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BIGGER, BETTER BUDAPEST

THE DETAILS

HOTELS: Aria Hotel

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The rooms at the glitzy five-star hotel showcase depictions of famous musicians, and the floors are dedicated to genres like jazz and opera. Doubles from US$334. ariahotelbudapest.com

Brody House

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A bohemian hideaway with 11 rooms in a beautifully crumbling apartment building that also hosts artists’ salons. Doubles from US$78. brodyhouse.com

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
This glorious Art Nouveau property just opened a posh brasserie called Kollazs. Doubles from US$446. fourseasons.com

RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS

Csendes Tars

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One of Budapest’s loveliest kertek (garden cafés) also runs a neighbouring general store selling artisanal honey, jams, and handicrafts. Small plates US$2-US$5. csend.es

Espresso Embassy A chic coffee shop designed by one of the young architects who worked on Budapest’s new metro line. espressoembassy.hu

Fellini Romai Kulturbisztro This gypsy-caravan-themed beach bar on the Danube is an amazing place to end a summer evening with a froccs (wine spritzer). felliniromai.hu

Fioka Enjoy classics like chicken paprikash, goulash, and marrow bones at this sweet little restaurant on the leafy Buda side of the Danube. Entrées US$8-US$20. fiokaetterem.hu

Macesz Bistro Hungarian-Jewish cuisine, like pickled herring and latkes with duck breast, is extremely popular here. Entrées US$9-US$21. maceszbistro.hu

Mazel Tov

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A popular bar in the old Jewish district. You’ll find Tel Aviv’s beachy vibe on the casual patio, which serves Levantine comfort food like falafel and shakshuka. Entrées US$7-US$16. mazeltov.hu

Menza The restaurant’s name, meaning ‘canteen,’ isn’t the only nod to the city’s past. It reimagines classics like grilled duck liver. Entrées US$7-US$17. menzaetterem.hu

Pesti Diszno This gastropub sits next to the Opera and offers a rib-sticking stew made from mangalica, a pig indigenous to Hungary. Entrées US$9-US$25. mangalica.pestidiszno.hu

Pinczi The pickled peppers and gamey local sausages are served on paper plates with giant pools of mustard at this scruffy butcher shop. facebook.com/pinczihus.

Szimpla Kert

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The ‘ruin bar’ trend started here when a group began selling cheap beer in a decrepit heritage building. Now the place—filled with found furniture and Communist-era artifacts—is always packed. szimpla.hu

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