budapest, hungary: szimpla kert & karavan
On the International Day of Happiness I went to one of the happiest, warmest, coolest (didn't even mean to do that ha!) bars in Budapest! Szimpla Kert is an incredibly unique ruin bar, so much so, it is hard to put into words! It is so eclectic: each room is filled with random and broken things and yet together it feels so whole. The partially indoor, partially outdoor space is ignited by the mismatched seating and cool lights throughout the atmosphere. Open day or night, this is such a fun place to be!
Szimpla Kert is not just a bar either. Its purpose is grounded as a community space- open to anyone as they are. Next door is the cutest shop with the most beautiful and creative designs. Also next door is Strike Bike- Szimpla Kert's bike rental station where bikes are second-hand and proceeds go towards those in need of a bike. Szimpla Kert has a farmer's market on Sundays bringing great local and fresh food to the community. Cargonomia is an organization at the farmer's market that improves accessibility to nutritious food via mobile bikes. It is so incredible all this business is doing for the community that it's in.
I went twice to Szimpla Kert- once with friends to play cards (so fun!) and once with friends to meet friends of friends that sprouted from Minnesota all the way to Hungary! I absolutely love when things like this happen and it is so amazing the connections made via amazing friends while traveling!
Karavan is only a few doors down from Szimpla Kert on Kazinczy Street. This street is lined with incredible places to eat, drink and be together. Karavan is a street food hub- smorgasbord of sorts- with over 10 food truck vendors carrying a variety of food. I went twice! Once alone and once back with my friend Meegan to get the same melted cheese as before :). So good!!
In the back is a community garden. As pictured above, this self-sustaining garden enables the community to eat healthy, learn skills to garden and reduce the environmental footprint. LOVE!