City guide

Lipótváros

Photo : Csudai Sándor / We Love Budapest
Intermezzo Roof Terrace

District V is divided by József Attila utca, running from the Chain Bridge to Erzsébet tér. Its northern half is called Lipótváros, a business quarter filled with noteworthy buildings, such as Parliament, the Basilica, the Academy of Sciences and the Gresham Palace, as well as governmental and company offices. Here, the lunchtime trade at restaurants is swift, competition raising the overall quality to Michelin standards, as illustrated by Borkonyha on Sas utca, whose gastronomic team opened Textúra at the end of 2018. Tigris, Costes Downtown and KOLLÁZS at the Gresham Palace are further high-end examples. Also of note is the Downtown Market, both a gastro spot and purveyor of fine produce. Examples of beautiful urban architecture abound, not least the Former Hungarian Royal Post Office Savings Bank, an Art Nouveau gem on Hold utca, and the stately institutions on focal Szabadság tér. Running from Parliament to the Grand Boulevard, Falk Miksa utca is lined with galleries and auction houses, bookended by a somewhat incongruous but popular statue of TV detective Columbo.