The area of Józsefváros just inside the Kiskörút is the most prestigious in District VIII, with atmospheric squares and grandiose residencies once occupied by noblemen, who used these properties as their pied-à-terre in Budapest. Strolling around here today is somewhat like time travel, making the quarter a popular spot for film shootings. All sits behind the National Museum, with its newly refurbished gardens, and the ornate Szabó Ervin Library. Between there and Kálvin tér, students fill the nearby bars and internet cafés. Terraces line Mikszáth Kálmán tér while after dark, venues such as Lumen on Horánszky utca stage live music.
At the Mystery Hotel Budapest, you can not only check into suites resembling a painter's studio or having the Mona Lisa hung above the bed, but feast, clink your glasses, and even unwind in a unique spa.