February 9, 2003
On Kossuth (Road), leading up to Elizabeth Bridge, you will find shops selling beautiful oriental rugs at great prices, pharmacies selling herbal medications, and lots of jewelry shops. As you walk around the Deak Ter neighborhood, you can find McDonalds, if you are desperate for a hamburger. But I'd suggest the sidewalk cafes, or shops where you can buy bread and cheese, a salad or yogurt and a beverage, and then eat it sitting on a bench or on the monument at the square, and watch the people. Listen to the hum of their voices and the music of the language.
But definitely go to Gerbeauds' coffee shop, which has an international reputation. You will also find many of the major museums in this area.
From journal 5 days in Budapest