It's tough to beat the location of Esetleg Bistro, a partially outdoor bar and restaurant situated on the Danube's bank, inside a whale-shaped contemporary building in District 9. Esetleg offers open vistas views onto several Budapest landmarks, including the Liberty Bridge, the Gellért Hill, and the imposing building of the Budapest University of Technology across the river. This lively, fashionable space is ideal to wind down with an afternoon drink during the warmer months. If you're hungry, try the goulash soup and their túrógombóc sweet cottage cheese dumplings blanketed in sour cream and strawberry jam. A range of Hungarian wines are also available.

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