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 cold beer and snacks. Pántlika offers a truly local experience as most people here are Budapest residents.

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

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