Everyone who knows me knows that I love food and cooking. When I visit a new country, I always try to taste local food. Read my Budapest food guide and I will share all my tips on what and where to eat in Budapest without forgetting the awesome coffee places.
I was so excited to taste Hungarian food that I made it a priority on my first day in Budapest. I learned that Hungarian food was quite on the heavy side, but so delicious. I was in Budapest only for 3 days, but had plenty of time to explore the local food and coffee culture. All of this places I had visited on my Budapest trip and would gladly recommend to everyone.
1. Central Market Hall
Vámház krt. 1-3
What you should eat here?
- Different pickles with garlic or sauerkraut
- Poppy seed rétes– Very popular local delicacy which looks exactly like strudel
- Sajtos roló– This is a roll shaped puff pastry which is filled with cream cheese and the sides have grated smoked cheese
- Lángos– This unhealthy but yummy local street food is deep fried flat bread with sour cream and different toppings on like cheese
- Paprika salami
2. Hungarikum Bisztró
This is a traditional Hungarian restaurant where I ate dinner on my first day in Budapest. Best restaurants in Budapest are always popular so make sure that you make a dinner reservation. This restaurant has a great service and the food was fantastic so no wonder it was fully booked. There was also a local man playing music which as a nice touch to the atmosphere. Try a glass of local wine, goulash soup and beef stew with dumplings (nokedli). When I was finished with my food, I was offered a small shot of Pálinka. This is a local strong spirit made of Hungarian fruits.
3. Bors GasztroBár
Okay so this was my favourite place in whole Budapest! It’s a great street food place in hipster neighborhood right next to the famous Szimpla Kert ruin pub. Soups here are to die for and so good that I had to order another one. This place is small so I would recommend take away or eat at the counter if there’s a room. The menu is written on the wall in Hungarian so just ask what’s on the menu today, order, pay (cash only) and they will ask your name just like in Starbucks. When your order is ready they will call your name. The interior of this place is fun with Star Wars theme and the staff seemed to enjoy what they do. This place is cheap, fast and serves great local food.
4. Ruszwurm cafe
Ruszwurm cafe has been open since 1827 and is well known with full of history. This popular cafe is right next to Matthias Church on the Buda side. Because of its convenient location, cafe was full of tourists. I tried a local Dobos cake with green tea. Customer service was okay, but felt a little bit hectic.
5. Centrál Kávéház
This is a restaurant and cafe. The interior is traditional style. After exploring the city this is a beautiful place to enjoy coffee.
6. Gelarto Rosa
Gelarto Rosa is not just another ice cream shop, because they make art. The name reveals that they make stunning rose shape ice creams on a cone. A must do when you visit Budapest! There are several flavours to choose from, but my favourite was lavender white chocolate.
7. Belvárosi Auguszt Cukrászda pastry shop/cafe
This stunning looking cafe was right next to my hotel so I took the opportunity to taste one of the famous Esterházy cake. It’s a sponge cake filled with butter cream and covered in white sugar icing with a touch of almonds on the side.
8. Városliget Café & Restaurant
Városliget restaurant is situated right next to the Vajdahunyad Castle. This place had nice views and tasty Hungarian Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke) on the menu. It’s a simple local comfort food which consists of chicken legs, peppers, sour cream and lots of Hungarian paprika spice.
9. New York Café
This cafe has been told to be one of the most beautiful cafes in the world so of course I had to check it out. The place was full of gold, velvet and nice paintings on the ceiling. Decor had a wow factor and it truly felt like I had travelled back in time. New York cafe was expensive and I was there late in the evening so I just ordered hot chocolate and pastry. Even though it’s a fancy place, you can go there without a reservation for breakfast, dinner or just for a glass of wine.
10. Szimpla Kert
Okay this is not actually a restaurant or cafe, but they do offer brunch on the weekends. Szimpla Kert is a cool hipster ruin bar in Budapest. This is a unique place to relax and have a drink.
Read all my previous Budapest post here