It was in 1873 that the cities of Buda and Pest united to form a joint city, Budapest. At the top of the hill in Buda is the romantic almost fairytale castle. In the lower city of Pest, on the other wise of the river are the impressive legislature buildings, culture and nightlight. We were in Budapest two years ago and we knew we would return, and here we are, planning our return to this beautiful city. Information on our previous trip is found in our Travel Journal - Budapest.
We have an apartment for the week that we will be there, and friends from Vancouver are joining us. Should be a very fun week. Both Chris and I like to cook, so we will be sure to give the kitchen a good workout. The apartment is well located, a block or so from the Parliament Buildings. There is a food store in the same block. The Kossuth Lajos Tér Metro stop is just down the block. If we want to build up a bit of an appetite, it is a 25 minute walk to the Central Cafe... we had many a lunches there last time! Tram 2 is close to our apartment and that is a great ride along the river, and then a short walk to the Cafe.
We enjoyed our previous visit to Budapest. There is great architecture, the museums and historic sights interesting and we found countless very good restaurants.
Vecsey utca 3
We had many a good meal at Da Mario. It was located around the block from our apartment.
Central Cafe & Restaurant 1887
Karolyi utca 9
Four Seasons Hotel Restaurant
Some of the sights we will visit this year include:
Downtown Market - On Hold Street, the market hall has been refurbished. The goal was to ensure there was a location for rural and farm products with fresh Hungarian quality products. The market opened in 1897.
Barack & Szilva, Klauzal Street, 13 - home style dishes served in what is described as a buzzy, rustic-chick setting. Open from 6 pm to midnight. Closed on Sundays.
New York Cafe, Erzsébet krt. 9-11 - has over-the-top interiors.
Shopping - Váci Street is the main shopping street. Jut walk from Vörösmarty Square all the way down to the Great Market Hall.
Great Market Hall - Built in 1897 this is the BIG market building in Budapest.
Szimpla Farmers' Market - has about 30-40 sellers, real farmers and attracts about 3,000 to 4,000 customers every Sunday. Open Sundays from 9 to 2.