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"Gourmet coffee • Upscale restaurants • Pizza Place • Hamburgers • Healthy eating • Spa • Jewish food • Fine dining • Michelin star • Hungarian food"
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a management consultant. I have integrated my 15 years management (in IT field) and 5 years experience in the field of psychology. Besides this I have a passion for helping people enhance their personal beauty to shine both internally and externally, so I am a style consultant (colour and body analysis, wardrobe sorting, shopping) & a psychology consultant in integral approach.
Name some spots in Budapest that are good for a Tinder date.
Vintage Garden (romantic), Ecocafé (organic), Café Zsivagó (hidden), Damniczki (yummy desserts), Kelet café (slow), Liget café (@ lake of Városliget), Szelence (romantic, organic, hidden, yummy and slow)
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
As a style consultant I explore the shops very often. Fabulous clothes are everywhere! Really! It just depends on the colour tone and the body type. Every shop is a treasure island, even if it is just a fast fashion or a designer showroom!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Be a real tourist in Budapest - no responsibilities just enjoy! But I choose to live here instead! ;)
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Budapest and where did you get it?
Raw kidney @Laci!Konyha and pig brain @Bock Bisztró - I loved them all.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Budapest that you particularly like?
For coffee the Mantra Specialty Coffee Minibar - really small but full of excellent coffees and professional, passionate baristas with lovely hearts. For alcoholic coctails there is a great (perhaps a bit hidden) but small bar Boutiq Bar which is popular with holiday makers.
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?
6 years ago we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and went to an 8-course menu in Budapest's most expensive restaurant, Costes. This restaurant was the only one with a Michelin star at that time in Budapest (now we have 4 places). The bill was over € 300 (it could be more nowadays) with wine accompaniment and some pálinkas - so we ended up getting drunk. It was a very special experience - getting drunk in a Michelin star restaurant...
What restaurant in Budapest looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Napfényes vegan restaurant in Rózsa street looks crap from the outside. It is in the basement, too dark and stuffy, but there's nowhere else in the world where you can eat such delicious vegan food - except of course in their newly opened restaurant in Ferenciek tere. The meals taste like real authentic Hungarian cuisine! Don't miss the Hungarian bean goulash soup. I never thought the vegan version could be so delicious - my husband loved it too, despite being a real meatlover!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Budapest? Which one do you like?
Warm Up Cocktail Bar - all of them! You will not find two of the same cocktails as they always prepare them uniquely to your taste and actual mood! For my husband's 40th birthday they created an awesome coctail using liquor and spirits of various ages when put together added up to 40 - such a great idea, isn't it?
Where would you take your partner in Budapest if you wanted to really pamper them?
Take a deep breath and quiet your mind and picture yourself in a place far away from your daily routine. Mandala Day Spa a place that embraces you in peace, tranquility and total relaxation. This amazing and magical place is a World Luxury Spa Award winner and has unique and ingenious interior design which all makes for an amazing atmosphere.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Lángos is a yeast-based dough rolled into flat circles and deep fried in oil. Try the original topping with garlic, sour cream and cheese (@krumplislángos). Kürtös Kalács - Sekler Cake (@ anywhere you find on the street e.g. @ Karaván Food Court). Pöttyös Túró Rudi (the original polka-dotted wrapper) - cottage cheese bar covered with chocolate (@any supermarket). All of them are recommended in this order. And you shouldn't miss the Hungarian kolbász (sausage) in Hold Street Food Market or in the Central Market Hall!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Budapest?
Because one of my passions is the gastronomy I will only mention an overrated restaurant. But first let me ask you a question. When we think of Budapest, what is the restaurant that comes to our mind? For many people the first restaurant that comes to mind is the Gundel. Well, perhaps decades ago that would have been the place to eat, but nowadays it's at the top of my list of overrated things in Budapest. Just check out my map.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Budapest?
To recommend something instead of the "overrated", my current favourite place is a very small studio restaurant called Esca. I think it is highly underrated because you get fantastic meals straight from the market to your table (their menu is adjusted to the morning fresh market selection). They only offer evening dinner (and it is not cheap) but if you would like to try them in the daytime you can have a cheaper lunch in Esca's little brother, the Tabla restaurant immediately next door. It's the same kitchen, the same chef just the venue and menu changes and of course the price. Try them, you won't regret it!
What are the Budapest spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
My one-day trip recommendation: Walk in the Buda Castle District (eat@Baltazár), then across the Chain Bridge to Pest. Glance at the Danube Promenade and then go on Zrínyi street to the St. István (Basilica) square - you can wine or dine. Next walk along Andrássy street (World's Heritage) to Heroes' Square. And if you have more time go to the Citadella hilltop for a fantastic view of the city.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Budapest. How do you spend it?
Breakfast with my husband @ Villa Bagatelle, walking in the centre, have the city feelings vibe, sit on the Budapest Eye and view the city. Have lunch @ Laci!Konyha. Széchenyi Thermal Bath - sunbathing, swimming and have sauna and massage - walking around Vajdahunyad Castle and hire a boat on the lake of Városliget. Dinner @ Esca. Try the 4Seasons Hotel @ Gresham Palace. And if we can, before leaving on the morning after, go to the Citadella Hilltop to see and say goodbye to our beloved city at sunrise.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I can't say just one! I love to travel so much and have several cities I love. For instance in the U.S. I love San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York immensely - can't choose. In Asia Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand also. In Europe Santorini Island (Greece), Tuscany (Italy), Portugal and some main cities e.g. Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Barcelona. All of them are a great place for a vacation for me - great spots for walking, sightseeing, eating and having lovely time with my husband.