Sun's out, Budapest! While the iconic Kopaszi Dam and Római-part (Roman Beach) beckon with riverside chills and the City Park awaits with shady promenades, Budapest holds more hidden gems to explore. Forget the usual suspects – we're taking you on an adventure to discover 5 secret garden havens tucked away in the most unexpected corners of the city centre.

1. Figaró Garden

Unveil a hidden gem in the heart of bohemian Újlipótváros, a district not widely known for secret gardens. Tucked away at the corner of Katona József utca and Borbély utca, Figaró Garden offers a refreshing escape. Here, you'll find towering trees casting cool shade, a charming pond adding to the tranquillity, and a welcoming atmosphere perfect for enjoying a beer or a sandwich. Escape the urban buzz and find yourself surrounded by nature, all within the city centre.

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2. Koller Gallery & Fine Art Dealers

In 1980, the Association of Hungarian Engravers (RMAK) opened its private gallery in the former studio of world-famous sculptor Amerigo Tot in the Buda Castle. The gallery has changed a lot since then and now boasts a captivating collection of artwork and a hidden treasure – a sculpture garden. Immerse yourself in artistic expression while surrounded by breathtaking city views.

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3. Tütü Tangó Garden Café

Once a legendary haunt within the Ballet Institute, Tütü Tangó has found new life. This cult favourite of Budapest's intellectual crowd has blossomed into the Tütü Tangó Garden Café. Nestled within the unique Szakszervezetek Háza (House of Trade Unions) on Benczúr utca, it offers not just coffee but a vibrant atmosphere for both intimate gatherings and lively parties.

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4. Anyám szerint

Live up to the name ('According to Mum' in Hungarian) at Anyám szerint! This unexpected oasis in the heart of the party district offers a warm and welcoming ambience, just like a cozy home cooked meal. They recently revamped their all-day breakfast menu, featuring a selection of delicious vegan options alongside specialty coffees and cocktails. But the true gem lies beyond the bustling streets – their secret back garden, bursting with spring colours, invites you to relax and unwind.

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5. Bálint Galéria Café

Step into a world of artistic charm and local connection at Bálint Galéria Café. Housed in a converted Buda workshop, this café is a haven for meaningful conversations, regulars, and cultural events. Owned by the friendly Bálint Lacza, who remembers everyone who walks through the door, Bálint Galéria Café offers not just delicious coffee but also a beautiful summer garden where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere.

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(Cover photo: Kőrösi Tamás - We Love Budapest)