There’s a reason Budapest is commonly known as ‘Little Paris on the Danube’. While it might not match the scale of that particular city of love, Hungary’s capital is still one of Europe’s most intimate cities, thanks in large part to its huge variety of romantic bars.
It’s hard not to prejudge the admittedly tacky-looking exterior of this place, but if you can convince your date to trust you, then on the inside you’ll find a surprisingly quaint bar and lounge. The focus is on its many teas, but there is also a variety of alcoholic drinks, as well as shisha. It is dimly lit, but that only helps create a romantic atmosphere, especially with the availability of private rooms, too.
Green Turtle Cave, Budapest, Jókai u. 14, 1066 Hungary, +36 1 302 0024
We’ll be upfront about this one; Pavillon de Paris is on this list mainly for the romantic garden dining. As you might expect, it offers a slice of Paris in Budapest, which might seem like cheating, but there are few better ways to get your date swooning. It is more of a place to eat than an outright bar, but the food available here offers French portions, not Hungarian ones, so neither of you will be too stuffed for the evening… if it goes well, anyway!