Budapest’s 6th District is another bustling part of the city, with lots of bars, cafés and nightlife to keep you busy. Like the 7th, parts of the 6th tend to be a bit gritty on the surface, but not unsafe. However, the 6th is also home to the gorgeous State Opera House, and to Andrássy út, a grand boulevard lined with beautiful buildings and upscale shopping and restaurants.
Considered part of central Pest, the 6th is a convenient area to stay in Budapest. If you think of the 6th as being the same shape as a slice of pizza, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út and Király u. form the long edges of the slice, running between the pointy end (Deák Ferenc Square) and the crust. While the official “crust” of the 6th district is Dózsa György út (near Heroes Square), we recommend staying much closer to the city centre. Vörösmarty utca metro stop is a good outer boundary to go by when looking for a hotel or holiday apartment in Budapest 6 (don’t confuse the Vörösmarty utca metro stop in District VI with Vörösmarty tér (square) in District V!).
Public Transportation in Budapest 6
Staying in the 6th means you’ll have great access to both metro and tram options for public transportation. Trams #4 and #6 run along north-south along Teréz krt., and go all night.
The 6th is also well served by the M1 (yellow), which follows along Andrássy út, M3 (blue), which runs along the other edge of the pizza slice, and M2 (red) which connects at Deák Ferenc Tér.
Did You Know?
The Budapest Card includes free, unlimited public transportation for the duration of the card, and is available as a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5-day card. In addition to free public transport, the card includes free entry to many museums, a complimentary tour, discounts throughout the city, and more.
Who Should Stay in Budapest 6?
The 6th is an interesting district, in that it has something to offer for both budget and luxury travellers, depending on where you choose to stay.
Between Andrássy út and Király u., and near Deák Ferenc Square, you’ll find the most upscale parts of the 6th District. Liszt Ferenc tér is a very nice pedestrian street lined with restaurants. Hajós u. is another nice pedestrian street lined with restaurants, although it can get a bit rowdier at night.
Closer to Nyugati pályaudvarand West End Shopping Centre, and on the other side of Teréz krt. (and especially beyond Vörösmarty utca metro stop), you’re more likely to find a bargain.
Favorite Places in Budapest 6
Budapest is a lively city with plenty going on at any time, and there are lots of cafés, shops, bars and restaurants worth exploring in Budapest 6. This is by no means a comprehensive list: rather, it’s a round-up of the places we find ourselves going back to again and again, and the places we take visitors when we have out-of-town guests. This list is updated as we find new places, and as we become aware of changes to existing places.
Piccolo Café Budapest
Address: Jókai tér 6
Hours: Monday to Friday, 07:30 to 17:00; Saturday & Sunday, 08:30 to 14:00
A tiny little spec of a place, with a little seating in the loft, this place makes up for it’s lack of seating with its general adorableness. In the mornings, they have a coffee and croissant deal, making this a good bet if you need something quick to as you get going for the day.
Address: Andrássy út 22
Hours: 10:00 to 24:00 daily
Although it channels the feeling of a grand old café (like New York Café, or Central Kavehaz), the Opera Café is rather new, opening in its current iteration in 2015, and using a previously unused room within the State Opera House. With a full menu, you can visit this café for a full meal, or simply soak in the ambience over a sweet treat and coffee.
Address: Nagymező u. 21
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:00 to 24:00; Friday & Saturday, 11:00 to 03:00; Closed Sunday
Italian-style “scissor pizza” in Budapest! Pizzica is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall style place, with a bit of seating at a window bar, and some tables in the loft space upstairs. We often find we’re in and out of there too quickly to really care about the seating; the pizza is the star attraction. Pizzas are baked as rectangles, and then cut with scissors to create a piece for serving. What I love about this place, however, are the different combos: potato rosemary, prosciutto and sausage, and even some cheese-free options. Great quick and cheap lunch or dinner, and a popular end-of-the-night drunk food, too!
Address: Nagymező u. 14
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 to 24:00
A cozy little bistro with great Hungarian food, as well as contemporary European fare. It does get quite busy, so best to make a reservation, but they’ll try to accommodate if you show up without one. They note on the menu whether the food is gluten-free, lactose-free or vegan, but I’d be cautious if you have a serious allergy or are celiac.
Farm Gastro Bar
Address: Ó utca 14.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 18:00 to 24:00; Closed Sunday
A good spot for a cocktail and tapas with nice ambience. In the summer, they have another great terrace, that has the feeling of an upscale beer garden. In winter, the service moves indoors to a cozy and welcoming space. If you’re feeling adventurous, they offer blind dinners as well, in a special room that’s pitch black.
Address: Jókai tér 3.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 01:00; Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 to 01:00
A small and cozy pub in a very convenient location, just off Andrássy út. Staff are friendly, and they have a small but good menu of both pub food and mains, from massive burgers to goulash to risotto to tapas plates. It’s not uncommon to see people here on their laptops, working, or reading a book over a beer or meal – it’s got a nice, casual vibe that encourages you to hang out awhile!