Best of Budapest: Food & Drinks

Our favorite places to eat and drink in Budapest


There are no limits on where to try typical Hungarian food in Budapest, from posh cafés on Castle Hill, to family run restaurants on the Pest side.

Just remember… the closer you are to the Danube River, the more expensive your meal will be!


Café Alibi

This is seriously our favorite little place in Budapest. From perfect coffee and juices, to the most complete and surprisingly affordable 3-course meals.

It was definitely worth more than one visit during our stay!

Worth a taste: Saturday and Sunday brunch. YUM.

Egyetem tér 4, 1053 Budapest | Opening hours: 8am-11pm


Piknik Pavilon

A nice lunch spot to stumble upon when visiting Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. Despite its tourist prices due to its location, the ambience is totally worth it.

Worth a taste: a warm cup of mulled wine.

Tárnok utca 15. 1014 Budapest | Opening hours: 8am-12am


Ladó Café

If you’re feeling some jazz and traditional Hungarian cuisine, then this is the place for you. Ladó offers a full Hungarian-style menu and live jazz every night at 8pm.

Worth a taste: breaded chicken stuffed with feta cheese.

Dohány u. 50, 1074 Budapest | Opening hours: 8:00am-11:30pm


Ruin Pubs

Since the early 2000s, nightlife in Budapest has become quite popular and colorful thanks to its “ruin pubs.” These abandoned buildings in the Jewish Quarter were transformed into avant-garde bars and are now a gathering place not just for partying, but cultural venues where you can also get a decent beer.

  • Ellato Kert & Taqueria – because you know you miss those Chipotle burritos. Kazinczy u. 48, 1075 Budapest | Opening Hours: 1pm – 2am
  • Szimpla Kert- the pioneer of ruin pubs. Kazinczy u. 14, 1075, Budapest | Opening Hours: 12pm – 4am
  • Anker’t composed of a series of minimalist courtyards. Paulay Ede u. 33, 1061 Budapest | Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 7pm-5am
  • Kuplung – drinks, coffee, concerts, and art. Király u. 46, 1061 Budapest | Opening Hours: 4pm – 2am


Gozsdu Courtyard

If you’re looking for a place to hang out for a while, Gozsdu Courtyard connects several lively restaurants and pubs in the Jewish District. Walk around, grab dinner and a drink, and enjoy!

There are plenty of places open all day, so there’s no need to only visit at night. On the weekends you may also find local vendors selling antiques and jewelry along the courtyard.

Király u. 13, 1075 Budapest


Try Something Local

Interested in trying Hungarian food? You may find that most typical Hungarian dishes are very heavy, but deliciously flavorful. Main dishes are also loaded with paprika.

  • Pálinka – traditional fruit brandy
  • Gundel palacsinta – crepes stuffed with walnut and chocolate cream
  • Rétes – strudel
  • Kürtőskalács – chimney cake
  • Lángos – fried cheese flatbread
  • Gulyás – goulash
  • Töltött káposzta – cabbage roll filled with pork
  • Halászlé – fisherman’s soup


Buen provecho! – Bon appétit!

2 thoughts on “Best of Budapest: Food & Drinks

  1. The pictures of the food are awesome! Everything looks delicious. I can’t wait for you to whip up one of those dishes when you get back. Keep up with the great posts and pictures. We love them!!!

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