I had a lot of good food in Budapest, not all Hungarian but mostly from small and independent businesses. The food was reasonably priced throughout the city and that includes cocktails too.
Today I thought I’d share some of my foodie highlights from the trip with you. Lots of you seem to be taking long weekends in Budapest and I wish I was coming with you. I loved it there and I hope to go back again before the end of the year. I’ve linked all of the restaurants on a map to make them easier for you to find. If you happen to find yourself in Budapest then make sure give these places a try:
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Photo by twfx
– Tuning Burger – This was hipster burger joint just a 10 minute walk from our hotel, Continental Hotel Budapest. They offer around 8 different burgers with the addition of a veggie option and a special of the week.
The burgers are served in soft buns and come with lots of salad and a side of potato wedges. The restaurant has an upbeat atmosphere and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. If you can’t eat certain foods or simply want to omit or add them to your burger then make sure you ask. The staff are more than happy to make sure the burger is exactly how you want it.
Location: 1072 Budapest, Akácfa utca 45
– Local Korner – This is a tiny little takeaway pizza place, not a restaurant. If you ring in advance you can book one of the 2 tables available. Alternatively, if you’re in the city during the summer months then you could take your pizza away and find a scenic spot to sit. The pizzas are huge and ideal for sharing but I’m pretty sure that you can order a single slice too.
I really enjoyed being able to design my own pizza. You can pick from a regular or wholegrain base, top it with tomato, BBQ or garlic and sour cream and then decide which toppings you want to add. The staff were friendly, helpful and very passionate about their business. One of the walls had a map on and it was fun to see that people from all over the world had visited this tiny little pizza shop in Budapest.
Location: Budapest, Szondi u. 19, 1067 Hungary
– Apostolok – Here you will find typical Hungarian food. The restaurant is beautiful and full of history. As soon as you step into the restaurant there’s a band playing relaxing music. All of the tables are very private as they’re nestled within wooden booths among the church-like interior. Even if you just pop in for a drink make sure you have a walk around the restaurant.
I highly recommend trying the Goulash, it was full of flavour and perfect on a cold evening. If you a fancy a cocktail they do a very good Pina Colada. E and I had a couple eac.
Location: 1052 Budapest, Kígyó utca 4-6
– Halaszbastya – If you happen to be in the city during the autumn or winter months then you’ll be thankful of a hot chocolate after your long walk up to Fisherman’s Bastion. I don’t normally pick hot chocolate but this turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever had. I didn’t try the food but the selection of cakes looked good.
The views from Halaszbastya over Pest are quite something. We spent a good hour relaxing, chatting and enjoying our hot chocolates overlooking the city.
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– Funnel cake (Kürtőskalács) – These are soft dough wrapped into a funnel shape with a crispy crust. You know you’ve got a good one when it pulls-apart with ease. You can buy these sugary treats all over the city so I’m not going to give you one specific place to go to. My main tip is to make sure it’s warm because they taste much better when they’re fresh. Phil and I liked the ones coated in cinnamon best.
– New York Cafe – I’m going to start this off by saying the food is overpriced for what it is. However, you must visit to see the stunning decor. Every direction you turn your heard there’s something beautiful to see. I suggest popping in for a herbal tea and a slice of cake. We collectively decided that the coffee wasn’t very good but P enjoyed his white hot chocolate. I picked out a traditional Austrian cake, Sacher torta. It was a chocolate cake with layers of apricot jam, very tasty.
Location: 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11.
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