Budget Travel's Blog

The latest travel news, vacation tips & advice, travel apps, and more

aug 21

Arty space invaders in Hungary

Clever entrepreneurs in Budapest are getting temporary leases and turning abandoned old buildings into romkocsmas, or ruin bars. In some cases, the pop-up venues actually go far beyond bars—they're more like living rooms for the local art scene.

Szimpla Kert, in Pest, is the most expansive, with a coffeehouse, a bar, a small cinema, and a garden (Kazinczy u. 14, 011-36/1-352-4198). Two blocks away in a former apartment building, Mumus, favored by the absinthe-sipping crowd, is a labyrinth of rooms and hallways decorated with cartoonlike stencils and thrift-store sofas (Dob u. 18). At Instant, get a $3 Borsodi beer and head upstairs to the Viennese-style balcony to see a hanging sculpture of a school of fish (Nagymezo u. 38).

—Evan Rail, from the September 2009 issue of Budget Travel

Get Inspired with more from BudgetTravel.com


Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

Loading Comments...

Our newsletter delivers vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.

Check Prices


Video of the Day