ask Kriszta about
café • food markets • breakfast and brunch • music venues • boutiques • michelin star • gourmet coffee
What do you do and why do you do it?
CEO- StyleGroup - I lead a branding agency (StyleCommunications) and three other "love projects" that operate in the field of eco-design (Green Design Hungary) and eco-catering (Kitchy Design) or deal with social issues (MissionLab CSR Agency). This group of brands is called StyleGroup and this is my lovely playground in my adult life.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I'd rather go for a long walk in the forest with my dog if things collapsed around me. But if I'm really broken hearted, I listen to cheerful songs. Or just put on some pop songs from my teenage years, since those surely make me smile.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The only series I've ever seen from the beginning to the end was Avatar: The Last Airbender, an American animated television series. But I almost never watch Tv shows or series.
Name some spots in Budapest that are good for a Tinder date.
Urban house concert event is great if you love music. It is a unique house shows to different secret venues each time, and create a special experience for guests, and artists who play at these shows.
Who’s your hero and where in Budapest would you take them out for a serious hang?
It would be a pleasure to meet Diane Fossey, the woman who devoted her life to saving gorillas. Or hanging out with Mozart would definitely be awesome, regardless of the chance of it happening being zero. I would take them to the top of a hill (Gellért Hill, Fishermen’s Bastion , Buda Castle, Garden of Phylosophy) to see the panorama of the city and serve them a gourmet picnic with the best meals and drinks from Hungary.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Well I don't really like shopping, I do it very rarely. On the other hand, quality matters to me and I really love Hungarian designer's style. So If I buy clothes I'll do it in their fashion showrooms (Punch Store, Wonderlab, Eva's room, The Velvet Chemisty, Nr.3.Store, Elysian etc). Sometimes if I have the time, I like hunting for hidden treasures in second hand stores but I prefer sustainable fashion.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Shopping malls and crowded places.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Here in Budapest you can find a vast array of wonderful buildings from different periods of time and I love to explore them. But I've never participated in an organised architecture walks where a guide shows you the various, sometimes hidden, faces of this wonderful city and here you can find beautiful examples of Classicistic, Art-Nouveau, Bauhaus, Historic, Jewish and Contemporary-architecture.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Budapest and where did you get it?
I tried oysters in a gourmet fish market but for me it was a quite strange experience. Oysters are not my taste.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Budapest that you particularly like?
For example Asztalka, located near the Tabán Parsonage. It isn’t just a small patisserie but as they say it is an open living room with a daily changing list of cakes.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Budapest? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Costes and Stand Restaurants - fine dining experience, unbelievably fantastic, pleasures the taste buds beyond belief. Then again, it's what you expect from a Michelin star restaurants.
What restaurant in Budapest looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Napfényes (means "sunny") restaurant, they serve vegan food, and interior isn't really what you would call design, but the food is great enough in itself to attract people.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Budapest? Which one do you like?
Good Spirit Bar, Boutiqe Bar. Well, I don't really drink cocktails, I'll leave that to Sex and the City girls and James Bond. :)
Where would you take your partner in Budapest if you wanted to really pamper them?
A night drive in the city, along the river.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
In Hungarian: Túró Rudi, kürtős kalács, lángos, aranygaluska, túróstáska, kakaóscsiga. I'd suggest you try the last ones at Déryné or Bagatellini or Artizán.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Budapest?
Váci utca (Váci street). It is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Budapest?
The hills, forests and the small parks in the city.
What are the Budapest spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Hills with panorama. Budapest looks amazing from above, you shouldn't miss it!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Budapest. How do you spend it?
Walking in the forests of the Buda Hills with my dog, drinking coffee in a specialty coffeeshop, have a great brunch and driving next to the river.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I couldn't pick a single favorite, but I really love the countryside in Tirol or Toscana, and Galway and the sorrounding area in Ireland, and Morrocco are fantastic too.