Fueled in part by tourism, Budapest is rapidly transforming into a cosmopolitan city, showing the trappings of contemporary trends and shedding its communist past. The bars below are some of the last vestiges of communist Hungary—go visit these time warps before they vanish. (Please, don't complain about the quality of wine, that's beside the point.)
If you're looking to immerse yourself in a lively, deeply local, communist-era neighborhood bar that doubles as a breakfast joint, I can't think of a better place than Bambi Eszpresszó in Buda. What makes Bambi the real deal? It isn’t trying to show off an artificial (retro), unremembered past—it’s a genuine throwback.