here comes the second part! if you missed the first one click here.
we started the day with a breakfast in the beautiful art deco cafe callas beside state opera house. although the interior is divine, the weather was so beautiful that we had to sit on the terrace.
(salad with marinated paprika, goat cheese and mustard seed dressing and a lemonade)
afterwards we walked the charming little streets, finding our way to the parliament and all of a sudden we stumbled upon a charming passage that the sign described as a market! i had to get in. and i was not disappointed. although we had just eaten, we had to taste this quirky looking hungarian street dish – kolbice! it’s a bread cone that you can fill with various ingredients – we tried the cabbage and bacon one as well as cheese sauce and roasted onion one… when in hungary (and such foodies as we are)… :) full and happy, we made our way to the parliament. the beautiful disney like castle beside danube.
my boyfriend then had to drag me away from the parliament, i just couldn’t stop taking pictures of it. but me and my camera were so not ready for what waited for us on the other side of the river. the minas trith (any lord of the rings fan here?) lookalike as my boyfriend likes to call it – the fisherman’s bastion. see for yourself.
we then walked our way down from the hill beside buda castle, (on which we had such a lovely view from the restaurant we’ve eaten in the day before) on our way to the next restaurant we had our minds on – the lovely gellert sorzo and brasserie (part of the below pictured gellert hotel, which also has a hot spring spa bath). and after a lovely meal headed back to the other side of danube over the lovely liberty bridge where so many people were sitting and enjoying the view. we met a couple of friends in one of famous, and i must say very cool, ruin bars – ankert – which was so much fun!
(matured beef entrecote with lyon onion, thyme potato, chestnut mushroom and gerardo sauce)
(kid goat with onion-potato dumplings, buttered shallots and potatoes with sage)
(chocolate cake with black currant ice cream)
after a good night’s sleep, we were already on our last day in budapest. so we decided to treat ourselves with a good breakfast (all we do is eat, isn’t it?) at the romantic varosliget cafe and restaurant. after lingering just a little bit longer and enjoying the view of the castle, we walked over to the szecheny thermal bath to relax before heading back to vienna. i’m a wellness and spa fanatic, used to impeccable austrian spas (a theme for one of the future posts maybe? :) ), but this was definitely a different kind of experience. nevertheless, the warm water and the saunas relaxed us and prepared for another stressful week at work.
(deer carpaccio with green walnut)
would you visit budapest? i would definitely recommend it!