Where to Stay in Budapest: Introducing The 13th District (Újlipótváros and Angyalföld)
Budapest’s 13th district is the northernmost Pest district and officially its borders cross the Danube to include Márgit Sziget (Margrit Island). Its southern stretch runs along the Nágykörút (big ring road, called Szent István krt. in this part of town) from Nyugati train station and curves around following the tramlines across the river to the Márgit Sziget tram stop. Here it turns right and runs up the river, past Óbudai-sziget (Obudai Island) until it reaches Újpesti vasúti híd (the Northern Rail bridge). Here it takes a right, as the northern boundary of the district is formed by the rail line running into Angyalföld station and around the back of the station onto Madridi ut. The eastern boundary of the 13th runs from the intersection of Madridi ut. and Tatai ut., across Hungáriakörút and straight down past Lehel tér, joining back up with the Nágykörút via Vácí ut.
The traditional home to the Jewish population of Budapest, this beautiful residential area with its relaxed and inviting atmosphere has much to offer the discerning tourist. The Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre), Budapest Jazz Club, Szent István park, the Budapest Pinball Museum, the Danube promenade from Pozsonyi út to the Duna Aréna, the RaM Colosseum theatre, Garmada Önkiszolgáló Bolhapiac (flea-market) and the Hungarian Railway Museum are all to be found in the 13th. As well as this, the world famous Margit Island is not to be missed and with its stunning gardens, Palatinus water park, Alfréd Hajós sports pool, musical fountain, open-air theatre, mini zoo/nature reserve and 5k running track, is sure to offer something for everyone.
This district is split into two distinct areas; the inner section from the Nágykörút (ring road) to Hungáriakörút is known as Újlipótváros and is a continuation of a city centre, whereas the outer section fanning out from Hungáriakörút is known as Angyalföld, and is a traditional working-class area.
Public Transportation in Budapest 13
The 13th district may not be quite as well served by public transport as others, but it is still relatively easy to get around. Only one metro line runs through the district, the M3 metro line (the “blue line”), which cuts up through the centre of the district, across six stations from Nyugati to Gyöngyösi utca. However, M3 will take you out to the connecting airport bus, so it’s a useful one to have nearby.
Two main tram lines run through the district also. The 4/6 tram, which runs 24/7 along the Nágykorut, finds itself in the 13th for just three short stops, from Nyugati to Jászai Mari tér and on halfway across the bridge to Márgit Sziget. Further west, the 13th is bisected by the outer Hungáriakörút, where trams # 1/17/19/41 can be picked up. Tram #1 might be worth remembering, as it’s a quick hop to Kacsóh Pongrác út for Hero Square, the City Park and Széchenyi Thermal Baths in the neighbouring 14th district.
Two other public transport routes that are worth mentioning, more for their sight-seeing quality that their utility, are the tram #2 and the ferry #11/12. At Jászai Mari tér, you’ll find the first stop on the tram #2 route and from here you can head south along the riverbank. The views are stunning, as it weaves around the Parliament building and you get an up close perspective of many of Budapest’s stunning bridges. The journey to Boráros tér will take just over 15 minutes and should you find yourself with a spare hour, we can’t recommend highly enough jumping on the public ferry. Ferry #11/12 will take up to back up Jászai Mari tér, zig-zagging across the river lazily in about an hour. Of course, you could also do it in reverse, taking the ferry south and the tram north!
Who Should Stay in Budapest 13?
A wonderfully inviting district, Budapest XIII offers many engaging options for tourists. Újlipótváros is a popular spot for with young, upwardly-mobile Hungarian families and with the cafés and bars running along Pozsonyi út, it has a relaxed and warm feeling that may well suit young couples with children. Its close proximity to both Margit island and the City park means there is plenty to keep young children entertained with, as well as safe green spaces for them to run around, in the sunshine. Shopaholics may be interested to note that the West End City Centre mall is in the 13th, offering hours of potential retail therapy, with both local and international brands available.
Favorite Places in Budapest XIII
The 13th district, like many others in the city, is benefitting from increased investment and there seem to be new bars and cafés popping every week. Here you’ll find a list of our current favorites, but no doubt, new players will join this list as we continue to discover this district. We’ll be sure to update it as we fall for new spots, and as we become aware of changes to existing places.
My Green Cup
Address: Pozsonyi ut.15
Hours: Monday to Friday 07.30 to 18.00; Saturday & Sunday 09.00 to 16.00
A sister-café of the well-loved My Little Melbourne in the 7th (Madách Imre út 3), this place comes highly recommended. Friendly staff, well-crafted coffees and delicious cakes and sandwiches (gluten-free and vegan-friendly available). WIFI is available and there are spots to sit, both indoors and out so not a bad spot to get some work done. Our tip: the “triple cheese” sandwich – a cheese lover’s heaven!
Address: Pozsonyi ut.16
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 07.30 to 22:00
Yes…we know..it’s right across the street from My Green Cup. But you’re on vacation and surely one cup isn’t enough! Another popular spot in the 13th, Briós Kávézó (Brioche Café) specializes in hearty breakfasts. Toasted sandwiches with many different fillings, hearty egg scrambles and warm spicy local sausage are on offer here throughout the morning, as well as American pancakes, bagels and many more delicious goodies. Breakfast is their thing! It’s also distinctly more kid-friendly than many of the new wave cafés, with a sizeable play-area and a kids menu.
Address: Pozsonyi ut.53-55
Hours: Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 22:00; Saturday 08.00 to 15.00; Closed Sundays
After a wander through Szent István park, you might be ready for another cup. Or a glass of wine? Sarki Fűszeres (Spicy Corner) is more than just a simple café; it’s a foodie’s dream. An adorable delicatessen, stuffed to the rafters with all sorts of delicious sweet and savoury treats. From a plate of homemade macaroons like an artist’s palate, to Hungarian dried meats and imported cheeses and wines, this is a spot that could part you from a sizeable wad of cash, if you’re that way inclined. Grab one of their famously delicious lemonades and relax on the teeny tiny terrace, admiring your culinary spoils.
Address: Pozsonyi ut.15
Hours: Tuesday 17.00 to 00.00; Wednesday/Thursday 11.00 to 00.00; Friday/Saturday 08.00 to 01.00; Sunday 08.00 to 00.00; Monday (closed)
If you’re a fan of middle-eastern mezze and communal eating, then this is a must. Large wooden tables, overflowing with warm flatbreads, hummus, shakshuka and many other goodies offer a warm and inviting atmosphere. The staff are welcoming and very knowledgable about their extensive food and drinks menu. Reservations are recommended.
Atlantis Bisztró & Billiárd
Address: Hegedűs Gyula utca 2.
Hours: Sunday to Tuesday 12.00 to 00.00; Wednesday to Saturday 12.00 to 02.00
If you enjoy a little activity with your dinner and drinks, then the Atlantis Bisztró & Billiárd might be just what you’re looking for. Table football, darts and snooker are all available to play as well as an inviting menus of hearty Hungarian and Italian classics, such as pizzas, pastas and roast pork “gypsy-style”. A full bar with a wide selection of local and international beers and spirits.
Mosselen Söröző és Étterem
Address: Pannónia u. 14
Hours: Monday to Sunday 12.00 to 00.00
A pub in the true sense, this Belgian beauty is a real find if what you need is some dark, sweet beer and warm, flavour-packed food. A dark interior with big, heavy furniture, it’s the ideal spot for a cold Budapest winter’s evening. Enjoy a tipple from the beer list of over 70 different Belgian beers, and be sure to make a reservation. While it’s quite pricey by local standards, it’s very popular so worth calling ahead.
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