It was an Easter weekend. Bit extended with new Friday holiday free time. And how to deal with four days off? After a brainstorming we decided to go abroad. London was too cold, southern Europe actually as well. Slovakia and Tatra mountains would be better with summer sun. Our choice was Budapest, the Hungarian capital full of hearty meal, hot-blooded Hungarians, Palinka and the Thermal Spas. Furthermore, who would not want to see a former cultural metropolis of the East?
We went as a couple of two and hoped that the combined world travel knowledge, language skills and shared enthusiasm for walks, history and desire to get to know the sharpness of the Hungarian nation and the hot peppers will be enough. And it was. Czech and Slovak languages we heard everywhere. Obviously, we chose the Easter holidays and it´s really close for Slovaks. Luckily thanks to the language skills of the Hungarians there was no need to understand their mother language.
For anyone who has never been there, Budapest is surprisingly pleasant mixture of Prague and Vienna. But we think it´s missing the friendliness and the historical places of Prague and wonderful reputation of Vienna. But it does mean that you won´t find the best this city can offer.
Our main goal is Budapest was TGI Friday’s restaurant. Out of the two restaurants we chose the one in the center at a large rondel with a lot of competition around. But we insisted on quality lunch at TGIF. Our global restaurant chain is based on quality ingredients, great combinations of flavors and atmosphere you will not find anywhere else. We plan to visit as mystery shoppers and surprise local creators of gastronomic experiences. Didn´t work though. Quite simply, it was confirmed that nice and friendly waiters, professional cooks and pleasant atmosphere are in all Friday’s restaurants, regardless their mother tongue. Even Chef came and joked with us. Isn´t it just what most Czech restaurants are missing?
Eating high quality food and original concept with smiling people at TGI Friday’s, we will also continue throughout the world 🙂
Reasons to visit Budapest:
Thermal Spas – hot bath is the best. Spa culture was brought to Budapest by old Turks. There are a lot of them that you can even choose the best one. The biggest, oldest, prettiest. With the outdoor or indoor pool.
Langoš – as a little girl at Balaton lake with my parents I was always begging my dad to stand for me that long queue for this fried grease soaked and garlic, ketchup and cheese brushed delicacy. This time, we discovered sweet Langoš. With the chocolate nut butter, fruit, nuts, coconut, and even with custard. Luckily we had so much walking to burn it.
Hungarian cuisine – clearly goulash. This is simply a must. Perhaps several times. At the restaurant, at the largest marketplace. We also tried out the Easter markets.
Nightlife – local hot Hungarians recommend us to visit place in the city with cozy bars and restaurants. We would recommend you try really authentic, usually a little hidden Hungarian bar or restaurant. Although we had a hard time reading the menu in their mother language, there is no problem with translation for tourist like us.
Cost and time availability – what can we say. When it goes well on D1 highway you are in Budapest in about 5 hours from Prague. Connected highways, stops only for a vignette, and you’re right there. Prices are similar to those in Czech. Additionally, with their forints will feel like millionaire 🙂
Wine – for lovers of grape fluid it is a paradise. Tokaj we tried with all our senses and fell in love.
Monuments – amazing history of the city, which has experienced incursions from the east, wartime bombing from the west and subsequent socialist revolution, is now somehow passé. But on the historical sites you find all those important reminders. Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Parliament, basilicas and churches, be sure to visit.
Bridges over the Danube – to our pleasant surprise. In Budapest along the Danube you won´t find one similar bridge. Each one has its original appearance, age, material used but also the color. Thus you see the bridge lit with yellow, green, orange or white. Discreetly, of course.
TGI Friday’s Budapest 🙂