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Avocado toast lover’s guide to Budapest, Hungary

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Searching for the word AVOCADO on the menu? Avocado toast, avocado sandwich, smashed avocado, avocado smoothie, avocado chocolate mousse, guacamole. Avocado is delicious in every form, though my fav is avocado toast for breakfast. Fortunately, Budapest has many breakfast & brunch places with avocado on their menu 😛 As an avocado lover, I had to look for the best avocado toast in Budapest.

What makes an avo toast best of the best? The toast should be topped with a thick layer of creamy avocado and/or avocado slices and can be served with poached egg, salmon and some greens. Beauty is also a requirement because we, foodies, might post it on Instagram (DEFINITELY!).

The address, prices and opening times are also included in the post, but it can change anytime, especially the opening time, so check it on their sites to not miss your dreamy breakfast.

Where to eat the best avocado toasts in Budapest, Hungary?

Börze Café and Restaurant

Börze is just so so beautiful and elegant. Cosy and stylish at the same time and devoted waiters look for your wishes. It’s a pleasure to be there. They have numerous tables but at the weekend it’s safer to make a reservation. The breakfast is served only till 11 on weekdays and till 11:30 on weekend, so get up “early” to save your seat.

The avocado toast was topped with walnut, brie cheese, dried tomatoes and salad. I was happy to see the thick layer of creamy avocado, but I missed the real taste of avocado. The other ingredients improved the overall impression but without the avocado flavour, I didn’t eat with such a great pleasure.

Score: 5/10

Prices:

  • Avocado toast: avocado cream, camembert, walnut, sun-dried tomatoes – 1190 HUF
  • Banana, coconut milk, peanut butter, cocoa smoothie – 990 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF

Website: Börze Kávéház Étterem

Instagram: @borze_etterem_kavehaz

Address: 1051 Budapest, Nádor str. 23.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 7:30 am – 12 pm

Breakfast till 11 on weekdays and till 11:30 on weekend

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Toprum Sky & Bar

Toprum is located on the top of Hotel RUM Budapest. You can enjoy your brunch with a view to rooftops, Gellért Hill, Royal Palace and Buda Hills in the background. Brunch is served only on weekends and reservation is recommended. Otherwise, you can’t experience the chic atmosphere with fluffy chairs, friendly service and live music. And the brunch, of course 😉

3 small homemade toasts were covered with avocado cream, goat cheese, sun-dried tomato and coriander. The avocado taste was missing again, the sandwiches were good but not as yummy as they looked like. Yeah, I know, I shouldn’t have high expectations…

Score: 6/10

Prices:

  • Avocado toast – 2850 HUF
  • Maracuja lemonade – 990 HUF
  • Espresso tonic – 1350 HUF
  • The final price includes a 12% service charge.

Website: Toprum

Instagram: @toprumbudapest

Address: 1053 Budapest, Királyi Pál str. 4.

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 11 pm, Friday – Saturday: 12 pm – 12 am, Sunday: 12 pm – 11 pm

Brunch on weekends from noon till 3 pm

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Kuglóf

Kuglóf is a cute little place close to Váci street with indoor and outdoor seats as well. The friendly staff serves two kinds of avocado toasts (and many other things), one is with English muffin, the other one with rye bread. Both versions contain poached egg, hollandaise sauce and avocado cream. The poached egg was just perfect, but I’d place a bit more of avocado cream on the toast. Never enough of avocado #omnomnom

Score: 7/10

Prices:

  • Poached eggs served with hollandaise sauce and fresh salad on rye bread with avocado cream – 1490 HUF
  • Flat white – 850 HUF
  • The final price includes a 12% service charge.

Website: Kuglóf

Instagram: @kuglofcafe

Address: 1052 Budapest, Piarista lane 1.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm

All day breakfast

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Briós

Stop by Briós, if you’re on the way to St. Stephen’s park (Szent István park). In summer, you can have breakfast on the terrace. Without reservation, you might find free seats only inside.

Your avocado sandwich can be prepared with bagel or with whole wheat bread. Between the slices, you’ll find avocado cream with coriander, poached egg and fresh avocado slices too, plus some fresh salad and dressing on the side. I was satisfied with the green sandwich thanks to its creamy avocado.

Score: 7/10

Prices:

  • Healthy green sandwich – 1490 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF
  • Passion fruit lemonade – 890 HUF

Facebook: Briós

Instagram: @briospozsonyi

Address: 1137 Budapest, Pozsonyi str. 16.

Opening time: Saturday – Wednesday: 7:30 am – 8 pm, Thursday – Friday: 7:30 am – 9 pm

All day breakfast

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Szimply

Szimply is not simple, but super cool breakfast place with 6 tables, so it’s mainly busy. I’ve tried 3 times to get in, but it was always full. Reservation isn’t available, so for the 4th time, we arrived at opening time. For a delicious breakfast, it’s worth to wake up early. Or arrive later and wait for a free table and in the meantime, grab a coffee at Kontakt, opposite to Szimply and feel free to bring it with you.

You know the feeling when the food is so beautiful and you’re afraid to touch the masterpiece on your plate? This is your place! Szimply provides tasty and awesome #instafood with a seasonal changing menu. The avocado toast was very flavourful with the avocado cream, egg, greens and seeds. Delicious and delightful!

Score: 8/10

Prices:

  • Avo toast – 3300 HUF
  • Juice by Juiceline – 1190 HUF

Website: Szimply

Instagram: @szimplyfood

Address: 1052 Budapest, Károly str. 22., Röser yard is accessible from Károly and Semmelweis streets

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: closed

All day breakfast

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Á la Maison Grand

Á la Maison Grand is a bright impressive place, dressed in a minimal style with a hint of art deco. This fancy breakfast & brunch location has every type of breakfast on the menu, but I searched for the AVOCADO 😉

Their avocado toast with greens and poached egg looked gorgeous. Its taste was also good, but a bit more of avocado cream would make it even better. Maybe I’m too critical, but I’m just looking for the best 😉

Score: 8/10

Prices:

  • Avocado stuffed sandwich – 2320 HUF
  • Tropical berry smoothie – 2090 HUF
  • Flat white – 1350 HUF

Website: Á la Maison Grand

Instagram: @alamaisonbudapest

Address: 1051 Budapest, Szervita square 3.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm

All day breakfast

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Sonkapult

Sonkapult is a small breakfast place with 4 tables inside. Reservation isn’t possible and have some cash because they don’t accept card. And now, the good news 😉

The friendly staff has a cute little dog hiding in the corner, who sometimes appears for some food, which tastes very good (I guess, their dog doesn’t eat avocado…). The toast was served with thick slices of avocado, a big piece of salmon and a poached egg. Yesssss, I’ve found a place where the avocado layer was thick enough! The menu contained even more avocado options, but avocado with salmon and poached egg is my weak point… It tasted amazingly good!

Score: 9/10

Prices:

  • Smoked salmon with avocado and poached egg – 2100 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF

Facebook: Sonkapult

Instagram: @sonkapult_budapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén str. 7.

Opening time: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

All day breakfast

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Törökméz

Törökméz is on the Budapest side, not far from Margaret bridge. No reservation is available, so on a Saturday morning, we waited 20 minutes for a table. No regrets, the bright interior with a little tropical vibe, the friendly staff and the breakfast compensated us for the waiting time.

The avocado sandwich was absolutely tasty 😛 It was topped with cream cheese, avocado cream, salmon and a poached egg. Delicious and super beautiful (I had to post it on Instagram…)!

Score: 9/10

Prices:

  • Avocado-salmon sandwich – 2150 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF

Website: Törökméz

Instagram: @torokmezbuda

Address: 1023 Budapest, Margit str. 27.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm, Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday: closed

All day breakfast

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Ébresztő

Ébresztő is a cute little café with tropical prints, pink wall, stylish cement tiles and specialty coffees on the shelves. They’ll brew good quality coffee for you. Take a seat outside during the warm season or hope, that inside one table out of 3 tables will be free.

The avocado toast is listed on the menu on the tables. The toast with salmon, seeds, avocado and salad were displayed on a stylish board. Pretty and super tasty and they didn’t spare on avocado 😛

Score: 9/10

Prices:

  • Avocado toast – 1290 HUF
  • Batch brew – 650 HUF

Website: Ébresztő

Instagram: @ebreszto

Address: 1137 Budapest, Jászai Mari square 4/B.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

All day breakfast

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London Coffee Society

London Coffee Society is located in the centre, just look for the big coffee signboard. The place isn’t so big, if it looks full from outside, just go in because it has a small gallery, so there might be free places upstairs. Reservation isn’t possible, sorry again. While waiting for a table or your breakfast, enjoy the party music. Order at the bar and the friendly and professional staff will bring your food to the table.

I’ve found the avocado and avo words not once, but seven times on the menu! I chose the smashed avocado sandwich with salmon (you can choose bacon instead of salmon). This was the biggest portion of avocado toast ever. 2 delicious avocado toasts + 2 poached eggs + salmon + greens = satisfaction 😛 The avocado cream with the egg was amazing, just like everything on the plate.

Score: 10/10

Prices:

  • Smashed avocado sandwich – 1450 HUF
  • Smashed avocado sandwich with salmon – 1800 HUF
  • Flat white – 700 HUF

Facebook: London Coffee Society

Instagram: @london_coffee_society

Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány str. 27.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

All day breakfast

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My favourite avo toast was this latest one. But it’s never enough of avocado toast and I’m not finished searching for more! Go and find your favourite #avocadotoast

Have you tried out one of these avo toasts or tried another one in Budapest? Please, share your opinion with me and leave a comment below.

 

Interested in more foodie places? Here are some ideas for you:

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local

A local’s guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest

Unicorn and rainbow food guide to Budapest

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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Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

A first-timer’s guide to Budapest – Things to know about visiting Budapest, Hungary

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Planning to visit Budapest for the first time? Perfect choice, the Hungarian capital is a beautiful and must-visit city. In this first-timer’s guide, I’ll share everything you need to know about visiting Budapest to have a memorable trip. Questions, you might ask when visiting a country or city for the first time like what’s the best time to visit or how to get around or is it safe or how much is a pint etc. Consider your questions answered, discover Budapest using my local survival tips.

Best time to visit Budapest

Every time!

I mean it! The Hungarian capital always offers amazing adventures, outdoor, indoor, nature-loving, cultural, foodie experiences on ground and in water alike.

Spring is one of my favourite seasons in Budapest. The plants are starting to awake from their winter dream, the flowers are blooming and making the city more colourful. People are doing more outdoor activities, strolling in parks and enjoying the sunshine. Most spring days are sunny, however, Hungarian spring is quite unstable, it can easily become rainy and temperature changes almost every day.

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Budapest has the most tourists during summer time. Sziget festival in the middle of August attracts many people. I love it! See you there next time?!

The weather can be very hot, don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses. Grab a cold drink in outdoor ruin bars or bars at the Danube bank and enjoy the sunset. Outdoor pools and baths can also help you cool down. Go as early as you can on weekends, the baths can be very crowded.

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In autumn the scenery is dressed into yellowish and reddish colours. Let the fallen leaves mesmerize you in the parks or even in the city centre. September is the month of harvest and wines (Yesssss!). The Castle District hosts the Wine Festival featuring the top Hungarian wineries. Taste the best Hungarian wines and enjoy the view from the Royal Palace’s panorama terrace.

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Winter can be cold and snowy, pack your warm clothes and shoes. The beautiful snowy landscape of Budapest will compensate the cold and you can easily warm up yourself in the Christmas markets with mulled wine and fresh chimney cake. The thermal baths and steam baths are also there to heat you up.

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How to get to Budapest?

By airplane to Budapest Airport (BUD)

Budapest has only one airport called Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport (BUD). Before I explain how to go from the airport to the city centre, I have to tell you something important! On your way to the exit DO NOT EXCHANGE YOUR MONEY at Interchange because their rates are very high! Now you know it. So… You can reach the city centre by bus, taxi or airport shuttle service.

Bus 100E and 200E have stations at the airport. Check the time schedule on the website of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport) because they don’t operate during the night. You can buy your ticket in a vending machine at the airport bus stop, which accepts card as well.

  • Shuttle bus 100E takes you directly to Deák Ferenc square (and Astoria) in 30 minutes. The ticket costs only 900 HUF (~3 euros).
  • Or take bus line 200E, which has many stations till Kőbánya-Kispest metro station (takes 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. Side note: Metro line 3 is under reconstruction, so metro replacement buses operate during weekends and the final station is Nagyvárad tér instead of Kőbánya-Kispest metro station.

By taxi to the centre, the price will be around 6000 HUF depending on the traffic. If you want to pay by card, ask them about this option. And don’t forget to CHECK THE TAXIMETER!

The airport shuttle service called miniBUD offers door-to-door service, one way and return alike. The transfer time depends on the traffic and the addresses of other passengers (max 8 passengers). The price is a bit cheaper than the taxi, but you have to pay right after booking, what you can do on the website at least 5 hours before pick up time or by calling them.

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By train

Budapest has 3 main railway stations: Keleti pályaudvar, Déli pályaudvar and Nyugati pályaudvar. A metro station belongs to all of them, so it’s easy to reach the city centre or your accommodation.

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 by Flixbus, eurolines or Regiojet. Be sure to check the bus station because not all of the Regiojet buses go to Népliget, there’s another stop at Kelenföldi railway station.

How to get around in Budapest?

Public transport

The public transport works well with the metros, trams, buses, trolleybuses and boats. In Budapest, the ticket usage is different than in other European cities. Here a single ticket is valid only for a single trip and doesn’t include transfers outside of the metro.

On main stations, you can find BKK ticket vending machines to buy any kind of ticket, which is valid on every vehicle. Choose a single ticket (350 HUF) or a 24-hour ticket (1650 HUF) or a block of 10 tickets (3000 HUF) depending on the duration of your stay. And don’t forget to validate it! Learn more about the ticket types and prices on the website of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport).

With only a single ticket you can discover the Danube riverbank with Tram 2, which is considered a tourist sightseeing tram. The vintage yellow cars run along the Danube between Jászai Mari square and Rákóczi bridge. You can take off at many landmarks like the Parliament, Chain bridge, Vigadó, Great Market Hall, Bálna and Palace of Arts.

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Would you like to try out some special vehicles? The funicular will bring you up to the Buda Castle or use the chairlift to reach János Hill and Erzsébet Lookout Tower. Aaaaand by boat…

By boat

With the public transport boat service, you can discover the city from a different angle. The boats stop at the main attractions but operate only from May to October, so check the timetables on the homepage of the BKK before planning.

No Uber, only taxi

Sorry, we don’t have Uber… You can find many taxi companies like Taxify, City Taxi or Főtaxi. The base fee is 700 HUF and every minute costs 75 HUF and above 15 km the km charge is 300 HUF.

If you want to pay by card, first ask the driver about it and always check the taximeter!

Must-see tourist attractions in Budapest

  • Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy) with Citadel and the awesome panorama to Buda and Pest
  • Central Market Hall with beautiful architecture, delicious food and souvenirs
  • Castle District with the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) and Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) (on photo)
  • The 96-meter high Parliament
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István bazilika) with its Panorama terrace and amazing interior
  • Andrássy Avenue with historical buildings and fashion stores
  • Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) and City Park (Városliget) with Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Margaret island (Margitsziget) to enjoy nature
  • The famous thermal baths: Gellért Thermal Bath is my personal favourite, thanks to its outdoor pool (which functions as a wave pool in summer) and colourful mosaics. Rudas Thermal Bath offers a unique experience with its rooftop panorama pool. The outdoor pools of Széchenyi Thermal Bath have a totally nice atmosphere.
  • Ruin bars in the 7th district, every ruin bar has its own atmosphere. Szimpla Kert is the most famous with its organized chaos, Instant-Fogas (used to be Fogasház) is the complex party place, Anker’t is the stylish one, Ellátó kert is the most colourful, Csendes is a disorganized miracle, Púder is vibrant and Mazel Tov is chic.

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Want to know what are the best things to do in Budapest? Read my Budapest bucket list and download the checklist to simplify your travel planning.

Eating and drinking in Budapest

What to eat in Budapest?

Try out the traditional Hungarian food like …

  • goulash soup (gulyásleves)
  • fisherman’s soup (halászlé)
  • Hungarian meat stew also called paprikash
  • stuffed cabbage (töltött káposzta)
  • Hungarian ratatouille (lecsó)
  • lángos
  • chimney cake (kürtőskalács)

Find out more about the best bites in the Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes and you don’t have to worry anymore what to order in a Hungarian restaurant.

Talking about Hungarian restaurants… I have a few tips for you!

My favourite is Gettó Gulyás in the centre with delicious Hungarian dishes and perfect wine selection. For a cosy and romantic mood visit Kispiac Bisztró. Frici Papa kifőzdéje serves big portions for cheap price. M restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere and always tasty seasonal menu. Cupákos (on photo) is the place for meat lovers.

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What to drink in Budapest?

If you’re in Hungary, you have to try out pálinka! Pálinka is the Hungarian spirit, 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%.

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

Hungarian wine is a must-try, you’ll find your favourite from the huge selection of white, rosé and red wines. My favourite is the dry red wine from the area of Szekszárd. I’m not a fan of sweet wines, but I have to mention the famous dessert wines of Tokaj because those are very popular among tourists.

Cute local cafés serve specialty coffee, the 1st one was My Little Melbourne and fortunately, the list is growing. Visit the courtyard of Fekete, the stylish Espresso Embassy, the cosy Madal or the minimal Kontakt.

Can I drink tap water in Hungary?

Yes, you can, the water doesn’t have any taste. No need to spend extra money on mineral water and plastic bottles. However, in old buildings, where the water pipes aren’t maintained, the water might have some taste. In that case, buy some mineral water.

Forint, the Hungarian currency

Hungary is part of the European Union since 2004, but we still have our currency called forint (HUF). 1 euro is around 320 forints.

Paying by card is very common, yet, a few places still don’t accept cards, so be prepared with some cash. There are many ATMs and money exchange options in the city. Though try to avoid Western Union and Interchange, as they offer high rates. Make sure to compare the “buy” and “sell” rates and if the difference is more than a few forints, find another place.

Average prices in Budapest

Budapest isn’t considered expensive. Of course, it depends on where you go, touristy places can be more pricey, but it’s still cheaper than Western-European countries.

  • Breakfast & brunch – 1600 HUF ~ 5 euro
  • Meal (main course in a good quality restaurant) – 3200 HUF ~ 10 euro
  • Espresso in a specialty coffee shop – 500 HUF ~ 1,5 euro
  • Beer (a pint) – 700 HUF ~ 2,2 euro
  • Quality wine (1,5 dl) – 600 HUF ~ 1,8 euro
  • 0,5 l water in a supermarket – 130 HUF ~ 0,4 euro
  • Public transport ticket – 350 HUF ~ 1,1 euro

Tipping in restaurants

Always check the bill before paying, the service can be included in some places. If not and if you’re satisfied with the service, you can give around 10% tip.

Electricity in Hungary

In Hungary, the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are type C and F like in other countries of Europe, some parts of Asia, Africa and South-America.

You don’t have to worry about power plugs anymore with a travel adapter like Skross adapter, which is good in over 220 countries and also has a dual USB port for charging USB devices.

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Is Budapest safe?

Yes, it’s safe, you shouldn’t be afraid of walking alone (I’m not). BUT we should be careful! Always look after your belongings and don’t tempt robbers and pickpockets. Don’t leave your bag and valuables on the table without supervision.

I don’t want to frighten you or sound like your parents. I just want you to prevent trouble and to leave Budapest with good memories. Read my post about 12 mistakes to avoid when visiting Budapest and know what not to do!

About Hungarian people

Some of us are friendly, positive and speak English, but some of us aren’t so lovely, welcoming and don’t speak English. Tourists sometimes complain about Hungarian people not speaking English. Not totally true. Some of us learnt English, you just have to find us 😉 In the city centre you’ll have better chances to find an English speaker local and you might have bigger luck with younger people because older Hungarian people usually don’t speak foreign languages.

Useful Hungarian words and phrases

A little practice for the end 😉

The Hungarian language is unique with its complicated letters and its pronunciation. Among tourists, the most popular word remains Egészségedre! It means Cheers! Kind of hard to pronounce it, but you’ll be satisfied when you’ll pronounce it correctly and we are happy to help you because we like to drink and say Egészségedre!

Hi = Szia [see-ya]

How are you? = Hogy vagy? [Hodge vadge]

How are you, my friend? = Hogy vagy, barátom? [Hodge vadge barat-om]

Thank you = Köszönöm [Koh-sur-nom]

Sorry = Bocsánat [Bots-ana-t]

Cheers = Egészségedre [Egg-esh-ay-ged-reh]

Beer = Sör [Sure]

Wine = Bor [Boar]

You’re beautiful = Szép vagy [Say-p vadge]

Yes = Igen [Ea-gen]

No = Nem [Nem]

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Can’t wait to visit Budapest? You know what to see, do, not to do, eat and drink. Want to know even more? Did I miss an important first-timer’s question? Leave a comment below if you have a question or share your experiences about Budapest.

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Hungarian cottage cheese chocolate (Túró Rudi) cake

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Have you been to Hungary and tried out Túró Rudi? I hope you did because Túró Rudi is one of the best Hungarian chocolate. You don’t have to miss its cottage cheese and chocolate taste after returning home. This Hungarian cottage cheese chocolate cake recipe will remind you to Túró Rudi. It’s easy to prepare and delicious, what else do you need?

The cake is the perfect combination of chocolate and cottage cheese layers just like the Túró Rudi. Not too sweet and not too sour. Let’s see the recipe!

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.

The salt emphasizes the taste of chocolate, don’t miss it 🙂 Always use salt in cakes or in any kind of desserts with chocolate.

Before grating the lemon, wash the skin so that any dirt or bacteria residing on the surface will not be transferred to the cake.

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.

Every oven works differently, 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: 45 min + waiting time

Baking time: 15 min

Total time: 2,5 hours

Ingredients for 30 cm diameter cake form:

For the chocolate bottom

  • 125 gr dark chocolate
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 gr (~1/4 cup) butter, room temperature
  • 100 gr (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 gr (1/4 cup) flour

For the cottage cheese layer

  • 500 gr (2 1/2 cups) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 dl cream
  • 50 gr (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon gelatine powder

For the chocolate cover

  • 100 gr dark chocolate
  • pinch of salt
  • 0,5 dl cream
  • Túró Rudi as decoration (optional)

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How to make the cottage cheese chocolate cake?

For the chocolate bottom

Preheat the oven to 175 ºC (347 ºF).

To simplify the work, place a parchment paper into a 30 cm diameter cake form, I use a Zenker springform with non-stick coating, so the dough won’t stick thanks to its butter content, but it’s easier to remove the baked dough with the paper and then you can put back the bottom into the form.

Melt the dark chocolate with a pinch of salt and set it aside.

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs and the flour. Finally, mix in the melted chocolate.

Pour it in the springform and bake for 15 minutes, the top might lift a bit, but it’ll sink again. Leave it to cool down, around 1 hour should be enough.

For the cottage cheese layer and the chocolate cover

In the meantime, mix the cottage cheese, brown sugar, zest of lemon, gelatine and one part of cream until it’s smooth. Use low-fat cottage cheese, otherwise, the mixture will be wet and won’t be that solid as it should be. If it has bigger pieces, smash them, so it will combine better with the ingredients.

When the chocolate bottom isn’t warm anymore, spread the mixture on it. Put it in the fridge for an hour.

Melt the dark chocolate with a pinch of salt and the rest of the cream and pour it on the cake. Put it back to the fridge and it’s ready to serve in 2-3 hours.

You can improve the cottage cheese chocolate cake with Túró Rudi decoration. Just an option, with or without Túró Rudi, it still tastes delicious.

Store it in the fridge, it’s good for 4-5 days.

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Did it remind you to Túró Rudi, my fav Hungarian chocolate?

If you like cottage cheese and Hungarian flavours, bake the simplified cottage cheese strudel and the cheesy salty sticks.

 

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Unicorn and rainbow food guide to Budapest, Hungary

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Do you believe in unicorns? If yes, you’re in the right place because unicorns exist in my Wonderland 🙂 As I’m a kid sometimes, this unicorn trend was meant to be for me. I’m just happy seeing them on social media, in swimming pools and these cute creatures can appear even on our plate! In Budapest, you can also find unicorns and colourful unicorn-inspired food. In this unicorn and rainbow food guide to Budapest, I’ll show you where to eat the most colourful unicorn-themed food.

What do you think, what kind of taste do unicorns have? Sweet, sour, bitter, juicy, luscious? Maybe all of these together? You’ll find out in these magical unicorn places. I added the opening times, just to be aware of it, but it can change anytime, so check the opening time on their sites. I don’t want you to miss your dreamy unicorn food!

Interested in other sweets? Explore my guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest!

Let’s see where to eat unicorn and rainbow food in Budapest!

Mr Funk and Ms Bagel for funky donuts

Mr Funk is a sugar heaven with colourful donuts, shakes and decoration. This donut and bagel shop is totally worth a visit (not my architect self is speaking now). The interior could be on design sites thanks to its colourful and playful floor, donuts on the wall, greeting on the ceiling and open kitchen, where the magic happens. And don’t forget to visit the restroom for a vivid experience.

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Of course, I went there because of unicorns…

You can ask for a blushing unicorn donut with tasty horn and cute ears, but if you are totally obsessed with unicorns (like me), order a UNICORN FREAK SHAKE! It’s freaking tasty and looks gorgeous! Do you know that feeling when the food is so beautiful, that you don’t want to eat it? This is a moment like that! Every part of this beauty is super tasty! A tender donut with tasty marzipan horn floats on pink cherry shake, which isn’t as sweet as I expected.

In summer, Unicorn IceCloud also joins to the unicorn family, which is ice cream in cone coated with cotton candy and topped with marshmallow and golden horn.

Prices:

  • Unicorn donut – 800 HUF
  • Unicorn freak shake – 3000 HUF
  • Unicorn IceCloud – 2000 HUF

Website: Mr. Funk

Instagram: @mrfunk_budapest

Address: 1051 Budapest, Arany János str. 19-21.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm

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Sugar shop, the design confectionery

Sugar! is more than a confectionery, imagine yourself in a sweet Wonderland surrounded by colourful candies, huge lollipops, balloons, pool floats, fluffy toys, costumes and unicorns. You can bring home some unicorn if you want to spice up your home or office.

Here you can also eat unicorns. Maybe this sounds a bit creepy… 😛 Whatever, let’s see the edible unicorns!

The rainbow cake is very yummy. The coloured sponge cake layers and the blue fondant are tasty, just like the super cute smiling marzipan unicorn floating on a sugary cloud. Don’t judge me, I ate the unicorn 😉

The unicorn cupcake didn’t become my favourite because the rainbow creamy top is too sweet, but the muffin tastes good with the chocolate chips. This cupcake is available with different unicorn and rainbow decorations.

The unicorn and the bubblegum macarons are the most multicoloured ones, both gluten-free.

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Unicorn days at Sugar shop

The 2nd weekend of January is the most awaited weekend of the year for unicorn lovers! In mid-January (check the date on their facebook page), Sugar shop turns into the home of sweet and tasty unicorns. Try out as many unicorn-inspired foods as you can: unicorn cake pop, unicorn magnum, unicorn panna, macaron ice cream sandwich, unicorn macaron, unicorn bubble, unicorn cupcake, unicorn shake. So hard to choose…

I’m satisfied with picking the unicorn cake pop. The chocolate filling is flavoured with rum and covered with coloured buttercream. #omnomnom

The magnum shaped unicorn magnum isn’t filled with ice cream. Under the crunchy white chocolate, you’ll bite in a chocolate mousse.

Unicorn shake is perfect to finish a colourful dish like this. It’s a mix of ice cream and milk topped with whipped cream, colourful sprinkles, gold marzipan horn and ears. Delicious and delightful!

Prices:

  • Rainbow cake – 1090 HUF
  • Unicorn cupcake – 890 HUF
  • Unicorn shake – 1390 HUF
  • Unicorn cake pop – 650 HUF
  • Unicorn magnum – 890 HUF
  • Bubblegum macaron – 330 HUF

Website: Sugar Shop

Instagram: @sugar_design_confectionery

Address: 1051 Budapest, Paulay Ede str. 48.

Opening time: Monday: 12 am – 10 pm, Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 10 pm

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Cake Shop

Cake Shop uses quality ingredients and prepares gluten-, lactose- and sugar-free cakes too.

I visited them to try out a cute unicorn muffin, unfortunately, it’s not on the menu every day 🙁 But they compensated me with a unicorn hot chocolate, so I wasn’t disappointed 🙂

The pink unicorn hot chocolate is made of white chocolate, milk, cherry syrup (this gives the pink colour), whipped cream and colourful candies on top. First I really liked it, but I felt a bit of sugar overdose at the end.

I won’t give up on the muffin, so I’ll return!

Price:

  • Unicorn hot chocolate – 1150 HUF

Website: Cake Shop

Instagram: @cake_shop_budapest

Address: 1051 Budapest, József Attila str. 12.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

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Macaron Heaven manufactory

Unicorn + macaron = #omnonom

These unicorn shaped macarons (and also their friends) are so cute and tasty. I guess cute and tasty shouldn’t be in one sentence… Whatever 😉

The unicorn with a horn is vanilla flavoured and the one without a horn is caramel flavoured. Both desserts are delicious and also their flamingo sister. If you don’t mind to eat cute macarons, this is your place, my friend!

Prices:

  • Normal macaron – 350 HUF
  • Figure macaron – 490 HUF

Facebook: Macaron Heaven

Instagram: @macaronheaven_bp

Address: 1027 Budapest, Margit krt. 52.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 12 am – 8 pm, Sunday: closed

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The Sweet by Vintage Garden

The Sweet has an always changing seasonal design and interior. Though the beautiful and tasty cakes wait for you all the time, just like their specialities, the hot chocolates made of dark, milk or white chocolate. The beautiful biscuits and cute cups are also part of the decoration.

The multicoloured cake pop is super tasty, the chocolate mousse inside is very tender and not that sweet.

The unicorn macaron is a bit dry, not the best one. The look is not everything 😉

Prices:

  • Pop cake – 490 HUF
  • Unicorn macaron – 400 HUF
  • Unicorn biscuit – 490 HUF
  • Unicorn meringue – 790 HUF
  • Hot chocolate without cream – 990 HUF

Facebook: The Sweet by Vintage Garden

Instagram: @vintagegardenbistro

Address: 1074 Budapest, Dob str. 21.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm

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Waffle dog

Waffle dog sells Dutch mini pancakes (Poffertjes) and filled waffle called waffle dog. Oh, those fluffy colourful waffles 😛 It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!

The unicorn inspired, sparkle pony sweet dog is topped with vanilla cream, colourful candies and marshmallow and it’s filled with cocoa dragées. It tastes magical!

Want to drink from a unicorn mug? Order a latte macchiato. I spotted the unicorn mug on the counter and I couldn’t resist asking what I have to order to drink from it.

You’ll have a special unicorn atmosphere here, even if you decide to eat something else (everything looks delicious on the menu). There are unicorns on the wall, at the counter, almost in every corner and the friendly owner likes to be surrounded with them 🙂

Prices:

  • Sparkle pony (unicorn) sweet dog – 990 HUF
  • Latte macchiato – 520 HUF

Facebook: Waffle dog

Instagram: @waffledogbudapest

Address: 1072 Budapest, Klauzál sqr. 9.

Opening time: Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

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Zabrakadabra, the vegan confectionery

Zabrakadabra is specialised in vegan, paleo, gluten- and lactose-free desserts, so everyone gets something healthy.

I found some unicorns in the shape of a unicorn muffin. The strawberry jam filled muffin tastes very good, but the pinkish yellowish hair with glitters was very sweet.

Price:

  • Unicorn muffin – 750 HUF

Website: Zabrakadabra

Facebook: Zabrakadabra

Instagram: @zabrakadabra

Address: 1094 Budapest, Ferenc str. 1.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

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Sütit akarok! and Sütit akarok! Mini

Sütit akarok! = I want cake!

Who wants a cake? In Sütit akarok! you can choose from many cakes and sweets, however, unicorns aren’t on the menu all the time. They have a big confectionery in Buda and a mini version in Pest. The selection is always bigger in the big store and on special weekends unicorns are also part of the store.

Unicorn days at Sütit akarok!

In October for a weekend, both Sütit akarok! host Unicorn days featuring rainbow cakes, unicorn cake pops and other colourful sweets.

Prices:

  • Unicorn cake pop – 300 HUF
  • Rainbow cheesecake – 650 HUF

Facebook: Sütit akarok! and Sütit akarok! Mini

Instagram: @sutitakarok

Addresses:

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm

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Johnny’s Bistro Buda

This is the only one I haven’t visited because it’s located far from the city centre, even from the centre of Buda. But if you’re going to or coming from the chairlift to János Hill, you can stop on your way there.

You won’t find any unicorns on the menu, just ask for a milkshake, which looks like a unicorn shake… On the photos, almost all of the milkshakes contain some pink colour, even the Kinder Bueno, Cheesecake, Nutella-Banana, Salted Caramel milkshakes. You can’t complain, I’ve done my research 😉

Prices:

  • Milkshake – small – 1290 HUF
  • Milkshake – large – 1790 HUF

Website: Johnny’s Bistro Buda

Instagram: @johnnysbistro

Address: 1125 Budapest, Szarvas Gábor str. 33.

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am – 9 pm

 

I hope Budapest will extend its unicorn food selection and I can update this unicorn and rainbow food guide for you. If I missed a place with unicorn food, please add a comment or email me to aliz@alizswonderland.com.

Choose your favourite(s) and dream with unicorns and rainbows!

Which one was your favourite? Leave a comment below about how did you like this post.

Are you a foodie like me? Then I have other foodie tips for you:

A local’s guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes

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Budapest bucket list – Top things to do in Budapest

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Want to tick Budapest on your bucket list? Nice! Everyone should have Budapest on their list 🙂 Why? The Hungarian capital has a lot to offer such as diverse architecture, river, thermal baths, outstanding nightlife, tasty food and panoramas. Budapest is a beautiful must-visit city! To simplify your travel planning, I have another checklist for you featuring the best things to do in Budapest. Let me introduce you the Budapest bucket list with touristy sights, must-visit places, foodie tips, my local recommendations and more travel secrets to Budapest. Aaaaand I also created a downloadable checklist for you! Make the most out of your trip and download the bucket list.

Wander around Castle District

The large area of Castle District offers many attractions like the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya), Matthias Church (Mátyás templom).

The 78 meters high Matthias Church obtained its final look according to the plans of Frigyes Schulek in the early 19th century after occupations, wars, fire and reconstructions. You can also explore the interior of the church (admission fee: 1500 HUF) or climb 197 steps in the tower for the best panorama (admission fee: 1500 HUF including a guided tour). The panorama terrace offers a 360 degrees panorama of Budapest: Buda Hills, Margaret island, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the bridges and Danube, Gellért Hill and the Castle District itself.

The panorama is also amazing from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Its 7 bastions represent the 7 settled down Hungarian tribes from the 9th century. The upper part around the equestrian statue of St Stephen can be visited with admission fee (1000 HUF), but go a bit further and for free you can go up in the biggest bastion.

After taking some photos of the view and the Neo-Gothic facade of Matthias Church, go to Ruszwurm Confectionery and try out some Hungarian cakes and desserts. They have a huge selection of sweets and the prices are cheap compared to its location. It might be busy through its popularity, but it’s worth to wait. I had my best “Somlói” style sponge cake there 😛

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Walk along the Danube riverbank

The Danube is the river of Budapest, it divides Buda and Pest. Both sides offer wonderful view thanks to the bridges and historical buildings. The skyline of Buda is characterized by hills like Gellért Hill, Castle District and the Buda Hills. The Pest side is flat, so only the landmarks define the silhouette.

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The sunsets are amazing from bridges and the embankment of Pest. Grab a drink and let the colours of the sun mesmerize you. You can choose from many bars to fancy the sunset.

Want to see the sunset with a view to Gellért Hill and Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd, the green bridge)? Have dinner and a drink in Esetleg in Bálna.

Would you prefer the Castle District with the colourful sky? Have a seat at Liberty bridge or walk through Erzsébet bridge (the white one) to Terasz. In Pontoon, at the foot of Chain bridge you can sit at the side of the river and watch the sun sets next to Fisherman’s Bastion.

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Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István bazilika) is the tallest church in Budapest with its dome reaching the height of 96 meters. The dome’s inner height is 65 meters and the interior is covered with 50 types of marble and precious stone, decorated with mosaics instead of frescoes. Three architects designed and redesigned it over 54 years of construction. It was finished in neo-classicist style in 1905.

Don’t miss the Panorama Lookout Tower because for 2 euros (600 HUF) you’ll get a 360 degrees view of Budapest! The ticket office is at the church entrance, where the staircase starts. Climb 364 steps or take the elevators up to the dome. From the panorama terrace, you can have a closer look at the biggest bell of Hungary in the Southern tower, with a weight of 9 tonnes and to Budapest, of course 😉

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Take a photo of the Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament is Europe’s 2nd largest parliament, it was designed by Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style, inspired by the British House of Parliament (which is the largest in Europe). It has the same height as St. Stephen’s Basilica, both are 96 meters high and higher building can’t be built in Budapest according to current regulations. The 268 m long building dominates the Danube embankment. Its construction was finished in 1896, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hungary.

The facade is made of limestone and decorated with 90 sculptures of Hungarian leaders. The porous limestone needs a lot of restoration because of the air pollution, so you are lucky seeing the building without scaffolding.

The Parliament is open for visitors, book your ticket in advance to avoid queueing. The guided tours are available in 9 languages in various appointments. During the 50 minutes long tour, you’ll see impressive main halls and grand staircase, painted glass windows and the greatest Hungarian treasure, the Holy Crown of St. Stephen, Hungary’s first king.

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Find your favourite ruin bar

After sightseeing, it’s time to discover the outstanding nightlife of Budapest and the legendary ruin bars. 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 is Szimpla Kert (on photo) and it can be very crowded on Friday and Saturday evening, you have to wait in queue to get in. So I’d recommend visiting it during the day or on Sundays when it turns into Szimpla Farmers’ Market. Another popular ruin bar is Instant-Fogas (used to be Fogasház), which is a good party place, but also busy during the weekend.

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Every ruin bar has its own atmosphere. Anker’t is the stylish one, Ellátó kert is the most colourful, Csendes is a disorganized miracle, Púder is vibrant and Mazel Tov (on photo) is chic.

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Drink pálinka

Ruin bars are the perfect places to try out the traditional Hungarian spirit called pálinka (just don’t ask for the cheapest one). It’s 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%.

The suggested method to drink it: inhale deeply, drink (for one sip or more) and enjoy the fruity flavour during exhaling. Cheers! Or should I say Egészségedre!

Relax in thermal baths

After an eventful night in ruin bars, you deserve some time to relax in one of the famous thermal baths and to enjoy the water’s 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!
  • One of the most unique experiences in Rudas Thermal Bath is the rooftop panorama pool with the view to the Gellért Hill and Danube. Its 450-year-old steam bath also offers an intimate atmosphere.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath (on photo) is the most popular and well-known. The outdoor pools have a totally nice atmosphere, but the indoor area seems like a maze for 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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Stroll in Heroes’ square and City Park

Budapest’s biggest square, Heroes’ square (Hősök tere) is located at the end of Andrássy Avenue with the City Park (Városliget) and two museums (Museum of Fine Arts and Kunsthalle). It was built for the Millennium and the construction began in 1896, on the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian state.

The 36 m tall pillar of Millennium Memorial stands in the middle of the square. On its top, Archangel Gabriel holds the holy crown and the double cross of Christianity. The pillar is surrounded with the seven chieftains who led the Hungarian tribes to the country. 14 emblematic figures of the Hungarian history stand on the colonnades, representing the country’s long and complicated history.

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City Park is the largest park of Budapest, Budapest Zoo, Capital Circus of Budapest, Museum of Transport (currently being renewed), Széchenyi Thermal Bath and Vajdahunyad Castle are located in the park as well. Vajdahunyad Castle is a reproduction of a Transylvanian castle and it’s surrounded with an artificial lake. The lake is used for boating in the summer and in winter it turns into an ice rink. If you like ice skating, don’t miss the opportunity of skating with a view to the Vajdahunyad Castle. Before going there, check the timetable on City Park Ice Rink (Városligeti Műjégpálya) because the ice isn’t available all day long.

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Climb up Gellért Hill

Since 1987 Gellért hill (Gellért hegy) has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Citadel on its top is a fortress built in 1851 by the Habsburgs after the end of the Hungarian Revolution. Its original goal was to frighten the citizens instead of protecting the city. Today it symbolizes freedom with the 40-meter high Statue of Liberty.

Approach Gellért Hill from either Liberty bridge (Szabadság híd) or Erzsébet bridge and follow the green triangle sign to the top, which stands at 130 meters above the Danube. From this height, you can see the contrast between Buda and Pest. Buda is characterised by hills and the Castle District in the foreground dominates the view. However, Pest is flat and only a few landmarks emerge from the skyline like the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest eye and Great Market Hall.

I wrote more about Gellért Hill in my Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest post.

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Discover the Great Market Hall

The Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok) is visited by locals and tourist alike thanks to its fresh products and remarkable architecture. The roof of the building is decorated with ornamental tiles produced by the famous Hungarian Zsolnay manufacture. The ground floor offers fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses as well as pastries. You can buy a nice package of dried or powdered paprika and sausage as a souvenir. The upper floor awaits with even more souvenirs (handicrafts, embroideries and Budapest themed products) and the food stalls serve Hungarian dishes, be aware that it can be quite busy during lunch time. The basement displays the unique Hungarian products also known as Hungaricums.

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Eat lángos

While discovering the food stalls of Great Market Hall, don’t forget to stop at the lángos place! Lángos is fried bread dough and it’s served with different kind of toppings. The most popular (and my favourite) version is with sour cream and cheese. Would like to experiment with the flavours? Both Great Market Hall and Retro Lángos at Arany János street metro station offer Hungarian flavours like sausage, ham, tomato, onion and even more.

Want to try an even more special lángos? Lángos burger at Karaván Street food (next to Szimpla) waits for you with filled lángos burgers. They have the classical version with sour cream and cheese, but if you want to have something unusual, order a beef lángos burger.

Would you like to know more about lángos? Read my other post about must-try Hungarian food.

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Try out traditional Hungarian dishes with paprika

Hungarian food is very delicious, it’s much more than goulash soup. True, goulash soup is unique and tasty, but Hungary has a lot more to offer. We also have tasty foods like fisherman’s soup (halászlé), Hungarian meat stew, mushroom goulash, stuffed cabbage just to mention a few. In my Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes I wrote about the best ones and also included some photos and descriptions.

My favourite Hungarian restaurant is Gettó Gulyás in the centre. The food is super tasty for affordable price and the wine selection is just perfect. I always book a table in advance to secure our seats. This lamb paprikash with butter noodles (3450 HUF) and the veal paprikash with baked curd cheese noodles rolled in bacon (3540 HUF) were also very delicious.

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Download the checklist and complete your Budapest bucket list.

When following a checklist, sometimes we concentrate only on checking the items and we’re not enjoying the process. Don’t make this mistake, take your time and make the most out of your trip.

 

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Do you like lists? I have another one for you 😉 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest.

Enjoy your stay in Budapest and tell me which was your favourite point on the list! Leave a comment below.

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Delicious milky vanilla bars

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These creamy milky vanilla bars are the perfect combination of milk, eggs and a few other ingredients. Super easy to make, just mix the ingredients and that’s it. Okay not this simple, so don’t skip the recipe on the bottom of the page 😉

Have you heard about the Hungarian dessert called floating island (madártej)? It also contains eggs and milk, on the yellow curd clouds made of egg whites are floating. This dessert is the solid version of the floating island, just tastier and easier to prepare it. It looks like it’s made of 2 layers, but no. First, my mom baked it and I had to asked her why hasn’t she placed the curd on top? She was laughing and said that this is only one batter, which will be separated during the baking. Aaaaa… so you have to make only one layer and your oven will do the rest 😉 Super!

You can break the yellow curd by adding some fruits. It’s very tasty with strawberries, click here for the recipe. Though be careful with the watery fruits, once I put raspberries and the consistency wasn’t that perfect.

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.

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.

If you’re also a kitchen machine fan, use the lowest speed, when adding the milk to the batter.

Preparation time: 20 min

Baking time: 45 min

Ingredients (for a 38×22 cm baking dish):

  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) powdered sugar + 1-2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g (~1 cup) butter
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) plain flour
  • 7,5 dl (3 cups) milk

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How to make the delicious milky vanilla bars?

Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Lightly butter a 38×22 cm (or similar size) baking dish. Set it aside.

Melt the butter in a pan and set aside.

Separate the 8 eggs.

Mix the 8 egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract, beat them until the mixture is fluffy.

Add the melted butter to the mixture. When it’s evenly incorporated, slowly add the flour and the milk in 3 parts and wait until it’s fully combined.

Beat up the egg whites in another bowl and mix to the batter carefully.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave it to cool down and keep it in the pan for a few hours. Dust the top with powdered sugar.

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

Enjoy it and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

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A local’s guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest, Hungary

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You’re wandering innocently on the streets of Budapest, taking photos, admiring the architecture, then something happens… A sweet scent is catching your nose and guiding you to the origin of the sugary aroma, which is a chimney cake kiosk with delicious sweets. And maybe a long queue… Don’t care about that, just wait because you have to try out this Hungarian sweet street food. The long queue and the enticing smell don’t always guarantee the quality. Don’t worry, I tested the chimney cakes and I’ll share with you where to eat the best chimney cakes in Budapest.

What is chimney cake (kürtőskalács)?

Chimney cake is a sweet delight, its main ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, yeast and salt. The sweet dough is wrapped around a cylindrical baking spit. Before placing above the hot charcoal, they roll the dough in sugar, so it’ll be golden brown outside and the scent of the caramelised sugar will attract you.

It’s baked over fire only on outdoor events and in kiosks because Hungarian regulations don’t allow using charcoal and fire indoors. I couldn’t find a difference between the tastes, just the one baked over glowing charcoal smells better and waiting for the fresh chimney cake next to the fire has a special atmosphere.

The last step is to choose a coating. The most common ones are cinnamon, vanilla, cacao and walnut. Grab the freshest one, share it with your friends and enjoy the fluffy sweet dough.

Nowadays, cone-shaped chimney cakes are even more popular because they can be filled with ice cream or other tasty creams. Just use your imagination and you can create your dreamy filled chimney cake.

Before telling you where to find the best chimney cakes in Budapest, let me tell you a few interesting facts about its history. Spoiler! It wasn’t always sweet…

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The origin of chimney cake (kürtőskalács)

I’ve seen loads of photos on social media about people holding chimney cakes in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. I was confused because they were talking about traditional Czech or Slovakian chimney cakes, which looks like the Hungarian kürtőskalács. I had to clarify the origin of the chimney cake.

Once upon a time, in a German manuscript from the Medival time, a description was made about a raised dough wrapped around a baking spit in a helical shape. So the ancestor of chimney cake was born in Germany, furthermore, different shapes and baking methods were invented too.

The 1st known recipe of chimney cake comes from Transylvania (West-Romania) also called Székely Land. However, this early version from 1784 didn’t include any sweetening.

An Upper-Hungarian recipe from 1795 suggested sugar in the baking process for the first time. Sugar and almond coating was mentioned in 1876 in a Hungarian cookbook by Auntie Rézi. In the 20th century, the sugar-almond coating was changed to sugar-walnut coating and at the of the century, other coatings like cinnamon, coconut, cocoa appeared.

Other European countries also have been inspired by the recipe. In Slovakia, this spit cake is called trdelnik and trdo in the Czech Republic. Both countries changed the original Hungarian recipe and implemented their own versions, where the dough is thicker and before baking, it’s covered only with ground walnut or almond.

So for the authentic kürtőskalács you have to come to Hungary! I’ll tell you where to try it out in Budapest and everyone can live happily ever after 😉

Chimney cake guide to Budapest

Kiosks in the underground and around main squares

At main squares and stations, you can find kiosks selling chimney cake. It’s easy to find them, just follow the scent with your nose. The sweets are freshly baked in the booths, and usually, there’s some waiting time, but it’s worth to wait for your fresh and warm chimney cake.

The most common coatings are cinnamon, walnut, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate and coconut.

Prices:

  • Small chimney cake – 300 HUF
  • Big chimney cake – 500 HUF

Addresses:

Opening time: changeable

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Molnár’s Kürtőskalács

Molnár’s Kütrőskalács is located in Váci street, in the heart of the tourist area, it’s hard not to notice and smell the store, which waits for you with indoor and outdoor seating area.

You can choose normal chimney cake, ice cream filled chimney cake and coffee as well.

The traditional one is available in 8 flavours including vanilla, cinnamon, walnut, almond, chocolate, coconut, cocoa and poppy seed. Seeing its price, I’d expect a bigger one, but this is the touristy area with touristy prices. That’s why I’ve tried the ice cream version in a coconut covered chimney cake. The homemade vanilla ice cream was tasty, but the chimney cake wasn’t warm and I could barely taste the coconut. However, you won’t feel hungry after this.

Be aware! Not every chimney cake is warm, they bake it, roll it, place into plastic, and put it on the counter, so you maybe won’t get the freshest one. Or wait a few more minutes and ask for a warm one.

Prices:

  • Traditional chimney cake – 990 HUF
  • Chimney cake with ice cream, only half is filled – 1590 HUF
  • Chimney cake with ice cream, both halves are filled – 1590 HUF

Website: Molnár’s Kütrőskalács

Instagram: @molnarskurtoskalacs

Address: 1052 Budapest, Váci str. 31.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm

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Vitéz Kürtős and Édes Mackó in the Zoo

Vitéz Kürtős also called Sekler Cake attends every foodie event and Christmas market in Budapest. They bake big, fresh and fluffy chimney cakes.

The sugary cinnamon coating is sooooo good and I’m sure that the others are also tasty. They use the original flavours like vanilla, nut, cinnamon, cocoa, coconut, almond and also special ones like raspberry, strawberry, blueberry.

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Édes Mackó in the Zoo (Sweet Bear in the Zoo) is part of the Vitéz Kürtős family and their only permanent location is at the Zoo. They rethought the traditional Hungarian cakes and sweets like floating island, poppy seed bread, Gerbaud and creamy slice.

I’ve tried the Creamy Kürtős because I really like the original dessert with its light fluffy cream, but this version didn’t give me what I’ve expected… The thin dough was too sweet and sticky and the cream wasn’t that creamy.

Prices:

  • Traditional Sekler cake – 1100 HUF (1300 HUF on Christmas market)
  • Sekler cake with special flavour – 1400 HUF
  • Creamy Kürtős – 800 HUF

Website: Vitéz Kürtős

Instagram: @vitezkurtos

Address: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti str. 14-16., at Holnemvolt Castle

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 4 pm, Friday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 4 pm, Sunday: closed

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Kató néni finomságai (Deliciousness of Auntie Kató)

The motto of Auntie Kató is “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy chimney cake and that’s pretty much the same thing!”. She’ll bring you happiness and joy with her fresh chimney cakes.

Auntie Kató has 2 permanent locations in Budapest. One is in the City Park (Városliget), close to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and the other one is at the Citadella, so after climbing up you can present yourself with a chimney cake.

Her food trucks attend festivals, events and Christmas markets (Vörösmarty square and Szt. István square alike). On the markets, 3 filled types were available: Oreo, Sweet dreams and Gingerbread. The Oreo chimney cake gets its name because they placed an Oreo biscuit in the cream. The other parts don’t resemble the taste of Oreo, however, the combination of the chocolate cream and the chimney cake is amazing. Super tasty!

Prices:

  • Traditional chimney cake – 1200 HUF
  • Oreo chimney cake – 1800 HUF

Website: Kató néni finomságai

Instagram: @katonenifinomsagai

Addresses:

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm

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Hoppácska

Try out a different kind of chimney cake! In Hoppácska the lukewarm chimney cake works as a plate, so you can eat your plate too. The topping on your edible plate can be salty and sweet too. 3 salty and 2 sweet combinations are permanent on the menu, which changes every week.

It was very hard to choose, but I went for a dessert, so I asked for their recommendation and I could get a small bite from every sweet topping. I could resist a gingerbread chimney cake. (Yes, it was Christmas time.)  Ooooo… the cream was so good and the chimney cake as well. The dough wasn’t as sweet as usual but it’s still good. Chimney cake is around 15 cm long and cut in half.

Prices:

  • Salty chimney cake: 1590 – 3390 HUF
  • Single sweet chimney cake (1 half is filled): 990 HUF
  • Double sweet chimney cake (both halves are filled): 1590 HUF

Facebook: Hoppácska

Instagram: @hoppacska.kalacs

Address: 1092 Budapest, Ráday str. 33.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

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The Chimney Cake Shop

The booth of Chimney Cake Shop is located in Király street, close to Deák Ferenc square. They sell traditional and special ones filled with ice cream and these chimney cakes are lactose-free!

The dough of the traditional one was thick, not so fluffy and a bit burnt outside. Not the best one and not so big.

My Bounty chimney cone was filled with tasty vanilla ice cream and topped with Bounty slices, shredded coconut and chocolate syrup. The dough of the cone was also thick and a bit hard. You can also choose M&M, Twix, Oreo and Banana split cones.

Prices:

  • Traditional chimney cake – 1000 HUF
  • Chimney cone filled with ice cream – 1200-1500 HUF
  • Extra Nutella – 300 HUF

Facebook: The Chimney Cake Shop

Instagram: @thechimneycakeshop

Address: 1061 Budapest, Király str. 8.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 11 pm

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Street Cakes

I left my favourite for the end. Street Cakes brings the chimney cakes to a new level. Use your fantasy and create your dreamy chimney cake.

Visit the store of Street Cakes in Andrássy street close to Oktogon, where you can choose fillings, toppings and even extra toppings for your chimney cake cone. Oooooh, 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!

Prices:

  • Chimney cake cone – 400 HUF
  • Filling – 350 – 500 HUF
  • Toppings – 150 – 400 HUF
  • Dressings – 100 HUF

Facebook: Street Cakes

Instagram: @street_cakes

Address: 1062 Budapest, Andrássy str. 61.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 12 am – 8 pm

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This was the ultimate chimney cake guide to Budapest. My obsession with sweets and Budapest is limitless. So I’ve tried each of these examples for you (and for my own pleasure) to have a wonderful chimney cake experience in Budapest.

Are you interested in more Hungarian food? My Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes is for you 😉

Please share your experiences and sweet happy chimney cake moments with me. Leave a comment below or share your photos on social media using my #alizswonderland hashtag.

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12 mistakes to avoid when visiting Budapest, Hungary

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Planning your trip to Budapest? I’m sure you’ve already read about the things to do in Budapest, what to eat and where to stay, but you should also know what not to do! Here are 12 mistakes to avoid when visiting Budapest. Not all of these are typical tourist mistakes, locals also commit errors. It can be a simple misunderstanding, inattention to details or lack of curiosity and adventure. Some of these are innocent and won’t cause you any harm. However, some of the following mistakes can affect your trip negatively and can even be costly. I’ll help you to remember these most common tourist mistakes.

1. Thinking that everything is pricey

Budapest is beautiful and amazing and just walking on the edge of the Danube can be a wonderful experience and it won’t cost you extra money, you have to pay only to go in, down or up. I’ll share my favourite free and low-cost spots with you. For more ideas read my travel guide to Budapest and the 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest.

Climb up Gellért Hill

Approach Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy) from either Liberty bridge (Szabadság híd) or Erzsébet bridge and follow the green triangle sign to the top, which stands at 130 meters above the Danube. From this height, you can see the contrast between Buda and Pest. Buda is characterised by hills and the Castle District in the foreground dominates the view. However, Pest is flat and only a few landmarks emerge from the skyline like the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Budapest eye.

I wrote more about Gellért Hill in my Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest post.

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Wander around Buda Castle

The large area of Castle District offers many attractions like the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church. The view from the panorama terraces is breathtaking and there’s a lot to see… Margaret island, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the bridges and Danube, Gellért Hill and the Castle District itself.

Admire the Neo-Gothic facade of the 78 meters high Matthias Church with the colourful Zsolnay tiles from outside. Want to see more? After paying an admission fee, you can explore the interior of the church (1500 HUF) or climb 197 steps in the tower for the best panorama (1500 HUF including a guided tour).

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Go into St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István bazilika) is the tallest church in Budapest with its dome reaching the height of 96 meters. The dome’s inner height is 65 meters and the interior is covered with 50 types of marble and precious stone, decorated with mosaics instead of frescoes. I’d also recommend visiting the Panorama Lookout Tower because for 2 euros (600 HUF) you’ll get a 360 degrees view of Budapest! Find out more information about the basilica and the Panorama Lookout Tower.

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Discover the Great Market Hall

The Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok) is visited by locals and tourist alike thanks to its fresh products and remarkable architecture. The roof of the building is decorated with ornamental tiles produced by the famous Hungarian Zsolnay manufacture. The ground floor offers fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses as well as pastries. You can buy a nice package of dried or powdered paprika and sausage as a souvenir. The upper floor awaits with even more souvenirs (handicrafts, embroideries and Budapest themed products) and the food stalls serve Hungarian dishes, be aware that it can be quite busy during lunch time. The basement displays the unique Hungarian products also known as Hungaricums.

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2. Relying on tourist buses

Hop-on hop-off and other tourist buses can provide you with a pleasant sightseeing tour by showing you the touristy landmarks and whispering the Hungarian history into your headphones. But these trips aren’t cheap and the schedule doesn’t allow you enough flexibility! Don’t worry, I have another solution for you 😉

Discover Budapest on foot and use public transportation

Walk! It’s still the best way to explore a city thoroughly. Stop whenever you want, drink in local coffee shops, admire the street art and discover the hidden gems. There’s a lot to see in Budapest and the attractions don’t stand next to each other, but the public transport system will ease your trip and take you wherever you want.

Tram 2 on the Pest side is considered a tourist sightseeing tram and only costs a single ticket! The vintage yellow cars run along the Danube between Jászai Mari square and Rákóczi bridge. You can take off at the Parliament, Chain bridge, Vigadó, Great Market Hall, Bálna and Palace of Arts.

Why pay for expensive river cruises, when with a single ticket and the public transport boat service you can discover the city from a different angle. The boats stop at the main attractions but operate only from May to October, so check the timetables on the homepage of the BKK before planning.

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3. Not validating your public transport ticket

Serious mistake, which can cost you 16 000 HUF (~ 50 euros).

Public transport ticket inspectors are dressed in everyday clothes and can pop up anywhere and ask for your ticket or pass. At the metro stations the controllers stand next to the validating machines, so make sure to show them your pass or the validated ticket.

Buy and validate your public transport ticket

On main stations, you can find BKK ticket vending machines to buy any kind of ticket, which is valid on every vehicle. Choose a single ticket (350 HUF) or a 24-hour ticket (1650 HUF) or a block of 10 tickets (3000 HUF) depending on the duration of your stay. Learn more about the ticket types and prices on the website of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport).

In Budapest the ticket usage is different than in other European cities. Here a single ticket is valid only for a single trip and doesn’t include transfers outside of the metro. If you change vehicles on your way, make sure to use another single ticket.

And don’t forget to validate it! A non-validated ticket in your pocket won’t save you from a fine. So validate it!

4. Missing out on ruin bars

Most of the tourists enjoy Budapest because of its outstanding nightlife, legendary ruin bars and affordable prices. Of course, if you go to a fancy cocktail bar, it won’t be cheap, but still not as expensive as other European capitals.

Having fun in ruin bars

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 is Szimpla Kert and it can be very crowded on Friday and Saturday evening, you have to wait in the queue to get in. So I’d recommend visiting it during the day or on Sundays, when it turns into Szimpla Farmers’ Market. Another popular ruin bar is Instant-Fogas (used to be Fogasház), which is a good party place, but also busy during the weekend.

Every ruin bar has its own atmosphere. Anker’t is the stylish one, Ellátó kert is the most colourful, Csendes is a disorganized miracle, Púder is vibrant and Mazel Tov is chic.

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5. Not drinking Hungarian pálinka

If you’re in Hungary, drink pálinka!

Pálinka 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 and sometimes just for fun 😉 The suggested method to drink it: inhale deeply, drink (for one sip or more) and enjoy the fruity flavour during exhaling. Cheers! Or should I say Egészségedre!

6. Not eating traditional Hungarian food

Hungarian food is very delicious, but not everything is about paprika and goulash. True, goulash soup is unique and tasty, but Hungary has a lot more to offer. We also have delicious street foods like lángos and chimney cake. In my Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes I wrote about the best ones and also included a description about the mysterious egg noodle (nokedli) and the other side dishes.

Eat like a local, try out a few traditional Hungarian dishes

I’m not asking you to eat every day in a Hungarian restaurant, but do try it out. You can eat a goulash soup (gulyásleves) or a Fisherman’s soup (halászlé) as a starter, a meat stew or stuffed cabbage as a main dish and don’t forget about desserts and Hungarian wines. Read my Budapest food guide to know what to order in a Hungarian restaurant.

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7. Not checking the bill before paying

Choosing the right restaurants and bars is very important. When we are hungry and thirsty, we care about nothing but filling our belly. Usually, it’s better to look around because some restaurants and bars aren’t flawless, especially around the touristy areas. Make sure that the menu displays the prices, so you know what you are paying for. World Nomads wrote a scary article about Budapest Bar Scam. I’m disappointed that things like this can happen in my lovely city. Read it and don’t be a victim.

Of course, most of the restaurant are correct, however, innocent mistakes can happen. Sometimes the restaurant is busy and mixes up the orders and you get the wrong bill.

Always check the prices on the bill before paying and tipping!

The final price on your bill can cost more than your order. Go through the items and the prices. The service can be included in some places. If not and if you’re satisfied with the service, you can give around 10% tip.

8. Forgetting to learn a few Hungarian expressions

The Hungarian language is unique with its complicated letters and its pronunciation. But it’s always nice to hear a tourist trying to speak Hungarian. Among tourists, the most popular word remains Egészségedre! It means Cheers! Kind of hard to pronounce it, but you’ll be satisfied when you’ll pronounce it correctly and we are happy to help you because we like to drink and say Egészségedre!

Learn a few of these Hungarian words

Hi = Szia [see-ya]

How are you? = Hogy vagy? [Hodge vadge]

How are you, my friend? = Hogy vagy, barátom? [Hodge vadge barat-om]

Thank you = Köszönöm [Koh-sur-nom]

Sorry = Bocsánat [Bots-ana-t]

Cheers = Egészségedre [Egg-esh-ay-ged-reh]

Beer = Sör [Sure]

Wine = Bor [Boar]

You’re beautiful = Szép vagy [Say-p vadge]

Yes = Igen [Ea-gen]

No = Nem [Nem]

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9. Presuming that everyone speaks English

Don’t know which way to go? Can’t find the Hungarian restaurant, what I recommended? Just ask it and let’s hope that the first person passes by speaks English.

Find the right people to help you

In the city centre you’ll have better chances to find an English speaker local and you might have bigger luck with younger people because older Hungarian people usually don’t speak English. Tourists sometimes complain about Hungarian people not speaking English. Not totally true. Some of us learnt English, you just have to find us 😉

10. Travelling by taxi and not checking the meter

It’s easy to catch a taxi. Wave them, call them or order your taxi via app. Taxify, City Taxi and Főtaxi have their own apps with an English option. The base fee is 700 HUF and every minute costs 75 HUF and above 15 km the km charge is 300 HUF.

If you want to pay by card, first ask the driver about it. If it’s not possible and the driver offers to take you to an ATM, just walk away as you might get robbed.

Always check the taximeter! Always!

They’ve never scammed me, but the internet is full of stories about how taxi drivers deceived the tourists. The drivers suppose the tourists aren’t aware of the rates, have loads of money and they can overcharge them. But you are smart and you’ll look at the taximeter 🙂

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11. Exchanging money at the airport and at Western Union

Hungary is part of the European Union since 2004, but we still have our currency called forint (HUF). 1 euro is around 320 forints.

Paying by card is very common, yet, a few places still don’t accept cards, so be prepared with some cash. There are many ATMs and money exchange options in the city. Though try to avoid Western Union, as they offer high rates. Make sure to compare the “buy” and “sell” rates and if the difference is more than a few forints, find another place.

If you arrive by plane, don’t stop desperately at the Interchange at the airport. In most taxis, you can pay with cards and the public transport vendor machines also accept cards.

Buy Hungarian forint at smaller exchange places in the city

In the city centre, around Deák Ferenc square you can find smaller and friendlier exchange places. Buy some forints at Ibla Change at the corner of Anker alley or at Tünde Change on your way to Váci street.

12. Not paying attention to your belongings

In crowded areas and events, always look after your belongings and don’t tempt robbers and pickpockets.

Don’t leave your bag and valuables on the table without supervision. Ask your friend to take a look at it or bring it with you.

Be careful!

I don’t want to frighten you or sound like your parents. I just want you to prevent trouble and to leave Budapest with good memories.

These were 12 mistakes to avoid when visiting Budapest. I hope I listed the main mistakes. If I missed something, please leave a comment below and let me know about it. Enjoy your trip!

More ideas for your dreamy trips: 

Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest

Budapest bucket list – Top things to see in Budapest

A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary – How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat?

40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest

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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.

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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?

Would you like to try out another snack with cottage cheese? Bake the cheesy salty sticks and your guests will be very happy 😉

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.

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Design,Home decor & design,Hungary

Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists

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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?

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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.

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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 😉

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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 🙂

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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?

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