Located by the Danube river, Budapest is a lively city on both riversides. Buda on the West, is a more residential and mountainy area with all the big palaces and view points; Pest (or PESHHHT as they pronounce it) is located East and is a more lively neightbouthood. I stayed on that side (don’t think there is much of a debate here), plenty of offers and cheap restaurants and pubs. I stayed near Liberty Bridge, with Raday Street close by for some good cheap food. My favourite however was: Vörösmarty square, which had a nice food market, a bit more expensive than other markets but the quality was very good.
Looking for places to go out??
Pest is very lively, specially around the Jewish Quarter with both Simple Bar and Fogas which stand out. My recommendation: Have a drink in Simple Bar (several floors in this old building reconverted into a pub, really cool vibe) Entrance is free, beer 650HUF. Dance your ass out at Fogas (huge night club with several rooms and a cool trash/underground vibe!!) Entrance is free!!
Places to visit??
Gellert Bathhouse is a must – chill out, get a massage and relax in this beautiful bathhouse, it’s as if a palace was flooded with water!! Many pools, saunas and thermal baths to discover. Have a snack at the bar if you get hungry, sunbathe outside if it’s sunny enough (it wasn’t for me). Morning and afternoons are best times to visit. Rush hour 12-15.
Liberty Statue – Visit at sunset to see the lights go up on the Palace, Parliament and St. Istvan Basilika.
St. Istvan Basilika – got in for free as there was mass for good Friday!! Beautiful.
Parliament – Inspired after the British Parliament it is impressive indeed.
Walk along the Danube, take a trip on the street car, it has the best view!!
Heroes square and surrounding park – there was a beautiful market when I was there. Very chill cool vibe around the Park. Walking there along Andrassy Street was a nice walk too.