Today was "Budapest for the Tourist": Walking across the Chain Bridge, taking the funicular, and wandering around the castle. Then we braved the hills of Buda and found a place a few streets behind the castle for lunch that was nice.
Inside, Cafe Deryne is one of the most charming restaurants I've seen, but since it was so nice out, with a warm sun, we sat out front.
I had a section of beef served on a lava rock, which kept it hot and sizzling until I was ready to eat it. Also, points for being v. cool (a lava rock!). But first I devoured a cheese and arugula salad with walnuts -- delicious.
Conveniently, there was a chocolate shop across the street, so after we'd each fortified ourselves with the chocolate of our choice (dark + orange for me), we headed off again.
We started across the Margit hid (Margaret Bridge), which is the next bridge north of the Chain Bridge, and halfway across, there is a little offshoot that takes you to Margaret Island. This is a very awesome green space in the river between Buda and Pest where you can rent bikes, go for a run, sit in the sun with a picnic, or just generally hang out in nature. It was a nice break from the city, and if I lived in Budapest, I'd want to live close to this bridge so I could run on the island every morning!
We ended the day back in Pest, and I think I prefer it over Buda, though Buda has its own charming corners, too.