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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Capitol Building
“As the Hungarian Parliament building cannot be visited without a guide (one of the official guides of the Parliament), it is highly recommended to plan ahead your tour date for your Parliamentary visit in Budapest. ”
  • 514 locals recommend
Pub
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“Ask pretty much anyone what they recommend you do in Budapest and they’ll likely suggest a night out at Szimpla Kert. The iconic party place is undoubtedly the city’s most famous nightspot, and has inspired wave after wave of “ruin pubs” that have popped up in the years since it opened. We sat down with one of the owners, Ábel Zsendovits, to talk about the role Szimpla has played in Budapest becoming one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, particularly among young people. While you might think he’s too busy running his Szimpla empire to have a lemonade with us, he was generous with his time. Location: H-1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14 ”
  • 592 locals recommend
Island
“It is located in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest. The island is beautifully covered by landscape parks. It is a popular recreational area. Main sights: Japenese Garden, Music Well, Music Fountain, Water Tower. ”
  • 571 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Spa
“A place u cannot miss on your visit to budapest. The Thermal bath experience is a very unique experience. You get more than 10 swimming pools of different temperatures and also saunas.”
  • 502 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The Great Market Hall or Nagyvásárcsarnok is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. Despite the dozens and dozens of tourists with their cameras out, this place is a favourite with locals and the best place to come to get fresh produce, Hungarian specialities, a quick meal or a sweet treat.”
  • 483 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Synagogue
“Budapest's stunning Great Synagogue is the world's largest Jewish house of worship outside New York City. Built in 1859, the synagogue has both Romantic and Moorish architectural elements. Inside, the Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives contains objects relating to both religious and everyday life.”
  • 415 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Shopping Centre
“Shopping Mall with over 400 shops next to Nyugati (Western Railw. Station) in the center. ”
  • 300 locals recommend
Church
“Budapest largest Catholic Cathedral. St Stephen was our very first king of Hungary started to reign in the year 1000. Treat yourself to an organ or a string concert in St. Stephen's Basilica, one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings in Budapest. One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Central Europe used to be held in the small square in front of the church during the Christmas season.”
  • 380 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
History Museum
“This is a place which I dont like actually because it servs the propaganda needs of the goverment, but it seems tourists like it. ”
  • 260 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Gellért Thermal Bath is the art nouveau, historical thermal bath of Budapest since 1918.”
  • 331 locals recommend
Plaza
“●Heroes’ Square ○The city’s biggest square, and probably one of the most iconic landmarks of Budapest. ”
  • 290 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Neighbourhood
“Here you can find the Zoo, a small lake where in the summer you can rent a boat, in the winter you can ice-skating. You can walk in the magic castle of Vajdahunyad, or play in one of the playgrounds.”
  • 265 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Museum
“The Hungarian National Museum collects, preserves and presents the historical relics of the Carpathian Basin and Hungary since 1802.”
  • 206 locals recommend
Zoo
“Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden is the oldest zoo park in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Historical place up in the Buda Hill Castle with Brasseries and a great view.”
  • 206 locals recommend
  • 13 Experiences
Opera House
“THungarian State Opera – opened in 1884 – (Magyar Állami Operaház) is the masterpiece of Miklós Ybl, one of the greatest Hungarian architects of all time. The building is a splendid example of neo-Renaissance style, while its rich ornaments also show a few baroque elements. The auditorium can seat 1300 persons, and although the Hungarian State Opera is not the largest opera house, it has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after the Scala in Milan and the Opera Garnier in Paris. Its best-known piece is The Nutcracker, which has enjoyed unfaltering popularity for years – despite being on show all December, it is almost impossible to get tickets for this Tchaikovsky ballet. There are two guided in the building every day, at 3pm and 4pm. ”
  • 306 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences

Top restaurants

Café
“this historic hangout for many great Hungarian writers celebrates its 130t- anniversary last year, following a renovation blending classic style with modern flair.”
  • 162 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant Menza is very good for a dinner. But better to reserve a table in advance. ”
  • 198 locals recommend
Jewish Restaurant
“The most iconic Jewish restaurant in town! In a magic Vintage interior atmosphere Please note, reservation needed until 7 PM after necessary to wait in the lane”
  • 105 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“kvárium Klub, the surrounding , and the adjacent Deák Square together constitute the largest and perhaps best-known meeting point of downtown Budapest. Thousands of youngsters gather here night after night to chill out in the park or on the steps of the club. Akvárium Klub is more than a simple bar: it is a culture center with a wide musical repertoire from mainstream to underground. There is always a good concert and a smashing exhibition, performance, or other event happening here, in a friendly scene, situated right in the city center. Furthermore, Volt-Lokál found inside brings the atmosphere of the best festivals to Budapest week by week.”
  • 112 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The A38 ship is a local favorite and a concert venue attracting high-profile bands and DJs. From jazz to pop to rock, A38 displays a wide range of genres when it comes to music. They offer the best parties which all take place on a ship giving some of the best views of the Danube. A38 is located on the Buda side of the city and features live music on the deck. The basement floor is a great place for dinner but keep in mind, like most restaurants in Budapest, they don’t offer many vegetarian options.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Café
“The most famous 160 years old confectionery, with the highest quality and widest selection of traditional cakes. Situated in the heart of the city, and their most famous cake is the gerbaud shall be tried here. ”
  • 114 locals recommend
Hungarian Restaurant
“Traditional Hungarian dishes served in a friendly and authentic environment. ”
  • 99 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Morrison's 2 is one of the coolest party places in Budapest. This lively pub/club has five dance floors playing 5 different genres, karaoke, an inner courtyard (open year-round), an English-style pub and several bars, offering a wide selection of drinks. Open every night, Morrison's 2 offers cocktail happy hours from 5 pm to 9 pm, for HUF 700. Location: H-1055 Budapest, Szent István krt. 11”
  • 74 locals recommend

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