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Outdoor nostalgia: see Budapest terraces of yesteryear

Photo : Fortepan.hu

If you were ever wondering how and where different Budapest generations spent their free time around the city in summer, a series of archive photos just released on public archive Fortepan should give you a few clues. Hanging out in parks and drinking on terraces are nothing new; Hungarians back in the day were just as fond of outdoor parties. Here we travel through time to present photos from Fortepan’s archive, also collated by the Facebook group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’. Except for the outfits, these pictures could have been easily shot on a lazy Sunday afternoon last week.

1910s and ’20s

Budagyöngye restaurant, around 1910Photo: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants'
The terrace at Abbázia, 1917Photo: Fortepan
Tó Terrace, by Városliget lake, around 1925Photo: Fortepan

1930s

Dunakorzó Restaurant, around 1930Photo: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Popular terrace by Rudas baths, around 1930Photo: Fortepan
Ezerjó beach buffet at Széchenyi BathsPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’

1940s

Garden at Hubertus on Kapás utcaPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
View from the Cziegler restaurant on Czakó utcaPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Relaxing on the terrace at the Gellért Hotel, 1943Photo: Fortepan

1950s

Sörkert beer garden in an empty lot at Kálvin térPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Aranyhal restaurant at Kopaszi Dam, 1957Photo: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Hableány (Mermaid) on the Római embankmentPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Garden at the elegant Gundel restaurant, 1957Photo: Fortepan
Pest-facing terrace on Margaret Island, 1956Photo: Fortepan
Dancing on the terrace of the Dunacorso restaurantPhoto: Fortepan
Trombitás restaurant garden, 1957Photo: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’

1960s

Kék Duna restaurant at night, by the Chain BridgePhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Városkapu Café garden on Kecskeméti utcaPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Dunakert garden, near the VigadóPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Malomtó bistro on Frankel Leó utca, 1962Photo: Fortepan
1963, Kuba Café at VárosligetPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Beer drinking at Ifipark in the ’60sPhoto: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Lánchíd Café at Clark Ádám tér, 1963Photo: FB group ‘Budapest’s Old Pubs, Cafés and Restaurants’
Terrace of the Gerbeaud café, 1967Photo: Fortepan
Sunbathing on János Hill, at the Hotel ErzsébetPhoto: Fortepan

1970s

The roof terrace at the Hotel Budapest, 1974Photo: Fortepan
Terrace along the Children’s RailwayPhoto: Fortepan