Bussing it around Budapest

Day two in Budapest saw us heading out for a full day of sightseeing.

Boo had been told about the Fabulously beautiful Cafe New York and to be fair some of what she had heard wasn’t particularly positive. “ABSOLUTELY STUNNING and worth going just to see the decor, however the staff can be quite rude and it’s a little pricier than most places in Budapest” was what she had heard.

However it was our first day in the City and we needed some breakfast, so we decided to check it out.

The decor was indeed the most beautiful I have ever seen (outside of some wonderful religious buildings) and we checked out the prices and they didn’t seem too bad. We decided to go ahead and give it a try.

The menu with their attached photo’s looked amazing! Boo opted for the American pancakes with Maple Syrup and I went for the French Toast. The waiters were indeed quite haughty, but judgement was still out.
My French Toast arrived. It was unlike any I had tried before; you know, the thin slices dusted with maybe icing sugar or cinnamon? Mine were huge spongy looking squares of eggy bread. Served with a salad. For breakfast. Dry spongy squares. Boo had three small pancakes and a little pot of thick cream. No syrup.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Eggy Bread?!?

We tried to catch the eye of one of the many wait staff, and were ignored by them all. Eventually after eating some of her pancakes we grabbed a waiter and asked if it was possible to get the maple syrup.

It felt like we had asked him to pop on a plane to Canada, tap the tree himself and capture the maple syrup and bring it back to us. He really was so very unhelpful.

However, quite rightly, the building was worth a visit. The inside was spectacular and we took quite a few photographs of the decor. Worth a visit just for that.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

PS Babes

We left the cafe and waited outside as it happened to be a pick up stop for the Big Bus Company. This hop on/off tour is a perfect introduction to a new City. They had two looping tours which go all day, every day and if you purchase a 24 hour ticket, you get a second day free, a night tour and an evening river cruise! All for around 23 euro.

We hopped on the bus took our free earphones, map and rain poncho and sat down on the upper deck to listen to the audio narration and see the sights.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Bus Selfie

The bus has many pick up and stops, and we decided to do a full rotation of the tour before getting off to visit places. Listening to the narration, it really gave you an insight to the architecture, the history and the triumphs and tribulations of the Country.

The first place we got off at was the Citadella which is high above the City on Gellert Hill. Used as a military fortification and in action during the Second World War, it is now a peaceful place, with the beautiful Liberty Statue honouring those who have died.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

High Above Budapest

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

The Citadella

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Szabadság szobor – The Liberty Statue

We got back on the bus and it headed back into the City. Our next stop was Buda Castle. This was originally the home of the Hungarian Royal family, and you could tell. To access the Castle complex, we had to join the queue for the funicular built into the side of the hill.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Budavári Palota – Buda Castle complex

The five minute journey was lovely and when we got to the top, the views from the castle were stunning. The architecture, as with all of Budapest was simply lovely. We wandered around snapping photo after photo.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Funicular to Budavári Palota (Buda Castle)

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Beautiful Budavári Palota (Buda Castle)

The palace has a Museum in the building, which was hosting an exhibition of Modigliani’s works. As time was a little limited, we opted not to go and see it, and instead set off again through the ancient looking alleyways in the direction of the Fishermans Bastion and St Matthias’ Church, which is part of the Castle Complex.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Mátyás-kút – Fountain of King Matthias

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Budapesti Történeti Múzeum – Vármúzeum (Museum at Buda Castle)

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Locally made tourist gifts

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Szentháromság-szobor – The Holy Trinity Statue

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Halászbástya – The Fishermans Bastion

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Mátyás Templom – Matthias Church

The buildings and little shops within the complex were delightful. We browsed and wandered to our hearts content, but eventually we had to head back towards the Funicular.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

On the Buda Funicular

As we hadn’t yet had lunch we decided to try one of the local fast food offerings – Langos. This is basically a deep fried flatbread, offered with a variety of sweet or savoury toppings such as cheese, sour cream or even nutella.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Langos! Absolutely Delicious

Both Boo and I went for the cheese option and it was amazing. Like a big puffy donut with cheese on top. Very cheap yet very tasty and extremely filling. All for around 1000HF (£2.90)

Hopping back onto the bus again and took it in the direction of our hotel. As it was quite a lovely sunny afternoon we decided to try out the rooftop pool and garden area.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Ewa Michalak at her best – The St Tropez Bra

Changing into our costumes, we hit the indoor and outdoor pools and the jacuzzi. It was bliss to be in the pool, out in the open air.

The highlight of the swim was Boo doing ballet leaps all over the place which made me laugh so hard my cheeks hurt and I had to beg for mercy! I so wish I had got a picture of it.

We eventually had to dry off and head in to get ready for our night activity, which was a Danube River Cruise. This was part of the package when we bought our bus tour ticket.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Budavári Palota – Buda Castle at night

Stupidly I realised I had left my ticket back at the hotel and had to buy another one in order to get on the boat! What an idiot.

On the boat we met with a lovely couple, Matt and Anna who had got married two days before! We sat toasting their nuptials with Hungarian Soproni beer, which I have to say is really rather good!

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

The Happy Newlyweds

Although Matt was English, Anna was Hungarian and knew a lot about the City. She was able to give us some hints and tips of what to try and where to go. We learnt so much from her,  and she was also able to spread some light on why we were getting negative attitudes and behaviours. (More to come on this in a separate post)

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Országház -The Hungarian Parliament

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Buda Castle (Budavári Palota) and the Szechenyi Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Parliament (Országház) and beyond

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Szechenyi Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) and The Citadella

The night cruise was stunning. The whole of the Riverside was lit up and we got some fantastic photos of the main sights.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Pin Up Girl Ava Dress at the Ice Bar

All too soon it was the end of the cruise and we said goodbye to our new friends, and walked back to our hotel. A couple of nightcaps in the gorgeous bar and it was time for bed.

budapest, cafe-new-york, road-trip, city-break, hungary, ps-bloggers, ewa-michalak, buda-castle, fishermans-bastion, citadel, st-matthias, funicular, langos, danube-river-cruise, parliament, gellert-hill, luton, plus-size-bloggers, plus-size, bloggers, blog, travel-blog, danube-river, gelarto-rosa, ruin-bars, thermal-spas

Such a pretty place to relax in

Another busy day was waiting for us ahead!

Leave a comment

  • LaaLaa

    Wow what a full day in Budapest, it looks beautiful though and so do you & Boo!! xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      Aww thank you so much LaaLaa xx

  • Vicky Hallnewman

    We went to budapest in the summer and it is the most beautiful city. We did a hop on hop off bus too. Looks like you had a fab time

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t it so so pretty, especially at night! xx

  • It looks like you are having a fantastic time! I’d love to visit Budapest one day. LOVE that mermaid dress you’re wearing too 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you! It is silly and just up my street. Budapest is definitely worth a visit! xx

  • I am loving that dress how fab is it and what a stunning place Budapest is, I would love to visit myself one day.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really is so beautiful! I would go back again xx

  • everinmay

    I’ve never been but my Mum and Dad absolutely loved it there, can’t believe how rude the staff were, and how odd that breakfast was! xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was so odd! I would happily go back to Budapest too xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I haven’t been to Budapest in over 10 years and you are really making me want to go back.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I highly recommend revisiting it! It is stunning xx

  • Sam

    Firstly I adore your mermaid dress!!
    Also Budapest is on my hit list for next year so will defo be bookmarking this page!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Definitely recommend it! It is one of my favourite Cities to go to now x

  • I’m desperate to go to Budapest! Even more so now I know there’s a funicular railway – absolutely love them!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was such good fun, and a beautiful place to visit xx

  • Kathryn

    What a beautiful place! You look fabulous as always! Xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Aww thank you so much! xx

  • Oh wow. That place looks so amazing. and you look great.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Beth xx

  • Lovely post.I went to Budapest for 24 hours many Novembers ago and loved it. I’d have loved to spent more time there and your pictures are lovely.

    The cafeel looks amazing but such a shame about the service. I loved your line about him flying to Canada to tap the tree himself. that really made me chuckle.

    Was Boo on dry land ballet leaping or in the pool. I feel like I’ve seen her do that on dry land before now! The bliss of a roof top pool..I could have an hour in a jacuzzi right about now!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really felt like he had gone to Canada! And Boo was in the pool… but I think you are right, she has! x

  • We didn’t manage to do the night time cruise (although I wish we had) we had to the do the daytime one. Sounds like you had a good trip. We stayed on the bus for the whole loop first as well x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t it a wonderful place? xx

  • Nikee Rayner

    oooh something tells me the next post won’t be so positive:( The castle looks absolutely incredible though!

    • Tanya Brannan

      The next one is not too bad…. the last one is the kicker! xx

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Budapest, I think it’s definitely a plan for next year! It looks like you had a great time and it looks so beautiful xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really is! I highly recommend a visit! xx

  • Christine Dodd

    Budapest is most definitely on my bucket list – I love these romantic European cities with their faded grandeur.

    • Tanya Brannan

      There are so many places like it that I want to visit! It was a beautiful place xx

  • Helen Clark

    Budapest looks a beautiful place to visit, I must have been amazing to see it at night from the river! Fabulously Beautiful cafe looks stunning it’s such a shame the food and staff let it down.

    • Tanya Brannan

      The night views were just stunning! I loved the buildings and architecture so much x

  • The buildings in Budapest look so gorgeous – love the architecture!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Me too! I took over 1000 photographs. xx

  • Firstly, your dress is bloody gorgeous!! I’m in love. 😍 Budapest is somewhere I’ve wanted to go for so long! Me and my boyfriend are hoping to take a weekend break there next year, so I’ll definitely be putting some of these on my to-do list. It looks amazing!
    Ashton x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Its by Silly Old Sea Dog! Isn’t it fantastic?? You must try the ice cream AND the thermal spa’s! x

  • Laura

    You look so beautiful, I adore your outfit! I haven’t visited Budapest yet but I would absolutely love to go xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awww thank you Laura! I highly recommend a visit, it is beautiful xx

  • I loved my trip to Budapest last year – your posts are making me wanting to head back ASAP! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Me too! I would go again, for sure! x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    You are making me want to go so bad *looks at flights* xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      It truly is stunning!! Go for it 🙂 xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I love that dress it looks great on you. It’s such a shame the staff we so rude there I’d have walked out, I don’t think I could tolerate that kind of behaviour.

  • fashion-mommy

    Budapest looks so stunning, and you girls look so pretty in your retro dresses.

  • Francesca Nelson

    OMG that amazing interior and artistry in the first few photos is astounding!!!

  • Lyndsey

    This looks like such a fab trip, beautiful photos too! L x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Wow this looks like such a fun trip! I’ve never been to Budapest!