Budapest’s party district is annoying locals

Oh, don’t ask why

STANDING on the corner of Dob Street and Hollo Street, in the heart of Budapest’s old Jewish quarter, David Popovits counts at least 20 bars and restaurants within easy reach. Mr Popovits, 44, a local entrepreneur and bar owner, knows the quarter well. As a child he would come here with his father, bringing kosher food for his grandmother. “Back then it was a run-down, even dangerous place. Even ten years ago there were two restaurants and three pubs here. Now there are hundreds of places across District VII.”

District VII has a rich past. The site of the wartime Jewish ghetto, it is still home to the Great Synagogue on Dohany Street, the second-largest Jewish place of worship in the world, and to many other architectural jewels. Haunted by history, the narrow alleys and tree-lined squares have survived invasion by Nazis and Soviet forces. Now it is known as the buli-negyed, or party quarter. But the latest incomers, the…

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