If you’re eager to taste the local vibe of Budapest, there are a few neighborhoods besides the main touristy area.
Újlipótváros (District XIII)
The inner part of District XIII (known as Újlipótváros) is less touristy and crowded. This part of the city is on the Pest shore of the Danube opposite Margit Island. There are plenty of small streets to explore, dotted with coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and parks.
Bartók Béla Boulevard on the Buda side (District XI)
The Bartók Béla Boulevard stretching from the Gellért Hotel to Kelenföld train station has become a hub of cool cafes, trendy bars, fun restaurants, and private art galleries. Although it is on the Buda side, it’s easy to reach all the tourist sights with public transport.
Palace District (District VIII)
The fancy part of District VIII is called Palace Quarter, stretching between the Small and Grand Boulevards. The name comes from the magnificent palaces built by aristocratic families in the mid-19th century. Although District VIII is not on the tourist map of Budapest, it can offer a lot for culture vultures, and simply tourists who want to escape crowds and have a quiet moment in a relaxed atmosphere.