Pántlika Bistro (Outdoor Only)

Pántlika is an easy-going outdoor bar tucked away on the far end of Budapest's City Park. If you need a break from the nearby tourist attractions Heroes Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, Szépművészeti, House of Music, Museum of Ethnography, Széchenyi Thermal Bath you can refuel here with cold beers and snacks. Pántlika offers a true-to-Budapest experience as most tourists don't come all the way to this side of the park. Note that Pántlika is open only during the outdoor season (usually from April to mid-October).

Pántlika's quirky modern building used to be an information desk during the annual international expo that took place in the City Park until 1973 during communist Hungary; the curvilinear five-pointed aluminum roof resembles a red star, a hat-tip to the ruling regime.

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