Thursday, 12 April 2012


Csendes is a newer addition to the city's famous ruin bar scene, and one with a twist, for that matter.Self titled as a "létterem" (a wordplay using the Hungarian language's wonderful ability of word building, létterem is a "life space", built onto "étterem", which means restaurant). The name should not fool you though- Csendes offers only some sandwiches when it comes to food and is most definitely not quiet. It is a bustling student hangout with lovely polka dot teacups and Guinness on tap. To further add to its charm, it is occupying the space of what was once one of Budapest's most famous coffeehouses, the Fiume, the original wrought iron columns have been kept without any repainting.Fiume lived its heyday at the end of the 19th century, when the Parliament was in the nearby Bródy street and the Fiume became the heart and soul of every demonstration. These days Csendes is less concerned with politics, but more so with art and culture as  an essential hub for the students of the nearby ELTE university.

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