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Benjamin Thomas

Leaving Budapest in Royal Fashion 

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Exploring Budapest: history, architecture and lifestyles

Our final day of touring Budapest was here. After yet another brunch of pizza bread and baked goods, we headed out to make our way to the Hungarian Parliament. Upon entry into the Corvin-negyed metro station, we again inquired about our travel route at the information counter. With a bit of help from the people at the counter, combined with our map skills, we took the metro going to Deák Ferenc tér. From there, we were supposed to change Continue reading

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Budapest: A Treasure Chest

Budapest – or Buda and Pest – is by equal parts romantic, enchanting and fun. The city, split down the middle by the Danube River, is steeped in history with a large number of architectural masterpieces, museums and opera houses. It is a city full to the brim with Hungarians who are extremely proud of their language, their culture and their food – and rightly so! The only problem is where to start exploring, but my partner and I had to start somewhere: it was decided that we would begin by sampling some local cuisine.

After several recommendations, we found ourselves at Zeller Bistro, a family-run restaurant that specialises in Hungarian home-style food. We arrived to find a long queue, but having booked a table in advance, we were greeted with some homemade elderflower champagne and seated right away. Once seated, we were given a potted history about the restaurant and told that all the food and wine is produced at the family’s farm and vineyard in the Lake Balaton area. I would highly recommend the little fish for starter, and for the main course ask your waiter which ingredients have come fresh from the farm that day. Based on what we were told, we chose the beef cheek and the lamb, both of which were delicious. Well-fed and watered, we went back to our hotel, the Baltazár, to get some rest in preparation for the long few days of exploring ahead. The Baltazár is a boutique hotel on the Buda side of the river, right by the castle. Each room is individually themed and decorated by interior designer Mr. Tibor Somlai and graphic designer Mr. Géza Ipacs – think Hans Grohe rain showers and vintage furniture.

1Hotel Baltazár offers vintage furnishings in its family-run, urban resort. ‪designyoutrust.com

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