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The 40-year-old Pierrot has welcomed celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Hungarian actors Dezső Garas and Miklós Jancsó. It is nestled in the Castle District and boasts a long history. The bourgeois atmosphere is enhanced by the gardens of the monumental building: the walls, which date back to the 13th century, are lush with greenery. We can’t imagine a more ideal setting for a romantic dinner, a big announcement, or an anniversary. This garden is flawless!
Hattyúház (Swan House) is a controversial building close to Széll Kálmán tér. But Bereg, stretching in its courtyard, is definitely not. It is loved by locals and almost all of Buda. The building’s organic architecture is enchanting, which you can enjoy in the summer and winter (thanks to a nice set of igloos). They are just as happy to make you a vibrant orange Aperol Spritz as they are to pour you one of their craft beers. In addition, they offer comfort food, including Balkan grills, burgers, and Berliner’s favourite Currywurst.
Same area, different shop: an alternative coffee house and bookshop, Massolit has long been a big favourite. They offer a proper cultural space (with English events) in the more party-oriented part of the 7th district. It is frequented by enthusiastic students, acclaimed writers, and language teachers hungry for novelties. But practically everyone who likes to read and drink coffee will be familiar with the café. Once inside, most guests still have no idea about the chilled garden hiding in the back, offering mini-cubicles, chairs and tables where you can let go of all your problems, read and sip your espresso.
Zugló is a refreshing place to venture to from downtown Budapest. First, City Park is here, and second, you can bump into restaurants with adorable gardens, such as A Kert Bisztró. Once a wine house, now a family-run restaurant with a name (kert means garden) that implies a backyard, this idyllic spot embodies everything you could wish for in a summer restaurant. It’s fancy but also relaxed, and romantic when you need it. The lawn is beautiful, the roses are fragrant, and the hedges are brimming with hedgehogs. A glass of good wine, a plate full of delicious food – do you need more?