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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.