Any recommendations? I'd like to check out the ruin pubs, especially if there are some where one doesn't stick out like a sore thumb if one is, uh, a little matronly...
Some of us like a little matronly once in a while. Don't worry about that aspect of your trip. There are matronlys all over the place.
Thanks. I'm going to be there with my 24 year old son, so I want to find some places where both of us can be comfortable.
Carol, the Ruin Pubs are famous and worth the visit at any age. http://ruinpubs.com/ One of the in things now in Budapest are Wine Bars. Ages range from late teens to old farts like me. One of my favorites is Kadarka at the corner of Vasvari Pal utca and Kiraly utca ear the Opera (and my apartment)
Carol give Szimpla Kert on Kazinczy St. a try. Its not far from the Dohany Street Synagogue. My husband and I are in our late 60s and didn't feel out of place. Looking forward to returning for a glass of wine (probably 2!) before dinner, in just 6 weeks! Yea! Loved, loved, loved Budapest.....have a great time!
Szimpla Kert is the most famous of all of the Ruin Bars and its deep in the heart of District VII, the Jewish District and what was the Jewish Deportation Ghetto during WWII. The area drips with history and gritty character. Just keep telling yourself that Budapest is among the safest major cities in the world. For directions here and every place you might print out some pages off Google Maps before you leave. Great internet site. You can actually put in "Szimpla Kert" and it will find it for you. Sorry, I am still amazed by such things.
Thanks, y'all. We will be there in six weeks for the Autism Europe Congress, which will occupy our first three days. We'll follow the crowd during this event, but after that we have four more days of footloose and fancy freedom. :-D
I spent a day and a half in Budapest a few years ago, and of all the cities on the tour, it's the one that was most intriguing, to me anyway. I sure hated leaving last time, but if you don't leave you can't come back.
We were in one or two of the ruin pubs in 2011. There were plenty of old farts there. My wife and I are both matronly - especially back then, she was more matronly than she wanted to be. They were happy to see our money, and there was no anti-matron squad out to get the fashion forward mafia ensconced.