WHO: TAMAS TAKACS
WHERE: KEMPINSKI HOTEL CORVINUS, BUDAPEST
If you could recommend one restaurant what would it be?
Kevin notes: think traditional Hungarian cuisine which reflects modern gastronomic requirements with a side order of Róbert Kuti and his orchestra serenading you as you feast.
Where can I find (the city’s) signature dish?
Margitkert Restaurant www.margitkert.com
Kevin notes: traditional Hungarian Goulash Soup, Hungarian Fisherman’s Carp “Bouillabaisse” served in a mini-Cauldron, Hungarian Style Foie Gras with Pommes Frites and Red Onions, Traditional Hungarian Veal Paprikash with Homemade Spaetzle and Somló Bread Pudding.
Where can I sink my fangs into a great cheap eat?
Central Market Hall Hungary Budapest (Vámház körút 1, Hungary 06 1 366-3300).
Kevin notes: Multi-level food heaven. Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, strings of red paprika and garlic, Hungarian salamis, sausages, hams and other meat products, fresh pastries, dairy products, Hungarian wines and pálinka.
Where can I get my paws on some great designer fashion?
Andrássy Street and Fashion Street.
Kevin notes: Grab a dog lead and collar at Louis Vuitton, suit-up at Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Burberry, and Roberto Cavalli. The buildings on both sides of Andrássy Road boasts St. Stephen’s Basilica, gorgeous residential palaces, friezes and carved columns. Fashion Street is the perfect mash up high street and high fashion.
Where is a great park to stretch my hindquarters?
Margitsziget (Margaret Island), an island on the Danube in the inner city of Budapest with a green area preserved for leisure and recreation.
Where do I head for a facial and a little pampering?
Where can I grab a great coffee?
Gerbeaud, est 1858 its a cafe institution (1051 Budapest Vörösmarty tér 7, Hungary, 06 1 429-9000). Also Kempinski Fashion Lounge, in the middle of Fashion Street making it the perfect shopping pit stop.
What three things must I see?
Castle district, Parliament and Spas.
I’m a cultural dog, where should I head to see some great art?
Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery, Kempinski Gallery.
I don’t like cats. What else should I avoid?
Travelling without valid ticket on the public transportation.
What is the city’s best-kept secret?
Budapest is one of the world centers for custom-made men’s shoes, like Vass Shoes.
I have a free day. What’s a dog to do?
Rent a scooter and go!
Finally, are you a dog or cat person?
Dogs. Especially Yorkies…
For more information visit:
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest
Erzsébet tér 7-8.
1051 Budapest, Hungary
06 1 429-3777