Pántlika Bistro (Outdoor Only)

Pántlika is a laid-back outdoor bar tucked away in the far end of Budapest's City Park. If you need a break from all the tourist attractions nearby—Heroes Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath—you can refuel here with a glass of cold beer and snacks. Pántlika offers a truly local experience, as most of its patrons are Budapest residents.

Pántlika's quirky, five-pointed structure used to be an information desk during the annual international expo, which took place in the City Park during communist Hungary, until 1973. The curvilinear aluminum roof resembles a red star, an obvious hat-tip to the communist regime. Nonetheless, it's a fine piece of architecture that still feels fresh and contemporary. Note that Pántlika is open only during the outdoor season (usually from April to mid-October).