The Esernyős Óbuda Cultural, Information, and Tourist Office provides a diverse range of programs and services, set in the enchanting and peaceful surrounds of Óbuda’s Main Square. We discovered this ‘secret jewel’ almost by accident, and simply had to share it with you.
Interview with Anna Béke (Executive Director) and Éva Janiga (Information Desk Assistant) of Esernyős
Please tell us a little about the name ‘Esernyős’.
‘Esernyő’ means ‘umbrella’ and this perfectly matches what we do: we cover so many aspects of life in Óbuda and beyond! Also, on the beautiful main square of Óbuda – where we are located – there is a famous group of bronze statues portraying women with umbrellas, by contemporary sculptor Imre Varga.
You recently started the fantastic ‘Bike & Break- fast’ program. How does it work?
This popular program started in February with the support of Óbuda-Békásmegyer Council in order to celebrate this environmentally friendly mode of transport. Cyclists visit us to enjoy a free breakfast on the last Friday of every month, 7am-9am. There are 3 other participating places in Óbuda: This is Melbourne too, Rozmaring Restaurant, and Cziniel Confectionery.
The ‘Gas Light Kiosk’ looks fascinatingly unique and appealing. Tell us more?
On the square there is a tiny building that was used about 100 years ago for operating gas lights. It has been renovated to create a charming and atmospheric cafe; the smallest specialty-cafe in Budapest. You should come and taste our special blend!
Do you offer English-language programs?
Most of our programs do not depend on language. Music, art & culture are our 3 main languages, and these can be understood by everyone. We prepare a monthly cultural guide about the many diverse programs in Óbuda that might interest non-Hungarian speakers.
Do Esernyős staff speak English?
Our staff speak English and also many other languages. We are here to help our guests and provide them with the information they need. Tourists are pleasantly surprised to be helped in their native language and they usually come back for more.
As with Active8 Budapest, Esernyős separates services to 8 main categories. Please tell us more about the fantastic diversity that Esernyős brings to the public.
Information: We provide information for the local and the tourist on a vast range of activity in Óbuda, Budapest & Hungary. We are very proud of our new Hungarian-English touristic map of Óbuda.
Cafe: Our cafe provides wifi, newspapers, healthy snacks, a daily menu, and most of all great coffee including our special Esernyős-blend. All this in a spacious and warmly inviting environment that is great for socialising, peaceful relaxation, or personal work time.
Ticket Office: For cultural, musical and artistic programs ranging from the most popular events in Hungary to many fantastic local talents right here in Óbuda. There’s really a lot going on.
Programs: We work closely with the municipality and cultural, health-care and educational organisations of Óbuda to ensure that our ‘programs’ link reveals musicians, bands, poets, authors, community programs, and so much more.
Room Hire and Weddings: Events, birthdays, weddings, business conferences, workshops, and more are hosted here. We can provide catering and whatever technical needs you might have. The main square is a place full of charm and wonder with its cobbled stones and enchanting surrounding buildings, making it a guaranteed winner for weddings. We are right at hand to add further success and a special touch to the magical occasions.
Gallery: Our Art Gallery is literally a colourful spot on the art-palette of Óbuda, presenting contemporary art from Hungary and abroad. The exhibits are well visited and feedback shows there is a high interest for new artistic ideas.
Óbuda Shop: English, Hungarian & bilingual books are amongst the many treasures to be found, with a focus on the colourful history and tradition that is the Óbuda of yesterday and today.
Co-Working Office: in September we will open the brand new ‘Szindbád Co-Working office’ to make us the home of several start-ups and entrepreneurs. come and be successful with us!