Budapest, Hungary
Kriszta, 37
CEO StyleGroup
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What do you do and why do you do it?

CEO- StyleGroup - I lead my own branding agency (StyleCommunications) and two other "love projects" that operate in the field of design (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 with my dog if things collapsed around me. But if I'm really broken hearted, I will 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.

Vintage Garden (romantic and girly atmosphere ), St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar (panorama, good wines), Villa Bagatelle (nice atmosphere, delicious snacks and desserts), Legenda boat (legendary sightseeing boat)

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?

I know it's strange, but 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. For the basic things absolutely needed I just go to mainstream fashion brand shops, like COS or ZARA.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I love everything in Buda: the hills, the green parks, small streets in Castle district and I really like the good restaurants and bistros. And of course the architecture! There are so many buildings that are absolutely beautiful in every point of view.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I really love driving cars but I have never tried riding a motorcycle. It would be a huge fun in the city I think. Probably in the early hours or at night when there is no traffic.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Budapest and where did you get it?

We tried oysters at a house party, it was a quite strange experience. Oysters are not to my taste.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Budapest that you particularly like?

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 - fine dining experience, unbelievably fantastic, pleasures the taste buds beyond belief. Then again, it's what you expect from a Michelin star restaurant.

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?

Boutiqe Bar, Warm Up 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.

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?

The following things I would definitely do: walking in the forests of the Buda Hills with my dog, drinking coffee in Madal, having a breakfast in Villa Bagatelle, going on a boatrip on the Danube, eating lunch at the Castle disctrict Speiz, walking/cycling in the city/parks, having dinner at Fáma, drinking wine at St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar, driving at night next to the river. It'd be a long and busy day, that I have to admit. :)

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 Edinborough in Scotland are fantastic too.

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