In recent years, Budapest has started to get more and more interest from tourists. So the HBC thought it would be a great idea to get a guide of the city through the eyes of a local. Resident health blogger, Anita shares her knowledge of this fascinating city.
For coffee and food
I cannot imagine a better place to start the day than at Zoska. They serve lovely breakfasts with a decent coffee. They are located in the heart of the city, perfect if you are getting ready to have a wander around. Sandwiches, ham and eggs, fruits or even veggies with a nice cup of espresso – everything on their menu shows their belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I used to always catch up with one of my friends every Tuesday morning here. A true touch of vintage in the city centre.
Find it: 1053 Budapest, Ferenczy István utca 28.
Cafe Panini is a pleasant and dog-friendly place. You can jump in for a cup of hot coffee and stay for breakfast or lunch – they serve a great selection of sandwiches and baguettes during the day. With a lovely view of Margaret Island and the Danube, this it the ideal place to chill after a long walk around the city. If you are up for some games, they have board games you can pass the time with until your food arrives.
Find it: 1137 Budapest, Radnóti Miklós utca 45.
If you are vegan or vegetarian I would highly recommend this awesome restaurant in front of the National Museum. Vega city serves daily specials, and they always have gluten-, sugar- and dairy-free options. Most of the food is vegan, but if you are not sure or have certain allergies, feel free to ask the staff for the full list of ingredients as they are really helpful. You can check the daily menu for the upcoming week on their Facebook page.
Find it: 1053 Budapest, Múzeum krt 23-25.
My other suggestion for vegans and salad addicts is Fruccola. They have two locations in the city; one is close to Deák tér, and the other one is near the Bazilika. You can choose what to have in your salad, from the base up to the dressing. They also serve a daily menu and lots of hearty soups.
Find it: 1051 Budapest, Kristóf tér 3; 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.
I know that we are health bloggers, but if you are visiting Hungary, you should definitely try our local wines. Remember, a glass of red wine is also recommended by the doctor! My favourite wine bar is Galéria 12. János, the owner, is the sommelier; he makes gorgeous snack foods and pastes which go well with the nice selection of wines. He also coffee if you;d rather stay sober. Feel free to ask him anything, he knows everything about the wines he serves. This place was built and still runs with his love and passion for vino.
Find it: 1122 Budapest, Hajnóczy József utca 21.
To move and flow
If you want to get to gym, this is your place. The owner is always up on the newest trends and has the latest machines, so it’s perfect for body builders. On four levels next to body building you can find the cardio, functional training, Cross fit, box- and pole dance classes so there’s almost anything you could want. Even Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger have used this gym to keep their bodies fit during their respective stays in Budapest. They serve food in Flex’n fresh – perfect for post-exercise class fuel.
Find it: 1012 Budapest, Márvány utca 17.
For yoga, I would suggest this zen and chilled out studio. Not only because they are professional, but also because they live what they teach. I know it is not in the centre, but with the underground you can get there quite easily. Over three levels you can find hatha, dynamic hatha, vinyasa krama, maternity yoga, yoga for babies, vinyasa flow, senior yoga and so on. With this wide range of yoga varieites, you can get what you want. They also do personal ayurvedic consultations, and English classes as well.
Find it: 1043 Budapest, Gábor László utca 3b.
If you are into flow yoga, I would recommend this recently opened studio. It is located on the Buda side of the city; a small intimate place to gain balance and calm. They offer vinyasa flow (in English as well), yin yoga, yoga focusing on the hips or the spine, maternity flow yoga, hatha and power yoga (in English as well). The classes are taught by young, fresh spirits in the heart of Óbuda.
Find it: 1023 Budapest, Zsigmond tér 13.
For an amazing spa experience, just go to any of the baths in the city: Budapest is the city of baths. The most famous is Széchenyi bath, but Rudas has been recently renovated and has a spectacular view over the Danube from the roof. Jaquzzi has an amazing Turkish Bath, Gellért is a traditional one mainly used for film sets, so if you are wondering whether you’ve seen this one before, it could be from one of the movies. For an open air bath experience, there’s a great spa on Margaret Island (Palatinus Strandfürdő), but it is only open during the summertime.
Széchényi Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 9-11.
Rudas Gyógyfürdő 1013 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
Gellért Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda 1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4.
Palatinus Strandfürdő 1138 Budapest, Margitsziget