I’m baaack bishes and what a wonderful six days in Budapest (which I learnt was pronounced Buda-peshhht) oop. It was the first time I’d discovered the wonderful Hungarian city, and what a delight it was.
I’m going to be super honest about the whole experience however and there were a couple of hiccups! After Kayle and I popped on and off the plane and arrived at our accommodation, we were so disappointed as the layout was completely different to the images on Airbnb and to top it off, the host had told us the flat had been broken into days ago. Luckily the guys at Airbnb were amazing and gave us the opportunity to move to another apartment so once we were settled we had some dinner and chilled for the evening; avec beer and the new American Horror Story episode obvs.
Our second official day was spent brunching in Liberte, wondering Liberty Square, exploring Hungarian Parliament and St Stephen’s Basilica and taking in Danube views before meeting up with Kayle’s cousin Lloyd and his wife (and my pal) LT, where we enjoyed dinner at Vintage Garden before taking a walk through the city at night.
Liberte Grand Cafe
St Stephen’s Basilica
Watch my first two days on my Youtube too!
Our first full day all together! The third day was all about discovering Buda Castle and the surrounding area- we didnt have a solid plan, but knew we wanted to check out Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion on the way. Walking past Hungarian Parliament and visiting the Shoes on the Danube, we crossed the river via the Chain Bridge, Climbing the hill up to Buda Castle by the funicular, we wandered around the beautiful streets before stumbling across the Houdini museum, which featured not only an exhibition about his life, but a fun-filled magic show- I totally recommend! Next up, the bastion and the church- my God, if you don’t see anything else in Budapest, go and see these two wonderful structures.
Sipping on the first PSL of the season (that’s pumpkin spice latte to you mere mortals) we headed back to Buda Castle, where after a bit of umming and ahhing, we decided to check out the wine festival. None of us were wine drinkers, but I think it’s safe to say we had an amazing night! Equipped with our personalised glasses and wine carriers, we sipped the night away, listening to live music and giggling all evening.
With slightly fuzzy heads, we woke up on day four eager to explore Budapest’s zoo and botanical gardens. I was completely blown away by the sheer volume of creatures, and the beauty of the flora and fauna to be found. From getting close and personal with the butterflies, to my personal fave part- a bat encounter (eeek!), it’s definitely worth a visit, but will take a whole day to discover.
The one mistake we made on this day, was the half an hour walk to the zoo. You forget on a city break that you’re on your feet A LOT, so we felt more than weary after a day of walking- I definitely recommend taking the Metro here! We got back to our apartment, fully ready for sleep but were so determined to check out the iconic ruin bar Szimpla Kert that we powered through! The most unexpectedly cool night out ensued that included Shisha, Absinthe and Hungary’s own liquor Unicum!
Watch my Day 3 & 4 Vlog HERE:
What’s the best way to shake a combination of absinthe and unicum? a nice brisk walk! Day five saw a rather big trek up Gellert Hill to take in some pretty breathtaking views of the city on the Buda side. We went up one side of the hill and came back down the other side so we could check out the Gellert cave church too, which was nice to see. A pit stop for lunch and we were ready to cross back over the bridge and grab a drink at Red Ruin, a communist themed bar.
As we sipped on our coca colas (no ty to alcohol today!) we decided to head back to Szimpla Kert on our way home, as we hadn’t taken in it’s full beauty in the daytime. Pretty exhausted, the evening was spent watching RuPaul’s Drag Race (duh!) and gorging on KFC, no regrets.
Day six and our last day (wah!) was a veritably chilled one. We had decided to give Széchenyi thermal bath a go. There were a variety of pools of different sizes and temperatures, as well as saunas and even places you could get a massage. We spent most of our time outdoors, enjoying the 30 degree heat and had a much needed rest poolside. After suitable chill time, we wandered round the gorgeous grounds of nearby Vajdahunyad Castle and omg what a dream it was.
Our last evening called for a special farewell dinner to mark a magical trip with magical friends. This is probably one of my favourite pictures- as you can see Lloyd just couldn’t wait to tuck in!
Watch my Day 5 & 6 Vlog HERE:
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