While exploring the Jewish District with a local girl/guide from Hungary, she decided to take me to one of Budapest’s famous pubs. Along the way, I saw a lot of interesting + cool graffiti and Jewish synagogues.
+ Not just a “pub” but a ruin pub with the name Szimpla Kert (Simple Garden). Szimpla Kert is the pioneer of ruin pubs and is really a cult place giving new trends.
Undoubtedly the best known ruin pub among the locals and the tourists, as well. It was a ruined apartment/flat building that was destined to be demolished but since it took some time, some people decided to make it a hole in the wall dive bar but…so much more! There’s no rules on how to make a ruin pub except the more funky, eclectic, and different or retro as possible.
The entrance way on the left but you see this when you walk in
I used the flash in this room since it was so funky that I wanted to see it with the lights on.
Drinks in Hungary are actually very affordable – especially since they are not part of the EU and still use the Hungarian florin as currency.
What the room looked like without the lights. Really cool dark & futuristic but chill vibe.
The upstairs – you can see where the old flats/apartments use to be with an inner courtyard looking down to the ground floor. Now it’s filled with plants
A blurry picture of me…ugh.
I went to the pub right around it was starting to open so there wasn’t anybody yet. I ended up leaving to explore the surrounding areas and came back to the place and it was packed! Lots of locals and tourists alike so it didn’t feel like a tourist trap at all.
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