One of our favorite bloggers and travel aficionados, Selena from Find Us Lost, is back with her third travel installment. Today she is weighing in on her most recent travel destination—Budapest, Hungary. Selena will be sharing what to see, eat, and wear if you’re headed to this beautiful and historical city. Keep scrolling to see her complete travel guide…

Serena's travel diary to Budapest featuring Paper Crown

Hi everyone! Selena here. My last travel guide featured one of my favorite cities in the world, Amsterdam. This month, I want to take you on a tour through Budapest—a city I’ve fallen in love with after visiting just a few weeks ago!

I’ll admit that Budapest wasn’t at the top of my travel list, mainly because I didn’t know much about the city. But after visiting last month, it’s clear that Budapest is an amazing destination! The architecture is on a level I still can’t wrap my head around. Not to mention the food (Hungarians are definitely foodies), the design, and the historic thermal baths—this city truly is any traveler’s dream, and it’s also super affordable! Trust me, if Budapest isn’t on your bucket list yet, it’s time to re-prioritize your European destinations…

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Where to Stay

Hotel Palazzo Zichy – Located in a quiet street with shops and restaurants nearby, this old-meets-new hotel was a former palace from the 19th century. The staff is unfailingly friendly and the pricing is very reasonable.

Aria Hotel – If you are looking for luxury and convenience, look no further. The musically inspired Aria Hotel is situated within the old town of Pest (Buda and Pest together make up what we know as Budapest), and has one of the most incredible views of the city.

Rooftop views from the Aria hotel, BudapestRooftop views from the Aria Hotel.

Airbnb – There are plenty of options to explore the city on a budget. My tip if you have the time: spend a few nights on the Buda side of town, then switch to Pest!

Where to Eat

Két Szerecsen – This cozy café has the most amazing tapas. A clear winner is their buttery garlic shrimp.

Pest-Buda Bistro – I suggest trying the classic Hungarian dish “Paprika Chicken” here. It’s so tasty.

New York Café – This lavish restaurant is an experience on its own, and perfect for a leisurely meal amongst beautiful architecture.

The ceiling of the New York cafe, BudapestThe ceiling of New York Café.

Noir ChocoBar – Craving something sweet? This chocolate bar serves up the most decadent and unique desserts, including lavender hot chocolate and chili ginger chocolate fondue.

ToLTo – If you are looking for something classic with a unique spin, don’t miss ToLTo. Their sausages (yes, sausages!) are works of art.

Sausages from ToLTo, BudapestSausages at ToLTo.

Kürtőskalács Food Stands – Don’t miss a classic Chimney Cake if you’re visiting during the colder months. Look for a stand with a line so you know they are being made fresh!

Where to Drink

Ruin Pubs – Budapest is known for its Ruin Pubs, old tenement houses and factory buildings converted into bars (which started happening in the 21st century). Try Ellato Kert Taqueria or Szimpla Kert for a fun night out.

Jonas Sorhaz – This is the spot for craft beers, views, and outdoor seating on a sunny day.

Espresso Embassy – This cozy cafe serves the best coffee in town and is a locals’ favorite.

Lattes at Espresso EmbassyDelicious lattes at Espresso Embassy.

Where to Shop

Andrassy Avenue – This avenue features the big brands as well as some smaller boutiques once you venture down the side streets.

Váci Utca – The most famous shopping street in Budapest is great for an afternoon stroll and a bite to eat.

Pop-up shop in Budapest - Serena of FindUsLost wearing Paper CrownA typical pop-up shop in Budapest.

Central Market Hall – This indoor market hall features local produce, food stalls, souvenirs, gifts and more.

Where to Go

The Parliament Building – It’s worth viewing this incredible structure from across the Danube River and also getting up close to admire the details.

Parliament building, Budapest - Serena's travels wearing Paper CrownView of the Parliament Building from our TukTuk.

Fisherman’s Bastion – This is a great spot for city views. Go in the morning or at sunset and you can likely walk the walls free of charge.

St Stephen’s Basilica – This grand church is located in the central part of town and often hosts concerts.

St. Peter's Basilica in the rain, Budapest - Serena of FindUsLost wearing Paper CrownSt. Stephen’s Basilica in the rain.

What to Do

Visit a bathhouse – I suggest going in the morning (before the crowds) to the grand outdoor baths at Szechenyi.

Browse the Budapest History Museum – This museum is located within Buda Castle and perched overlooking the city. Take the funicular up and explore the works of art—some are massive!

Get a spa treatment – The bathhouses have a variety of services. I recommend trying a massage or treatment at Gellert Baths or Szent Lukács Baths.

Complete Budapest travel guideThe indoor pool at Gellert Baths.

Take a TukTuk ride – This is a great way to see the city as TukTuks can enter side streets that trams or cars simply can’t. It’s also a perfect rainy day activity!

What to Bring

  • A warm jacket. The weather in Budapest can get chilly in the colder months.
  • A swimsuit. You really can’t miss the thermal baths!
  • A public transport card. The tourism office offers city cards, which provide unlimited use of public transportation (very useful in Budapest!) and additional discounts on some of the places I mention above.

Serena's travel guide to Budapest, featuring Paper Crown

Serena's travels to Budapest in Paper Crown

You won’t run out of things to see here—every street in this magical city is fascinating. I hope I’ve convinced you to visit soon!

Where would you most like to see a travel guide for next?

Let us know in the comments below!

xo, Selena

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