I mentioned earlier that Budapest was much, much larger than I expected. This is reflected in the amount of photographs I took over the span of a few days in the city. On one of our mornings in the city, we went to the Central Market Hall, the largest and oldest covered market of the city.
There’s something very much like this in Frankfurt, Germany- lots of places to buy fresh meat, cheese, vegetables. In short, a regular market hall.
Fresh produce was everywhere.
There were some fascinating vendors of Tokaji, or Hungarian wine. The blown-glass dragon decanter was particularly amazing.
I also thought the trident-toting devil decanter was quite fetching.
I get why you might want a Russian doll painted with Barack Obama, Gene Simmons, Freddie Mercury, or even Angela Merkel, but who on Earth would want a Bin Laden doll? Unless you were fresh out of paper targets for the gun range, I mean.
The Market Hall is a daytime visit. In the evening, we tried to check out one of Budapest’s famous Ruin Pubs. These are formerly abandoned buildings that have been converted into giant bar complexes. We went to Szimpla, one of the most well known.
The decor was interesting, part junkyard and part Maker Faire.
There were multiple bars inside the building, set on two levels. There were lots of places to sit and enjoy your drink.
Movies were projected on some of the walls, and music was played in other areas.
Some of the chairs were made from former cars. The place has an incredibly interesting atmosphere.
I know a bunch of people who would have loved Szimpla if only for the random bikes hanging everywhere.
This giant plastic kangaroo near the front entrance was a big hit. Lots of people stopped to take a quick ride.
I mentioned in the previous post that Budapest has many fun statues. Here’s Janene and Chris with the Fat Policeman. Locals say that if you rub his belly, you’ll eat well. We didn’t need the help though, because the food in Budapest was amazing.
The Kiskiralylany Szobor (Little Princess Statue) is apparently very popular. I think it’s her crown that draws people in.
This girl with her playful dog are a recent addition, placed on the promenade by artist David Raffai in 2007.
I’ve saved my favorite for last: Peter Falk and a beagle. This Columbo statue was placed to honor Falk because of his Hungarian ancestry. There is conjecture that his great grandfather was Miksa Falk, a Hungarian writer and politician.
This led to some great puns as we walked the length of the city to find this Falking statue. It was right by Cafe Picard, where we stopped for a Falking delicious lunch. Make it so!
Have you ever been to a Ruin Pub? How did you like it?