Wiktoria Skiba, founder of Budapest magazine The Spoiled Queen, who has lived in the city for eight years. She told BBC that the city has made huge progress during her time here, and highlighted that “there are way more cycling paths and better 24-hour buses and trams, and many parts of the city have been revitalised, like the VII district which was always less developed.”
Élesztő Craft Beer Bar in Budapest’s 9th district. Image via Élesztőház.
On another note, she adds that even though Hungary has long been known for its wine cultivation, the craft beer scene is exploding in popularity. In addition, as more national companies have relocated to Budapest, they’ve brought with them better wages and more job opportunities for Hungarians and expats alike.
However, she also mentions that “due to [the] many cheap bars that have opened recently, especially in district VII, this part of the city [has] become overcrowded and filled with tourists”. She adds that this uptick has led to an increase in rental costs. She advises those who plan to come to the city to check Facebook groups beforehand as foreigners are often charged higher rental costs than locals.
Tourists at Fisherman’s bastion. Image: Csaba Jászai/ MTVA