Had a great weekend in Budapest over the Easter Weekend.
We stayed at the KK Opera hotel in the new wing. The staff were extremely helpful making restaurant bookings, taxis etc., the breakfasts were also extremely good with a great selection. KK Opera as you guess is near to the Opera and very near to the metro station, line 1.
We took a taxi from the airport (you received a ticket which states the price), took less than 30 mins but guess so quick as Good Friday.
On the Friday eve we ate at Százéves (100 Years Old), in a good location very near to the River Danube. Very lovely inside, each table was serenaded with the gypsy music who you should tip. We had a nice meal but the most expensive out of all 3 eve meals and not the best; this could have been because we didn’t chose too wisely.
We had a private tour on the Saturday with a guide called Peter who collected us from our hotel. A great half day trip, the trip was longer than stated and Peter didn’t charge any more. I would really recommend using Peter instead of going on a big tour and he gave us loads of good tips. Visited both Buda and Pest, St Peter’s Basilica, Jewish Quarter, Heroes Square all major attractions.
Saturday night we went to Café Kor, really lovely food. A nice cosy atmosphere and you should definitely book as very busy. The goat’s cheese salad was lovely and a huge starter. I had the steak from the specials board and that was also delicious!! Good wine list and would definitely go back.
We then walked up to Liszt Ferenc Ter), great atmosphere loads of trendy bars and restaurants. We sat outside and people watched.
Sunday we got the metro to Szechenyi Spa (located in the park near the Zoo), the metro is really quaint and the trains only 3 carriage long, also very frequent! The Spa was busy and it was warm enough to walk around in a swimming costume, everything is outside. If you are hiring a towel make sure you don’t loose your ticket as you pay at 3,000 deposit and if you loose your ticket you loose your deposit!!
We took a river boat trip in the afternoon, very relaxing and great listening to the recording.
The eve we ate at Mokka and a lovely restaurant, also has a great menu. The service was fantastic until the last half hour which was a shame, had to ask twice for the bill and then go and great our coats ourselves from the cloakroom, could have taken anyone’s coat. Other than that would definitely visit again. The chocolate dessert was amazing.
Had a night cap in Goa restaurant which is lovely and would eat there if I visited Budapest again.
We tried to visit the Terror museum on the Monday but it was closed. We walked back to Heroes Sq and visited the art museum and stopped for coffee at Lukacs, which is a lovely coffee shop, the outside doesn’t not do it justice.