Hidden Gems

There are lots of hidden gems in Budapest, which are really special and not promoted in the general Budapest travel guides. Maybe not even in the Lonely Planet editions, which are popular for drawing attention the the less touristy, great value and secretly superb things.

Hidden Gems in Budapest

Paris Court Budapest

Paris Court Budapest – picture by Gisella Klein

Did you know that there is a big cave for caving under Budapest? That thousands of locals and tourists go to cool and quirky ruin pubs in Budapest?

What about the nuclear shelter and WW2 hospital right under the Buda Castle? Hidden gems come and go in Budapest as the life of the city is taking its turns (e.g. the Buda Castle Wine Labyrinth was closed down in 2010, ruin pubs open up, new festivals come like Mangalitsa Festival, Foie Gras Festival, and old Turkish baths get restored like the recently opened and cheap Veli Bej Bath). Then there is the Paris Courtyard, Budapest: a fantastic passage, former shopping venue now neglected beauty and a true hidden gem (soon to be purchased and restored)

Budapest has lots of hidden gems, so you definitely cannot get bored and always can come back for more and for new things.
Some of the less well known facts about the city is that, for instance, Budapest is full of fantastic statues, quirky, communist, lovely, beautiful – you will enjoy interacting with this old genre of street art. Budapest has great parks for recreation, collecting your thoughts, or having a romantic evening (maybe even popping the question) – and, again, it is a less well known fact is that there are beautiful cemeteries with amazing statues in Budapest, half an hour from the city centre.

Tired? The cool factor is low? There are parks for scooters, rollerblades too, and you can hire bike carts for groups of 4, or go to open air lidos with wave pools (e.g. on Margaret Island).

Many of the fascinating Art Nouveau treasures are marginally known by foreigners and rarely recommended by quick fix Budapest travel books.

Szimpla Kert ruin pub – a hidden gem in the old Jewish quarters, downtown Budapest: cool, vibrant, quirky and avantgarde pub:

Szimpla Kert ruin pub Budapest - photo by Daniel Edwins

Szimpla Kert ruin pub Budapest – photo by Daniel Edwins

Budapest Bedo House – Hungarian House of Art Nouveau – 2 min walk from the Hungarian Parliament building

Budapest Bedo House - Hungarian House of Art Nouveau

Budapest Bedo House – Hungarian House of Art Nouveau – photo by Ali Jackson

One of the best cakes you will ever have can be grabbed for a few forints at Auguszt Confectionery, close to Ferenciek square and Vaci utca shopping street. Beautiful walls, pleasant place, fantastic five star cakes and savoury snacks:

Excellent Confectionery - Cafe Auguszt Budapest

Cafe Auguszt Budapest – photo by miyagisan

Entrance of the Cave Church built in the caves of Gellert Hill – a hidden gem right next to the famous Gellert Baths and Danubius Gellert Hotel at the Liberty Bridge:

Cave Church of the Pauline brothers - Gellert Hill, Budapest

Cave Church of the Pauline brothers – Gellert Hill, Budapest – photo by Omar A.

 

The Sugar Shop in Petofi stret (4th district) and Paulay street (6th district) in Budapest – a sweet hidden gem and funny happy design to eat yummy things, play, use the internet, etc.:

Sugar Shop Budapest

Sugar Shop Budapest

Lukacs Confectionery and Coffee House – perfect cakes, and perfect English tea a lot less known than Cafe Gerbeaud on Vorosmarty square, Lukacs Confectionery is on the picturesque Andrassy Avenue, close to the famous House of Terror museum. The confectionery is mostly visited by locals and expats, it is a hidden gem, but an expensive one.

Lukacs Confectionery and Coffee House Budapest

Lukacs Confectionery and Coffee House Budapest – photo by Johan A

Wall art in Mumus ruin pub – almost all the ruin pubs are hidden gems in Budapest, discover their unique character by day or night and enjoy the wall arts, the quirky recycled furnishings in beautiful and abandoned 19th century residential buildings in the city.

Wall art in Mumus ruin pub Budapest - photo by In da mood

Wall art in Mumus ruin pub Budapest – photo by In da mood

Wood Carousel from 1906 at the Amusement Park in Budapest:

Wood Carousel from 1906 at the Amusement Park in Budapest - photo by Curious Expeditions

Wood Carousel from 1906 at the Amusement Park in Budapest – photo by Curious Expeditions

The Elephant House is just one of the Art Nouveau buildings in the quirky and nostalgic Budapest Zoo:

Elephant House at the Budapest Zoo

Elephant House at the Budapest Zoo – photo by Cili Krisztian

The entrance of Budapest Zoo, elephants, exotic decor, polar bears keeping guards:

Main entrance of the Budapest Zoo

Main entrance of the Budapest Zoo – photo by Cili Krisztian

Taskaradio Espresso – a cafe with lots of Hungarian retro decor and colour scheme in the city centre of Budapest (Papnovelde street, District V):

Taskaradio Espresso - Retro Cafe in Budapest

Taskaradio Espresso – Retro Cafe in Budapest

Big slides on the slopes of Gellert Hill – a Budapest hidden gem for families with small kids

 Big slides on the slopes of Gellert Hill, Budapest

Big slides on the slopes of Gellert Hill, Budapest photo by redteam