From café culture to Michelin-starred dining and excellent wine, Budapest is a city that’s reinvented itself as a culinary hotspot. As a modern European city, there are options for all diets and budgets.
To make the most of your trip to Budapest, here’s a background on Budapest’s culinary scene – and a few options to get your food tour of the city started – whatever your taste.
Hungary has always been known for its winemaking, and its vineyards supply restaurants all over the world, including its capital of Budapest. For over a thousand years the variety of volcanic, quartz, and rich soil has created a stunning variety of wines and flavors.
It’s easy to find great restaurants which can recommend bottles to complement your meal. While Budapest’s culinary scene has expanded a lot in recent years, its roots lie in traditional cooking, with roast meat, hearty stews and goulashes, and of course delicious cakes and sweet delicacies.
Budapest’s café culture has been a defining feature of the city for generations. From lavish Viennese style to cool and quirky cafes, there’s a place for everyone to relax. To get a taste of history, try visiting Gerbeaud, which still has its original fixtures and fittings. It’s opulent décor is rumored to have made Empress Elisabeth of Austria a fan. Other great options include Printa, which serves up fair-trade coffee with some amazing eco-friendly modern design. Massolit continues the dual-purpose theme with a well-stocked book shop next to the coffee (and famous cheesecake).
Kávétársaság is a cosy café that’s great to relax it, with a wide range of coffee and sleek design. Fekete, with its warm wooden tones and high ceilings, is a great place to escape the hustle of the city. It’s even got a little terrace, which is perfect for enjoying freshly made food and perfectly brewed coffee.Budapest is a vibrant city which sees new restaurants and cafes opening almost daily. Begin your trip exploring to find your new favorite places to eat.