Padron Budapest

Padron is a family-run tapas bar on a charming side street in an up-and-coming part of District 8. The restaurant exhibits all the usual signs of a busy family-run enterprise, with the mother taking orders, the son serving food, and the father behind the bar. The best tapas include their staple, pimientos de Padron (fried peppers), the marinated shrimp (gambas pil-pil), the notably excellent morcilla (blood sausage), and the lamb shoulder topped with goat cheese and blanketed in an orange and fig based sauce (espaldilla de cordero). Also, don't miss the simple but always delicious patatas bravas. Padron also offers a selection of Spanish wines and beers to wash down the treats. The restaurant is tiny and fills up quickly, so be sure to book early.

Once in the neighborhood, walk around Horánszky, Múzeum, and Bródy Sándor streets towards the National Museum, keeping your eyes open for the grand buildings erected for the Hungarian nobility before WWI. The street where Padron itself is located was known as the "little Vatican", and today many of these ornate buildings (once again) belong to the Catholic Church, which is why it's so quiet here at night.