How to do Budapest like a dog mom!

Hello Dear fellow Puppy Baby Mamas,

I am absolutely honored to have the chance to write about the place I live and love, to all of you, from a dog mom point of view. I hope that when you consider your next vacation you’ll visit us and we’ll get the chance to meet here in Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest is considered the heart of Europe, as the Hungarian capital is right between East and West, North and South – geographically, historically and also culture-wise. The fact, that all collides here results in a very special atmosphere that enchants Hungarians and tourists alike. Budapest is a relatively small capital, with only 1.5 million people living here, but the amount of cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres and historic sites is surprising, showing how much the locals love to live life to its fullest.

When you visit Budapest with your pup you will find, that many people will come to you and pet your dog, maybe ask a couple of questions – English can be a bit difficult, but the universal language of love for dogs will surely help. Although there are some rules to stick to, most restaurants and cafes allow dogs. You can go shopping with your pup, or use the public transportation together. The only places you will need to leave your pup outside are pharmacies, theatres and groceries. Otherwise you can find dog friendly alternatives and really amazing eateries, stores and entertainment. This article is to show you our favorite places and sights that you can enjoy together with your fur babies.

1.    Római part – the boho shore of the River Danube

Római part is so quintessential Budapest that it would be a crime to miss. If you visit the city from May to September, just head to the 3rd district by the suburban metro or boat and enjoy the natural beauty and freedom at Római. Fellini is the place to go if you want to enjoy lavender rosé fröccs (that is rosé wine with sparkling water and lavender) or a delicious hummus plate. Should you be more adventurous, you can also try the locals’ favorite turn on the fish and chips theme: hekk, deep fried fish with bread and gherkins. All of the area is dog friendly, you can meet other dog people and even watch a movie a fresco with your pup.

2.    Szimpla Kert – authentic ruin pub experience

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Szimpla Kert, in the 7thdistrict is one of many ruin pubs you can find in the city centre, but Szimpla Kert is the thing if you want to enjoy this experience to the fullest. Ruin pubs started in the late 90s when bars and pubs in downtown were something that young people and students could not afford, so they turned the yards of half-demolished buildings into bars, and furbished them with used chairs, thrift shop items, whatever they could get really cheap. Then ruin pubs became very popular, but the looks were kept, so do not wonder it you find a Trabant car in some of them, just enjoy the atmosphere.

3.    Gellért Hill and Vegan Love – breathtaking panorama and burgers

It is worth waking up early to take a walk or go jogging on Gellért Hill. The amazing park offers treks for walks or even some hiking trails start here that lead you to the Buda Hills. The view from the top of the hill is hard to describe: you can see the panorama of the Pest side, the River Danube, the Parliament and the Basilica. It really is a must see sight and probably the best spot to take amazing photos of your puppy and yourself. After the physical activity regain your strength and try one (or more) of the most delicious vegan burgers in town at Vegan Love, by the foot of Gellért Hill, next to the hotel. It is a small and really cool place, so you might have to wait for a table, but you can also have your burger to go and enjoy it on a bench in the park.

4.    Robert Capa Museum of Photography, Mai Manó Museum and Várfok Gallery – enjoy art with your pup

Yes, yes, yes! These places offer amazing temporary and permanent exhibitions and can be visited by dogs and humans alike. Robert Capa was a Hungarian-born photographer and reporter who had worked in WWII and was there at D-Day, as well as in other conflict zones. Besides his work you can enjoy contemporary photography exhibitions in the RC Centre, in the 6thdistrict, next to Andrássy Avenue. Two minutes walk will take you to Mai Manó House, a café and photography exhibition, where the history of Hungarian photography can be relived in Mai Manó’s old studio. Várfok Gallery is close to the Buda Castle and is a contemporary Hungarian art gallery, where dogs are also welcome.

5.    Andrássy Avenue and the Városliget (City Park) – breathe in the centennial spirit and the best dog park in town

Andrássy Avenue, now home of the most luxurious designer labels in Budapest, was designed and built in the late 1800s, as part of a project to celebrate the thousand year anniversary of the founding of Hungary. In the development project most of the Pest side was involved. The Zoo, the theme park, the city park, museums and villas were built, as well as the first metro in the European Continent that runs underneath Andrássy Avenue. Some of the stations of the Millennial underground still have the original ceramic tile works, and this is the line to take if you want to see Heroes Square or get to the City Park, where you can find a really modern dog park and agility track.

I hope that you enjoyed this article and hope to see you in our beloved city soon!

Kind regards from Budapest,

Tatyi and Adél (@tatyiandme)