In Budapest, I love...
I just spent seven months living on Veres Palne Utca in Budapest, two blocks from the Danube. These are some of my favorite discoveries.
The Museum of Applied Arts. So wild and so beautiful. Art Nouveau at its most exuberant.
Cafe Kor. Grilled goose liver. That's all I need to say about it.
The shoe memorial reminds us of the Budapest Jews shot and thrown into the Danube by the Hungarian Arrow Cross (allies of the Nazis) in 1945.
Cafe Gerloczy. My favorite place to sit with a coffee and write.
Astoria intersection, with the stairs to the subway station below, Hotel Astoria on the corner. 1972
innen: Budun Archívum
Brody House Hotel. So nice, so stylish.
Jeg Bufe for pastries and coffee. I never visited Budapest during the Socialist period, but I hear that this place gives you a sense of stepping back to that time.
The Hungarian Clap. Not what you're thinking. The Hungarian Clap is their version of the standing ovation. http://www.xpatloop.com/news/73050?utm_medium=referral_source=t.co
Public transportation. Reliable, convenient, cheap, safe. Better than New York. Really.