Book Hunting Expeditions

[BHE 65] Book Hunting in Budapest, Part 2


Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share our book hunting expeditions and feature books that have spoken to us and found their way into our shelves over the past several weeks.

Last week, I shared part one of my book hunting expedition in Budapest where I featured rows and rows of discounted book shops and the quirky little Hybrid Art, Design Shop Cafe that my travel buddy and I found by accident.

This time, though, I am sharing photographs from the amazing Alexandra Book Cafe in Budapest. It is a huge book store filled with so many amazing book finds, great coffee, and luscious pastry.

Alexandra Book Cafe, Budapest

Károly körút 3/C


A giant cup of coffee, anyone?


This coffee shop slash bookstore is gorgeous.




Perfect place to read and drink coffee.


I love the image of the man above reading a huge tome. It must be the pensive air about him or the simple gesture of seemingly-flipping through the next page that gives off that aura of wisdom.

Tuting’s Book Finds



Here are a few of my travel buddy, good friend, and research collaborator, Tuting Hernandez’ book finds: Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger, The Door by Magda Szabó (which apparently has been made into a film), The Gift of the Wondrous Fig Tree also by Magda Szabó and illustrated by Katalín Szegedí, and The Little Witch of Budapest: Lizi’s Adventures by Viktória Bosnyák and Stany Spote.


He also bought two of these novels: Another Love a Novel by Erzsebet Galgocze and Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Imre Kertész.

My Book Finds


I ordered brownie, vanilla ice cream and lemonade.


My book buys: The Rebels by Sándor Márai. I had a feeling that this might actually work for our current bimonthly theme. I also got myself a copy of this little witch of Budapest. What can I say? Lizi looks cute!


While quite expensive, I knew I just had to get this novel Hungarian Gypsy Picture Book by Gábor Bencsik – a pictorial academic treatise on Hungarian gypsies. I have a deep fascination with gypsies. I must have been one in a previous life or a parallel universe.


Look at those illustrations and details. I have a feeling that I will enjoy this book greatly.

I shall be posting my book finds from Bratislava Slovakia next week. Do drop by and visit us again to check out more book titles from Eastern Europe.

How about you, dear friends? What books found their way into your hands this week?

3 comments on “[BHE 65] Book Hunting in Budapest, Part 2

  1. Actually, I am reading a book that takes place in Hungary called The Bear Makers by Andrea Cheng.


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