Go to the Piac, The Great Market and try a variety of foods: Langos - fried bread, Paprikas Chicken - a paprika chicken stew over homemade dumplings, the popular Goulash Soup or Gulyas, Retes - traditional fruit filled light pastry but potato is my favourite, and fried schnitzel-style meat.
http://tinyurl.com/ahpcuey Here is a link an article on my personal website on the market. http://tinyurl.com/c7hdgxu and here's a link to see what the foods I describe above look like and how to make them.
http://tinyurl.com/72hrhe4 Hungary Header on our page shows all the places we visit on each visit. August brings the Saint Stephens Day celebration 20th weekend, the parliament buildings are a must see, the Synagogue, the Stephen's Catholic Church, the City Park, The Hero's Monument, The Zoo, and lastly Buda Castle.
We also have a home we rent out called the Walnut Apartment in Elizabeth Quarter, close to the famous New York Cafe. http://tinyurl.com/c6h8csc Here's the link.
If you have anymore questions please don't hesitate. I love to share our home in Hungary with people, as we are fellow travellers ourselves, and currently live in southern France!
Happy and safe travels from The Hamori family :) over 5 years ago
Here's a list: take a tour of Parliament, have coffee and cake at the Gerbeau cafe, have lunch at the New York Cafe, book a magnificent dinner at the Gundel restaurant, visit the Holocaust Museum, take a tour of the Dohany utca synagogue and Jewish museum, swim in the champagne pool and the wave pool at the Gellert Hotel, visit the memorial of the shoes on the bank of the Danube (near Parliament) and find out what it means, buy tickets to the Budapest Opera (the musical standard is variable but the architecture is magnificent). Finally, check out the view from the Citadel. over 5 years ago
Well there are nice suggestions but I think New York Cafe is a bit commercial plus super expensive and the other tourist attractions - however true that you must have see them. If that's what you're looking for I'm sorry.
If you're looking for the local treasures, check for sure any of the BATHS. I mean Budapest is like the capitol of the thermal baths and spas. The city is actually built on underground thermal waters.
http://tinyurl.com/n7covkr here is a collection of the best and historical ones.
About food, there is a label name of hungarian specialities: Hungaricum
Food Hungaricums are: goose liver, goulash, fishsoup, sausages (Gyulai, Csabai), filled cabbage.
Desserts: Dobos torta (cake), Rákóczi-túrós (cottage cheese pie), Somlói Galuska (cup dessert), Túró Rudi (cottage cheese dipped in chocholate snack bar).
Drinks: pálinka, wines.
Restaurants: http://tinyurl.com/k7f5m74 there are articles and reviews about the restaurants, you also can filter by type, style and price. about 5 years ago