Budapest by Night
Vienna to Budapest was around 2h30 drive. But being the shopaholic me, we had to check out the Premier Outlet along the way. Premier Outlet is part of the McArthurGlen group, so most of the brands are quite the same, such as Gucci, Prada, Furla. Price wise— I wasn't too sure. I didn't find anything that attracted to me, yet somehow, we spent quite a bit of time there. By the time we got to our Airbnb in Budapest, it was nearly 4,30pm in the afternoon.
Chic & Cozy Airbnb
Previously, I had my biggest Airbnb experience. This round, was a chic and cozy apartment. It has a huge lounging space. We were 5, so one of the sofa's was converted into a bed. There was another bedroom with 2 beds. Best part was, this apartment was equipped with fans! Halleluja! It was right in the middle of July, so you can imagine that it was warmmmmmmmmmm around 33º celsius.
A little tip, if you don't find me being too extra. I love Muji fans. I usually use it in my office because we don't really have air condition. Yet whenever I travel during hot places, I'd always bring it with me because I have this terrible habit of being unable to sleep when it's too warm at night. Sometimes, I leave the fan on (USB attached to my iMac) overnight in winter, so I'd have a breeze since my desk is near my bed. While traveling, I'd just attached it to my portable charger and it works like MAGIC! So yep, this fan saved my nights in Airbnb apartments when there's no fans available :P
Checkin, unpacked, rest—
Then time to head out and explore the city. Our Airbnb location was superbe. It was only 2 mins drive to the Hero's Square. But first stop was to the main high street and check out whatever important monuments for a quick peek. Then the secondary and most important reason, was to find food.
Our timing was neither here nor there. It was too early for dinner but Saint Stephen's Basilica was already closed for visiting. They had some musical event going on. We continued walking and we found a pretty crowded restaurant and decided that it was our dinner location.
It seems like eating in Eastern Europe is one of the best things I enjoy. I mean, after seeing X number of castles and churches, they probably look the same. Like I've mentioned, no research was done previously. The terasse had a nice crowd and ambiance, so we just went in and had a cozy corner table for the 5 of us.
I can't remember much of the names of our dishes. But it was a great dinner. I had duck fillet risotto, some confits, there was some sort of "curry" macoronis which I couldn't remember the name. Potatoe soup with bacons and I absolutely loved the veggie soup. We had giant glasses of "home-made ice teas" and our bill came up probably somewhat -40% of what it would have been if this was a restaurant in France. So I highly recommend this place if you're not sure what to eat. The waiters speak English, so communication wasn't much of a problem.
p.s. I can't remember if we gave a tip or not though
CALORIES DON'T COUNT
After being fed, we decided that we needed to walk around a bit for digestion before heading back to our apartment. It was a great idea to eat earlier so that the stroll later could be so picturesque when the sunsets and the lights were on. We weren't exactly early so we kinda missed the "golden hour". Nevertheless, it was still pretty.
Oh, a creepy crawly episode— I mean the bridge is all old / rustic / cool but er- it's filled with tones of spiders of all sizes. So take note before you decide to put an arm over at the railing or even learn against it!