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. This makes the current ruin bar decor, featuring creepy dolls hanging upside down from the walls, all the more bizarre. Csendes tends to fill up in the evenings with a mix of locals, expats, and tourists. Unlike some other ruin bars with party vibes, Csendes is a mellower, sit-down venue that works best for intimate conversations.

Also, Csendes has a unique location: it's right in the heart of downtown, but tucked away on a quiet backstreet near a charming park, Károlyi-kert. For the best experience, try to grab a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows.