Only a block away from the Opera (the opposite direction from the Callas) the Művész Kávéház smolders in the atmosphere of an authentic eastern European coffee house- which it has been from 1899. The ambiance is complete with its tall-smoky ceilings, dim golden light and crystal chandeliers. Upon entry you will find, in the first room, a small bar with a nice selection of aperitifs. Passing to the second room , you encounter a desert display with a diverse selection of delicious treats.
Renovated in 2006, the beautiful art deco Callas Café offers slow service, good coffee and absolutely amazing location- right next to the Opera House. It is a bit touristic worth visiting when you are in the area for a quiet moment. With the diva’s name what other location could’ve have.
The New Theater – Új Színház – is located across the street from the opera house. Walk to the end of the narrow Dalszinhaz Utca and you will see this very striking Art Deco edifiace.
Designed in 1909 bu Hungarian architect Béla Lajta the Új Színház was originally the night club Parisiana. In 1910 the name was changed to the Crystal Pallace and in 1912 it was changed again to the simpler Dance Pallace. The name game continued in 1919 when the moniker became the Variety Theatre and then quickly afterwards in 1925 The National Theatre and later both the Studio Theatre and AndrássyTheatre.
In the 1950’s the façade was restored and it was once again renamend to the Jókai Theatre. In the 60’s the facade frieze was demolished and the buidling become the Thalia. Finally to be restored and resurrected in the 80’s as the Új Színház.
Currently the building is still quite striking and worth a look when you are in the neighborhood.
The Széchenyi Baths are the heart and soul of Budapest. Here one hears children giggling, lovers canoodling and old-men chatting. Truly a local hangout where you can be a part of the city, as opposed to a visitor to the city.
The Széchenyi Baths are in an exceedingly large neo-Baroque building, located on the edge of Varosliget (City Park). The same park of the Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square) and next to the Szepmuveszeti Museum (Museum) of Fine Arts and the Mucsarnok. In winter there is also an Ice Rink!
There are 3 outdoor pools! The one in the center is large & relatively cool in temperature and is used mostly for exercise (may people swimming laps). The two smaller side pools are much warmer. The far pool is quite fun and seems to be geared more towards youth, having a fast-jet spiral that draws raucus laughter out of those spinning through! The nearer pool is geared more towards sedate conversation, chess and a slightly more introspective crowd- with large gatherings of people in conversation or huddled around gaming tables. Of course there is plenty of cross-pollinating between all!
Inside, one can find Turkish-style thermal baths that contain heavy mineral spring water. There is also the normal assortment of treatments and therapies available. In summer, there is a rooftop deck open for sunbathing.
Bring swimsuit and flipflops with you. And if you go in winter – be prepared for steaming water, frigid air and to stay in the warm water for hours! (bring a robe)
Széchenyi is certainly one of the places not to miss when you travel to Budapest. Highest of our recommendations.
This outstanding edifice was ommissioned by the New York Insurance Company 1n 1894, the New York Palace was built according to the plans of Alajos Hauszmann, Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl. It was recently renovated in 2006 and is part of the Boscolo New York Palace Hotel.
The first thing you notice when entering is a large self standing sign, next to the hostess podium, stating “NO PHOTOGRAPHS.’ Why! Everything afterword, other then the decor, consists of a plane, overpriced menu, a stylized pop and jazz soundtrack, and poor service.