The Designer’s Guide to Budapest by Nanushka

The Designer’s Guide to Budapest by Nanushka


was founded by creative director Sandra Sandor back in 2005,
straight after she graduated from the London College of Fashion.
More than a decade on, with clothing designed in Budapest and
produced across Europe, the brand is now found in over 30

Born and raised in the Hungarian capital, Sandor grew up in a
fashion environment with her mother starting one of the country’s
first childrenswear businesses prior to the fall of the Iron
Curtain. As a modern womenswear brand, Nanushka is driven by the
desire to build a bridge between intuitive and functional design.
Sandor explains, “I believe that if a garment is designed to
function well, it will by definition be beautiful”. Confident ease
being the basis of the brand’s aesthetic, Nanushka creates wearable
(and reasonably priced) pieces channelling a subtle femininity with
unexpected details.

Though Sandor lived in London
while studying and travels extensively for work, Budapest
will always hold a special place in her heart. The past five years
have been exciting for the culinary and art scenes, as an ambitious
younger generation puts the city on the map. We asked Sandor about
her favourite places and secret spots.

Where should we wake up?

Brody House and Hotel RUM are two of my favourite boutique

Who does the best coffee in town?

use a special brewing method – drink without milk or

Where should we go for breakfast?

Szimply do uncomplicated, healthy breakfast and brunch
all day long.

What about if we’re hungover?

Head to The
for fresh fruit and vegetable blends served up in
soothing minimalist surroundings.

And for lunch?

Hold Utca food market is a colourful spot that brings a
traditional countryside vibe right to the heart of the city, while
Sarki Fuszeres is a small deli in a cosy neighbourhood
just by Szent Istvan Park where you can pick up local supplies.

Which sights should we not miss?

The Royal Palace in Szent György tér is one of the most
emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape – the
building is easy to spot from the Pest side of the Danube. It’s
home to the Hungarian
National Gallery
, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum.
The Hotel Gellért is probably the most famous hotel
in Hungary and has the well-known thermal bath, while the Széchenyi Bath
is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe. The outdoor pool
with steam rising from the surface on winter nights as elderly men
play chess in the water has become a national symbol of

Where are we having dinner?

Déryné is
the first café that opened specifically for the residents of Buda,
back in 1914 – go for bistro food and live music in a charming
setting. In the Jewish quarter, Dobrumba is an on-trend spot serving food “from
Atlas to Ararat, from Bosporus to Gibraltar”. For something modern
head to Fáma, one of Budapest’s most innovative restaurants,
where elegance and creativity meet a laid-back attitude.

What about for something sweet?

located near the Tabán Parsonage is a patisserie-cum-living-room
with a daily changing cake menu, but Chez
do the best macarons – always served with a smile.

And for drinks?

Boutiq’Bar is a swanky cocktail lounge ranked among
the top 50 bars around the world. For wine, head downtown to
Innio where you can
choose from a selection of nearly 300 labels. For beautiful sunsets
and down-tempo tunes hit up 360 Bar during summer.

Who throws the best parties?

Impostor is one of my favourites. It’s an industrial bar and
courtyard in the abandoned building of the National Television
Headquarters, where the atmosphere of Asian streets comes to life
with an intoxicating ambiance. Telep
is another good one. Found between Gozsdu Udvar and Madách Imre
Square, it’s an art gallery and an urban meeting point in the heart
of Budapest. Pontoon is a cultural nightclub where you can drink
fröccs while sitting in a hammock overlooking the sunset by the
River Danube and the Buda hills.

Which shops should we not miss?

The Nanushka temporary store, of course! It’s on one of the main
shopping streets (Vaci utca 27) and is open while the permanent
shop is being refurbished to open in February 2018. Repertory is a small concept store combining beautiful
things with comfort and humour. Don’t miss Ecseri Piac flea market
for a bargain either.

Where should we go to work out?

Instead of going to the gym, try a morning run around Tabán
park, conveniently situated on the other side of the castle

We’ve got some free time, how should we spend it?

Go for a hike up Hármashatárhegy mountain; there’s nothing more
inspiring than taking a deep breath of fresh air and admiring the
colour palette of Buda’s peaks. Margitsziget, or Margaret Island,
is the perfect place for a romantic stroll or bike ride.

Autumn in Budapest can be quite chilly, so a cosy puffer is a must, while a soft chenille sweater always comes in handy.
These boots are the perfect height for
sightseeing, and you can’t go wrong with a bum bag when you’re out and about. For the
evening, this chic but comfortable dress is a

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