Bar Review: Csendes, Budapest

This quirky cafe/bar is pretty much the only thing on a quiet street, a stone’s throw from a much bigger road.

We visited on a Thursday night. Although a ‘ruin cafe’, this place seemed far more sedate than some of the others we visited. There’s wooden tables and cute tartan tablecloths rather than the glorified outdoor seating common in other places. This appears to be a building that’s been stripped back on purpose. The result is a charming high-ceiling room bursting with character.

Interesting art pieces, eclectic lamps and eerie relics hang from the walls, often crowding them. There’s a sign advertising a third hand clothes shop in a back room, but that was just full of more people drinking in cosy corners, so I’m guessing it’s a daytime thing.

As with other Budapest bars I visited, the crowd is diverse and a ‘type’ cannot be spotted as readily as it can in certain areas of London. It’s a nice thing that makes the place feel very inclusive.

Photography by David Hand (