// text and photography by Marjolein den Hartog


Budapest: city of two faces

Last week, I spent five days in Budapest to take photos of all of the new locations that will be included in the forthcoming new edition of the Dutch “100% Boedapest” city guide. While there, I came face to face with two completely different sides of this vibrant city on the banks of the Danube. On the one hand, there’s a Budapest that takes you back in time: beautiful tiled roofs, weathered wooden doors, a jaw-dropping cinema interior, vintage shops full of the best Hungarian folklore, and restaurants and bars where nothing seems to have changed since they first opened – including the menus!

The other Budapest is a modern-day version, where young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs come together to create a whole new scene full of vibrant bars, cafés, galleries, and multifunctional buildings. I was truly impressed by the attention to detail – from graphic design used in logos, posters, and flyers, as well as in every interior detail (including toilet signs) – all resulting in strong concepts attracting the city’s young and hip crowd.