Ever since my son grew into toddlerhood, Budapest has kind of become a new planet for me. He discovers the world around him and I rediscover all the places I have been so many times before. From my new perspective, the place called Grund is way more exciting now.
I used to know it as a cool ruin pub in the shadow of the 8-story-residential building with night parties and a nice courtyard with an open screen for watching football games. Unlike most such institutions, Grund is not in the Jewish quarter (7th district), but in the gentrifying neighbourhood of the dodgy 8th district.
I also like it because it’s very local. Education, sustainability, social projects and communities have found a home here – their motto is actually ‘More than a public space’. The range of wine is surprisingly wide; you can find a bottle from almost every region of the country.
So: I arrive here with my little son and just realize that half of the garden is actually a playground! Not kidding, you just order a drink at the bar or wait for your hamburger and just let the kids out. There is a sandbox with lots of toys, swings, a slide and a giant jungle gym. The latter evokes the world of the famous Hungarian novel The Paul Street Boys by Ferenc Molnár, since the “grund” (means sandlot) was a main venue in it.