Budapest's Covent Garden

more than a year ago
Over the last couple of months in particular, one of Budapest’s most interesting buildings, the Gozsdu Udvar (courtyard); a crenulated apartment block that is a bit like a miniature city in itself, has really come to life as yes, the Budapest equivalent of London’s own Covent Garden. There are six courtyards between Dob utca 16 and Király utca 13 and after years of neglect the building was restored and city dwellers, shopkeepers, restaurateurs and publicans moved in. You might spare a thought for the residents who live there, because those courtyards are now alive day and night with foot traffic. On Sundays, you can thrown in a flea market, selling handicrafts, antiques, junk that's masquerading as antique, paintings, jewellery and so on. There are some temporary food vendors and occasionally live entertainment.

Look out for extended report on 'the Gozsdu' in the next edition of Budapest IYP.


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