onsdag 9 april 2014

No 7 - the hippest district in Budapest

District VII is one of the most interesting, upcoming areas in Budapest. It looks a bit shabby but we think that is the best part of the experience - a shabby surface with a really cool finish! This is the place where you can spend the whole night and zip in from one bar to another. 

Before World War II the district was the home for the Jewish community. You still find restaurants serving kosher food in the district and we recommend a visit to the beautiful, enormous Budapest synagogue. One of the biggest in the world. 

If you get up relatively early on a Sunday morning, you just have to visit the Farmers market at Szimpla Kert. This is one of the oldest "ruin pubs" in Budapest. When the last guests have left in the early hour, the place turns into a food market filled with homemade cheeses, sausages, organic vegetables, fruits and much more in super cool surroundings. 

The prices are really affordable but even if you don't buy anything to take with you, the market is worth a visit because of the atmosphere. It's a great place to enjoy a sunday breakfast.
Address: Kazinczy utca 14, 1075 Budapest
The buzzing nightlife is very much down to earth. "Hole-in-the-wall-bars", back yards and parking places which have been transformed into meeting spots. These are all great places to meet the locals, the students and the backpackers,while having a cheap beer. 

Don't miss out on the shopping opportunities in district VII. You might need a new instrument, a big size costume or something from a local fashion shop.....?
...or do you prefer a visit at the antique bazaars or the vintage shops?

If you are looking for a central located hotel with an easy reach to all the interesting spots in district VII, night and day, Zara Continental is an excellent choice. The location at Dohany utca is so central that you can crawl home from a long night out.
Don't miss our favorite spot in the hotel - the bar. It is like a tribune with beautiful stained glasses and a view of the impressive reception area. If you are lucky somebody will play a serenade for you on the grand piano. If the weather is nice you can have your drink at the terrace and admire the roofs of Budapest. The hotel has the only roof top pool in Budapest!
Address: Dohany utca 42-44, 1074 Budapest

See district VII before the gentrification has transformed the area into a uniformed, trendy, clean and polished neighbourhood.... Be quick, 'cause it has already started!

Photos by Teija 

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