District VIII. , Józsefváros
Mention of the Eighth District can elicit any number of responses from a listener depending on the context. But a walk down the sunny streets of the ‘Palace Quarter’ and a visit to the newly rejuvenated Rákóczi Square will leave you with no doubt in your mind. The Austro-Hungarian empire’s legacy is more than alive in these streets, with some of the grandest urban palaces in the city to its name. Flanked by the colorful VI. district nightlife, the erudite university and museum-lined streets of the Fifth’s downtown, and the lively gastro and bar offerings of Ferencváros, the elegant Palace Quarter is a well-connected alternative to its crowded neighbors.
Independent and classic. The Palace Quarter is home to any number of cozy cafes, boutique hotels and eateries that delight those who make the effort to venture off the beaten track. A beautifully revitalized piece of the city’s historic legacy without the crowds and grit of the city’s downtown.
Lots of green space. Although the charming Károlyi Gardens isn’t far and the city has made generous efforts to line the streets with more trees and greenery, the quarter remains decidedly urban.