Csendes Vintage Bar & Café

Csendes is a popular ruin bar in downtown Budapest. This high-ceilinged space used to be a grand coffee house during the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which makes the current ruin bar decor complete with creepy dolls hanging upside down from the walls all the more bizarre. Csendes tends to get jam-packed by the evening with a mix of locals, expats, and tourists. Rather than the raucous drinking joint of its peers, Csendes is a mellower, quieter, sit-down café.

My favorite thing about Csendes is its location, inside downtown, but tucked away on a quiet backstreet with an adorable park just around the corner from it (Károlyi-kert). For the best experience, try to grab a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows. Prices, unfortunately, are steep for a ruin bar.