Csendes Vintage Bar & Café

Csendes is a popular ruin bar in downtown Budapest, tucked away on a quiet backstreet. Unlike some other ruin bars with party vibes, Csendes is a mellower, sit-down venue best for conversations. 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, featuring creepy dolls hanging upside down from the walls, all the more bizarre. Try to book ahead of time as Csendes fills up to capacity in the evenings with a mix of locals, expats, and tourists.

For the best experience, sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows; after you leave, visit the charming park around the corner, Károlyi-kert, known for its atmospheric location and perfectly manicured flower beds.