A while ago I mentioned in one of my weekly diaries that I wanted to start a new category on this blog. Today I am actually doing that! This is the new category: hotspots. I want to share the sustainable hotspots with you from everywhere I’ve been. Or just the other non-sustainable hotspots I’ve been to as well, to tell you about it (since I can’t always go to sustainable places only). I’m planning on sharing only the positive/sustainable hotspots. The things I don’t like won’t be included. This way you can read these posts and know where to go. So I present to you today: the first hotspot: Budapest!
The past summer I went to Budapest for 11 days in total together with 3 friends (really 10, but those other friends stayed in different apartments). From these 11 days I went to the Sziget festival for 7 days, so these don’t really count. But still, the end result is: Budapest is amazing! The 3 days we had left in Budapest itself we went to see the city and I must say: it’s the most beautiful city I’ve seen so far! Beautiful buildings and streets in general, even the subways and subway stations were beautiful. I hadn’t expected much (because I was focussed on Sziget so much), maybe that’s the reason why I loved it even more. I’ll walk you through different categories to sum up all the places I’ve been to.
For Sale Pub (Budapest, Vámház krt. 2, 1053 Hungary)
I’m choosing to include this bar because I really loved the looks and vibe of it. It is really cool because it’s a sort of ruin bar. It was well-decorated too, great place! We went to lunch here and we didn’t have much time. The menu was a mess and so I chose some french fries with ketchup, a safe option. Therefore I don’t know if they had vegan options, I don’t think so. On the side they serve unlimited peanuts, jumm!
Vegan options: I don’t think so
Vegetarian options: I don’t know
Not a very sustainable highlight, but it was fun and cool.
Seasons Bistro (Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 7, 1061 Hungary)
This restaurant was quite a party for me because they had a lot of vegetarian options. No vegan options so that’s a bummer though. They don’t serve straws with their drinks and so that made me like this place even more. I was content with this place (especially because not all places have vegetarian dishes in Budapest), the food was tasty and the personnel friendly.
Vegan options: No
Vegetarian options: Yes, a lot
(I know, I suck at taking pictures sometimes. I was hungry!)
Nagyvásárcsarnok, Central Market Hall (Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary)
This is successtory and a fail at the same time. At first, I felt like this place was heaven. You can buy so many zero waste things here! I was prepared and brought my own reusable bags. The upper floor of this massive market was reserved for souvenirs. But since I try to live minimalistic, this wasn’t relevant for me. On the ground floor is the part for food and drinks. Since I was on a holiday with friends, I only bought a snack here (big meals were things we bought at the supermarket). I bought some pistachio nuts at a friendly lady. I was eating them and at one point I found a tiny worm in one of them. I was scared and got rid of all the other nuts too. I didn’t got sick in the end but the whole experience did scare me.
Grade: A 8/10 and a 2/10, I don’t know.
Széchenyibaden (Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary)
If you visit Budapest then you have to visit a famous bathhouse, it’s key. We eventually chose to go to the biggest one of Budapest (or Europe, who knows?). It was soooo pretty! This is a must see. There is a ‘normal’ pool on the outside of the bathhouse, which is lovely for the nice weather. But inside you have all sorts of pools and sauna’s! From 12 degrees Celcius to 39 degrees Celius, hmmm! There are all kinds of treatments too and so I went for a massage with a friend. It was an amazing experience!
Grade: 9 (I can’t rate this a 10 since it’s not sustainable, but I did love it).
Palatinus Strandfürdő (Budapest, Margitsziget, 1138 Hungary)
Since we liked the first bathhouse so much, we even went to another one on the last of our holiday. This was a big succes again. They had about the same facilities as the bathhouse I mentioned above, but it was a little less pretty. But they did have some slides here! This day was great as well!
The City Itself
We didn’t really see any cultural places for which we had to pay, you know, the touristic places everyone always goes to. We just walked through the city to see it all. It is such a hotspot, beautiful! I hope anything of this list above can help you, but I’m definitely planning on visiting again. Maybe then I’ll see some more culture and actually sustainable hotspots. For now, this is it. Budapest, I’ll be back!