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Where to Eat, Sleep and Explore in Budapest and Tokaj

Make the most of your stay with a night in Hungary's oldest hotel and a trip to the country's best wine shop for everything from aszú to zweigelt.


Pest-Buda Hotel

Pest-Buda Hotel

After a major renovation to mark its 320th birthday in 2016, the hotel’s modern decor belies the fact that it is Hungary’s oldest.

What we loved This intimate, 10-room property is situated in the romantic Buda Castle district, just down the street from the magnificent Matthias Church.

3 Fortuna, Budapest, 36-1-800-9213,


Tokaj-Hétszölö Wine Estate

The Confrérie de Tokaj meets in this 600-year-old subterranean Knight’s Hall known as the Rákóczi Cellar. It’s also open to the public, so you can sip and swirl in the same room where János Szapolyai was elected king of Hungary in 1526.

15 Kossuth, Tokaj,

Eat & Drink

Baltazár Wine Bar

Baltazár Wine Bar

Take a seat in a red checkered wicker chair on the cobblestoned terrace with your glass of golden-tinged Juhfark – “wine of the throne heirs” – and watch the fancy uniformed docents from the nearby Museum of Military History who drop in for an after-work drink.

31 Országház, Budapest, 36-1-300-7050,

Sárga Borház, Tokaj

Sárga Borház, Tokaj

Situated in a beautiful 19th-century country house, Sárga Borház is also one of Tokaj’s most accomplished restaurants. Try the rooster stew with lentils, oyster mushrooms and steamed dumplings.

Kilometre 35, Road 37, Tokaj, 36-47-369-029,



Photo: Matthieu Joannon


From aszú to zweigelt, Hungary’s top wine shop has a dozen locations in the capital and the best selection of Hungarian producers.



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