In May 2015 conference attendance led me to revisit one of European capitals—Budapest. Similarly to Prague, Bratislava or Vienna it shares some of the architectural trends with my hometown, Kraków, hence it always has an odd sense of familiarity. I was happy to explore it once more after several years of absence.
The conference venue itself was a beautiful theatre—Uránia Filmszínház. I strongly recommend making the time to visit as the interior is absolutely stunning.
The weather in Budapest was perfect for walking around the city and capturing beautiful churches, cathedrals and occasional bikes.
The architecture kept amazing me, from residential buildings to museums, bridges and big wheels.
Speaking of architecture, some of the farmers markets are absolutely unmissable, such as the Central Market. Both interior and exterior offer endless photo opportunities and the produce looks delicious too!
Chain and Liberty Bridge make the list as well offering beautiful views of the city and the river.
Impressed by the Central Market I found a smaller location of similar layout and interior, the Belvárosi Piac with seemingly legendary deli serving tapas.
One of my favourite things in Budapest though was ruin bars. Now, I've never seen that concept elsewhere, but it's exactly what you think it would be: a bar inside of a ruined, quirky building. There are quite a few of them in the city, older and newer ones but Szimpla Kert definitely took the cake for me.
It wouldn't be me if I didn't do a little tour of most of the third wave coffee shops in the city. From My Little Melbourne Brew Bar through Fekete and Espresso Embassy. Unfortunately I've learned about the Budapest Coffee Tour stamp collection only at the end of my trip.
I've continued my coffee adventures at Budapest Baristas, Tamp and Pull Coffee and Kontakt.
While walking around I spotted some interesting signage as well as peeked into bars and cafes to shoot writings on the walls.
Travelling wouldn't be as fun without local food experiences, so I dug up some local favourites: Két Szerecsen, Ramenka and Ricsi's - World's Jewish Street Food. All were delicious.
All in all, my four days in Budapest were completely packed but I left with some nice shots and memories.