When we’re asked to suggest a boutique hotel in Budapest, Hotel RUM pops immediately to our minds. This is the hotel that appeals the most to modern urban explorers, like us, like you. The hotel is perfect for those who are looking for a cozy, fun and vibrant hotel in the heart of the city. Each 40 rooms are different; furbished with Budapest-based designers’ and artist’s pieces, they made sure to have an authentic Budapest experience. The hotel brilliantly juxtaposes local furniture pieces with contemporary artworks and designer goods. Our favourite room called “Peacocks” is equipped with a fun peacocks-patterned carpet, highly coveted Position vases, a freshly painted art piece from Zsofi Barabas and a vintage dresser of our dreams. Wondering what’s the cherry on top? Hotel RUM’s Skybar, TOPRUM offers a scenic view over the city while serving you the best of the flavours in terms of cocktail- and dinner choices. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
VYF: Our number 1. Scarf Brand
Are you fond of silk scarves just like we are? The spectacular pieces of the Hungarian brand, VYF always belong to a limited collection of one-off pieces, made with the greatest care and biggest heart. The creative team of three keeps juxtaposing elements and themes of the traditional and modern, and melt them into dreamy silky surface. Although the prints are digital, the original samples are pretty much hand-made and going through several steps before production from drawing, to paper cuts to direct photographs. Many times ending up in a humorous and striking balance of authentic traditional styles and the modern digital world, by blurring the find line between the two. Placing and old concept into a new environment with some nostalgic memories hidden on the fabric has always been the brand’s specialty. Read on to find our Tamas Szecsi’s thoughts on VYF’s future and their story behind.
Zhao Zhou: Modern Tea Shop, Ancient Tea Leaves
In the 21st century boundaries have been blurred; between countries, cultures, coffee-drinkers and tea-drinkers. It goes much beyond simple rules or generalization. We’re becoming more and more curious, aware and are in constant search of experiences and wow-effects. It might doesn’t sound obvious, but tea can give you one of the deepest experiences. Especially if you are consuming the right one in the right place; like a cup of puer tea at Zhao Zhou Tea Shop & Lab, in Budapest.
Hotel Moments Budapest Giveaway
To celebrate summer and the festival season, we have a big surprise for you! We have teamed up the Hotel Moments Budapest to give away a two-nights-stay for two during the period of Sziget Festival. By entering our GIVEAWAY one of you'll have the chance to win two overnights with breakfast at the wonderful Hotel Moments Budapest. Equipped with a huge window, lush designer furniture and hip bathroom you will be experiencing one of your best hotel adventures ever. The hotel is not least located on Andrássy Avenue, in the heart of Budapest just an armsight away from the city's hotspots. Fixed dates for the rooms: 8-10th of August, 2018 ---------- To participate and be the happy winner do as follows: 1. Follow Local's Lore and Hotel Moments Budapest on Instagram and Facebook. 2. Tell us with whom you would like to stay at the hotel in the comment section on Instagram. 3. The winner will be asked to share a story of her/his journey in Budapest as using our Budapest guide and tag @localslore and @hotelmomentsbudapest on Instagram. 4. Tell a friend to enter too and double your chances! The giveaway starts on the 14th of June 2pm CET and ends on the 28th of June 2pm CET. The winners will be announced on the 28th of June 4pm CET here on the site, in the "Guide to Budapest during Sziget Festival" lore. We wish you the best of luck and the best summer to come!
Guide to Budapest during Sziget Festival
If Budapest isn't on your travel bucket list yet, we'll help you pin it to the top. First of all, it's soon Sziget Festival, and secondly, it's an awesome city. Craving proof? Let our lovely ambassador, Adrienn showing you around in the city she calls home, despite of being a globetrotter. Since a few years now, Budapest is having its heyday, thanks to its flourishing gastronomy scene, ruin pubs, thermal baths and creative industry; just think of Mák, Zona or Szimply and famed brands like Nanushka. Adrienn is a digital nomad commuting between New York and Budapest, yet she loves seizing every moment of her time spent in the Hungarian capital. She knows well where to get the best coffee or grab a take-away snack and also where to go when you wish to refresh your home or wardrobe. Being a hospitality- and design expert allows her to recommend you places that are real visual treasures too, such as Hotel Moments Budapest, or your breakfast plate at Szimply. On the occasion of Sziget Festival, we've collected you some must see and try hotspots for your stay. Walk along, guys!
From bar to fine dining: Innio
It seems that the world has always been well aware of Hungarian kitchen; just think of Goulash, deep-fried flat bread or stuffed cabbage, yet the need for a more refined approach to gastronomy has been missing for a long time. Located in Budapest downtown, one-minute walk from Basilica, Innio has joined the fine dining gastronomy scene in Budapest by shifting focus from bar to restaurant yet lifting its menu to a whole new level. Today's gastronomy scene loves blurring lines; at the cross point of lush flavours and art a match-made-in-heaven happened, or rather put it this way; is happening. We can call it attainable fine dining. A kind that we can experience in Scandinavia; honesty, purity and primary focus on ingredients could best describe it. The chefs Csaba Sajben and Szilard Toth are creating each dish as it was a piece of art; keeping the Hungarian roots yet enchanting them with a Scandinavian edge. How could one best describe INNIO? Well, it is most of all creative, has a refined signature cuisine with non-everyday combinations and thoughts. They prefer doing it the Nordic way by focusing on the essence of culinary experience. Its luxurious feel lies much more in the experience itself; each moment you're seizing while enjoying its savour than the price. Innio is providing you a laid-back bistro atmosphere and makes sure that you'll feel comfortable while enjoying the best service and mastering the art of (fine) dining.
Relaxed Fine Dining: Interview with Mák
Visiting MÁK (means poppy seed in Hungarian) has been on our list for a long time. Actually we still cannot decide whether tasting their exceptional menu was more enjoyable or watching their, and especially the chef's János Mizsei's precision in the kitchen (yes, we made it behind the scenes). MÁK’s concept is to offer state-of-the-art gastronomy to foodies from all walks of life, in a relaxed unpretentious atmosphere. It counts as a real pioneer in Hungary's fine dinding scene. The chef of MÁK, János Mizsei, at a remarkable chef who has won several awards and has been praised by international publications such as The New York Times, the Michelin Guide, Time Out and Lonely Planet. He loves playing with different textures, acids and unusual combinations of ingredients. While respecting the culinary traditions of Hungary and local ingredients, MÁK’s style of creation and presentation as well as simplicity can be originated from the best practices of Scandinavian cuisine. We've got to talk with János shortly about his current favourite ingredients, his impressions of Daniel Berlin Krog and fine dining in general. Don't miss MÁK when you are in Budapest!
Starring art: Tobe Gallery
For those that are traveling, commuting or even often relocating their bases one of the best way to connect with (local) people is going to gallery openings. The joy of discovering hidden art galleries in a city is actually one of our favourite parts when it comes to traveling. TOBE Gallery in Budapest is one those places. The gallery started in October 2013 with the aim to provide the opportunity to present Ibero-American and Hungarian artists. The purpose with this new venue in the fine art photography and collage art field, in the city of Budapest, is to look for a newer dialogue, a different point of view, with a different way to express and communicate photography as art. Bea and Tomas (the couple behind TOBE) want to put contemporary photography in an upper level, to give to photography a value. A value, which means that photography can be collectible and it can be a design element with which people can live in their own space. Read their inspirational thoughts on Hungary's art scene, their favourite place for inspiration; Miami, and find out more about their recent trip to Milan Photo Fair.
Tea Afternoon with TEALEAVES
Do you have those secret cravings that you keep to yourself for a while and get really excited when it's suddenly about to come true? A tea afternoon in the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest was on our bucket list for some time. The timing was just right; the hotel was graced with lavish Christmas decoration and the temperature was just as cold that you could not wish for anything but a sip of a good tea. Herend Afternoon Tea, served every day from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, is an ideal occasion for reaching inner calmness to the tone of live piano music. An elegant Herend porcelain table setting with bountiful bites and a cup of tea from Tealeaves set the ultimate mood for afternoon relaxation at the Gresham Palace. Thanks to a careful selection, we have enjoyed the fullest flavors in an astonishing setting. Ready for a cup of tea by Tealeaves?
The World of Coffee Festival Budapest
Amongst other locations like restaurants, concept stores, take-away spots and museums, showcasing the speciality coffee scene as main focus on Local’s Lore, we have the feeling that it’s time to confess: we are officially coffee addicts and we could not wait to visit the World of Coffee Festival in Budapest. This special event is featuring an interactive exhibition with over 200 of the world’s most innovative coffee industry suppliers throughout three full days. Thrilling competitions, inspiring symposiums, seminars, educational workshops packed with social program and filled with plenty of entertainment, excitement and fun fringe events welcomed us. And of course, WOC is hosting some of the biggest coffee competitions in the world just like the World Brewers Cup Championship, The Latter Art Championship or the World Barista Championship. We also had the opportunity to meet roasters, farmers, cafes owners and manufacturers from around the world, while tasting the best caffeinated brews. Casino Mocca as a local micro roastery should be mentioned with its super cute booth stating “we make hungarian coffee famous”. Welcome to WOC!
Brunch in Budapest: SZIMPLY + KONTAKT
Hidden in Röser courtyard downtown Budapest, Kontakt has been one of the city’s favorite coffee destinations for years. While focusing on speciality coffee, yet having tremendous love towards the art of eating breakfast (all they long), they felt the urge for creating a joint concept; coffee and breakfast. This is how Szimply came to life. The two spots that are literally facing each other are the fruitful initiative of a likewise cool couple, Anna and Peter. Read more about their Word of Coffee Festival program and future plans. PS get your Local’s Lore special breakfast-coffee combo at Szimply in July.
Better Together: The Local's Lore special
On the occasion of the World of Coffee Festival in Budapest, we teamed up with our favourite coffee-slash-breakfast-spot owners Anna and Peter behind Szimply and Kontakt for a very special dish. The Local’s Lore breakfast menu includes avo toast (avocado, apricot chutney, cascara caviar, aspargaus cream, cardamom-peanut butter) and cascara coffee.
The Budapest Speciality Coffee Situation : Tamp & Pull
Would you’ve have guessed that Budapest’s been getting busy with its own specialty coffee scene since a couple of years now? Spending quality time at hip downtown cafés is already a part of the every-day life in the Hungarian capital thanks to passionate barista champions and brave entrepreneurs. To sort out more about the specialty coffee madness, we sat down with Dávid Nagy – entrepreneur and co-owner of Tamp & Pull and Kaffeine Espresso Bar, to talk about being a pioneer, while sipping one of the best flat white in town.
Coffee Festival Budapest
This weekend was all about coffee in Budapest at the spectacular building of the Museum of Applied Arts. The Budapest Coffee Festival took place in the masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau for the very first time. The organisers aimed to showcase the recent years’ development of the coffee industry, creed and passion, and not least to present a delicious selection of coffee. Luckily our Budapest ambassador, Tastecode would never miss such an event, so we joined her.