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[Budapest] Day 2

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Day 2 in Budapest started with early lunch at Spiler, a (then) recently-opened bistro pub offering “high-quality street food, excellent wines and a wide variety of local beer served in a laid-back urban locale.”

Mulled wine to start.

Crepe Hortobagy style, filled with chicken paprikash (1,740 ft).

Baked potato with beef Bolognese sauce, bacon, cheese, salad, and sour cream (680 ft).

Traditional Hngarian sourdough pizza with paprika salami, hot paprika, tomato, and cheese (1,780 ft).

Lunch is followed by my favorite activity – wandering the streets of random neighborhoods.

Bumped into the Little Princess Statue on the railings of the Danube promenade.

Crossing the bridge to the Buda side.

Arriving at Buda Castle, the historical palace complex of the Hungarian kings, now part of the Budapest World Heritage Site. It also houses the Hungarian National Gallery and National Széchényi Library, but we only walked around its exterior this time.

Just gorgeous.

Night falls, time to explore Budapest’s famous ruin bar district. Ruins pubs, characterized by worn-down furniture, psychedelic interiors, and a hipster crowd, have grown wildly popular in Budapest since a few years back. We chose Szimpla Kert as it is the mother of all ruin pubs. Its a huge space divided into different sections, each different in decor and ambience. The drinks menu itself holds no surprises though.

To end the day, we hopped over to Doblo Wine Bar for a tasting of Hungarian wine. There’s a great selection, and the bartenders are happy to make recommendations should you be at a lost (which we were).

The (very, very) friendly owner and his wife sent us one too many shots…

But we did make it home eventually that evening. Day 3, coming up!

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August 17th, 2013 at 3:08 am