A dance of colourful lights on a midsummer night, lost in Budapest’s most mysterious area, but surrounded by friends and cheerful people… Kertem means “my garden”, but to me, it’s also a synonym of summer, as this beer garden is irreplaceable for me in my favorite season. Kertem was known as the biggest hangout in Városliget in Budapest, the City Park, now relocated to a brand new spot. Kertem survived a lot of recent history, mostly due to the constructions works in the city park. They survived that, remained quiet, and closed during the lockdown, to pop up again in July 2021, at the delight of their many aficionados. Even in the new location, it’s a green oasis, offering beverages and Balkan food until late at night.
I just love the Hungarian way of lighting up spaces with multicolored bulb lights and Kertem matches this sparkle with painted chairs in primary colours. It’s a popular get-together for the locals, that few tourists get to know. The most impressive aspect of Kertem to me lies in the endurance and flexibility of the managers.
To me, Kertem is something to look forward to in the cold months, a fairytale with a Mediterranean touch.