you can do things right away, which takes 5 minutes or less. Don’t leave it for later.

I’m sure some of the following things happened with you…

  • You wanted to wear that cute shirt, but one button was still missing because you were holding over to sew it back.
  • Or needed an appointment at the beauty salon before your trip? Call them now, maybe later they won’t have a free appointment.
  • You were looking for that important paper, but don’t remember where is it? It’s less than a minute to organize your papers well into folders. Arrange your documents, papers with the help of the DIY magazine holder.

All of these happened to me, but I’ve learnt from my mistakes.

Do it now!

The other important things should be on your to-do list.

Do more of what you love

No explanation needed for this. You will be happy if you do more of what you love. We have to appreciate the small happy moment in our life.

Improve the blog

Okay, this is a very personal mission. And I concentrated most of my time on this point. I also created more and more lists for this. Long story 😉

This might be the last point on my list, but this is the most important for me.

Find your purpose, your goal and GO FOR IT.

What’s your mission?

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Prioritize your tasks with this to-do list

With the to-do list, you can manage your daily or weekly tasks depending on your schedule.

I like the feeling of crossing off a finished task on my to-do list, it makes me satisfied because I’ve done that and I can do more.

Be careful, don’t write too many things on your daily or weekly list. We are not machines, first, concentrate on the most important thing and put only 2 or 3 tasks on your list depending on your daily schedule.

If you fill your day with loads of task and complete only a few of them, you will feel disappointed with the other 10 unfinished tasks. It’s hard to stay motivated this way.

That’s why my to-do list is better. You can prioritize your goals, tasks like…

  • Most important
  • Maybe later…

Forget about multitasking, FOCUS on one task, you will complete it faster.

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Weekly calendar

See your schedule for the whole week with this weekly planner.

You can write down your MAIN GOAL FOR THE WEEK and set some tasks for every day. Your personal programs can be on the list too, that’s why Saturday and Sunday are also in the calendar. I use this calendar as my weekly to-do list. I work as an architect from 9 to 5, so I don’t have much time to accomplish big tasks after work, so I divide my weekly project into smaller tasks.

Be more productive by batching your tasks like answering email or collecting photos…

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Monthly calendar for the bigger picture

Is it easier for you to see your full month? I get it, I use this one as well. It’s easier to see my tasks for the whole month, it inspires me to accomplish my goal.

You can plan your tasks better by seeing important dates and deadlines in advance. Set your weekly goals and schedule your tasks.

Sometimes I keep one day per week blank to meet with friends or to have some me-time. Don’t overschedule your weeks.

And don’t forget to celebrate your wins!

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Are you ready to crush your goals?

Accomplish your goals following this guide

  1. Dare to dream big!
  2. Now you have your main goal, so you have to divide the big goal into smaller (monthly/weekly) goals.
  3. To crush your smaller goals, create a daily/weekly to-do list and prioritize your tasks.
  4. Believe in your dream and work for it!

An example of how to set your goals

  1. My dream is to live healthily (I write my dream/s on the “My goals” paper).
  2. For this goal, I need to eat healthy food and do sports. The smaller goals are minimum 2 workouts per week, prepare my own healthy food, avoid my favourite donut place.
  3. The most important goal is to eat healthy food, the 2nd is the weekly workout and the 3rd can be to search for healthy snack recipes.
  4. Prioritizing the tasks, filling out my to-do list and calendars.
  • Search for easy to make recipes and prepare them at home.
  • Shopping list
  • Go to the supermarket
  • Check the schedule of the yoga studio
  • Buy new running shoes
  • Search for low carb donut recipe on Pinterest

Download the to-do list, the weekly and monthly calendars, the “my goals” free printables and make your dreams come true.

Enjoy your goal setting and dare to dream big!

In case you post a photo of it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest. Write a comment here and on Pinterest, tell me your opinion.

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Crush your goals with my to-do list and calendars, download the free printables | Aliz’s Wonderland #calendar #todolist #crushyourgoals #printable
Hungary,Travel

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfoodHmmm what should I tell you about Hungarian food as a Hungarian?! It is very delicious! Read this Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local (that’s me) to know what to try out here. I share with you the best Hungarian restaurants, where you can taste these must-try traditional Hungarian dishes.

After this Budapest food guide, you will know what to order in a Hungarian restaurant 😉

We have traditional meals like goulash soup or meat stew with paprika, but you can also try the tasty street food.

Almost all of the traditional dishes are flavoured with paprika powder. It’s not spicy, just adds a unique taste and red colour to the food. At the Great Market Hall, you can also buy some paprika as a souvenir. Would you like to know more about the Great Market Hall and must-see places? Read my post about 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest.

Let’s see the list of the must-try Hungarian food in Budapest!

Must-try Hungarian soup

Goulash soup (gulyásleves)

The soup is a mix of meat and vegetables, flavoured with paprika and other spices. The flavour is amazing, not that heavy as it looks like.

This one is from the Great Market Hall, Fakanál bistro. It costs 1370 HUF, might look small, but you won’t stay hungry after this one.

Many restaurants have it on their menu.

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Fisherman’s soup (halászlé)

One of my favourites, I have to admit, I’ve never tried it in restaurants because my dad makes the best one at home 🙂

The soup is also made with red paprika. My dad also puts onion, red wine and fishes into the water mixture.

In South-Hungary (the area of Baja) it’s served with pasta, but they eat with bread at some areas. I prefer the “Bajai halászlé” with pasta.

Are you interested in other must-try food and drink, must-see tourist attractions, nightlife in ruin bars and rooftop bars? Read my other post about 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest and download the free checklist.

The best traditional Hungarian main courses

The Hungarian stews are mainly seasoned with red paprika. Usually, the stew is called paprikash, but the restaurant can name it goulash to make sound tastier. This means it’s seasoned with paprika, so go for it 😉

It can be served with egg barley (tarhonya), noodles (nokedli), egg noodles (tojásos nokedli),  cottage cheese noodles (túrós csusza), bread dumpling (zsemlegombóc) and potato (burgonya, krumpli). My favourites are noodles and egg barley.

Typical Hungarian noodles for side dish: egg barley, egg noodles, cottage cheese noodles and bread dumpling - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

As an additional side dish, we usually eat small salad plates (savanyúság), which can be pickles with seasoning (kovászos uborka), cucumber salad with sour cream (tejfölös uborkasaláta) or salad mix (csalamádé).

Hungarian meat stew (pörkölt)

The meat can be any kind of meat and part of the animal: chicken, lamb, stew, beef, veal, knuckle etc.

My favourite Hungarian restaurant is the Gettó Gulyás in Wesselényi street. The food is super tasty for an affordable price, the service is very good and the wine selection is just perfect. I always book a table in advance to secure our seats.

This is a beef stew with homemade egg barley for 2350 HUF.

Beef stew with homemade egg barley in Gettó Gulyás, a Hungarian restaurant - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Mushroom goulash (gombapaprikás)

This is the vegetarian version of the meat paprikash. The paprikash sauce and the mushrooms can be served with sour cream too, which gives a more creamy taste.

I had this mushroom goulash with noodles (nokedli) in Frici Papa kifőzde (Frici Papa’s local diner), costs 1350 HUF (mushroom goulash for 900 HUF and noodles for 450 HUF). Visit Frici Papa kifőzde for the real Hungarian mood. It’s cheap, the portion is big and the food is good.

Mushroom goulash (gombapaprikás) with noodles (nokedli) in Frici Papa kifőzde, a Hungarian restaurant - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Stuffed cabbage (töltött káposzta)

The situation is the same as with the fisherman’s soup, my family makes the best one, so I’ve never tried it in any restaurants.

This dish is a bit different than the previous ones. Okay, not that different, it also contains paprika. Big cabbage leaves are filled with meatballs and cooked together with pickled cabbage leaves and meat. It can be served with sour cream on top.

Lecsó

Lecsó is the Hungarian ratatouille, kind of “vegetable stew”. The main ingredients are pepper, tomato and onion. It can be mixed with sausage, eggs, someone makes it with rice.

This one was served in Esetleg for 1840 HUF.

Lecsó, the Hungarian ratatouille with pepper, tomato and onion - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Must-try Hungarian street-food

Lángos

Lángos is a fried bread dough. The most popular version is topped with sour cream and cheese.

The best place for the traditional lángos is Retro Lángos at Arany János street metro station. Don’t expect a real restaurant, this is only a kiosk with some tables, seats aaaaand tasty lángos. They serve the original ones: plain, with cheese, with sour cream and my favourite, which is topped with sour cream and cheese as well. This version costs 750 HUF, the price of the plain lángos is 400 HUF, so the price depends on the toppings. There are even more combinations with ham, sausage, onion, tomato etc.

The traditional lángos with sour cream and cheese at Retro Lángos at Arany János street metro station - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Omnomnom… nowadays modern adaptations are invented.

Lángos burger at Karaván Street food (next to Szimpla) offers filled lángos burgers as well. They have the classical version with sour cream and cheese (1000 HUF), but if you want to have something special, try out this beef lángos burger (1550 HUF). The burger contains layers of sheep cheese, arugula, grilled paprika, beef and 2 lángos “buns”, of course. You can choose a burger with chicken and pork as well. I’ve tried the beef lángos burger only, it’s amazingly tasty.

Try out the beef lángos burger at Karaván Street food - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Kolbice by Kobe Sausages

Small grilled sausages are in a cone-shaped bread with sauces and extras. My favourite topping is the cheese sauce, you can ask for additional roasted onion, bacon, cabbage and all in one.

After their success, Kobe created more type of bread. The original cone bread is covered with linseed and sesame seed. They also have prebiotic cone bread and whole grain cone bread with chia seed. The price depends on the number of the sausages and the toppings, the average cost is around 2000 HUF.

Aaaaand more shapes (what I’ve not tried yet)! The tasty sausages can be ordered in a bun, baguette or without any bread. Check out the website of Kobe Sausages for the selection.

Kolbice is a very popular street food, so you can find them in many places. On a festival, a Kobe truck is always there with a big queue.

They have a store in Dohány street, the market in Hold street, the Great Market Hall and at Karaván Street food in Kazinczy street. For the exact locations and opening hours visit their website.

The best Hungarian street food, Kolbice by Kobe Sausages - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Chimney cake (kürtőskalács)

The chimney cake is made from sweet yeast and wrapped around a cylindrical baking spit. You can choose cinnamon, coconut, cacao, walnut and even more coatings.

At main touristic stations (Nyugati railway station, Deák Ferenc square, Jászai Mari square etc) you can find kiosks selling chimney cake. It’s easy to find them, just follow the scent with your nose. For example, this big chimney cake costs 500 HUF at Jászai Mari square.

Chimney cake (kürtőskalács), the must-try sweet Hungarian street food - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Chimney cake has an advanced level. Visit Street Cakes in Andrássy street (it’s not the same company with the chimney cake food truck at Erzsébet square, be careful!!!), where you can choose fillings, toppings and even extra toppings for your chimney cake cone. Ooooooh, must-try if you’re into special sweets. It can be filled with fruits or various ice creams, topped with chocolate or fruits and many many options. I don’t want to tell you everything, go there and check it out!

The price depends on what kind of filling and topping you choose. The cone costs 600 HUF plus the fillings around 400 HUF, don’t forget about the toppings from 150 HUF to 400 HUF.

Special chimney cake (kürtőskalács), the must-try sweet Hungarian street food at Street Cakes - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Must-try traditional Hungarian desserts

Sponge cake, chocolate “Somlói” style (Somlói galuska)

Somlói galuska is the most famous Hungarian dessert. Three kinds of sponge cakes are mixed with vanilla cream, chocolate cream, walnut and rum. Usually topped with whipped cream. It has more versions, I like when orange zest and raisins are added too.

The prices are various, it depends on the restaurant. This one in Gettó Gulyás costs 1120 HUF, the same portion in Frici Papa kifőzde (Frici Papa’s local diner) costs 600 HUF. I had the best and most beautiful sponge cake in Kispiac bistro for 1100 HUF.

Sponge cake, chocolate “Somlói” style (Somlói galuska), the must-try Hungarian dessert - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Dobos cake (Dobos torta)

This is another kind of sponge cake, the layers are divided by chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel. The crispy caramel cover is the best part of the cake 😉

This slice of Dobos cake was served in Szamos confectionery and cost 890 HUF. They have amazing cakes and produce chocolates too. You can find many Szamos shops in the city.

Dobos cake, the must-try Hungarian dessert - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Gundel pancake (Gundel palacsinta)

The pancake is filled with creamy walnut and topped with chocolate and rum. Aaaaand the waiter will light it after serving.

I had this at Frici Papa kifőzde (Frici Papa’s local diner), there wasn’t any fire, but it was very tasty and cheap, only costs 600 HUF. If you order Gundel pancake in Gettó Gulyás, your plate will be on fire.

Gundel pancake (Gundel palacsinta), the must-try Hungarian dessert - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Cottage cheese dumpling (Túrógombóc)

Balls made from cottage cheese dough, topped with sweet sour cream and powdered sugar. Thanks to the cottage cheese the balls aren’t too sweet or heavy.

This one from Otthonka costs 890 HUF.

Cottage cheese dumpling (Túrógombóc), the must-try Hungarian dessert - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

What to drink in Hungary?

These were the best Hungarian dishes. You also have to drink something…

If you are in Hungary, drink pálinka 😉

Yes, you have to try pálinka, which is a traditional Hungarian spirit. It is made of ripe fruits, the most commons are apricot (one of my favourites), pear, plum and cherry.

Be aware, it’s very strong. Its alcohol content can be from 40 to 70 %.

Sometimes we drink it before the meal as an appetizer, sometimes after the meal to finish the dinner properly. Or just for fun 😉

The right method to drink it: inhale deeply, drink(for one sip or more) and enjoy the fruity flavour during exhaling.

Egészségedre! Don’t know what “Egészségedre” means? I tell you in the 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest post. 

Hungarian wine

Hungarian wine is very good, we have white, rosé and red as well. My favourite is the red wine from the area of Szekszárd.

I could mention a few of the best wineries, but there are so many good ones…

On warm Hungarian summer days, we sometimes mix the wine with soda (sparkling water), which is called wine spritzer (fröccs). If you don’t want to get drunk that fast, ask for fröccs. I don’t mix good quality wine with sparkling water, that would be a sin.

I don’t like sweet wines, but I have to mention the famous dessert wine of Tokaj. The grapes of the Tokaji aszú are measured by baskets (puttony). More puttony means higher sugar content.

 

If you are still reading, I guess you are interested in Budapest. Goooood! 🙂

Learn more about Budapest. For magnificent panorama ideas, read the Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest, Hungary recommended by a local.

Read my other post about 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest and download the free checklist.


Okay, now you know what to eat and drink. Go and discover the must-try Hungarian food in Budapest. Which is your favourite from the Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local? Leave a comment below.

Let me tell you one more thing, we don’t like when someone says hungry Hungarian… You might think it’s funny, but not for us….

Pin the photos for later to have it on Pinterest. Write a comment also on Pinterest and tell me your opinion.

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Recipe,smoothie & drink

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Summer is for watermelon (and other fruits as well). But watermelon is like water, I just start to eat it and it’s hard to stop. I have an upgraded watermelon recipe for you. It’s like red lemonade. This quick and easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie is the perfect combination of sweet, sour and fresh tastes. Sweet because of the watermelon, refreshing thanks to the mint and lime juice.

And it’s also healthy. I tell you why…

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

The health benefits of watermelon, lime and mint

Watermelon

Watermelon contains vitamin C, so it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Moreover, it can improve cardiovascular health and protect you from macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer.

For ripe watermelons look for the heavier ones because the water content increases along the ripening process. Its water weight can be 90%.

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Lime

Lime is a good source of folate and vitamin C, which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Contains unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Vitamin C improves the immune system, it protects you from illness and it increases circulation thanks to its volatile oil content.

Mint

Mint has many species including peppermint and spearmint. Because of its dynamic flavour, mint is often added to recipes in small amounts. Mint is rich in nutrients, a good source of vitamin A and antioxidants.

When your stomach feels sick, drinking a cup of mint tea can solve your problem, it helps to digest the food in your stomach.

Preparation time: 10 min

Ingredients for 2 glasses (500 ml):

  • 4 small slices of watermelon (500 g without the seeds and shell)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 8-10 mint leaves

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie?

Remove shell and the seeds of the watermelon. Cut it into pieces.

Wash the mint leaves.

Place all ingredients into your blender and blend on full strength until smooth.

Pour into glasses aaaaand it’s ready to serve 🙂

You can decorate the top with extra mint leaves.

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

The smoothie is made with just 3 simple ingredients and easy to prepare. What else do you need?! Enjoy the refreshing taste of the healthy red drink!

For other refreshing taste try out my Tasty detox lemonade.

Prepare the 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie and let me know your opinion. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

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Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Home decor & design,Home decoration

35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration

35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

One of my favourite colour is blue. Actually, I like almost every colour. Just be vivid like blue, pink, yellow, turquoise etc. Are you struggling to choose a colour for your rooms? Now it’s time for 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration. Continue reading for home decor ideas and inspiration for blue walls.

Pin photos for ideas. If you would like to learn more about paints and companies or just look for the source of the photo, click on the highlighted names.

About the blue colour

In the RGB colour model, blue is one of the three primary colours.

It symbolizes the sky and the sea.

Blue pigments are made from minerals, especially lapis lazuli and azurite and plants. It has many shades like navy blue, cobalt blue, azure, sky blue, ultramarine, aquamarine or indigo.

Blue has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times. In ancient cultures, blue was associated with the sky and with divinity.

Before the 12th century, blue wasn’t used many times in paintings because it was the most expensive pigment. Its popularity began in the Middle Ages when painters started to paint blue clothing for the Virgin Mary and king, so blue became a holy and royal colour.

The psychology of blue colour

Blue has a calming and cool effect. It is mostly associated with harmony, confidence, distance, infinity, cold and sadness. Because of its calming effect, blue works well in bedrooms.

I’ve read blue can bring down blood pressure, that’s why it is considered calming and relaxing.

Dark blue has a different effect, it can cause sadness. Darker shades should be decorated with brighter colours and you will need more windows to make the room brighter.

So mix your blue rooms with warmer colours to avoid cold or sad mood. Use natural materials, wood, warm colours like pink, yellow and brown.

And now, let’s see the 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration!

Blue wall colour in home decoration

Blue bedroom

This bright reading corner is positioned very well in front of the bedroom window. The room doesn’t look dark at all on My Scandinavian home.

Blue bedroom - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

I really like these white, blue and peach shelves by IKEA, it’s amazing with the light blue walls.

Bright blue bedroom with white, blue and peach IKEA shelves - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

On the page of homestyle, this deep sea blue wall looks good with white, wood and natural light.

Deep sea blue bedroom looks good with white, wood and natural light - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This bedroom is painted with “Hidden Sapphire” paint by Benjamin Moore. Ave Styles’ bedroom could be also your dream bedroom.

This bedroom is painted with “Hidden Sapphire” paint by Benjamin Moore - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

“This is my happy place” says H&M Home, use colours and be creative. This dark blue works well with yellow and white.

“This is my happy place” says H&M Home, blue and yellow walls - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Take a look at this other navy blue wall! It’s totally elegant with the floral print, leather armchair and the pink shades, found on DigsDigs.

Navy blue bedroom with pink shades - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you are obsessed with blue, here is this bedroom inspiration by Farrow & Ball. Blue overload!

Blue overload in bedroom by Farrow & Ball - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Blue living room

This bright blue wall relaxes my eyes. This living room is dressed in the shades of blue by IKEA.

Bright blue living room dressed in the shades of blue by IKEA - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ooooor mix the shades of blue, like Oh Joy did. As you can see, blue is in harmony with other shades of blue, pastel pink, white, turquoise and gold as well.

Mix the shades of blue in your living room like Oh Joy - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This living room is super colourful, styled by IKEA. You can find here two shades of blue and pink wall with blue, purple and turquoise items.

Super colourful living room styled by IKEA - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The different shades of blue mixed with white and some bright colours can adorn a space with elegance.

Living room with different shades of blue and some bright colours - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

In this IKEA-styled hallway, the blue wall is the background for the white furniture.

IKEA-styled hallway with blue wall - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This mid blue shade in the living room is very elegant with the parquet, colourful accessories and bright furniture.

Mid blue shade in the living room is very elegant with the parquet, colourful accessories and bright furniture - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

In this IKEA living room, the tropical chairs match the turquoise blue wall with the same coloured furniture. I just love this blue colour.

Turquoise blue IKEA living room with the tropical chairs - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Dark blue wall with lighter shades of blue by Fenton & Fenton. The bright furniture makes the room less dark.

Dark blue living room with lighter shades of blue by Fenton & Fenton - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This mid blue shade shows, that a room can be bright with a darker blue wall. Just mix it with bright floor and furniture like on the page of Apartment Therapy.

Mid blue living room with bright floor and furniture - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Office corner with blue walls

You don’t have to paint all of your walls blue if you are afraid of its effect. This Arctic Blue shade might be too much on every wall…

Office corner with Arctic Blue wall - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The vivid blue wall is very inspiring in this office with colourful books and accessories.

Vivid blue wall is very inspiring in this office with colourful books and accessories - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This office is modern and eclectic at the same time by Copy cat chic.

Modern and eclectic office with blue wall - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Gravity surface by Haymes Paint adds an elegant texture to every room.

Gravity surface by Haymes Paint adds an elegant texture to every room - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Blue in your kitchen and dining room

As I mentioned before, no need to paint all of your walls blue. Only one is enough as well. French by design shows painting one wall makes a huge and positive effect.

Painting one wall blue in your dining room can make a positive effect - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The mix of dark blue and grey wall by IKEA is a good match with turquoise, green and peach colours as well.

The mix of dark blue and grey wall by IKEA is a good match with turquoise, green and peach colours - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This dining room is dressed in natural materials and blue by Haymes Paint.

This dining room is dressed in natural materials and blue by Haymes Paint - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The kitchen furniture and the wall are painted with the same blue colour from the site of Remodelista.

The kitchen furniture and the wall are painted with the same blue colour - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Blue bathroom

In this French apartment, the shades of blue, white and wooden surfaces are creating a perfect harmony. Take a look at these dark blue and white bathrooms, found on dezeen.

The shades of blue, white and wooden surfaces are creating a perfect harmony in this bathroom - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The shades of blue, white and wooden surfaces are creating a perfect harmony in this bathroom - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Look at this half blue, half white bathroom with the cute animal photos. Elegant and stylish from the website of ELLE Decor.

Half blue, half white bathroom with the cute animal photos - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

You don’t need so much to have a stylish toilet: dark blue walls with white metro tiles, white furniture, golden mirror and a crazy monkey print. That’s it!

Stylish toilet with dark blue walls and white metro tiles - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This Moroccan styled shower with white & blue walls and tiles is a perfect place to take a shower, by Bloglovin.

Moroccan styled shower with white & blue walls and tiles - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Which colours should I mix with blue?

As I mentioned before, blue should be mixed with warm hues to avoid a too cold effect.

For a sophisticated blue room, just use the shades of blue, add some white and natural materials like wood or leather. Aaaaand shake up with colourful accessories.

I love this photo, it shows perfectly how to use these colours together, every item is amazing: bright blue wall with Fenton & Fenton Peanut hanging chair, turquoise stool, neutral tiles, pinky painting.

Bright blue wall with Fenton & Fenton Peanut hanging chair, turquoise stool, neutral tiles, pinky painting - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This example form IKEA shows that blue is very good with yellow, pink and even orange, just look at that pillow.

Blue is very good with yellow, pink and even orange - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

For an extreme space, add some vivid colours like pink, yellow and green. Check how perfectly these colours work together, style by Fenton & Fenton.

Pink, yellow and green in Fenton & Fenton style - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Design seed has a huge collection of colour palettes. If you want to see beautiful pictures and colour combinations, check out her site: Design seed {for all who love colour}.

See?!! Color Float shows you how blue and pink works well together.

Design seed’s Color Float shows you how blue and pink works well together - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

For blue and yellow combination, the Color Tiled palette is a great example.

Design seed’s Color Tiled for blue and yellow colour combination - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Candied Hues is a mix of blue, pink and bright turquoise.

Design seed’s Candied Hues is a mix of blue, pink and bright turquoise - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

You shouldn’t be afraid of using blue paint. It works very well with white and other shades of blue. For more fun, just add some yellow, pink or even more colours.

In my bedroom, I have blue furniture for my pink walls. This is also a good combination, check out the photos: Warm up your home with pink wall colour.

Malta,Travel

Best beaches in Malta

Best beaches in Malta - St Peter’s Pool | Aliz’s WonderlandAre you looking for the Best beaches in Malta, Gozo and Comino? We spent 5 days in Malta to discover the islands. I have to tell you that Malta is a must-visit place. Why? The nature is amazingly beautiful with the clear blue water in the background. The beaches are amazing, you can find white and reddish sandy beaches, cliffs and pebbles as well. So everyone will find their favourites.

3 inhabited islands are in the archipelago: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The coastlines are mainly rocky. Sandy beaches can be found mostly on the northern part such as Mellieha bay and Golden bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Gnejna bay on the west side. Don’t forget about Blue Lagoon in Comino and Ir-Ramla in Gozo.

Malta has 9 and Gozo has 3 beaches awarded with Blue Flag quality, which means these beaches are clean, safe and respecting the environment.

Best time to visit Malta

Summers are very hot and dry in Malta. During the day the temperature is usually between 28-34°C, sunshine every day without any clouds in the sky.

In Europe, Malta has the warmest winters. The sea temperature is around 20°C during winter and 26°C during the summer.

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with golden-reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

The winters are slightly rainy and mild, the average temperature is around 15°C, there is no snow, but can be cold because of the northern wind.

We were there at the end of May. The weather was very warm, no clouds on the sky. The water was perfect. I’d recommend planning your trip for late spring or early autumn because the temperature won’t be super high, but you can enjoy the sunshine and the sea. There won’t be many tourists, so the beaches won’t be full of people.

Want to know more about Malta, the lovely Maltese people, weather, traffic and public transport, food and drink, read my post About Malta.

Best beaches in Malta, the main island

St Peter’s Pool

This natural wonder is one of the most visited spots in Malta. The natural swimming pool is located on the southern coastline, close to Marsaxlokk. The area is beautiful thanks to its totally clear water with amazing azure and light green colours.

St Peter’s Pool, the natural swimming pool - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Go as early as you can to avoid the crowd and don’t forget about sunscreen, there aren’t so many shadows.

For starter, we jumped from a lower cliff. You can avoid jumping if you are afraid of heights, the water is accessible by a ladder on the lower part.

Later I went to the highest edge aaaaaand I jumped 🙂 I have to admit, I was standing there 2 minutes before it, but finally, I jumped and it was goooood. Try it, don’t be afraid, it’s just a jump 😉

If you’re lucky, you will get a chance to see a Jack Russell terrier, Titti and her owner jumping together from the cliffs. I haven’t heard about the dog before, after our trip, I investigated a bit (relax I’m not a stalker). I found out that the dog is obsessed with jumping. Watch this video about the owner and Titti.

Read more about our adventures in my other post about St Peter’s pool.

St Peter’s Pool, the natural swimming pool - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get there?

We went by the rented car. The last part of the road was very bumpy. Parking places are along the road but don’t stop at the first opportunity, that one isn’t so close to the main parking area.

The buses don’t go directly to the pool, the closest bus stop is 2 km away at the bay of Marsaxlokk.

Also reachable by water taxi from Marsaxlokk for 10 euro. Don’t forget to book your return taxi with a fixed time.

St Peter’s Pool, the natural swimming pool - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

The rocky Fond Ghadir beach in Sliema

Sliema’s peninsula is located northwest from Valletta. A promenade stretches along the rocky coastline with small square pools. The cubicles were exploited for the production of sea salt on a small scale. Now they are mostly used for sunbathing. The sea is deep but generally clean, clear and safe to swim. This beach is also earned the Blue Flag title.

We haven’t tried out the beach, just enjoyed the sunset from Surfside beach bar.

The rocky Fond Ghadir beach with small square pools in Sliema - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get there?

I wouldn’t recommend arriving by car, might be hard to find a parking space.

Take bus 13, 13A, 14, 16, 110, 202, 212, 222, 225 or 233 to reach the Sliema promenade.

The rocky Fond Ghadir beach with small square pools in Sliema - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Golden bay

At that western coastline, there are 3 sandy beaches at Golden bay, Ghajn Tuffieha bay and Gnejna bay, which are separated by rocky peninsulas. They have a very nice atmosphere with the surrounding rocky heights.

Golden bay beach (Ir-Ramla tal Mixquqa) is a wide and long sandy beach and part of the Blue Flag programme. The water is available for swimming and snorkelling. The sea wasn’t that clear as I expected. It is very popular, was a bit crowded, though there’s a place for everyone thanks to its size. Chair and umbrella rental are available.

How to get there?

Follow the Golden bay signs. There is a big car park close to the bay. I can hardly call it a car park with the sandy and hilly surface, but it’s free.

There is a bus stop a few minutes from the beach called Ghajn Tuffieha Bus Terminus, you can reach it by 44, 101, 223, 225 bus lines.

The sandy Golden bay beach (Ir-Ramla tal Mixquqa) - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ghajn Tuffieha bay with reddish sand

Situated at the western coastline between Golden bay and Gnejna bay. This bay is also surrounded by cliffs. Not as touristy as Golden bay, for me this one was more likeable. We visited the beach on our last day, only spent there a few hours because we had to catch our flight. This beach was a perfect last destination for our trip. Read more about our last day: Day 5 in Malta – Ghajn Tuffieha bay.

The bay looks very mystical with reddish sand. The water is low initially then gets deeper, so perfect for children. The sea might be wavy sometimes depending on the currents and the weather condition.

The beach won the Blue Flag quality, so it has to provide 1st quality service. Sun chair and umbrella rental are also available.

Ghajn Tuffieha bay with reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get there?

It is only a few minutes from Golden bay, you can follow the Golden bay sign and after that the Ghajn Tuffieha bay sign. There is a big car park on the top of the hill.

You can reach it on foot easily from the Golden bay, walking up on the cliffs to the tower, then down to the bay on the long staircase.

The “Riviera” bus stop belongs to the beach. Reachable by the following bus lines: 44, 101, 223, 225.

Ghajn Tuffieha bay with reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Gnejna bay

Situated at the western coastline, south from Ghajn Tuffieha bay. This is the 3rd sandy beach in the row. Here you can find sand, pebbles and flat rocks too. The bay is smaller and less crowded. Little boathouses are carved into the hill on the southern part.

Sun chair and umbrella rental are available.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to visit this beach. Maybe next time 😉 I’ve written more about this beach in my other post.

How to get there?

You have to drive 5 kms from Ghajn Tuffieha bay to Gnejna bay. The parking area is situated beside the beach.

Its bus stop is called “Gnejna”, and only the bus line 101 stops there.

Mellieha bay beach

We saw the sandy beach of Mellieha bay only from the car. It was very crowded, full of umbrellas, so we haven’t visited it.

Mellieha bay has one of the largest beach on the island. It is situated between two headlands on the Northern part of the island. The water is clear and shallow, so it’s the most popular family beach on Malta. In 2012, it became a Blue Flag awarded beach.

How to get there?

The main road “1” is located next to the beach, parking places can be found on both sides of the road.

Along the beach, you can find many bus stops. Reach it by 41, 42, 49, 101, 221, 222 or 250 bus lines.

The beaches of Gozo

Dwejra bay with the Azure Window, Blue Hole and Inland Sea

Azure Window was one of the most beautiful natural sights of Malta and Gozo. Unfortunately, we get there a few months after the tragedy. The 28-metre high natural arch was destroyed on the 8th of March of 2017 by strong wind and high waves.

It’s still worth a visit. The scenery is gorgeous there with the rest of the Azure Window, Blue Hole and Dwejra bay.

From the top of the cliffs you can walk down on the rocks to the water, just mind your steps. At the bottom of the rock face, the Blue Hole can be found, where the water has a deep blue colour. It is an underwater cave and provides an excellent dive site for experienced divers.

Dwejra bay and Blue Hole, the underwater cave at the remains of Azure Window, Gozo - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

You can also swim to the remains of the Azure Window.

The area on the other side of the rock face is the Inland Sea, a natural lagoon surrounded by tall cliffs It is a popular scuba diving site and also good for swimming because it has shallow and calm water with a pebbly shore.

 Inland Sea, a natural lagoon at Dwejra bay, Gozo - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

For more information about Azure Window and Dwejra bay read my other post about Gozo.

Ir-Ramla with golden-reddish sand

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with bright golden-reddish sand and clear water. There are underwater rocks a few meters out in the sea on the central part, so mind your steps. One part of it is a Natura 2000 site and the Blue Flag programme.

It was busy, but there are plenty of places on the long and wide beach. It was sunny as always, so we rented an umbrella at the kiosks.

Read more about Gozo and beaches at Day 3 in Malta – Gozo.

Yes, that’s me with the super white skin 😉

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with golden-reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with golden-reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Hondoq Ir Rummien beach

This small beach is a popular swimming place thanks to its crystal clear water. Perfect for diving. Hondoq bay is opposite the island of Comino and can be reached through the village of il-Qala. This beach won the Blue Flag quality too. Photo from visitgozo.

We didn’t have time to stop by, we will next time.

Hondoq Ir Rummien beach in Gozo - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get to Gozo?

Between Malta (Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal) and Gozo (Mgarr Ferry Terminal) operates a ferry for passengers and vehicles. During the day the ferry leaves every 45 minutes. Check out the timetable here.

Read my other post for more useful information about prices and the ferry.

On Gozo, we went everywhere by the rented car.

Hop on hop off buses operate on the island. Take a look at the map and details here.

Blue Lagoon on Comino island

I finish the list with my favourite, the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. It was like wonderland 😉 It’s incredibly amazing with the white sanded beach and the crystal clear azure water.

Aaaaand you can drink a cocktail from a pineapple. What else do you need?

Drink a cocktail from a pineapple at Blue Lagoon, Comino - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

The small island of Comino (Kemmuna) is situated between Malta and Gozo. The biggest attraction is the Blue Lagoon, the narrow bay stretches between the island of Comino and the smaller island Cominotto (Kemmunett).

The most popular visiting time is between noon and 4 pm. Recommended arriving early. We arrived just in time to rent sunbeds and an umbrella.

Swim/walk to the other island, called Cominotto. On that side, the beach isn’t totally sandy, be careful with the rocks and pebbles. Swim through the Blue Hole cave, but mind the waves. I couldn’t swim till the sea, it was wavy inside because of the wind. You can walk up to the top of the cliffs.

The crystal clear azure water in Blue Lagoon, Comino - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Read my other post about Blue Lagoon and Comino to have more information about the island.

How to get there?

It’s reachable only by boat, so no cars are allowed on the island. We took a boat by Comino Ferries Co-op around 11 am.

We parked next to the big white Riviera Hotel at Marfa because we couldn’t find a parking space at Cirkewwa ferry station.

During the summer, the boat leaves every 30 minutes. The boat trip takes 30 minutes till Blue Lagoon. The return ticket costs 10 euros. The boat stopped 1st at Santa Marija bay and then finally Blue Lagoooon 🙂

The last boat from the Blue Lagoon leaves at 6 pm. On the way back the boat turned to the nearby caves.

The crystal clear azure water in Blue Lagoon, Comino - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

So these are the best beaches in Malta. I started and finished with my favourites. Every beach offers something special, nature is similar but different at the same time. As I told you, everyone will find the personal favourite. Are you into sandy or rocky beach? Or the adventurous cliff jumping type? Here you can find every kind of beaches.

Enjoy the beaches and the crystal clear water! For more info read my other posts about Malta.

dessert,Recipe

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd is super delicious, I’m serious! The crust is made of walnut, biscuit and ginger, but the best part is the blackberry curd #omnomnom … If you want to make a refreshing fruity cake, read more to know how to prepare this blackberry pie. 

First, I baked it for my friend’s birthday, who loves blackberry. When she and the surprise friends tasted the pie, they said I outstripped myself. The magic is in the blackberry curd, the best is that you don’t need magic power! It’s impossible to ruin it, only need to mix the ingredients and be careful not to burn it. Okay, maybe it’s possible, but hardly 😉 I hope you are interested now.

I celebrate the berry season (and my birthday) with this blackberry pie. It’s much better from fresh blackberries than frozen ones. Hurry, go to the market to buy fresh berries!

Health benefits of blackberry

Blackberry is rich in vitamin C, K and has antioxidant properties. It helps reduce blood pressure, protect against heart disease and prevent cancer.

Blackberry contains also both types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, and it helps maintain a healthy level of cholesterol and lowers blood sugar level. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, it supports healthy digestion.

Do you like blackberries? I think so, otherwise, you wouldn’t read this… Try out the antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry.

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Tips and tricks before starting

I have a trick how to make crumbs from the biscuits. Place the biscuits into a plastic bag and close it. Roll them on a board with a rolling pin.

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Every oven works differently, so 1st time check the cake before the required baking time. I baked it on 175 ºC (347 ºF), but maybe your oven is stronger, so be careful not to overbake the cake.

Preparation time: 60 min

Baking time: 15 min

Ingredients for 32 cm pie form

For the walnut crust

  • 150 g (1+1/2 cup) biscuit, pulsed into crumbs
  • 150 g (1+1/2 cup) walnut, grated
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 100 g butter, melted (+ few grams to grease the cake form)

For the blackberry curd

  • 500 g (2+1/2 cup) blackberry (+200 g for decoration, optional)
  • 200 g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh lemon juice = juice of 2 big lemons
  • 50 g butter

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the blackberry pie?

1st step is preparing the walnut crust

Preheat the oven to 175 ºC (347 ºF). Grease your cake form with butter and set it aside.

As I said at the Tips and tricks, I have a trick how to make crumbs from the biscuits. Place the biscuits into a plastic bag, close it. Roll them on a board with a rolling pin. Or put the biscuits and walnut into a food processor, process until they become fine crumbs. I used the butter biscuit because it works well with walnut.

Mix the grated biscuit and walnut with brown sugar and ginger, then add the melted butter and stir until the mixture is well combined. Put the crust into a 32 cm pie or cake form, press the mixture also up to the side.

Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, then set aside.

2nd step is the blackberry curd

Put the blackberries, brown sugar and 1/4 cup of water into a saucepan, stir them on medium heat few minutes long. Cover it and lower the heat, simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the fire, puree the mixture with a hand blender until completely smooth. Try to use a taller pan to avoid the puree splashing everywhere.

Push it through a mesh strainer with a spoon, do not miss this step, we don’t need the blackberry seeds in the curd.

Place back the puree onto the heat, whisk the puree, eggs, egg yolks, salt and lemon juice together. Stir constantly for 10 minutes until it thickens. Finally, add the butter, stir until smooth.

Set aside to cool down for few hours, then pour the curd onto the crust. Wait few hours and put into the fridge.

See, it wasn’t that hard 🙂

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Decoration as the last step (optional)

Aaaaaand it’s ready! Unless you don’t want to decorate it. I decorated it with blackberries and crushed walnut. You can also add lemon zest, ginger or other berries to make it more colourful. 

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Now it’s time to enjoy it!

#omnomnom

Bake the Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest.

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

I was inspired by the recipe of The view from great island.

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