Summer Fun in Budapest, Part 2: After Dark

In my last post, I suggested some activities for enjoying summer in Budapest. But after hours, things get even better. Here are some more tips.


As the sun hangs low in the sky, locals retreat to a series of rooftop bars with sweeping views over the skyline. 360 Bar is my favorite, with a handy location right along Andrássy út and a fun menu of refreshing, summery craft cocktails. An elevator zips you up to the eighth floor and a world of chill Hungarian hipsters enjoying a unique view on their capital. Order at the bar and find the table, bench, or beanbag chair of your choice.


Budapest is one of my favorite food cities in Europe, and its outdoor restaurant scene is a delight. I’ll be covering more on the local food scene in an upcoming blog. But rest assured that finding a breezy and relaxing outdoor spot for dinner is no problem.


Another Budapest forté is nightlife. Again, I’ll be covering the city’s fascinating and fun “ruin pub” scene in an upcoming blog. In addition to ramshackle bars like the one pictured above, food trucks are tucked between nightspots and apartment blocks.


My favorite Budapest “nightlife”? At the end of a long, hot, busy day of sightseeing, I head for the Széchenyi Baths in City Park. The indoor section closes at 7 p.m., but the even more appealing outdoor pools stay open until 10. What better way to recover from a busy travel day than a pre- or post-dinner dip?


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