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Gozsdu Udvar

Photo : Juhász Norbert / We Love Budapest
Gozsdu udvar

The Gozsdu Udvar (‘Gozsdu Courtyard’) was named after a Romanian lawyer, Manó Gozsdu, known for his real-estate investments. This was one of them. This passageway bearing his name consists of seven buildings and six interconnecting courtyards, and links Király utca with Dob utca. Designed by Győző Czigler, it was opened in 1902, 30 years after Gozsdu had passed away. For much of the 20th century, ownership of his various properties was left in limbo. Neglected until the surrounding Jewish Quarter began to revive from the mid-1990s on, the Gozsdu Udvar remained a bone of contention until an agreement was eventually struck. Slowly, businesses opened up here, but it was until well into the 2000s that there were signs of the current boom. Today, the passageway is mobbed with crowds, crushing into restaurants and bars such as the prominent Spíler, sister operation Spíler Shanghai opposite and Vicky Barcelona. At weekends, a flea market sets up, and Gozsdu has its own escape room, its own Christmas market and its own bouncers at each entrance to the passageway.