Your visit to Budapest wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its iconic ruin-bar Szimpla Kert. Housed in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, Szimpla Kert is a landmark in itself.

Posted On November 30, 2017 Posted By Andy Buerckner

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Your visit to Budapest wouldn't be complete without a visit to its iconic ruin-bar Szimpla Kert.

Housed in Budapest's Jewish Quarter, Szimpla Kert (meaning Simple Garden) is a landmark in itself. The bar has been operating in Budapest for over 10 years and was a pioneer in Budapest's now-famous ruin bar scene.

And just what are ruin bars you might say? They are bars housed in abandoned buildings that were set for demolition, as Szimpla Kert once was.

Szimpla Kert is Budapest's not-so-well-kept secret made for people from all walks of life. It has no airs about it, it is in itself the heart of Budapest's nightlife and is busy on any given night.

Its decor is an eclectic mix of bric-a-brac that doesn't match but fits together in chaotic juxtaposition. Artwork is hung from its walls, graffiti is littered throughout and street signs, lamps and any other quirky pieces of furniture you can imagine can be found here.

It is open during the day as well as night and functions as a farmers market, open-air cinema, live music venue, beer garden, pub, cafe, local haunt and whatever else you make of it.

There's something magical about this place and although it is artsy and trendy, it is accessible and not pretentious. It is its distinctive uniqueness that makes Szimpla Kert a truly unforgettable experience.

What are you waiting for? Szimpla Kert is the perfect place to visit no matter who you are and its waiting for you to discover all of its secrets.

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