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One of the first and most
popular rooftop bars in town, not only in summer nor just in the evening.
There are yoga classes in the morning and heated igloos in the winter. They
open on Saturday, with plenty of exciting cocktails waiting for the fastest to
book a table for that winning weekend sunset.
This Mecca of retro is one
the most popular terraces on the Buda side, providing an experience somewhat
like sitting in the sunny 1960s. Whether it’s a cooler day in autumn or a hot
summer afternoon, the patio is always full. They also open on Saturday, so get
there early for a cold beer and sausages.
The little hidden garden of
the Hattyúház, a sturdy landmark in Buda, allows visitors to sit under tree shade
amid lantern light. Here, too, they were also very much looking forward to the
grand opening, but tidying up the garden may take priority. Give them a quick
call before heading over here – they should be back in business soon.
It’s always convivial to sit
on the Bestia terrace right in front of St Stephen’s Basilica, order from their
range of craft beers and superior snacks. Saturday should be lively but random,
Sunday will operate with table reservations and an à la carte menu.
This cosy downtown oasis beside
the pleasant pocket park of Károlyi-kert has been a student favourite since the
early 2000s. As bigger sister Csendes has not been operating for quite a while,
it may be worth booking a table at its companion venue and soak in the
One of the loveliest wine terraces
in the city centre is the perfect place to meet up with friends again. At one
of the many tables lining the street in Budapest’s business quarter, you can
sit back and peruse the list of 150 fine wines, while snacks can be ordered
from the kitchen of Italian favourite Pomo D’oro opposite. The place should
open the minute they can – call ahead just in case.
One of Budapest’s most
popular summer destinations was a pioneer along this now burgeoning stretch of
the Római embankment, other alfresco places opening along this section of the
Danube in Óbuda since then. The Fellini reigns supreme, though, its colourful
deckchairs ranged around the riverbank, water lapping just below your feet. Cyclists
plan their trips around it.
The still unspoilt getaway on
Népsziget attracts all kinds to this once neglected island alongside Újpest in
north Pest. Popular with the alternative crowd, families and dog owners, the laidback
bars here are scheduled to open on 1 May but they may break out the tables
earlier. The full range of drinks may not be available straight away but you
shouldn’t worry about – order up a spritzer and take in the sunny views of the
Heavily fined for operating
during lockdown then saved by regulars chucking in contributions, Központ is the main
drinking destination on erstwhile buzzy Madách tér, gateway to the Gozsdu Udvar. Here,
though, the clientele is defiantly local – Központ made the top 5 in many
people’s ‘What I Miss The Most During Quarantine’ lists. Bound to be busy after
reopening, so mingle with caution!
One of the oldest and
certainly best-loved bars in the City Park, Pántlika will also open as soon as
they receive the green light. From an authentically retro building dating back
to 1963, it serves gourmet burgers and sought-after pálinka shots within a short
walk of the boating lake by Vajdahunyad Castle.