Image copyright Zen Restaurants Image caption Zen Bratislava in Budapest, Hungary
Hungary is one of the most overrated travel destinations.
As one former resident says, every big metropolis is overrated, and it’s not just for food.
The other day I thought I’d give it a try to see if Budapest was the overrated food capital of the world.
The answer is yes, it is.
I visited the city because my friend invited me – to his surprise.
“Are you sure you don’t want to be in other countries or something?” I asked.
Even in Budapest, crowded cultural experiences are a scarce commodity.
The city is always full of tourists. We booked to see a show at Szimpla Kert, one of the city’s most famous concert halls.
Image copyright Szimpla Kert Image caption Prior to Szimpla Kert, high-concept venue does not exist in Hungary
Szimpla Kert, on Tezos Avenue, is a very expensive museum.
A light blue building does not exactly look like it should house a concert hall, but Szimpla Kert does.
The glass reception is chandeliered. The words of Georg Lukács, the orchestra’s first conductor, to a very young boy hang above the stairs. The fire extinguisher in the box office resembles a comb.
I didn’t expect an orgy of musical ways and gimmicks. But I was not disappointed.
Image copyright Szimpla Kert Image caption Sounds you in time for concert with actual bees
In fact, we didn’t leave until about 4am, and then the show started and I started imagining exactly what a Hungarian orchestra must be like.
If the concert was amazing, the next day was even better.
I recommend eating at Fátikro Cokca, where you can enjoy a live menu in a spa.
I say a live menu in a spa. Although the dishes are prepared by chefs in an open air restaurant, your tummy will not get cold.
The Náhu, in Budapest’s Central District, is another opportunity to sample good, familiar food. But the most exciting place to eat was the trendy The Sage.
Imagine a good steak in a fancy hotel, at a location with a funky, minimalist feel.
Image copyright The Sage Image caption Glamorous dining at the Sage
You won’t be hungry for nothing else but a nice steak on a perfect winter’s day.
I just want to tell you that living in Budapest is one of the most beautiful things about it.
Whether you like restaurants, the electricity or the sun – it makes it easy to be impressed.
Image copyright The Sage Image caption High-end eatery The Sage is the star dining option in Budapest
Hungary has been described as the Next Switzerland. One way to keep the identity of Hungary separate from Switzerland is to get involved in local politics.
And you don’t even have to be involved to have a say. You can just comment.
Just sign up on your Facebook or Instagram and you could get noticed.
Image copyright Kent Society Image caption Smart citizenship offers a way to participate in local politics
The countries approach to Brexit is a perfect example of this. I have not been out of the country but people I’ve spoken to with a Hungarian passport are getting involved in political parties of many different parties to express themselves.
Hungary is a beautiful country with a lot to offer.
The confusion with non-Europeans might not be around forever. I’ll leave you with that.