Where to stay
Szent Gellért tér 1, Budapest
A majestic hotel in an Art Nouveau building. Don’t miss the tiled Turkish steam bath and spa. Rooms $137-$170.
Só utca 6
A chic, intimate boutique in the center of town near the Danube. Rooms $82-$274.
The Cotton House
Jókai utca 26
Elegant, quaintly kitsch hotel. Each room is themed after a famous personality, including Charlie Chaplin, James Dean, Greta Garbo, and Edith Piaf. Rooms $56-$75.
Where to eat
Retek utca 18
Take-out sandwichs with fresh local produce, $1-$2 a sub.
Szent István tér 3
Friendly parlor that treats its homemade ice cream as art, as their unusual flavors (lemon basil, chocolate chili, etc.) are served in rose-shaped scoops. $1.75-$2.50 per serving.
Ferenciek tere 7-8
First opened in 1877, serves traditional and contemporary Hungarian food. Entrees $17-$33.
Batthyány tér 5
Literally translating to grandma’s pancakes, savory and sweet varieties, 75 cents to $3.
Vörösmarty tér 7