Spring has sprung (almost)! While Mother's Day approaches, the real excitement lies in basking on sunny terraces with girlfriends and kicking off hen party season. We've got 10 amazing ideas to celebrate the mums, girlfriends, or even yourself! Spring is perfect for both 'me-time' and unforgettable shared experiences.

Craving a coffee date with mum? A girls' night out? Or some solo fun? Our list offers a variety! From thrilling urban detective games to delightful brunches under the spring sun, we've got you covered with cocktail parties, captivating concerts, and even secret explorations of City Park and the Castle District. Plus, we'll show you where to find Budapest's best pistachio waffles and a full day of ultimate wellness and culinary delights!

Detective fun in the city – Crazy Pub Tour

If you're looking for a funky activity for spring, then Crazy Pub Tour's detective game is definitely worth a try. Ditch the traditional pub crawl and take your mum or your friends out for a night out and explore the pubs of the capital! This app-based detective game is for you. Of course, there's no compulsory drinking involved; the focus is on investigation where you can explore the city in a captivating story. There are several stories to choose from, and what makes the game special is that it's live and interactive, so you can meet undercover agents along the way, while the app gives you mysteries to solve. There's no pressure to drink – whether you're the designated driver or simply prefer to focus on the investigation, you can still enjoy the experience. Choose from mysteries like rescuing the president's son, tracking down a mad scientist, or even entering a Harry Potter-inspired magical world. Tours last 3-4 hours and can be played with 2-6 people or up to 200 for larger groups.

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Brunch, bistro, booze – Zileat

Surprise your mom or gather your girlfriends for a delightful brunch experience. Zileat, nestled on the lower terrace of Tabán's narrowest building, offers a taste of Bali right in Budapest. Enjoy a stunning view of the Liberty Statue and Gellért Hill while feasting on a delicious breakfast, brunch (served until 3 pm), or bistro menu. Their focus on high-quality ingredients and innovative dishes shines through in every creation. Don't miss the photogenic presentation and the swing inside! On sunny days, soak up the sunshine on the terrace with a refreshing cocktail like their famous Strawberry & Passion Fruit Frozen Margarita.

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Rock Your Taste Buds (and Night Out) – Spíler Buda

Imagine Mick Jagger and Lana Del Rey sharing a chic hangout in Budapest. Well, look no further than Spíler Buda, the Hegyvidék district's rockin' bistro at the foot of MOM Park, in the Buda Greens. The rock 'n' roll-themed bistro is characterised by a real sense of recklessness. Whether you're planning a girls' night filled with laughter and cocktails, or a sophisticated lunch with mom, Spíler Buda delivers. Its menu boasts a delicious rebellion against the ordinary. While premium burgers and succulent steaks reign supreme, a variety of bowls and other choices cater to every palate. Complement your meal with their extensive selection of libations, featuring signature cocktails, special wines, and refreshing G&Ts. On sunny days, their delightful terrace becomes the perfect spot for catching up with friends and enjoying the Budapest vibes. From the cosy ambiance to the delectable food and creative cocktails, Spíler Buda guarantees a night (or lunch) to remember.

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Turn-of-the-century vibes – Városliget Café

Spring awakens Budapest, and what better way to embrace it than with a delightful day at the renewed City Park (Liget)? Surprise mom or gather your friends for a day packed with options. Soar to breathtaking heights on the BallonFly observation deck, delve into interactive exhibits at the House of Music Hungary or Museum of Ethnography, or revisit classic favourites like the Budapest Zoo. No City Park visit is complete without a satisfying meal. Városliget Café & Restaurant offers a charming escape into a turn-of-the-century atmosphere. The elegant surroundings and delectable dishes transport you to a bygone era. Choose from a relaxing lunch or dinner in the intimate restaurant or unwind amidst the lively cafe scene. Indulge in the cherished tradition of Sunday lunch at Városliget Café. Savour a classic Hungarian meat broth or Wiener Schnitzel, followed by the irresistible cherry strudel or Sacher cake. Live acoustic guitar music sets the mood, while a dedicated children's corner with animation and crafts keeps the little ones entertained.

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Duet Concert of the Year – Erkel Színház

Treat Mom (and yourself!) to an unforgettable Mother's Day experience at the Erkel Theatre! On May 10th, witness the vocal mastery of Adrien Szekeres and Boldizsár László in a stunning duet concert. Their powerful voices will take centre stage, performing both solo numbers and enchanting duets. The Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra joins them, creating a truly symphonic spectacle. The concert promises a delightful musical journey, featuring both new songs and beloved classics. The two singers are currently touring the country with a show entitled Nagy Találkozások (Great Encounters), which includes a variety of songs and duets, but they have also performed at the Zemplén Festival last year and the highly successful Igazából Karácsony (Christmas Actually) symphonic concert show. And for their La Voce Vita concert in May, a highlight for many will be the iconic Barcelona, once sung by the legendary duo of Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé. Renowned actor Róbert Koltai adds another layer of magic with a special musical performance, performing a song by jazz musician László Dés.

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A chirping oasis – Marischka

Planning a Mother's Day treat with your mom or girlfriends? Look no further than Marischka on Attila út! This charming restaurant offers something for everyone. Indulge in their delectable menu, featuring fresh seasonal offerings like springy asparagus dishes, and the aptly named 'Pavlova of the year.' Marischka also caters to vegan and dietary needs. Unwind with their handcrafted spring/summer drink menu. We highly recommend the Sunkissed, a citrusy concoction of mango green tea syrup, cranberry juice, and a stunning garnish of dehydrated citrus crisps and edible flowers. On sunny days, soak up the atmosphere while enjoying your meal and a refreshing drink on their delightful terrace, serenaded by the birdsong of the nearby Bugát Stairs, one of Castle Hill's most picturesque spots.

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Where we can nourish body and soul – Greenhabit

Craving healthy food that doesn't compromise on flavor? Look no further than Greenhabit, located right by Allee Shopping Centre! This spot is perfect for a guilt-free brunch, lunch, or dinner with mom, friends, or just for you. Their dishes combine meat, sides, and salads in a flavorful, colorful, and vitamin-packed way. They offer vegan options and a guilt-free pizza alternative. Vibrant Mediterranean flavours, minimal fat, wood-fired ovens, and mostly home-grown ingredients create satisfying seasonal dishes, while you can enjoy the beautiful weather on their sunny outdoor terrace. Whether you just need a pick-me-up or a full meal, Greenhabit has you covered with an extensive specialty coffee menu and tempting food options.

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Season Opening – Savoyai Terrace

Ditch the Labour Day and turn it into a vibrant celebration of nature! Join the Savoyai Terrace on Wednesday, May 1st, and the following weekend for a jam-packed program. This includes Mother's Day festivities, making it the perfect place to treat mum! On the terraces in front of the Hungarian National Gallery, you'll find a unique installation inspired by Pál Szinyei Merse's famous painting Picnic in May. A life-size replica will be displayed within a stunning floral frame, complete with decorations and a dedicated photo wall. The original masterpiece is currently on display inside the National Gallery for those who want to see it in its entirety. But why just admire the art? Grab your camera! Take a photo at the photo wall on May 1st or the first weekend in May. Post it on social media, tag the Savoyai Terrace Facebook page, and you could win a special gift! Get ready to groove! The terrace will be buzzing with a full day of DJ sets. Experience the magical energy of Mirmur, the city's club scene stalwart Tolo (co-founder of LavaLava), Complaint Culture's Sobek, the synth-loving Adis Is OK (Lima-Bangkok axis), and the legendary Budapest nightlife icon, DJ Reload.

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Anchor Away – Ahoy Waffle Shop

Calling all waffle lovers! One of Budapest's favourite waffle havens, Ahoy on Kecskeméti utca, has just undergone a delightful renovation, and their sunny terrace is now open! That's not all! They've kicked off April with a must-try treat: the Pistachio Cream Waffle. Indulge in their classic waffle topped with heavenly pistachio cream, fresh strawberries, and a decadent pistachio sauce. Craving something extra? Add a scoop of Hisztéria's ice cream for an explosion of spring and summer flavours. Whether you're treating your mum to a unique pastry experience, catching up with friends, or simply seeking a solo waffle indulgence, Ahoy is the perfect destination.

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Luxury, Wellness, and Brunch – Dorothea Hotel Budapest

Indulge in unparalleled luxury at the Dorothea Hotel Budapest! Opened in November 2023, this stunning hotel in the heart of the city's 5th district is a haven of modern comfort steeped in history. Named after the influential Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg, the Dorothea Hotel evokes the elegance of Hungary's Golden Age. Prepare to be captivated by the subtle blend of past and present as you embark on a unique journey through Budapest's vibrant core. Immerse yourself in a spacious green oasis, savouring farm-to-table creations by renowned Chef Carmine di Luggo. Transform your day with artisan coffee and fresh pastries in the morning. As evening falls, the space transforms into a lively bar featuring classic cocktails. Treat your mum to an unforgettable Mother's Day Sunday Brunch experience on May 5th! Enjoy 10% off the special brunch menu by entering the code 'DOROTHEAMOTHERSDAY' in the comments when booking and complete your experience with a visit to the expansive 650-square-metre spa. Indulge in a refreshing swim, soothe your muscles in the sauna or steam room, or energize in the fitness room. Whether you're a hotel guest or simply seeking a delightful coffee break, Anton Bar & Deli welcomes you with open arms.

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