Budapest, although it’s far away from Hollywood, it’s indeed a very popular filming location of the super-productions. The film business is thriving in the city, there have been dozens of movies shot in and around the capital over the past years. You can find several lists of filming locations in the wink of an eye, but this article isn’t going to be one of them.
We all know the most common movie locations, like the Paris Court, the Opera House or Andrássy Avenue, but there is a much more exciting question that we are trying to find the answer. Where do the stars of these productions hang out in their free time? If you ever wanted to bump into a celebrity but didn’t know where we bring you a list of hotspots in Budapest.
The Celebrity: Owen Wilson
This Michelin-starred restaurant is a blend of a French-style bistro and a contemporary family restaurant offering the best of Hungarian cuisine. The concept is based on the wide and diverse wine list, the delicious food and the personal and relaxed service. The cuisine is based on fresh, even daily purchased ingredients and on the weekly-fornightly changing offers.
The Celebrity: Eva Mendes
The House of Houdini is the premier meeting point for magicians and lovers of the art of magic from all over the world. The museum is located in the mysterious Castle district of Budapest in a majestic location, just a hundred meters from the Royal Palace. The House aims to present the largest permanent exhibition of Harry Houdini artifacts in Europe.
The Celebrity: Jennifer Lawrence
With a perfect location close to St. Stephen’s Basilica and a classy atmosphere, KNRDY is one of the best steakhouses in the city. Their steaks are juicy, decadent and seasoned well, the sides are equally delicious and the service is beyond expectation.
The Celebrity: Harrison Ford
Dionysos moved to the Pest bank of the Danube on New Year’s Eve 1993 and has since delighted the dwellers of our city with delicacies of Greek cuisine and savory wine of its vineyards. Upon entering through the blue door we find ourselves on the streets of a Greek small town. We are walking on polished cobble stones, white walls, and colorfully painted windows smile a tus.
Trattoria Pomo D’oro was dreamed up by the Italian-to-the-bone Gianni Annoni who created a truly authentic place at the heart of the city. The thin crust pizza is baked in a wood-fired oven, they have great pasta dishes, delicious risottos and they also have seafood versions; but if someone wants to have a sizable steak, they have that, too. The wine list is rich: the restaurant offers a selection of Hungarian and Italian brands.
The Celebrity: Chris North
The opening of Szimpla Kert in 2002 has been literally and also symbolically a milestone in the alternative life of Budapest. The iconic party place is undoubtedly the city’s most famous nightspot and has inspired wave after wave of „ruin pubs” that have popped up in the years since. Converting an old factory into a huge open-air cinema and pub, they were able to create a unique framework for hosting concerts, theatre shows and many different cultural events.
Véndiák is a sophisticated, white tablecloth restaurant in the heart of the city. The menu has a very good selection of dishes, including traditional Hungarian cuisine and some international dishes too. The staff is very helpful, the tables are comfortable and the atmosphere is really peaceful.
Zoska is a cosy-chic breakfast place nestled in a quiet downtown street. The restaurant’s offer includes international breakfast staples anywhere from cold plates to ham & eggs, and also bundás kenyér, Hungarians’ take on the French toast.
The special concept is a designer shop, a community, a place to present the works of 30 talented young designers from all over Hungary. At wonderLAB you cannot only see the works of the designers, but you can also have a chance to meet them in person, which promises a brand new shopping experience. Bags for men and women, dresses, shoes, accessories – even for dogs – can be found in the headquarters of contemporary fashion.
The Celebrities: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Terv Presszó – located in the heart of Budapest – opened its gates in 1954 and quickly became the local hangout of writers and artists. The „presszó”, once ubiquitous in Budapest during socialist times, functioned as something between a traditional cafe, a patisserie and a pub.
It is a romantic and friendly French bistro, enticing guests with an exquisite interior. The carefully selected menu features an excellent wine selection, a candy bar, and delicious cakes, that can be devoured on the cosy and covered winter terrace, too.
So, next time, when you’re in the mood of spotting some celebs around the city, check out these places and if you’re lucky enough you will have the chance to grab a slice of pizza with Han Solo himself!
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