Two of our closest friends were planning a long weekend in Budapest for the end of January, so we did what good friends do… and invited ourselves along!
We used Airbnb to find the perfect two bedroom lodge, sat right beside the Danube river, an ideal location for all the sight-seeing that was upon us.
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The lodge was beautiful and a fantastic bargain too. Complete with air fireplace, exposed brick walls and wooden cladded ceilings. The perfect warm retreat from the -6 temperatures we were about to experience in the day whilst exploring beautiful Budapest city.
Once we had settled into the warm and cosy apartment we adorned ourselves with our thermals and headed straight out to start exploring.
As the lodge is situated on Buda side of the river we decided to check out the local area and headed up the hill towards Fisherman’s Bastion.
Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace situated on Castle Hill around Matthias Church, designed and built between 1895 and 1902 its purpose was to serve as a lookout tower for the best panoramic views in Budapest.
We arrived just as the sun was beginning to set so we caught the very best of the views…
Once at the top we explored the surrounding area and Matthias Church.
As we’d had a busy day of travelling and were still trying to adjust to the sub-zero temperatures we decided to nip to a local supermarket, grab a bottle or two of wine and head back to the comfort of our apartment.
We popped on the fire and popped open the wine.
Before we had even booked our flights and accommodation for Budapest we knew where we wanted to dine… Mazel Tov.
Bringing the outside in, Mazel Tov is a slick and trendy restaurant with a twist. Set in the Jewish Quarter they describe themselves as being found somewhere around the crossing point of urban gardens, creative openness, and popular Mediterranean cuisine.
We couldn’t agree more.
The decor is incredible; vintage tiles and exposed brick walls all encased in a greenhouse filled with planted trees and fragrant herbs.
The middle Eastern menu is wonderful, you can find anything from marinated kebabs and grilled meats alongside inventive variations of hummus and tahini based sauces and dips.
We started off with Israeli olives and a sharer bowl of hummus with falafel and mushrooms with plenty of pitta to scoop up and soak in all the delicious flavours.
To follow we all opted for different variations of the grilled meats and pitta with mixed Israeli salad and pomegranate seeds. We all enjoyed the food so much you didn’t hear a peep out of us until the very last mouthful was demolished.
We washed our dinner down with bright and colourful drinks from their excellent cocktail menu and listened to the live DJ play a selection of contemporary Israeli and Jewish funk.
This restaurant and bar is a must if you are ever in the area.
We left with our bellies filled but we hadn’t quite managed to quench our thirst just yet.
Luckily, Mazel Tov is situated right next door to one of Budapest’s best ruin bars – Fogas.
So we popped in for a night cap… it would have been rude not to!