The two banks of the river Danube are totally different from each other. People of Pest think that there’s not much to do on the other side of the river. People of Buda on the other hand have no idea how someone can live a life on the Pest side. Living in Buda is about a whole new ideology. From our latest article you can find out about the most lovable, the sexiest and the most tasteful places of Buda – of course these are just small bits and pieces of the ‘other side’.
If we would like to say something that is very much like an urban commonplace, we would say that time stopped at ’s. This quality became one of the most important characteristics of the small cafeteria at Bem Square. The grumpy ladies are serving coffee, exactly the way they did decades ago. The place became the stamping ground of the intellectuals, the retro-loving youngsters and the ‘authentic elderly’. If a foreigner would like to find out what Budapest was like before the regime change this is the best place to do so, right after the .
There are very few people in Budapest who don’t have any memories of the sturdels at . There’s a small wooden booth that offers nostalgic treats to the hikers and for those who live in the neighbouring area. We don’t want to fool anyone – these are not the most delicious strudels in town, but the smells are amazing and the view is more than pleasing. There’s a bench right next to the booth from where we can enjoy the amazing view of the city while we grab a bite of strudel. Their coffee is undrinkable but the mulled wine is excellent, especially if we are spending long hours outside during wintertime.
The Városmajor is a place in Budapest that is unfairly forgotten. The air is clean and fresh, the on Csaba Street is brilliant but the best thing is the group of grandpas hanging around. Their headquarters is right in the middle of the park, at the red benches. They play cards all day, they play chess, they talk about their grandkids and they whine and moan about their wives. If anyone from the local city council is reading our article please take note – the tables should be renovated, the old folks can’t play bridge on them anymore. The gentlemen have to bring cardboards with them so that they can play the game.
Mechwart-park – fountains and flowerbeds
Spending some time in Mechwart-park (or Mechwart liget as locals call it) guarantees a real inner Buda experience. The park and the surrounding area were renewed. There is a wedding hall on the top of the nearby hill so the park is usually full of brides and grooms, photographers are running around and there’s always a celebrating crowd. The flowerbeds of the park are the most tasteful ones in the city. The whole place reminds us of the Truman show; everything is squeaky clean and there are loud, playing kids all around.
Boratórium - Mátra Borozó
The best and the most human wine bars in town are in Buda. Our big favourite is Mátra wine bar, and Gábor, the barkeeper. He makes the greatest hurka sausages so you should sign up for this treat at the beginning of the season. Our other favourite is Borpatika at Bartók Béla Street. They offer great snacks too and on Wednesday evenings there are special performances – a group of homeless musicians play blues. The prices are very friendly – we can find great wines between 90 and 130 forints.
Girls of Buda, raised by fashion magazines
Last but not least we should mention the girls of Buda who were raised by glossy fashion magazines. If you don’t believe that such girls exist you should take a trip on bus number 5 from Rákospalota through the city centre to Pasarét. It is kind of amusing to see how the outfits and styles change throughout Budapest. Along the way one or maybe two digits should be added to the prices of the pieces of clothing that the passengers are wearing, not to mention the shoes. The girls of Buda are gorgeous and stylish and they are quite self-conscious. They are well-dressed and it’s very likely that their parents would not let them go out looking anything less, than fabulous. The more mature girls of Buda sometimes happen to make a trip to the Pest side. Every now and then they appear at places like , usually accompanied by handsome stubble skater boys who look like models on the covers of fashion magazines themselves as well.