Budapest Districts VI and VII are the city’s entertainment heart. It’s all here: music, fine dining, dancing and pubs to suit all tastes.
Budapest District VI
District VI, or Terézváros, is great for expats and locals who enjoy cultural events and entertainment. The Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Opera House and many theaters are located here. Public transport, night life and shopping are in close walking distance of each other and also of this lively area’s numerous bars and restaurants. Andrassy Avenue runs the length of the district, ending at Hősök tere, or Heroes’ Square, and is home to many high-end designer stores, chic boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants. It is sometimes referred to as the Champs-Elysees of Budapest. By the way, that rumble you hear below the surface while walking down Andrassy Avenue is mainland Europe’s oldest metro line, the M1.
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Andrássy Avenue also has a thriving cultural life. Just off the boulevard you will find Budapest’s Broadway, which includes the world-famous Liszt Ferenc Music Academy and the Operetta Theater. In fact, Liszt Ferenc Square and Nagymező utca are a restaurant and cafe hub, offering fine places of entertainment along with great restaurants, cafés and bars.
Terézváros is a place where you can go for a leisurely walk along the sycamore-lined Andrassy Avenue, view the magnificent architectural masterpieces and sit in a café on Liszt Ferenc tér and contemplate the busy street life around you. In addition, the northern corner of District VI boasts the Nyugati Train Station and the bustling square in front of it.
Budapest District VII
And now we come to Budapest District VII, the central synagogue district (Erzsébetváros), which is the second smallest district in Budapest. Historically it was the center of Budapest’s Jewish population and today there are still a number of beautiful synagogues in the area; the most notable of these is the central synagogue on Dohany Utca, which is the largest in Europe and the second largest Jewish temple in the world after the Temple Emanu El in New York City.
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The renovated Kazinczy utca is a trendy cultural and nightlife hub in Budapest. It is also home to the city’s primary orthodox synagogue, referred to as Kazinczy Street Synagogue. In addition, the Kazimir Tourist Information Point can be found here and there is a wide range of street food bars and local kosher shops. There’s even a kosher pizzeria opposite the synagogue!