Top things to do

Top Choice Vietnamese in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Oriental Soup House

Though it's far away from central Budapest, this authentic Vietnamese joint is regularly packed. Customers squeeze around the communal tables beneath paper lanterns and tuck into several kinds of pho (rice noodle so…
Top Choice Hungarian in Margaret Island & Northern Pest


Set up by former journalists, retro-style restaurant ‘Hack’ has been one of our favourite Hungarian 'nostalgia' eateries for years, thanks to the lovely old mementoes on the walls, great homestyle dishes such as roa…
Top Choice Cafe in Margaret Island & Northern Pest


Come here for some of Budapest's best and most imaginative cakes. Temptations include poppyseed cheesecake with almond and sea buckthorn, strawberry cheesecake with Sichuan pepper, chocolate tart with salted caramel…
Top Choice Coffee in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Double Shot

With an unfinished, grungy look, and break-your-neck stairs to the small seating area upstairs, this thimble-sized coffee shop is the brainchild of two expats. The artisan coffee from around the globe is excellent.
Eastern European in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Eat & Meet

For authentic Hungarian home cooking, Eat & Meet lives up to the label. Zsuzska and her family open their apartment on the Danube to guests with a three-course meal made from local, seasonal ingredients and pair…
Museum in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Budapest Pinball Museum

This quirky museum housed in a basement is one of Budapest's hidden attractions. It’s home to 130 vintage pinball museums – yes, you can play on all of them – and has quite a cult following as the largest such colle…
Architecture in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Water Tower & Open-Air Theatre

Erected in 1911 in the north-central part of Margaret Island, the octagonal water tower rises 66m above the open-air theatre (szabadtéri színpad), which is used for concerts and plays in summer. The tower contains t…
Monument in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Raoul Wallenberg Memorial

A statue by Pál Pátzay called the Serpent Slayer was erected in honour of Raoul Wallenberg in XIII Szent István Park. Of all the 'righteous gentiles' honoured by Jews around the world, the Swedish diplomat and busin…
Bridge in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Margaret Bridge

Margaret Bridge, which has finally emerged from a massive three-year reconstruction, introduces the Big Ring Rd to Buda. It's unique in that it doglegs in order to stand at right angles to the Danube where it conver…
Jazz in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Budapest Jazz Club

A very sophisticated venue – now pretty much the most serious one in town – for traditional, vocal and Latin jazz by local and international talent. Past international performers have included Terrence Blanchard, th…