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RÁKÓCZI TÉR FOR BEGINNERS

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If you are into exciting neighbourhoods, then the 8th District is your place. It is worth to get familiar with the area from its emotional, historical and geographical heart: the Rákóczi Square. Let’s start with its name giver. Francis II Rákóczi was a Hungarian nobleman with long hair and a very hipster (kackiás) moustache who started an uprising against the Habsburgs in the beginning of the XVIII. Century. Yeah. Until the 1990’s the square was the synonym for prostitution. It might be hard to envision it now, but the square was full of girls, pimps, gamblers and old ladies selling condoms. If you are interested in those times it worth to give a look on the documentary “K1 - Film a prostituáltakról’ on Youtube. Even if its in Hungarian, you can catch the mood. Funnily enough elderly locals consider these times when it was order in the square and find the current homeless situation much more disturbing. Anyway, the area outside József körút until recently was considered as slum where you would not venture into, unless you have some known local friends. With the slow but continuous renovation of the are this has changed a lot. Many young people and artist find affordable central housing around this area, which of course leads to new bars, shops etc. Ok, this is called gentrification, but in contrast with other parts of Budapest (Corvin-negyed, 7th district), at the moment it is in its rather organic and smooth stage. Now you can enjoy a colourful symbiosis of the old and the new, ungarische gulasch, modern cousine, fashion shops, galleries, free jazz cafe and of course the beautiful and monumental market. Speaking of the market: the once renown and popular market now has its bad times. With supermarkets all around the district and a badly designed new metro building (it hides the market from the main street) had its toll. Other than friday afternoon and saturday morning the market usually feels very empty with only a few dozen customers hanging around, leaving the shop owners in a permanent despair. Giving some hope to them, some fresh energy had recently put its feet in the market. With new buffets like the street food style ‘Eldorádó’ and events like the saturday community breakfast and regular concerts, there is a good chance that the market can have its new regulars. Support the tradition of the Rákóczi and buy your food here!

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