Budapest is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world. It has the same appeal as other major European capitals but at a fraction of the price.
Budapest Cafe Culture
My wife and I are huge cafe fanatics and Budapest definitely doesn’t disappoint. The franchises are starting to invade, but for the most part, cafes and restaurants remain one-off unique establishments with real personalities. Most have breakfast and lunch specials where you can get a full meal with a good coffee for US$4 to $8. Hungary is definitely one of the best countries in the world to eat out. The quality and service relative to price are difficult to beat.
Hungary is Wine Country
With smaller traditional vineyards in areas like Eger, Villany and Tokaj, Hungary doesn’t produce the quantity of wine necessary for large international buyers. That means that great wine can be purchased relatively inexpensively. I am no wine expert, but I would venture to say that comparable wine of richer countries like France or Italy can be purchased for one quarter the price in Hungary. Buying directly from local wine cellars offers the best deals. If you are a wine traveler, Hungary is a fantastic country to tour.
Budapest – Cultural Mecca
As Hungary’s capital city, the city is rich with culture and history. There are back-to-back festivals with great music, food and wine. As a low population country with a relatively small capital city, there is world class live music in small, intimate venues.
Photos of Hungary
Here are some photographs of our most recent trip to Hungary.
Wow looks great, I’m going in January! Can’t wait! I want goulash!
Thanks for the comment!
Budapest is fantastic. Make sure you visit the cafe in the big book store near the Opera House. (I can’t remember the name.) It is on the top floor of the book store and looks like a cathedral inside.
Also, always tally restaurant bills in your head. Waiters have a tendency to overcharge tourists.