With the diverse history that Budapest holds and the various rulers that came and conquered, it is no surprise that there remains a magnitude of holiday landmarks to find. Budpest has a lot to offer and one of the ways the the city can be explored is by getting to know local people and exploring the off beat places. 1. Discover the architecture, streets and courtyards of District 8’s palace neighborhood and Mikszáth Square – District 8 is an up-and-coming neighborhood in Budapest. It’s the neighborhood that tourists were advised to stay away from for many years. Neglected throughout the communist era, densely populated parts of District 8, with a high proportion of Roma families, became some of the poorest areas in Budapest. Poverty brought along high crime rates and District 8’s bad reputation. Bullet holes from World War II and the revolution in 1956 are still visible on buildings yet to be renovated. Today, District 8 is a district of diversity, art, music and architecture, full of hidden gems. Mikszáth Square – In District 8 ,just off of Baross utca, Mikszáth Square has outdoor venues that are reminiscent to Liszt Ferenc Square, but smaller, more laid back, and ideal for coffee, drinks or even dinner.
2. Find unique treasures on Budapest’s Antique Row – The famous antique row of Budapest is in Falk Miksa utca, just steps away from the Parliament Building. The antique shops and galleries lining Falk Miksa Street can also be great for finding unique gifts and souvenirs. The antique row comes alive every spring and fall during Falk Art Forum, a festival celebrating antique and modern art. More than 50 galleries participate the event with special exhibitions and extended opening hours.
3. Mingle with the locals at one of Budapest’s Ruin Pubs – Ruin Pubs (‘rom kocsma’ in Hungarian, literally: pub in a ruin) are located in formerly abandoned buildings in the city and are very popular hot spots. Most are open year-round, some are temporary outdoor pubs, open from May to September and some are located in the cellars of old houses. Live music with the best Hungarian bands, charming retro décor, unique atmosphere and late opening hours make these places perfect for party.
4. Take a stroll along Városligeti Fasor, connecting the city center with City Park – This is a beautiful avenue, lined with trees, connecting Lövölde tér with City Park (Városliget). The avenue has several beautiful buildings, villas and embassies on either side. Ideal for a stroll !
5. Visit WAMP, Budapest’s monthly design market to meet Hungarian contemporary designers and check out their creations.
6. Go window shopping along Király utca, lined with funky boutiques and galleries – also known as Budapest’s Design Street, it is filled with interior design and furniture stores, funky boutiques and modern art galleries
7. Explore Óbuda, the oldest and lesser known part of Budapest – Óbuda is a treasure trove of well-preserved remains from the Roman period to Baroque bourgeois mansions.
8. If you decide to venture out to Óbuda take a lunch break at the 100-year old Kéhli Restaurant for a Hungarian meal.
9. Take a unique guided tour of Budapest to meet locals and learn about the culture.
10. Treasure hunt at the Ecseri Flea Market.
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