Where to Eat/Drink in Budapest

Something I was not expecting when visiting Budapest was how amazing the food was going to be, during my trip there I was able to create this list of places worth trying during your stay there.

Brunch –

While travelling I usually have brunch since my favourite breakfast meals aren’t at my disposal. Budapest was not short of brunch spots, I tried these 3 spots and there were so many restaurants I walked by with great brunch menus!

Brunch Bistro Budapest – This cafe is located on a street corner near St. Stephens Basilica, it features an outdoor deck (on sunny days) as well as indoor seating! They have many brunch options from savory eggs to sweet porridge to pastries. I would recommend the Scrambled Eggs Hungarian Style (2450 Ft=7.35€) and fresh orange juice (900 Ft=2.7€).  Click here for the menu.

Anna Cafe – This cafe is located in Fovam Square in the bustling Vaci Street, the famous shopping area in Budapest. Here is their menu. I would recommend any of their egg dishes, I personally ordered their ginger tea (1390 Ft=4.17€) and Sonkas omelette (2190 Ft=6.58€). 

3 Pajamas Breakfast Club – Not a tourist spot, but this breakfast shop had a delicious simple omelette, cute interior, and a quaint peaceful feel to it. I sat outside since it was sunny and enjoyed my omelette and fresh orange juice.

Cafe Vian Bisztro – Another great spot with outdoor seating, they offer breakfasts in English, French and Hungarian styles. Additionally they offer many egg dishes. If you have a sweet tooth I wouldn’t recommend this place as they have mostly savory options, I ordered their Hungarian breakfast set which included smoked ham, mangalitsa sausage, salami, cheese, hard boiled eggs (which I asked to have scrambled), tomato, butter and bread. The set cost 2350 Ft=7.06€. Here is their menu.

Halaszbastya Restaurant – I only got a drink on their terrace in Fisherman’s Bastion, but I have heard the lunch menu is delicious and the view amazing. The restaurant is more expensive, but you pay for the view. If you are dining on the terrace or getting a drink there you can get off without a reservation, however to sit in the interior section you should reserve.

Drink at Halaszbastya Restaurant Terrace

Robinson Timeless Kitchen – Not far from the famous Szechenyi Baths is this restaurant, located in the park. It faces the small lake where you can watch people in paddle boats. I even saw a dog swimming! I only got an orange juice here, but everyone who ordered food around me left me wishing I had an extra day in Budapest to return to this restaurant for lunch. The burgers looked so delicious. Menu here.

Some brunch spots I heard of or walked by but didn’t have the chance to try are: Törökméz (Buda side), Kaptafa, Szimply, Cinnamon (Buda side), New York Cafe (deemed the most beautiful cafe in the world), Csendes Tars.

Dinner –

Since I usually had a brunch instead of breakfast and lunch, the only other time I had a big was dinner! Here are my recommendations.

Mazel Tov – a popular restaurant in the Jewish Quarter serving Mediterranean food. I would recommend making a reservation for this restaurant. I ordered their Mazel Tov Veggie “Burger” (2990 Ft=8.98 Euro) and a glass of Chardonnay (950 Ft=2.85€). Alex and I also got the Special creamy hummus plate (1690 Ft=5.07€) which was perfect as a two-person appetiser. Click here for the menu.

Street Food Karavan – An outdoor foodcourt spot in the Jewish Quarter of Pest. Here you can find many different food trucks with affordable prices. I didn’t eat anything here but after checking it out it looked like a great spot for a casual meal – think a glass of wine and a hamburger.

Pesti Diszn Bistro – So yummy. This Hungarian restaurant is located in Pest with many restaurants surround it. If you aren’t sure what you want to eat definitely walk around here and you’ll find something, but I recommend this restaurant! I ordered their Roasted Chicken Breast Supreme (3.290 Ft=11.3€) and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (forgot how much) and it was so delicious. Menu here.

La Fabricca – If you sit outdoors here for dinner you’ll be facing the illuminated St. Stephens Basilica. This restaurant offers pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes, as well as some local Hungarian meals. Here is their menu. I got the grilled baby chicken with roasted potatoes and lemon sauce (3990 Ft=11.99€) and a glass of the recommended Nyolcas és Fia – Kékfrankos Rosé (1200 Ft=3.6€). My meal was the perfect size, however my hungry boyfriend ordered Spaghetti Carbonara and found the portion too small haha. Keep this in mind if ordering a pasta dish!

Some dinner spots I heard about were: Hilda, Hungarikum Bisztro (we tried to get a reservation here 3 weeks before and it was already fully booked for the entire month!), Divin Porcello (italian), Dobrumba (mediterranean).

Dessert –

Trying not to try every dessert shop in Budapest was the hardest thing for me.

Hiszteria Cremeria – Not far from Pesti Diszn Bistro is this ice cream shop! I came here and ordered one scoop of Caramel. They have vegan and non-vegan options, comfortable and cute indoor seating, as well as cakes and other desserts.

Gelarto Rosa – is right next to St. Stephens, it is a famous all-vegan gelato shop in Budapest with rose shaped ice creams. I believe the small cone cost me around 800 Ft=2.4€, I got vanilla and caramel.

Gelarto Rosa

Places I was dying to try: Cake Shop Budapest, Chez Dodo (macarons), Sugar! (a huge candy shop with cakes too), New York Cafe (cheesecake!), The Box Donut, Levendula Ice Cream.

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