The Chain Bridge at Night, Budapest, Hungary

After our day shopping we might have been guilty of a mini siesta before getting glammed up for dinner and a night-time stroll along the river.

We walked down towards the Basilica, stopping to check every single restaurant’s menu and changing our minds on where to eat about 20 times before settling on Trattoria Mamma, a little Italian just off the main street.
I have to admit I was mostly swayed by the awesome old Fiat 500 they have propping up the menu.

Trattoria Mamma Restaurant Budapest Italian Food

As it was still beautifully warm, we took a table outside and I got the waiter to steal us a candle lantern from another table before ordering a delicious glass of wine and perusing the many, many options on the menu.

Trattoria Mamma Restaurant Budapest Hungary

The restaurant serves a huge selection of Italian dishes along with traditional Hungarian meals.
As the pizzas had their very own dedicated menu we decided we couldn’t give them a miss. I went for the Prosciutto and mom had the Carbonara, we both agreed that they were the best pizza’s we’d ever had (yep.. even better than in Italy!).

Trattoria Mamma Restaurant Pizza Meal Hungary Budapest

Well fed and watered (wined?) we needed to walk a bit of that Pizza off so headed towards the river. Our apartment was very near the Chain Bridge, something that had come up time and time again on my research of Budapest before our trip.

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest (we were staying in Pest). It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary and I’d heard that it was especially beautiful at night.

On the way, we tried (and failed) to take a selfie with the bridge lit up in the background. This is the best we could manage…
Chain Bridge Budapest at Night

The lights on the bridge reflecting in the water and the buildings lit up on Buda’s Castle Hill in the distance created a breathtaking view and I could see what all the fuss was about.

Budapest Chain Bridge at Night Hungary

The Chain Bridge at Night Budapest Hungary

Boats on the Danube River Budapest at Night Hungary

If you’re visiting Budapest, you really have to visit the Chain Bridge at night. Head to one of the boats nearby and have a couple of cocktails on the deck. I promise you won’t regret it.

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The Great Market Hall

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I did intend on getting all of these Budapest posts up straight after I got back to England, but in all honesty, it was just too depressing to have to go back to the daily grind while constantly thinking about how lovely our break was.
Trying to sort and edit the hundreds I photos I took also made me want to grab my passport and immediately jump on a plane.. so it’s taken a little while to get here but here’s our first full day in Budapest.

We took a stroll from our apartment through the streets of Pest, stopping to browse the souvenir stores and take in the sights, on the way to our intended destination, the Great Market Hall.
We came to a square of beautiful gardens surrounded by the most amazing architecture.

great market hall budapest

great market hall budapest

My mom and I always love shopping when we’re away, especially browsing the local markets so the Great Market Hall was at the very top of our To Do list.

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The ground floor is full of local produce, an amazing selection of stalls full of fresh fruit and veg, meats, fish, salami, paprika, cakes, pastries and anything else you could possibly desire.
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The balcony floor has hundreds of Budapest and Hungary souvenirs, from shot glasses to traditional dress.

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We bought a few bits and pieces for lunch and created ourselves a little picnic in the gardens outside before taking in the views over the Danube from the nearby Liberty Bridge.

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With arms full of goodies we popped back to our apartment for a quick rest before dinner.. I’ll tell you all about that in the next post.

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Nimmo and the Gauntletts – Others
I’m not normally attracted to female voices, I’d say my music collection is 90% male singers. This band are too cool to ignore though. They’re a London indie/disco pop band and have a very Florence and the Machine-esque sound and this song is suuuper catchy.


Ezra Vine – Celeste
Not sure where I first heard this. I tend to Shazam songs when I hear something I like then go on a downloading spree from my tags list. Pretty sure the claps at the start sound like they’re from an advert? Anyway, love the vibe of this one, something cool and laid back for late summer, cute video too.


Bootstraps – Revel
When I first heard this song I could have sworn it was Jose Gonzalez, who I have a massive soft spot for. If you like ethereal, heartbreaking indie jams (Bon Iver etc) then you’re gonna love these guys.