Will definitely not stay in Budapest, because I’m going to tell you all about my stay there! This trip was a present to my uncle for his 60th birthday… he’s 63… fair to say Covid most definitely had a part to play in the delay… but, it was most definitely worth the wait!!
For us, we wanted to avoid the Stag/Hen weekends so we went during the week, staying Monday to Friday. I was so lucky to have had friends who have visited Budapest and given me some amazing recommendations. We flew into Budapest, lovely easy airport, easy to get a taxi (and cheap!) to our hotel – thank you to Becca for this recommendation, Hotel Moments is a gorgeous hotel situated perfectly on the Pest side of Budapest, I cannot recommend this hotel enough! The hotel bar and restaurant is also really good, I had the best cocktail on my first night- a filthy martini! And they did some lovely food for us (Hard Rock cafe was our first choice but their menu was different to online so there wasn’t any gluten free veggie options, ridiculous!) we then had a lovely night sleep in the comfiest beds.
Day 1 – The hotel was amazing but as a Coeliac vegetarian the breakfast wasn’t suitable, so, after extensive research before I got to Budapest I decided to try one of the Gluten free places I found- Tibidabo Gluten free Bakery situated within the Jewish Quarter just a 15 minute walk from the hotel (I used my iPhone maps and it was really helpful we got everywhere with it, check with your provider but with my provider I was able to use my phone the same as I would in the UK) https://tibidabopekseg.hu they do the most amazing pin wheel pastries (all gf!) and I bought a vegan salad baguette for lunch (also delicious). We then bought a ticket for the hop on hop off bus. It wasn’t the best hop on hop off bus I’ve gotten but I always do this on every trip to get an idea of the place.
We went round on the bus until we reached the Castle, I was recommended to get off here and look (I didn’t find Katy Perry 😂😂- she filmed her music video Firework at Budapest castle) we bought tickets for the Castle Bus and got off at each of the 3 stops to look around, really beautiful and worth doing. We got the ventricular down and got back on the hop on / off bus.
That evening we went to another recommended gluten free restaurant – Monkeys- this was definitely my favourite food of the week, delicious tofu burger! Even my mum and uncle who are non coeliacs liked it, plenty of meat options for them.
We then walked to Szimpla Kert ruin bar, we didn’t have a drink but it was worth popping in to have a look. We walked down to the docks and got a night boat tour which was included in our hop on/ hop off ticket. It was beautiful and so worth doing!
Day 2- We went into St Stephen’s Basillica which is just around from the hotel, I recommend going inside because it’s so beautiful.
We then did a walking tour which started from the St Stephen’s Basillica – which was included in the hop on/ hop off ticket, we had a tour guide called Mark, he was a legend. The tour is well worth doing, you find out things you would never know unless you went on the tour. We also visited the shoes of the Danube which was emotional. We ended up at the Parliament building, just in time for our Parliament tour, which was lovely but the tour guide wasn’t as good.
We then walked to Coli Bistro for lunch, didn’t make the best choice for food but it’s well worth going to because the pastries are nice and if you’re staying in an air B and B it’s perfect to pick up all the food bits you need.
That evening we went to High Five cocktail bar thanks for the recommendation Chintan! Then to Kata restaurant, absolutely lovely place, completely gluten free but again mum and my uncle loved it too! https://katarestaurant.com we did over 10 miles walking so slept very well that evening!
Day 3- last full day. Walked to Tibidabo gluten free bakery for breakfast and stock up for lunch and we tried to get a couple of buses to Margaret’s island because we didn’t feel like walking the whole way due to over 10 miles walking the day before, this didn’t work out so, thanks to Becca again for the recommendation we went to Budapest zoo, we got a taxi there and back which was cheap enough but we should’ve gotten the hop on / hop off bus, stop Number 5 heroes square and gotten the bus back to stop 12. One of the best zoos we’ve been to, animals very well cared for and never seen animals so close before, every animal you can ever think of! Honestly recommend spending the whole day there.
That evening we went to Dumf gluten free restaurant, really close walk from hotel, now, I know I said monkeys was my fav but the food here was delicious!!! Mum and I shared a veggie quesadilla and vegan spaghetti… yummy!!! Mum then got an Ice cream from Gelata Rosa, too much cross contamination for me to have one, but it looked beautiful! What a brilliant way to end the trip.
On the last morning we visited the City park, stop 5 on the hop on / hop off bus, we didn’t go into the thermal baths but we looked around them, we then looked at Heroes Square.
Of course we found a bit of time before we had to leave for a piece of cake outside the Opera House! Gluten free Sache Torte is highly recommended at Muvész Coffee House (Artist Cafe)
We then flew home Friday afternoon! I would really recommend Budapest, thank you for everyone’s recommendations. It’s definitely a city I would visit again. Top tips- if you have a dietary requirement like me, research! I found brilliant blogs such as https://www.mygfguide.com/gluten-free-budapest/ but there’s loads out there, I also bought a gluten free translation card from coelaic uk but didn’t need to use it because I found so many amazing dedicated gluten free places to eat. Go during the week if you want to avoid hen/ stag weekends. Pack some really good walking shoes, you’ll need them!! We didn’t pre book anything apart from the Parliament tour, which you’ll need to do if you want to go. Lastly, it’s pretty cheap but look up tipping etiquette before you go out there, well worth buying a guide book. Last piece of advice? Book your trip to Budapest, now!