Kempinski Blog Article
Outdoor restaurants and bars in Budapest and at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Talk about a winter of discontent. Spring beckons late this year, which is why the launch of the Budapest terrace season is taking on a significance comparable to Sakura. For Budapesters can’t be without outdoor restaurants and terraces – so much so that at this stage, there’s no self-respecting business without one. Should the evenings turn cold, worry not: they’ll provide funky colourful fleece blankets to wrap up in.
Bazilika Square remains one of the mustn’t-miss terrace destinations. DiVino is exactly what it says on the tin, or rather, the bottle, while Platz sprawls over a 100 sq m terrace.
St. Andrea Wine and Skybar occupies the top of the former heritage building of the stock exchange, offering not just premium wine but hard-to-beat views of the city smack from the very heart of Budapest in Vörösmarty square.
For laid-back but electrifying buzz, head to the District VII, also within easy reach of Kempinski Corvinus, and immerse yourself in the cacophony of Gozsdu Udvar, where a string of courtyards is a world in its own right and home to door-to-door restaurants and bars such as Spíler and Spíler Shanghai, Bistro Cochon, and Yiddishe Mama Mía, among others.
An institutionalised genre, Budapest’s “romkocsma”, or “ruin pub”, is a bar that sets up shop in a derelict building with a courtyard or out in the open on a green expanse. They started as impromptu temporary places after their host building was vacated and before it was demolished, and by now they have become an iconoclastic city fixture. Szimpla Kert is the origo of ruin pubs; Ötkert is more upscale. You’ll find similar but more nature-inspired green-patch bars on Margitsziget, and Vakvarjú (“blind raven”) on Kopaszi Gát.
Close to home, ÉS Bisztró, our Austro-Hungarian imperial specialist, opens ÉS Terrace in Fashion Street in the warm season. Blue Fox The Bar also spills out into the open, with a literally head-spinning direct view of the Budapest Eye, the ferris wheel.