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Erzsébetváros

Photo : Kőrösi Tamás / We Love Budapest
Erzsébetváros, Színes Tűzfalak

Named after the Hungarian’s favorite queen, Erzsébetváros, the home of ruin pubs, the Jewish quarter; district VII with the colored murals, lies between Városliget and the Small Boulevard and goes from Rákóczi Road to Király Street. It is one of the most exciting parts of Budapest, where they cook kőleves and scoop plum pálinka flavored ice creams. The ruin pub revolution started from here (let’s just say Szimpla) and today the district is the headquarters for these pubs with flagships like Doboz and FogasHáz. The little gifts from dogs on the side of the pavement and the smell of damp basements are just as much part of the district as the Dohány Street Synagogue or Gozsdu Udvar, the home of bars and cafés.

There is plenty to eat, drink and enjoy; you can get lost and find treasures; the narrow, tangled streets are filled with restaurants, each one of them has their own personality. There are Jewish ones (Mazel Tov, Macesz Bistro) and powdered, sweet ones (Vintage Garden), ambitious pubs (Fekete Kutya) and there are a thousand other reasons to get into this labyrinth.  You can even have a book for lunch and get your beard trimmed.