I arrived in Budapest for my semester abroad in the beginning of September. Unfortunately the glorious sunny days didn’t last for very long, and soon we found ourselves facing rain (and eventually snow) and looking for ways to do our socializing indoors.

Budapest has fantastic night life, but while a crazy night out dancing is great fun, it’s not the best way to really talk with and get to know new friends from around the city. This is why I love the amount of small coffee shops and art bars around town. There’s a wide variety of coffee chains and café/restaurant type places on the better known streets, but there are also a ton of quirky, smaller joints which quickly became favorites

Csendes: Ferenczy István utca, near Astoria metro

The smallest on this list, you will find a mess of bikes parked outdoors and a mess of interesting décor inside. Nice for coffee and laptops during the day, good for beers and wine as it gets dark. A great and intimate, albeit a bit smoky, atmosphere.


Szimpla Duple: Kertész utca 48

One of a few szimplas in town, this one has multiple levels and great old wood furniture. Big yummy lattes. On some nights live jazz ensembles will play downstairs.

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photo by B. Szczesiul

Mumus: Dob utca 18

Only a bar at night, but it has plenty of nooks and couches to settle in and talk or just look at the crazy street style art around. There’s an outdoor beer garden in the summer. DJs on weekends upstairs!

post by Jackie Clark