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Top Choice Synagogue in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Great Synagogue

Budapest's stunning Great Synagogue is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City. Built in 1859, the synagogue has both Romantic and Moorish architectural elements. Inside, the Hungarian…
Top Choice Museum in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

House of Terror

The headquarters of the dreaded secret police is now the startling House of Terror, focusing on the crimes and atrocities of Hungary's fascist and Stalinist regimes in a permanent exhibition called Double Occupation…
Top Choice Hungarian in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Zeller Bistro

You'll receive a very warm welcome at this lovely candlelit cellar where the attentive staff serve food sourced largely from the owner's family and friends in the Lake Balaton area. The Hungarian home cooking includ…
Top Choice Ruin Pub in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Szimpla Kert

Budapest's first romkocsmá (ruin pub), Szimpla Kert is firmly on the drinking-tourists' trail but remains a landmark place for a drink. It's a huge complex with nooks filled with bric-a-brac, graffiti, art and all m…
Top Choice Classical Music in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Liszt Music Academy

Performances at Budapest’s most important concert hall are usually booked up at least a week in advance, but more expensive (though still affordable) last-minute tickets can sometimes be available. It's always worth…
Top Choice Hungarian in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Barack & Szilva

This is the kind of perfectly formed restaurant that every neighbourhood wishes it could boast. Run by a husband-and-wife team, the 'Peach & Pear' serves high-quality and exceptionally well-prepared Hungarian pr…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Boutiq' Bar

A low-lit 'speakeasy' serving expertly mixed cocktails (2250Ft to 5950Ft) using fresh juices and an educated selection of craft spirits. For something specifically Hungarian, try a creation that includes Unicum like…
Top Choice Cafe in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Lotz Terem Book Cafe

On the 1st floor of a branch of Alexandra, one of Budapest's best bookshops, this glitzy cafe in the revamped decorative hall of the one-time Paris Department Store shows off frescoes by Károly Lotz and other wonder…
Top Choice Cafe in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

New York Café

Considered the most beautiful cafe in the world when it opened in 1894, this Renaissance-style place on the ground floor of the Boscolo Budapest Hotel has been the scene of many a literary gathering. Some say it lac…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Bors Gasztro Bár

We love this thimble-sized place, not just for its hearty, imaginative soups (how about sweet potato with coconut or tiramisu?) but for its equally good grilled baguettes: try 'Bors Dog' (spicy sausage and cheese) o…