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Top Choice Perfume in Belváros

Le Parfum Croisette

Hungary’s only parfumier, Zsolt Zólyomi, creates scents at his atelier-shop, as well as selling cutting-edge, animal-friendly perfumes from around the globe, such as Romano Ricci's Juliette Has a Gun range of cognac…
Top Choice Fusion in Belváros

Baraka

If you only eat in one fine-dining establishment while in Budapest, make it Baraka. You're ushered into the monochrome dining room, where chef André Bicalho works his magic in the half-open kitchen. Seafood features…
Top Choice Notable Building in Belváros

Pesti Vigadó

This Romantic-style concert hall, built in 1864 and badly damaged during WWII, faces the river to the west of Vörösmarty tér. Reopened in 2014 after reconstruction, the building has been fully restored to its former…
Top Choice Area in Belváros

Váci utca

The capital’s premier pedestrian shopping street is crammed largely with chain stores, touristy restaurants and a smattering of shops and sights worth seeking out. Its more unique spots include the art nouveau inter…
Top Choice Hungarian in Belváros

Kárpátia

A palace of fin-de-siècle design dating from 1877, the ‘Carpathia’ serves almost-modern Hungarian and Transylvanian specialities in both a palatial restaurant in the back and a less-expensive söröző (brasserie). The…
Top Choice Hungarian in Belváros

Magyar QTR

It's difficult not to love this bistro, for three reasons: the excellent Hungarian wine (more than 100 vintages), the food and the fabulous river views. The succinct menu includes such inspired takes on Hungarian di…
Top Choice International in Belváros

Paris Budapest Restaurant

One of Budapest's loveliest restaurants hides inside the Sofitel Hotel. The decor is minimalist, the service is some of the best we've come across anywhere in Budapest, and the dishes are imaginative without being p…
Top Choice Hungarian in Belváros

Monk's Bistrot

With its vaguely industrial decor, an open kitchen and young serving staff, this ambitious new restaurant specialises in bold pairings of ingredients that nevertheless seem to work, alongside contemporary reimaginin…
Top Choice Cafe in Belváros

Gerbeaud

Founded on the northern side of Pest’s busiest square in 1858, Gerbeaud has been the most fashionable meeting place for the city’s elite since 1870. Along with exquisitely prepared cakes and pastries, it serves cont…
Top Choice Square in Belváros

Vörösmarty tér

At the northern end of Váci utca lies Vörösmarty tér, a large square surrounded by smart shops, galleries and cafes. In the centre is a statue of Mihály Vörösmarty, the 19th-century poet after whom the square is nam…