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As a metropolitan city, Budapest has many of the same entertainment staples as larger European and American cities expats are used to. Those in the mood for music can find a wide variety of live music, whether it is instrumental, opera, or contemporary. Just released films can be found in the many cinemas in the city center, while festivals in the summer months close down streets and feature crafts for sale, live music, and festivities for the kids. Restaurants abound and provide classic Hungarian dishes, along with many international recipes. The night life is one of Budapest’s best attributes, making it a hot spot for singles and the younger generations. Depending on your preferred entertainment, it won’t be hard to have a good time in this burgeoning city.

International Clubs & Associations

International Women’s Club of Budapest (IWC)

Find upcoming events and contact information for one of the most popular associations in the city for expats. Also monthly newsletters and photos of past events are available.

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North American Women’s Association (NAWA)

Upcoming events, contact information and a list of social activities provided at the club can be found on their site. These associations can be a great way to meet other expats in the same situation you are in.
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British Woman’s Association (BWA)

Another popular expat association in Budapest. Contact info and upcoming events can be found on their site. If you are interested in going to a meeting, be sure to bring your passport, as they take place in the British Embassy.

Professional Women’s Association (PWA)

Made up of both expats and Hungarians, this association is dedicated to providing a forum for networking, socializing and professional development.

Swedish Women’s Education Association (SWEA)

This association, as expected, is dedicated to Swedish expats living in Budapest. The site is primarily in Swedish.

The Budapest Exiles

A mixture of Hungarian and international rugby players of all levels, who like playing rugby and socializing . All newcomers are welcome.

Viking Club

A meeting point for Nordic business people and other friends of the Nordic region.

Expat Women

One of the largest web portals discussing all things expat for women living overseas.

ExpatAngels.org

The expat women’s magazine.  ExpatAngels.org is an interactive information resource and community assisting and bringing together expat women to walk through key relocation and expatriate decisions step-by-step.

Hair Salons

A-List Salon & Spa

Your hair is in good hands at this popular hair salon located in the Buda Hills.

Gyms/Fitness

Runinbudapest

Website for foreign athletes.

Holmes Place

High end gym with state of the art equipment, boasts a stainless steel pool and jacuzzi.

World Class Health Acadamy

Swedish chain with three locations around town. Two of them with swimming pools.

For a full list of gyms in Budapest click here

Yogaabudapest

For those who who must have their yoga classes, this studio holds yoga in both French and English. The proprietor studied in the French School of Yoga in Paris, so you just know it will be great!

General

Erikas Attic

Erika’s Attic is a completely free service for expats to buy and sell goods.

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