The BEST weekend of my entire life was spent in Pest, that is, the side of Budapest in which you stay. According to hostelbookers, I stayed at the #1 youth hostel in the city, Grandio party hostel. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. From the second I walked through the threshold of their property, I felt warm, welcomed and a little intimidated.
They had amazing plans lined up for the weekend. The first night was a cruise party down the river that divides Buda from Pest for only 5000HUF or about 18$. The second night was a pub golf to ruin pubs, which are old Communist buildings that sat untouched for a long time until someone turned them into bars. The last night was saved for Budapest’s infamous thermal bathes. I must admit, you want to experience the bathes no matter what age you are.
Now, Budapest isn’t just known for its nightlife. I was awestruck by the natural beauty of this city. Every single building had its own unique character, from the handles of the doors to the lively colored tiles on a roof. On my second day in Pest, I walked to Buda to hike Gellert Hill to get to the Citadella.
If parties and nature aren’t enough to bring you to Hungary, the food will. I have never in my life gotten high quality food at such an affordable price (except of course in Greece, click here to find out more). Selfie Bar and Grill was so good I went there twice. Plus, it was really close to my hostel, Grandio. Another restaurant, which I didn’t have the pleasure to try is Soul Food (aka Kim Kardashian’s all time favorite).
With so much to see and do, my only advice, is to pack your bags and head to Budapest as soon as you can to experience it yourself.