I recently went on a city break to the beautiful city of Budapest to celebrate finishing my fourth and final year of University! Yay! As it was my first time there and I was very excited to go, I spent hours researching what to do, where to eat and so on. So I thought I’d put together this guide for anyone that may be planning a trip to the Hungarian capital.

Where to Stay 

Like a lot of people, i'm an Airbnb convert. I generally prefer styaing in them rather than hotels; they're normally cheaper and you get much more space. There are so many gorgeous Airbnbs for really good prices in Budapest that it took us a long time to narrow it down and finally pick the one we did. The one we eventually chose was just off Andrassy Avenue, had the most amazing interior design and was only £38 a night- bargain!
Airbnb apartment in Budapest

Where to Explore

There is lots to do in Budapest, you'll be spoilt for choice for a long weekend. 
The Parliament building is architecturally brilliant, and is even more dazzling at night.
Parliament Building Budapest
Wander to the Fisherman's Bastion on the Buda side of the city for great views, even better at sunset.
Budapest Fisherman's Bastion at Sunset
Head towards Heroes Square and city park where you'll also find several museums and the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths.
Sitting by the river watching the world go by was the perfect way to finish off an evening.
Budapest lit up at night

Where to Eat

For a food lover like me, this is possibly the most important section hah! There's so many restaurants in Budapest, we often found it hard to pick one. We went to a real mix, my favourite though was TG Italiano, and if you can get a table outside you get views of St Stephen's Basilica. I had the tagliolini with prawns, squid and cherry tomatoes and it was delicious! They also do a very large Aperol Spritz, another tick point! We also went to the ever popular Menza for a long lunch on our final day and I had the Duck burger with Gorgonzola and blueberry mayo, very interesting! 

Lol at the boyf in the mirror!

Where to drink | Ruin Bars

You can't go to Budapest and not visit one of the ruin bars. We went to Szimpla Kert- the first and most well known. Ruin bars are derelict buildings turned pubs, with interior design that features an eclectic mix of rusty chairs, tables, broken mirrors, tyres and even an old bath tub. We went soon after opening, about 12:30pm and were only planning on staying for a quick drink but ended up staying until 4pm! It had such a chilled out vibe and was the perfect place to relax with a very cheap pint (or two) for a few hours. You can also get food there- another major plus point!

Are you inspired to visit Budapest?
Catherine x