The Hungarian capital of Budapest is one of our favourite places in the world. The food, friendly people and stunning architecture are not to be missed. And we've discovered some incredible secrets to make your next trip even more unforgettable!
1. MANDALA DAY SPA
Budapest is world renowned for its large tourist spas, but we’ve uncovered an exclusive and intimate spa where you’ll be treated like royalty! At the Mandala day Spa, for just €50 you get an incredible package: a 60 minute massage, day access to the spa where you’ll find: a giant jacuzzi, relaxation room with magazines, giant day beds, a buffet of teas, sweet treats, crackers and fruit, an infared sauna and a steam room. The ultimate pamper package and the best deal in town. No wonder this is such a well kept secret! It pays to book ahead, this place is getting discovered.
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2. THE BEST LANGOS
Try the most delicious street food in Budapest - Langos from The Great Market Hall. Many street vendors will try and sell you these langos - but this is the best. When you arrive at the Great Market Hall, take the stairs up and walk past the clothing stalls, towards the back wall where there are a few food stalls. You’ll see which one is the best by the queues. For the ultimate experience, get it with sour cream, cheese and garlic.
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3. THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE
For the best hot chocolate in Budapest, head to Noir Chocobar. It is essentially melted chocolate delivered in a cup. They have all the hot chocolate drinks you could dream of and more. For example, Hazelnut hot chocolate with marshmallows. Their cafe is underground - in a super-chic cozy bunker.
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4. THE BEST RAW CAFE
If you’re into something a little less sweet and a little more healthy, chill at Naspolya Nassolda. A raw food cafe with the best raw chocolate milk you’ll ever taste - have it heated if your fingers need warming and snuggle with the owner’s dog. Or swing on the wooden roped bench. They make amazing raw cakes and slices too.
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5. THE BEST VIEW
For the most beautiful views of the city, head to the Buda side of the Danube and meander along the Gellert Hill, Buda Castle, St. Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion where you’ll enjoy the sunsetting with views of the sky turning orange and the city turning on its sparkle.
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6. VISIT BUDAPEST'S INCREDIBLE PARLIAMENT
Stroll along the Danube and take in the incredible parliament building from the Buda side.
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8. WWII MEMORIAL
Walk along the river on the city side (Pest) for the sad but beautiful ‘Shoes on the Danube Bank’ memorial, in honour of the Jews killed in Budapest during World War II.
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9. BEAT THE CROWDS AND VISIT IN WINTER
To beat the crowds, consider visiting Budapest in winter. The tourist numbers are lower, meaning accommodation is much cheaper. And if you head there around Christmas, you’ll be treated to all the Christmas markets too.