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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.

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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dessert & snack,Hungarian recipes,Recipe

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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Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

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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Chimney cake by Vitéz Kürtős - A local’s guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest, Hungary | Aliz’s Wonderland #travel #Budapest #foodguide #chimneycake # Hungary

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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Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

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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dessert & snack,Hungarian recipes,Recipe

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?

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

Cover photo by Anita Nemes.

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

Hand-drawn Budapest maps by Urban Sidewalker

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

A local’s travel guide to Budapest, Hungary

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

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

How to get to Budapest?

By aeroplane to Budapest Airport (BUD)

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

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

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

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

The bus can be crowded during the summer season.

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

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

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

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

By train

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

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

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

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By bus to Népliget bus station

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

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

By boat

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

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

Where to stay in Budapest?

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

Airbnb homes in Budapest

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

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

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Hostels in the city centre of Budapest

Wombats city hostel Budapest

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

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Maverick lodges Budapest

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

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

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

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

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Flow hostel

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

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Boutique hotels in Budapest

Brody House, Brody Apartments and the Writer’s Villa

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

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

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

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

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Hotels in Budapest

Hotel RUM Budapest

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

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Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel

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

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Aria Hotel Budapest

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

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

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Hotel Clark Budapest

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

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What to do in Budapest?

Must-see tourist attractions in Budapest

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

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

Thermal baths

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

  • Gellért Thermal Bath is my personal favourite, it’s perfect in every season. The building is super beautiful with the mosaics and its historical indoor pools. Aaaaand in summer the outdoor pool functions as a wave pool in every hour! So fun!
  • One of the most unique experiences in Rudas Thermal Bath is the rooftop panorama pool. Its 450-year-old steam bath also offers an intimate atmosphere.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the most popular and well-known. The outdoor pools have a totally nice atmosphere (on the photo) and the inside seems like a maze 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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Best museums in Budapest

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

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

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Classical and contemporary music venues

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

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Discover the ruin bars and the nightlife in Budapest

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

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

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Concert, music, party and more bars

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

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Where to eat in Budapest?

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

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Tipping in Hungary

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

 

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

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

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

And even more is about to come…

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dessert & snack,Recipe

Peanut butter chocolate energy bites with oats

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

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

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

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

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Health benefits of cocoa, flaxseed, honey and oat

Cocoa powder

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

Are you a chocolate fan? Prepare my tasty brownie.

Flaxseed

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

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

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

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

Honey

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

Oat and oatmeal

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

Preparation time: 10 min + 15 min

Ingredients for 15-18 energy bites:

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

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

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

Cover the bowl and put in the fridge.

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

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

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

Peanut butter chocolate energy bites with oats | Aliz’s Wonderland #energybite #snack #peanutbutter

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

Enjoy your workout and the energy bites!

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

I was inspired by the energy bites of Chef Savvy.

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Peanut butter chocolate energy bites with oats | Aliz’s Wonderland #energybite #snack #peanutbutter
Design,DIY & organization

Crush your goals with my to-do list and calendar

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

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

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

Does these sentences sound familiar?

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

These are just excuses.

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

Set your goals and work for them.

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

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

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

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Set your goals and make them happen

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

Write it down, this way it becomes more realistic.

Set your PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS too.

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

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

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

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

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My goals look like this for the year of 2018:

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

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

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

Save money! Always think before buying!

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

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

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

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

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

Live healthily – do more sport & eat less unhealthy food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do it now!

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

Do more of what you love

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

Improve the blog

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

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

Find your purpose, your goal and GO FOR IT.

What’s your mission?

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Prioritize your tasks with this to-do list

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

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

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

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

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

  • Most important
  • Maybe later…

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

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Weekly calendar

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

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

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

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Monthly calendar for the bigger picture

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

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

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

And don’t forget to celebrate your wins!

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Are you ready to crush your goals?

Accomplish your goals following this guide

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

An example of how to set your goals

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

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

Enjoy your goal setting and dare to dream big!

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

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

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

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

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local

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

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

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

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

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

Must-try Hungarian soup

Goulash soup (gulyásleves)

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

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

Many restaurants have it on their menu.

Goulash soup (gulyásleves) - Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local | Aliz’s Wonderland #budapest #hungarianfood

Fisherman’s soup (halászlé)

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

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

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

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

The best traditional Hungarian main courses

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

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

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

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

Hungarian meat stew (pörkölt)

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

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

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

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

Mushroom goulash (gombapaprikás)

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

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

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

Stuffed cabbage (töltött káposzta)

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

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

Lecsó

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

This one was served in Esetleg for 1840 HUF.

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

Must-try Hungarian street-food

Lángos

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

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

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

Omnomnom… nowadays modern adaptations are invented.

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

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

Kolbice by Kobe Sausages

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chimney cake (kürtőskalács)

The chimney cake is made from sweet yeast and wrapped around a cylindrical baking spit. You can choose cinnamon, coconut, cacao, walnut and even more coatings. Looking for the best chimney cake? Read my ultimate Budapest guide to chimney cakes!

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

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

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

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

Learn more about this sweet treat and find Budapest’s best chimney cake.

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

Must-try traditional Hungarian desserts

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

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

The prices are various, it depends on the restaurant and the confectionery. I had my best one in Ruszwurm Confectionery (on the photo)in the Castle District. Delicious, big portion and cheap (680 HUF). 

The sponge cake will cost more in restaurants. In Gettó Gulyás it costs 1120 HUF. I had my most special sponge cake in Kispiac bistro for 1100 HUF.

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

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

Dobos cake (Dobos torta)

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

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

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

Gundel pancake (Gundel palacsinta)

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

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

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

Cottage cheese dumpling (Túrógombóc)

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

This one from Otthonka costs 890 HUF.

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

What to drink in Hungary?

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

If you are in Hungary, drink pálinka 😉

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

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

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

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

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

Hungarian wine

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

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

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

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

 

If you are still reading, I guess you are interested in Budapest and food. Goooood! 🙂 Here are few more links for your perfect stay!

Best chimney cakes in Budapest

Unicorn and rainbow food guide to Budapest

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

Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest, Hungary recommended by a local

12 mistakes to avoid when visiting Budapest

40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest and download the free checklist.


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

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

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

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