Budapest had some gorgeous grand cafes, called Kávéház.
They were a great place to grab breakfast, but really now. You came here for dessert.
A quirk: no one would serve us tap water anywhere, for no reason other than they could sell you a bottle.
We headed to Budapest Market to get caught up on spending our funny money. It's nice to go to a place where the US dollar is strong for once. I'm not a big shopper as far as stuff goes, but I do love shopping for spices and other specialty food items.
They had lots of tourist tchotchkes upstairs, but the lower level was a real food market.
Hungarians do love a bit of spice. I took the opportunity to buy paprika in bulk. A 1lb bag of it cost about $7 US. It's going to be a long, cold winter here in Paris and I'm prepared to make all the paprikash I possibly can.
What else to do after a long morning of shopping?
Oh hell yes. Széchenyi thermal baths!
Budapest has a thing for healing waters. An afternoon at the spa is pretty much essential to a visit here.