Budapest, Hungary
Zoltan, 39
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What are the Budapest spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Avoid the touristy places (if you don't like crowds), start in the downtown, and explore yourself, Budapest is the city of sights in one hand, on the other it's a hidden Pandora's Box! ;)

Do’s and don’ts in Budapest: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

You're not allowed to smoke in bus stops and underpasses, always pay attention to your packages on public transport.

What do you do and why do you do it?

You can visit the sights of Budapest, but what's so special about this city is that it's not enough!!! Discover it, talk with locals, they can give you the best tips.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

10-20-30 euros are enough for the drinks each, depends on the level of becoming drunk :) For street food 3-10 euros each, for restos 10-40 euros each is enough.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Mike Patton, James Brown, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Chris Cornell, Michael Jackson.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Day: Check the 1st, 5th districts (for experienced: 8th, 3rd, 11th), Night: 6th, 7th, 8th districts.

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

5th district.

What’s the one place in Budapest you think is underrated?

8th district!

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Rosenstein (restaurant), Dobrumba (restaurant).

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Budapest?

There are several street-food places across the city, avoid too cheap gyros! (eg. 7th district: Karaván).

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

You should go to the bath, there are plenty of 'em in Budapest. It's a very good way to meet the locals, and spend the whole day chilling for 10-15 euros. (eg. Veli Bej, Rudas, Gellért, Széchenyi.)

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

A walkthrough on the Gellért Hill, and the hidden places at the Castle area.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Always Mikszath Kalman sqr. (8th district)! Try Bestia next to Bazilika (5th district), it's a little overpriced, but for brunch it's perfect.

Your perfect night out in Budapest includes:

Craft beer bars (all of 'em are on my map).

Which local creators do you admire?

There are some open studios for painters at the 8th district, Palotadistrict, through the Brody Sandor str., you can find some new and good painters there.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Check the Tündérszikla, Gül Baba's tomb, get lost on Gellért Hill and the Castle District, don't go where everybody goes! :) And KŐBÁNYA!

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Check out Karaván street food court (7th district), there's food there for everybody!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Budapest. How do you spend it?

A good breakfast at the Rakóczi Market Hall, a bath (Veli Bej), a lunch somewhere in the downtown, go to an exhibition. For the night I would go to a concert somewhere in the 7th district, and for closure: craft beer bars on every level!

You’re meeting the mayor of Budapest - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Make it green! More bicycle routes! Get rid of cars in the downtown area!

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