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When in: Budapest

The Hungarian capital may be famous for its old-world European charm, but don’t overlook its contemporary offerings. Bursting with homegrown fashion, art, nightlife and newly renovated hotels, Budapest is a perfect destination for a weekend break.

Nanushka

Nanushka’s clothes have ­recently been seen on fashionistas from France to London. ­Designer Szandra Sándor trained at the London College of ­Fashion before returning to her hometown to set up her own clothing line. Head to her store for the brand’s feminine, easy-to-wear pieces like flowing caftans, knit hoodies and asymmetrical jumpsuits.

Nanushka

3 Bécsi Street, budapest

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Night swimming

A tranquil place at day, some of Budapest’s famous thermal baths turn into party spots come nightfall. In the summer, the stunning neo-baroque Széchenyi bath organizes a ­series of club nights, filling the pools with lasers, DJs and ­dancing, wet people. Bring your swimwear and flip-flops – floating flamingos are optional.

Széchenyi baths

Állatkerti krt. 9-11

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Brody Land

What started in 2009 as the Brody House, founded by two British entrepreneurs, has now expanded into Brody Land, a collection of boutique accommodation, cultural venues and working spaces. Apart from staying in the original hotel – ­located in a former palace from 1896 – you can rent a serviced apartment, or an entire villa in the Buda hills. The Brody Collection showcases original artwork, while the Brody Studios organizes events such as concerts and cocktail tastings.

Brody Land

Bródy Sándor utca 10

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Kiosk Budapest

A casual café, restaurant and bar, offering food prepared from Hungarian produce as well as ice cream and pastries made in-house. Order a piece of brioche with red onion marmalade and coffee for breakfast, or chicken with paprika and cucumber salad for lunch. The ­terrace is one of the best in town on sunny days.

Március 15. tér 4

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St. Andrea Wine & Skybar

Located on the rooftop of a Unesco World Heritage building at Vörösmarty Square, this bar offers panoramic views over the historical city center of Budapest. It’s owned by the Hungarian winery St. Andrea, so a great wine list is a given. The signature cocktails made with specialties, such as apricot Pálinka, a Hungarian brandy, are equally tasty.

St. Andrea Wine & Skybar

Deák Ferenc u. 5

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Lumen Kávézó

A combined photo gallery, café and bar, attracting a laid-back crowd from morning until the wee hours. Regulars swear by the locally roasted coffee and the selection of Hungarian wines and beers. The art gallery showcases international photography and there are also live music events.

Lumen Kávézó

Horánszky utca 5

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Spiler

A casual gastropub offering a menu of street food such as flamed pies – a Hungarian version of pizza – as well as a broad selection of local beers and wines. Spiler is a popular gathering place for Budapest’s younger crowd on the weekends and has DJs playing from Thursday to Saturday.

Spiler

Király u. 13

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