Was so pleased to know you guys enjoyed my last post on the folks at ‘Our Bumble’ that I decided to expand my horizons a little bit on including features on being a digital nomad. Since I’m off to Budapest, Hungary soon; I thought it would be the best to get in touch with a local! Glad to have Katechka help me out on what there is to know when you’re looking to either make Budapest your home as a digital nomad and how to be cost-efficient as a tourist too! Here’s a guest post from her:
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, and it is called the pearl on the Danube. The metropolis is a unique blend of beautiful architecture, vibrant atmosphere and wild nightlife. It is easy to reach because it has become the hub for low-cost airlines. There is also a huge community of foreigners that make Budapest an English-friendly city.
WHERE TO STAY
Thanks to being in the spotlight for tourists, the city has accommodation alternatives suiting any budget. You can choose from hundreds of hostels, serviced apartments to luxurious and boutique hotels. The city centre is in district V., but you may want to consider staying in the vivid Jewish quarter (kerület VII.) or district VI. too.
Budapest will win your heart, or rather win your stomach’s heart! If you are not a foodie yet, you will become one after spending some time in Budapest. Why? Because of all the fabulous food and the culture surrounding it. Try some traditional Hungarian cuisine like chimney cake (kürtőskalács), lángos, gulyás soup, pörkölt or chicken in paprika sauce.
There are two different culinary trends in Budapest now: modern experimental cuisine and street food. Taste some artisanal pizza in Pizzica, grab the most unhealthy comfort food under the sun – Kolbice or have an innovative lunch menu in Nu Bisztró. If it’s brunch time – Bordó is your place. If you don’t know what you want to eat, head over to Karaván. This courtyard in the famous party street Kazinczy houses food trucks. Vegans will find some noshes in Slow Foodiez. The rumours say that Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant is worth the hike to the Buda castle.
Coffee lovers will not be leaving sad either! Budapest has a bustling speciality coffee culture that fuels the city. There are so many new cafes that it is easy to lose track of the new ones. If one coffee is not enough, make sure to get the Budapest coffee tour card. Visit the most iconic Budapest cafes and get a stamp with every order. After drinking in all the eight places, get a coffee for free (if you still have the power for one more). A program for all the real coffee enthusiasts. My favourite cafes (in no particular order) are Espresso Embassy, Madal Cafe, La Nube and Kontakt.
CO WORKING OFFICES
As Budapest is on the bucket list of many travellers and digital nomads, the need to have a solid work environment and to network led to the opening of many coworking offices. They became the home for many startups too. If you look for a nice place to work, skip the cafe for a day and give them a chance. The newest additions to the coworking spaces are Mosaik and Coffice. Massolit is a bookstore with a secret garden in the Jewish district. It is popular with English-speaking expats to work during the day. This place will never turn you down.
WHAT TO SEE
Budapest has stunning architecture and myriad historical sights. Many retro items found their second life meaning as they got revamped by ruin bars in Budapest. The oldest one is Szimpla kert. If you want to see something from its crazy installations, choose to visit it during the daylight. It gets crowded in the evening regardless whether it’s a weekend or not. Here’s what you need to know about other ruin pubs and places in the Jewish Quarter of Budapest.
WHAT TO DO
The number one activity in Budapest is going to the spa. You can choose between Roman or Turkish type. The most famous are Roman – Szechényi and Gellért but if you are on a budget, try Lukács instead. Király baths are yet to be renovated, but they are charming and homey. If you are not up to wild Sparty, head over to Rudás night bathing from 22 pm to 4 am. You can enjoy the panoramic pool overlooking the Buda Castle, Chain Bridge and the Parliament.
Ice skating is the most popular activity in winter. Check out the gigantic rink in the City Park Városliget. Or if you’re aa runner, put on your running shoes and head over to the Margaret Island. There’s a tartan track on the circumference of the isle with the total length of 5 km.
Budapest has hot summers with temperatures being around 30 degrees Celsius. The Indian Summer usually lasts until mid-October. Winters are mild with snow being scarce. If it falls, it usually doesn’t last long. Starting March, you can already smell the spring coming. Do you know how you can guess if it will be raining that day? Have a look around and if you see Hungarian women wearing wellies, grab your umbrella.
You can check out Katechka’s blog on Budapest, Hungary here.
Cover image by Daniel Olah for Unsplash. All image credits go to Katechka.