You may know that I lived and studied in Hungary for nine years. Budapest is probably my favourite city to explore and I try to come back as much as possible. On my perfect stay there I would try to experience the fantastic food culture. Especially the places that are more favoured by locals. I would walk the streets of Pest and pop into Cafés, shops or little parks that are absolutely stunning. Or I might wander up to the Castle Hill and stroll around the back side while eating an ice cream...
I've marked the nicest and best hotspots with an *. These places are the ones that I would try to tick off if I only had a little time to spend in Budapest. I have also added everything you find below to this Google Map as a reference.
Eat & Drink
* KönyvBár & Restaurant (fantastic meals inspired by books) Gozsdu Udvar (lots of little restaurants) * Ruszwurm Cukrászda (Strudel, try the poppy seed one) Művész Kávéház (cute old Café, have a dessert!) * Daubner Cukrászda (maybe the world's best ice cream and ice cream cakes?) Instant (drinks in a ruin bar) Náncsi Néni (traditional, cozy restaurant) * Fröccsterasz (drink "Fröccs" (Sprizer) outdoors) DiVino (winebar) La Trattoria (italian) My Little Melbourne (independent Café) Andalgo Deli (Tapas) Lumen (Café with Vegan food) PASTA. (Pasta on the go) Iguana (Mexican) Baltazár (Brunch) Cserpes Tejivó (Café, famous for their homemade milk products) Fruccola (Juice bar & "Fast casual" restaurant) à table! (Breakfast spot & bakery) Cafe Miró (artistic Café)
* Margaret Island (5.3km tartan path) Hármashatárhegy (trails) Yogasanas Yoga (great little English Yoga studio run by Tom)