City Guides: Budapest - Elen Lewis
Editor of The Marketing Society gives us her insider tips on Budapest.
Best hotel for business?
Aria, a new luxury boutique hotel at Hercegprímás utca 5, +36 1 445 4055.
Best hotel for pleasure?
Brody House, a former residence of the Hungarian prime minister, this handsome idiosyncratic hotel is stylish and special. The coolest honesty bar in town and guests receive free access to the Brody Members' Club and bar for interesting shenanigans like oil painting classes and wine tasting. Vörösmarty utca 38, +36 1 266 1211.
Best bar for celebrating?
Drink martinis in the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel on the banks of the Danube. It's a magnificent piece of art nouveau architecture that drips with glamour. This is where Sophia Loren celebrated her son's wedding.
Best bar for a business drink?
The New York Cafe, (New York Kávéház) was the most beautiful, beloved coffee house in Budapest popular among writers and editors. For something more relaxed, try Doblo, a winebar in the Jewish quarter with more than 200 varieties from Hungary’s 22 wine-growing regions. Dob utca 20, +36 20 398 8863.
Best restaurant for business lunch?
Hungarian food can be heavy. For a modern, lighter lunch try Borbirosag a newish restaurant near the Great Market Hall for duck burgers, cured salmon, dumplings and lashings of tokaj wine. Csarnok tér 5, +36 1 219 0902.
Best way to spend an hour in-between meetings?
Start your novel over coffee and cake at one of the beautiful old coffee houses. My favourite was Alexandra Bookcafe/ Lotz Terem, a renaissance-style ballroom... Andrássy út 39.
If you only have time to one thing in my city, then do this...
Take to the waters at the thermal baths. My favourite was the majestic, art nouveau Gellért Baths (Kelenhegyi út 4, open daily 6am-8pm).