Tips on What To Do in Budapest
If you're bored in Budapest, you just aren't looking hard enough. Whether you're visiting for the one-of-a-kind baths (like the traveler-approved Széchenyi Baths) or nightlife that will keep you out through the wee hours, many agree you can't really go wrong here. And while prices in general have gone up in recent years, Budapest is still a relative bargain when compared to most of Western Europe.
If there is one thing that sets Budapest apart from any other European vacation, it's the city's thermal baths. After miles of sightseeing and hour upon hour in museums, travel writers say there's nothing quite like unwinding in the baths at Széchenyi, located in City Park near Belváros, or Gellért, found near the Liberty Bridge in Buda. Note that every bath has its own style, so do your homework to find the one best suited for you. Better yet, try out each of them firsthand.
Whether you're a mallrat or someone who prefers a more unique shopping experience, Budapest has got you covered. There are also plenty of flea markets and a thriving thrift scene for those interested in bargains and oddities. Belváros is where many shoppers like to begin their shopping marathon—make sure to check out Vací utca (Vací Street) here, one of the main tourist strips in Budapest, as well as a major shopping destination.
Budapest has a ridiculously vibrant night scene, with bars and clubs for every taste. But by the time we post the clubs you have to check out, they'll most likely already be passé. The best strategy is to check area websites (such as Funzine) and ask residents (that you trust) about the current hotspots. Nightlife tends to be centered around Ferenc tér between Andrássy út and the Music Academy, as well as Ráday utca and Krudy Gyula utca.
Coffeehouses and Cafés
Budapest has had a wonderful café culture for years, and today's coffeehouses carry on the legacy. You can go fancy with cafés that offer high-end pastries or you can go more down to earth with places that'll served you a simple black coffee and leave you alone to finish off that novel. Central Kávéház in Pest is popular among tourists and locals alike.