Eating in Budapest

My favourite cafes

Budapest is filled with beautiful cafes that offer not only delicious pastries, cakes, ice-cream and coffee, but also picturesque architecture and decadent décor. I visited a different one almost every day, making my coffee break more interesting, since I also knew the architecture would blow my mind. Among those I have been to, the following are definitely my favourite ones.

 

Ruszwurm Confectionary (Ruszwurm Cukraszda): Located in Buda’s Castle district, a few 100 metres from Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, this small and cosy family-run café dates back to the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  With reasonably priced delicious homemade cakes, it’s the best choice if you need a rest and some sugar after visiting Buda Castle and before heading to the bastion and Matthias Church. On my visit, I had the Dobos cake, and I can assure you that it was mouth watering!

Address: Szentháromság u. 7

For the official website click here

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Ruszwurm Cukraszda
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Dobos torta at the Ruszwurm Cukraszda

 

Café Gerbeaud (Gerbeaud Kávéház): Situated in Vörösmarty Square (Vörösmarty tér), Café Gerbeaud is a must-see place not only for the cakes, coffee and Hungarian bistro dishes, but also for the beautiful high-ceilinged dining rooms, chandeliers and cosy atmosphere. I have been there a few times, and tried the Esterházy kehely and the Dobos kehely, delicious homemade sundaes with an almost entire piece of cake hidden in the ice-cream. It really fills you up, so make sure you don’t order one right after lunch or dinner! Although some people might find it a bit pricey, Café Gerbeaud is definitely worth a visit!

Address: Vörösmarty tér 7-8

Closest metro station: Vörösmarty Tér (M1)

For the official website click here

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Christmas decorations at Café Gerbeaud 
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Café Gerbeaud
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Esterházy kehely at Café Gerbeaud

 

New York Café: Once the official offices of the “Nyugat” magazine, the New York Café is also famous for being the centre for Hungarian literature and poetry back in the late nineteenth century. Located in the 5-star Boscolo Budapest Hotel, the New York Café is a great place not only for breakfast or a quick coffee break with glamour, but also for lunch and dinner. I went to this beautiful café for dinner, so I will tell you more about it in the restaurants section.

Address: Erzsébet krt. 9-11

Closest metro station: Blaha Lujza tér (M2)

For the official website click here

 

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The beautiful New York Café
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Beautiful architecture at the New York Cafè

 

My favourite restaurants

Before going to Budapest I made sure I had a list of restaurants I wanted to try while there, and added a few ones that had been recommended to me by my Hungarian colleagues. I tried all of them, and visited some more than once because they are just too good! I highly recommend you try the below ones if you get the chance. Trust me, your taste buds will want to thank me afterwards!

 

Cyrano: Located in an alley just off Vaci utca, the most famous pedestrian street in Budapest, and not far from Vörösmarty Square, Cyrano has an elegant high-ceilinged dining room, but there is also a cosy outside area. We decided to sit inside as it was too hot, and got a nice table by the window. The restaurant offers both Hungarian and international dishes, all nicely presented. I had the “Traditional Hungarian Lake Balaton Bass Filet with home-made noodles, creek-shrimps, roasted zucchini, potato chips (they are actually crisps) and dill-paprika sauce” from the chef’s specials, whereas my friend decided to go for the “Vegetable Rendezvous”, which was slightly modified according to her taste. The desserts we ordered were also mouth watering! Starters range from 1490 to 3590 HUF (5 to 12 Euros), whereas main courses range from 1890 (for the Goulash soup) to 5390 HUF (6 to 18 Euros). The food was very tasty and the service was impeccable, that’s why I always go back when I visit Budapest.

Address: Kristóf tér 7

Closest metro station: Vörösmarty tér (M1), 3 minutes’ walk from the restaurant

For the official website click here

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Traditional Hungarian Lake Balaton Bass Filet with home-made noodles, creek-shrimps, roasted zucchini, potato chips and dill-paprika sauce at Cyrano

 

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Vegetable Rendezvous

 

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Aranygaluska with vanilla custard cream and pomegranate

 

Vár: A Speiz: When you decide to go to the Budapest Castle District, apart from visiting the castle, the bastion and Matthias Church, I recommend you stay long enough to have a look around the area, which is packed with medieval houses, interesting museums and cute little streets, and also stay for dinner. My favourite restaurant on Castle Hill is Vár: a Speiz, a bistro-style restaurant which offers memorable Hungarian dishes which will make you want to go back! The restaurant is 2 minutes’ walk from Matthias Church, so the location is also amazing. On my visit, I had pan fried duck breast with grilled polenta, pears and blueberries as my main course, and then I ordered the apple-walnut strudel with cinnamon ice-cream for dessert. The food was very delicious and nicely presented, and the staff very efficient and friendly. I was also offered an extra dessert to taste at the end of my meal, which was very nice of them. Starters range from 2900 to 3900 HUF (9 to 13 Euros), whereas main courses are between 3300 and 9200 HUF (10 and 30 Euros).

Address: Hess András tér 6

For the official website click here

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Vár: A Speiz
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Pan fried duck breast with grilled polenta, pears and bluberries

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New York Café: Located in the 5-star Boscolo Budapest Hotel, the New York Café is a great place not only for breakfast or a quick coffee break with glamour, but also for lunch and dinner. I always eat local food when I travel, but since I was staying in Budapest for two weeks, on my visit I decided to have the delicious-looking tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and mascarpone, and I didn’t regret it! In regards to the dessert, since I could not decide which one I wanted, I ordered a selection of Hungarian cakes, which was also a great choice. The beautiful New York Café offers Hungarian dishes inspired by Italian cuisine, and, with its beautiful galleries, staircases, chandeliers, mirrors and ceilings, it’s a must-see for architecture lovers.  Make sure you book a table before you go, as it’s always busy, especially for dinner.

Address: Erzsébet krt. 9-11

Closest metro station: Blaha Lujza tér (M2)

For the official website click here

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Selection of Hungarian cakes at the New York Café

 

Hungarikum Bisztró: This cosy little restaurant is only a 6 minutes’ walk from the Hungarian Parliament Building, and offers Hungarian cuisine and traditional live music every night. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and you really feel like you are dining at a friend’s house rather than at a restaurant. The food is delicious and not expensive at all. You can order a starter for 1150- 1400 HUF (4 to 5 Euros), and have a main course for 1800-3900 HUF (6 to 13 Euros). I went there for dinner, and had lángos (fried flatbread) as a starter, breaded fried pike-perched fillet with parsley potatoes as my main course, and finished off with the sponge cake with raisins, walnuts, vanilla cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream (just to stay light!!!). I recommend you book online well in advance, as they are always busy.

Address: Steindl Imre u. 13

Closest metro station: Kossuth Lajos tér (M2) is 5 minutes’ walk away

For the official website click here

 

Callas Café & Restaurant: Conveniently located right next to the beautiful Hungarian State Opera House, Callas Café serves delicious Hungarian dishes in its impressive dining room with vaulted ceiling. Live salon music is also played from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 to 11:30 pm. The food is very tasty and the staff very professional, attentive but never pushy, and the atmosphere warm and kind of romantic. On my visit, I had crispy salmon fillet with pastis sauce, served with vegetable quinoa and grilled fennel, which was truly delicious. I completed my meal with the Callas cake, a mouth watering dessert made of mascarpone, marzipan and prunes. If you decide to go, I recommend you book online to avoid disappointment.

Address: Andrássy út 20

Closest metro station: Opera (M1), 1 minute away

For the official website click here

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Crispy salmon fillet with pastis sauce, served with vegetable quinoa and grilled fennel

 

 

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Callas cake

Central Café (Centrál Kávéház): This nice high-ceilinged Art Nouveau café and restaurant offers delicious Hungarian dishes and a cosy atmosphere. Located in Pest, about 7-8 minutes’ walk from Elisabeth Bridge, Central Café is one of the oldest in Budapest. I had dinner there on one of those nights I was wandering around Vaci utca and along the riverbank, and I highly enjoyed the delicious food they serve. I love the facade of the building and the décor of the café, as well as the fact that it has marble tables, which add an elegant touch to it. Main courses range from 3490 to 6990 HUF (11 to 23 Euros). I recommend you book a table before going.

 Address: Károlyi utca 9

Closest metro station:  Ferenciek tere (M3), which is 2 minutes away

 For the official website click here

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Central Café

 

 

I hope you will be able to try  at least some of the delicious food Budapest has to offer. In the meantime, feel free to contact me in case you want to know more about cafes and restaurants, or if you disagree with any of my choices. Have a good weekend and stay tuned for my next blog post if you want to know what my favourite sights in Budapest are. 

 

Maria xxx

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