Budapest on a Budget: Things to eat, see, and do

Every time I go back to Budapest, I fall in love all over again. It’s cheap, beautiful, and you won’t run out of things to do.

Things to see and do:

  • Ruin Bars- These are old buildings that have been transformed into strange bars. They’re all really unique and fun to explore.
  • Central Market Hall- Lots of locals do their grocery shopping here, and upstairs you can find all the souvenirs you could ever imagine. If you’re going to try Langos, get it here!
  • Thermal Baths- Old people soup! Just kidding… Kind of. There are lots around the city but the most popular are Gellert and Széchenyi. You’ll get lost in them!
  • Fisherman’s Bastion- Mostly a viewing platform for the Danube. Super pretty.
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica- The big church, you can’t miss it. Make sure you go to the stop and you’ll get an amazing view of the city!
  • Margaret Island- You can run around this if you’re into running. The water polo stadium, a small zoo, a park, and a hotel are on this island. It’s a great place to take your dog if you have one with you.
  • Hero’s Square- Monuments and such. Make your way over to Varosligt (the park) to see the castles that are there. In the summer you can rent a little paddle boat and in the winter you can skate.

Things to eat:

  • Langos- JUST DO IT. It’s fried dough covered in sour cream and garlic.
  • Krémes- My favourite cake ever. Pastry and custard, two of my favourite things combined.
  • Somlói Galuska- Chocolate and walnuts and sponge cake and everything good in life.
  • Kürtőskalács-  It’s like a cinnamon bread cone. You can find them filled with ice cream too.
  • Kebabs- I know these are Turkish but they are so good (and cheap). Kebab pizza is also good.
  • Goulash- Duh.

I promise I eat more than cake. I don’t think there is a type of Hungarian food I have tried and not liked including the strange-ish things R has made for me. I’m talking about Vadas, which is boiled meat, bread dumplings, and pureed vegetables that is somehow delicious despite what it looks like.

I feel like lots of people don’t think of Hungary when travelling Europe, I definitely didn’t. There’s so much to do and so many things to see that it should be on everyone’s list of places to go. Also, those “48 hours in Budapest” posts you see on Pinterest are false advertising, it’s no where near enough time to explore this amazing city!

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3 thoughts on “Budapest on a Budget: Things to eat, see, and do

  1. Oh my gosh! I see why you fell in love with Budapest and want to return. Your photos are great and the food lools so Good!! We enjoyed Budapest but I don’t think we did it justice. Would love to make it back one day and try again. Also, the learn Hungarian tapes?! Hahaha good on you for trying.


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