Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter
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Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
How to get there
  • Kodály körönd • 5 min walk
  • Bajza utca • 6 min walk
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,696 contributions
Couples
After lots of research, we decided this was the area we wanted to spend our three nights in. What a great decision that was!

We explored the city at length but didn’t find anywhere which had such a depth of history and vibrancy about it. There is so much to see and do here it simply never gets dull. The ruin bars are fantastic and it also holds the worlds second biggest synagogue. There’s lots in between those two things as well!

Through the day, there is history and lovely walking streets. By night, the place comes alive with some fabulous bars and restaurants.

Even if you aren’t staying here I would highly recommend you allocate a few hours to visit as it really is something special.
Written June 6, 2022
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GGMNomad
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A friend and I stayed in Budapest in November 2019 in an apartment on Naya Utca near one of the main ruin bars, which we found quite by mistake. the whole area has cafes, bars and excellent restaurants, many of which are very reasonable but because of this you need to book as they're packed out.Everything was within walking distance and we felt safe walking after dark, which was important to us, Most of the shops open after 10am, the Aran bakery was to die for and various cafes I've reviewed individually, including the wonderful Grumpy Cat cafe that had excellent everything!! especially the service. The second largest Synagog sits within the old Nazi Ghetto and is a must see, even if you aren't religious. there are also some brilliant 'used clothing' stores called 'Cream' selling everything in good and clean condition, really worth a visit. I owuld love to go again, there is so much to see for all budgets, leather and luxury goods were superb, architecture some fo the best I've seen.
Written February 3, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,618 contributions
Couples
We stayed a few blocks away and found ourselves going here every day and night as we passed through to other parts of the city. This is where the bulk of bars and restaurants are located, and where people go after dark. We always felt safe, definitely check out a few of the ‘ruin’ establishments in the area. Fun neighborhood.
Written July 21, 2022
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MAP12
New Orleans, LA495 contributions
There are two different aspects of the Jewish Quarter - the historical aspect and the eating/drinking part. I liked both. If you are interested in the history of the area I would highly recommend a guided tour of some sort - otherwise you will miss many hidden treasures. The Dohány Street Synagogue is a must see - second largest synagogue in the world with the history behind it. If you're not interested in the history, it's a hopping place for restaurants, shopping and drinking. Lots of "Ruin" bars (trendy and fun) as well as specialty bars for polinka, vodka and craft beers.
Written June 6, 2022
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Tom J
London, UK1,437 contributions
The Jewish Quarter is hands down my favourite neighborhood in Budapest. Full of culture the narrow windoing streets are home to some of the best cafe's, restaurants and ruin bars in the city and with its vibrant street art it really is the place to be day or night!

We wandered through the Jewish Quarter located just behind the Great Synagogue about 5-8 mins walk from Vaci Utca a number of times during the day and night and honestly loved it. There is so much to see and do, but be sure to take a map as it is easy to lose yourself in the winding streets. Be sure to check out this area and also to look up! There is so much to see above street level you would be missing out if you didn't.
Written January 1, 2020
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia14,901 contributions
One of Budapest's smallest neighbourhoods, and in our opinion the go to place for visitors, lovely narrow streets to walk down, many restaurants cafes and markets to enjoy.
Places to see:
Dohany street Synagogue
Szimple Kert, Budapest's first Ruin bar, weekends it opens as a market.
Street art and murals
Gozsdu Udvar, (courtyard), a long stretch of bars and restaurants, a market of weekend.

There are plenty more sights these are just to name a few
Written April 27, 2020
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,996 contributions
Couples
Budapest had a thriving and prosperous Jewish community before the end of World War II, and for most of the war, the Hungarian government was able to keep Nazi Germany out of the country and Hungarian Jews and other minorities safe. However, the last year of the war, the Hungarian Nazi party took over the government and in one year did as much proportional damage as the German Nazis did in the previous 12 years in Germany and the rest of Europe. The Budapest Ghetto is reviving, though, with reminders of its old past and the hard times it went through. A big part of it is street art, murals on the walls on otherwise nondescript buildings. Walk through this neighborhood. It is a testament to the resilience of the human race.
Written January 10, 2018
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel36,124 contributions
The Jewish quarter in Budapest is an amazing mixture of modern day lives, restaurants and trendy galleries and old history of the glorious Jewish community which once thrived here.
It's absolutely recommended for a day long stroll in the narrow streets of the quarter.
Written September 18, 2020
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filmex
Budapest272 contributions
Solo
I walk the Jewish quarter most days ..From the great synagogue and the many Jewish delis and iconic buildings..District 7 has become a must see for all visitors..This is on the 'Pest ' side and reading up on the history of the Nazi period and its connections to the streets and building will be a great preparation..There are walking tours too which I hve never taken but I believe are well worth the time and the money...Kiraly utca,Dob Utca, Paulay Ede utca and Weszelenya Utca are at the centre of the district with many small streets intersecting..The iconic Ruined bars especially Szimpla Kert for a night visit will help to make this iconic city that is becoming the hub of the tourist industry a memory to cherish and bring to life one of the most terrible tragedies ...However there are so many scenes to enjoy apart from this one area..
Written November 1, 2017
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R S
Emilia-Romagna, Italy1,878 contributions
Solo
The Jewish Quarter is not just a neighborhood -it is the beating heart of Pest. It's where past and present meet, where iconic buildings such as the Great Synagogue stand beside hip bars and beautiful street art. Although tourists love it, it is certainly not a touristy area. Foreigners walking its peaceful, picturesque streets by day could be shocked at the sight of those same streets by night, when hundreds of young people populate the clubs and ruin pubs that have made this area famous all over Europe. Szimpla Kert, Kuplung, Instant and dozens other pubs host the best parties in town, and are real landmarks of this city. A trip to Budapest is not complete without a visit to them.
The quarter also hosts some of the best eateries in town, including Star Wars-themed restaurant Bors. If you are looking for a quick and tasty lunch, don't miss a chance to visit it. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
Last but not least, make sure to take a walk around at daytime to enjoy the stunning street art. Paintings such as the one in the picture below aren't mentioned in any city guide, you will have to explore the back streets to find them!
Written May 12, 2017
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