Born and raised in the Hungarian countryside, Anita adopted Budapest as her hometown in 2001 when she moved there for college. Her job as a reporter has taken her around the world since then, but her heart still belongs to Budapest.
Where I live:
Nagyteteny, a district in the south of the city’s Buda side. It’s a residential area that has the feel of a quiet suburb, but with easy access to the city center.
Best way to get around the city:
Visitors sometimes say that Budapest is a compact, “walkable” city, but don’t trust them. This is a huge metropolis, with lots to do and see in many neighborhoods. Rely on public transportation: It’s cheap and reliable and has a network that can get you anywhere.
Don’t leave without having:
The traditional Jewish cake called flodni in Rachel Raj’s cake shop, located behind the Dohany Street Synagogue. The extra thick layer of plum jam makes it unforgettable.
But the local favorite is really:
Just spending time outside. From May to October, most of the locals “move” into the parks, courtyard cafes, open-air bars and sidewalk terraces of restaurants and will stay there until the cold November rains force them inside again. Hungarians are Mediterranean at heart.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
Running around Margaret Island. I am convinced that this is the most beautiful 5K in the world, and the beauty of the Danube always helps me run the — literal — extra mile.