Budapest: 'New York Times Journeys' Afternoon Walking Tour with Food and Drink
Find out why the Mangalica hog is so special and try products made from its prized meat. Learn about the craft beer scene in Budapest and sample a few of our favorite brews. See the streets through the eyes of revered photographers like Robert Capa and Andre Kertesz, who both honed their crafts here. Cocktail in hand, enjoy a captivating bird’s-eye view of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. This small group tour is limited to maximum 12 guests.
New York Times Exclusives:
Behind-the-Scenes Access: Visit the 100-year-old Feszek Klub, a private club that’s not usually open to the public, to see where famous Hungarian artists, singers, actors and musicians have flocked to discuss politics and philosophy for over a century, away from prying eyes and ears
Hands-on Element: Take a photo with our Polaroid camera at your favorite Budapest spot and take your photo home as a souvenir
Local Interactions: Meet local artists, designers and craft beer makers and find out more about their work
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3 hours 30 minutes
What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide
- Samples of products made of Mangalica meat
- Sampling of local craft beers
- One cocktail at a rooftop bar
- Public transport ticket for the Old Underground
What's excluded :
- Additional food and drinks
- Souvenirs and personal shopping
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Instant, Akacfa Utca 49-51, Budapest 1072 Hungary
The Mangalica breed of hog is the oldest in Hungary and it tastes so good that it is now frequently exported to Spain to make serrano ham. The name means ‘lots of lard, which translates as plenty of flavor. Together we will visit the Mangalica Menyorszag eatery at a local market hall where you will taste various products made from Mangalica hog (vegetarian options are available.)
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Fészek Artists' Club, Budapest, Kertész u. 36, 1073 Hungary
Then we will head to the Feszek Klub, which is usually closed to the public, for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience in an old artists’ club. This three-storey building is an historical landmark, where artists, sculptors, musicians and actors have gathered since 1901 to exchange creative ideas and discuss politics, away from the prying eyes and ears of the state. In this time capsule, we’ll meet with the locals and hear their stories about life in Budapest, old and new.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Hopaholic - in hop we trust, Akacfa u 38, Budapest 1072 Hungary
Budapest has a robust craft beer scene and at Hopaholic, you’ll have a chance to learn about its inception and methods as you taste different varieties, including a sip of Brew Dog, the country’s most successful craft beer.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Analog Café, Budapest, Kazinczy u. 35, 1075 Hungary
Next up, we’ll hit Café Analog, but not for the food. This trendy spot specializes in old film cameras and vinyl records. Budapest was the birthplace of Robert Capa, one of the world’s best known and accomplished war photographers. With a Polaroid in hand, get a photo of the colorful local street art and walk in the footsteps of such greats as Capa and Andre Kertesz.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Gozsdu Udvar, Kiraly utca 13 Dob utca 16, Budapest 1075 Hungary
Get a history lesson at the beautifully restored Gozsdu Courtyard, once the core of Budapest's Jewish quarter which is popular with locals. Packed with restaurants, pubs and bars, the place comes alive every evening.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Jewish Quarter, Centre of 7th district, Budapest 1074 Hungary
Shopping is next on our Budapest agenda. Printa stocks environmentally conscious local designs and is home to a gallery dedicated to contemporary artists. Their ‘zero waste’ boutique offers unusual t-shirts, maps, rare prints and simple home furnishings. Find apparel and accessories at Punch, a tiny store launched in 2017 by a consortium of up-and-coming local designers. Here you will meet and talk with one of the founders of the shop and learn more about Hungarian fashion and textiles, browsing the shelves for quirky hats and pretty handbags!
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter), Vorosmarty ter, Budapest Hungary
Hungary has the proud honor of being the first country in Europe to have an electrified underground railroad, operating continuously since 1896. We’ll take a short ride along the tracks, conjuring up visions of early 20th-century rail travel as we journey into the heart of old Budapest, Vorosmarty Square. Here we’ll admire the art nouveau and modernist architecture intertwining as the statue of Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty watches over the shoppers, explorers and coffee drinkers going about their day.
Then we will head up to the St. Andrea Sky Bar where we’ll end our tour in style with dazzling views of the city and a cocktail in hand. Choose a classic option or continue your discovery of our city with a very Hungarian cocktail, made with Palinka, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy.
Duration: 20 minutes
Departure Point :Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 8, 1061 Hungary
Departure Time :3:00 PM
Return Detail :St. Andrea Restaurant, Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 78, 1055 Hungary
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travellers under 16 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
- We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
- Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
- For your New York Times Journeys/Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: During your tour you will visit a small eatery that works with locally sourced meat and offers Hungarian products that otherwise would be hard to find.
- You will also visit small shops that would not benefit from tourism without Urban Adventures.
- While visiting a little shop called Printa, your guide will highlight environmental consciousness and the importance of supporting the local art scene.
- The tour takes place mostly in areas where gentrification is more and more apparent. Your guide will talk to you about the ups and downs of the changes over the last 10-15 years so you have a better understanding of local life.
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognizes companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.