May 11, 2018
One of Budapest’s first romkocsma – a phrase which translates as ‘ruin pub’ – Szimpla Kert is fairly well known now and something of a must-visit – hell, they even sell their own T-shirts – but it became famous with good reason.
This is a hugely atmospheric place to drink, evocative and full of character, based as it is in a vast, sprawling old building stuffed with cool little corners in which to sit and all manner of quirky bric-a-brac.
The raw brick walls are awash with graffiti and hung with mirrors, art work and fairy lights, bicycle wheels, street signs, salvaged lamps and disco balls as well as a much-photographed disused Trabant car. There’s exposed pipework (but of course) and funky found objects all over the place; the bar often plays host to open-air cinema and live music and it’s easy to see how it inspired a wave of similarly quirky, pop-up spaces all over the city, changing Budapest’s drinking culture in the process.
Main photo credit: Szimpla Kert official Facebook page