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The Hungarian capital has finally woken up to the truth: its skyline is as gorgeous as any in Europe. Most of the best rooftop bars in Budapest face west, which means watching the sun set over the river behind the spires and domes of Buda Castle, before the lights magically flick on at dusk. These bars tend to be pricey – a cocktail can easily come in at €10. Aesthetically speaking, however, they showcase some of the most compelling interior design the city has to offer, pulling off the trick of mixing the old (19th-century Pesti courtyard buildings) with the new (21st-century glass ceilings, wooden decking and stairways). Food and cocktail menus offer similarly fresh takes on traditional dishes and drinks. And service – not Budapest’s strongpoint – can be brilliant. When the narrow streets of Pest don’t allow the city’s eclectic architecture to shine, there’s only one solution – to get high! And whichever rooftop you choose, beautiful Budapest is always the star.
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