With cocktail bars, thermal baths, trend-setting boutiques and much more, Budapest has the perfect recipe for a girls’ weekend away. Whether planning a birthday celebration, a reunion or a bachelorette getaway, the Czech capital is the ideal destination for modern-day women. From shopping on Király utca and brunch at Villa Bagatelle to cocktail bars, thermal baths and an Etyek Wine Tour, here are best things to do while on a girls’ weekend in Budapest
A leisurely brunch is a delicious way to start a girls’ day out in Budapest, and there are a number of excellent brunch spots across the city. For something a little special, visit Villa Bagatelle, a quaint bistro and terrace at the foot of the Buda Hills that serves breakfast all day long. Celebrate with the Champagne breakfast spread, which comes with a glass of Hungarian sparkling wine and freshly-baked goods from the on-site bakery.
The design haven of Király Utca should be top of the shopping list for style-savvy women. There’s plenty of shopping potential to discover on the stylish mile-long street, from eccentric interior décor and furniture at GoaHome to artworks and eco-friendly clothing at concept store Printa. Don’t miss Gozsdu Court, a shopping and lifestyle complex that is particularly famous for its weekly bazaar each Sunday, where visitors can fill their cases with traditional Hungarian trinkets and antique curios.
A weekend in Budapest isn’t complete without visiting one of the city’s famous thermal bath houses. Széchenyi Bath is the largest in the city, with three sprawling outdoor pools and twice as many inside. For a more private and intimate experience, visitors can also take a dip in the waters of Rudas Bath; the 16th century complex features six thermal baths, a number of indoor pools, and a rooftop pool with stunning views over the river Danube.
Continue your pampering experience at Royal Spa at Corinthia Hotel Budapest. The 1,000-square metre luxury spa offers an extensive menu of treatments including signature ESPA, ayurvedic and Thai massages, body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures. There’s also state-of-the-art wet facilities including a 15-metre pool, Jacuzzis, saunas and a steam room to prepare your body before your chosen treatment.
When in need of a pick-me-up, take a break at one of Budapest’s opulent grand cafés. With glistening chandeliers, marble counters and gold gilded walls, Café Gerbeaud is one of the grandest classic cafés in the city. Stop by for a coffee or a glass of Hungarian wine and a sweet pastry or cake, such as a traditional Dobos Torte, from the confectionary.
While Budapest is known for its ruin bars, there are a number of cocktail bars providing a more elegant experience for visitors. KIOSK is one of the most popular metropolitan bars in the city. The trendy venue, located close to the river, serves a large supply of premium spirits and creatively presented cocktails, from the classic Aperol Spritz to the modern Frizzante di Bosco and Pisco Sour.
Sometimes nothing beats a good bottle of wine with the girls. If you agree, dedicate a morning or afternoon to a tour of the Etyek wine country. Located just outside of the city centre, the area is covered in acres of vineyards and wineries where visitors can learn about the art of Hungarian wine making and sample myriad varieties.