man of the year mural

Explore the Jewish Quarter and it’s street art

If you’ve only got a few days in Budapest, then one of the neighborhoods I recommend visiting is the Jewish Quarter.

It is a small, highly populated area, jammed with locals and tourists alike.

During the last couple of years, the quarter became known and famous for its nightlife but actually, it is a fun place to hang out all day round.

The Jewish district is made of narrow streets, passages, hidden courtyards, designer shops and all kinds of bars and restaurants. This unique mix makes this quarter one of the most exciting neighborhoods of Budapest.

The quarter is dominated by the Great Synagogue of Dohány Street and some smaller synagogues and centers of the Jewish community in Pest.

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Budapest is known for many things, from its magnificent architecture, vibrant landscape, hot summers, thermal baths, and tasty cuisine.

During the last 15 years it has become known for its ruin bars, too.

Crumbling houses were turned into bars, changing the quarter considerably.

Szimpla Kert was the first of all ruin bars, starting the trend.  What was once an experiment, quickly changed to the city’s nightlife landscape.

Because the new owners of these pubs had no money to spend on new furniture and decoration, they furniture the abandoned residential blocks with long-unwanted pieces that they creatively and colorfully restored.

This is how – for example – along unused car was turned into a sitting.

These new places attracted the young, creative crowds with affordable drinks, quirky design, and laid-back atmosphere. Once considered to be chaotic and invaluable, turned into a magnet for locals and tourists alike.

The movement of opening alternative spaces has begun. Other ruin bars started to open one after another in the neighborhood.

Read more about the best ruin bars in Budapest here

STREET ART everywhere

Once empty firewalls became adorned as colorful and meaningful murals started to pop-up.

Local artists have an abundance of free place to show their talent on the walls of abandoned buildings. The murals quickly became part of the sight here.

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Murals in Budapest Jewish Quarter

Unfortunately, they disappear as quickly as they come alive.

What is an abandoned field today will be an area under construction tomorrow and new walls and buildings are constantly being built in front of the paintings. So every time you visit the district, there will be something new to discover… and something once loved has already disappeared, waiting for a time in the distant future when they might become unveiled again.

To discover the vibrant murals and street art pieces just walk around the neighborhood with open eyes and don’t forget to constantly look backward, upwards and into the courtyards, because if you don’t, you will miss many of them.

Among the murals, there are some that visualize certain eras of the Hungarian history.

6:3 mural

A huge mural that shows the Match of the Century, the football victory of the Hungarian Golden Team (starring Ferenc Puskás) over England in 1953.

District VII. Rumbach Sebestyén Utca 6-10.

Man of the Year

man of the year mural

The cover of Time magazine from 1956, the Hungarian freedom fighter was named the ‘Man of the Year’, is today painted on a wall on a huge scale.

District VII. Wesselényi utca 40.

Sissy

Sissy mural Budapest

Sissy was Hungary’s favorite Habsburg, her portrait decorates the side of a building that stands in the district named after her (Elizabeth Town – Erzsébetváros).

District VII. Rumbach Sebestyén utca 11-13.

Angel of Budapest

This very colorful mural commemorates the Angel Sanz Briz, a Spanish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from deportation.

VII. District, Dob utca 4.

Rubik’s Cube

Not historic, but truly Hungarian: Ernő Rubik, the inventor of the cube has a quote: “There is always a solution – and not just one”.

District VII. Rumbach Sebestyén utca 5.

Places to stop for a coffee, a drink or a meal

Mazel Tov – serves a fusion of modern Mediterranean and Israeli foods in its courtyard

Akácfa street 47
1073 Budapest

Ruin bar Mazel tov

Fröhlich Pastry Shop – kosher patisserie with an atmosphere of the cafés of the old times

Dob utca 22.
1075 Budapest

Gozsdu courtyard – a whole bunch of cafés, bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs are here, like Spíler, DiVino + art exhibitions, fairs, concerts

Király utca 13
1075 Budapest

Gozsdu Courtyard
Gozsdu Courtyard Budapest

Kőleves Garden – open-air nook

Kazinczy utca 41.
1075 Erzsébetváros

Jewish Quarter Kőleves garden

Macesz Bistro – high-quality modern versions of traditional Hungarian and Jewish specialties

Dob utca 26.
1072 Budapest, Hungary

Macesz lunch

 

Café Noé – try their flódni!

Budapest, Wesselényi utca 13, 1077

Spíler – iconic bistro pub offering high-quality street food

Király utca 13.
1075 Budapest, Hungary

zing burger

Zing – quick and tasty burgers

🍔 Zing Király60
🍔 Zing Király20

Places to buy something unique

Printa – serigraphs, clothing, home accessories, souvenirs and more in limited series

Rumbach Sebestyén u. 10.
1075 Budapest, Hungary

Szimpla Design shop – handcrafted and quirky

Kazinczy utca 14
1073 Budapest

Szputnyik shop -Vintage & contemporary fashion for time-travelers and treasure-hunters

1074 Budapest, VII. Dohány Street. 20.

and

1061 Budapest, VI. Király street. 22. (Káldy street. 1.)

Virivee – unique tights and leggings

Lollipop Factory – colorful clothes and accessories for all genders

Budapest, Király u. 24, 1061

Lollipop Factory shop from the street

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