Street food, ruin pubs and nightlife: The Jewish Quarter of Budapest

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Budapest is my hometown. It has many many attractions to see, but clearly for young people, it is famous about the now-pulsating seventh district nightlife in the jewish quarter. The quarter can be found between Király utca, Rakoczi utca, Károly körút and Erzsébt körút. Nowadays the jewish quarter is the center of nightlife, full of bars, ruin pubs, restaurants, street foods alongside with the largest synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world.

The Ruin Pubs

Around the beginning of the 2000s old abandoned buildings were transformed into the so-called ruin pubs. This places were filled up with all kind of mismatched furniture, to make unique interiors, which made them quite popular. All has it’s unique atmosphere, but at the end all are the same: eclectic interior with old flee market decors, affordable drinks, old and not restaurated buildings.

The first and still one of the most famous ruin pub is Szimpla. It is beginning to become really touristic, but definitely worth to go.

Alongside Szimpla, there are many more cool ruin pubs, all with unique atmosphere. Anker’t, Ellátó Kert, Fogas Ház, Extra, Doboz…..

If you are up to visit more of them during your night out, it is cool because they are just a few minutes walk from each other. Some offers dance fields (Fogas or Doboz), some are better for a drink and a chat.

Gozsdu Udvar

If you are about to leave the ruin pubs and wanna try a little more fancy stuff, just take a walk in Gozsdu Udvar. It is full of bars, restaurant and clubs. In the evenings it is more calm down, better for a dinner, but when the night falls, some of the restaurants transfer themselves into cool clubs, cocktail bars, wine bars…

4bro Downtown has more dancfields with usually hit music, in DiVino many wines offer a taste, Spiler bistro has amazing cocktails and food, but the list is long, there are many more options, like karaoke bars, sky bars etc.

Deák Tér

When the weather turns good, Deak Tér begins to buzz. Many people gather here. Just sitting in the grass and talking, drinking in Fröccsterasz or listening to live concerts in Akvárium. Here you can also try the huge ferris wheel: The Budapest Eye.

This place is really alive, and can be a good starting point before the night.


The Clubs

If you are done with the ruin pubs, or Deak Tér, and wanna dance in some cool clubs, the quarter hase a wide offer: Doboz and Fogas Ház is similar to ruin pubs, they call it ruin bars. 4Bro Downtown and Brklyn is bit more fancy place, and Akvárium gives place to many concerts including bigger names from abroad like Alle Farben or Jamie Woon.

Where to sleep

The easiest and cheapest way is probably to book a place via AirBnb. If you really wanna be in the middle of the buzz be prepared to the sounds of nightlife, like loud music, laughing, shouting, police siren…

If you are looking for some more exclusive places, many high credited hotels can be found a few minutes walk from the district. The most expensive ones are probably Kempinski or The Ritz on Deak Tér, but there are many more affordable and cool hotels like Continental Zara Hotel.

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