Kertem (“my garden”) is an enormous outdoor bar inside Budapest's City Park. It somehow flies under the radar of most tourists, even though it's not far from Széchenyi, the most popular thermal bath of the city. Kertem's crowd comprises a melting pot of laid-back local residents, many of them accompanied by their dogs.

Tall trees tower over the area and block out the noises of the nearby street, creating a bucolic setting that feels a world away from downtown. Apart from cold beers, they serve a few types of grilled sandwiches, of which the "Balkan sandwich," a Serbian pljeskavica (€5), is my favorite.