The Coffeehouse Series: Budapest

The coffeehouse culture can be described in a variety of ways that differ by generation, geographical location, and personal preference.

Some people don’t need coffee to be fancy. They want a cup of coffee quickly and they want to move on with the business of the day. Others are in search of the perfect coffee bean, brewed with the utmost delicate artistry, and served with picturesque, instagram-worthy foam designs. Others just want a milkshake with a little coffee in it. (You know who you are!)

In our case, the perfect coffeehouse is a sanctuary from chaos and distraction, a space for reflection and intellectual stimulation and conversation. As long as we find a cozy corner, we could be here for hours on end.

Our perfect coffeehouse doesn’t even have to be quiet, if anything, a lot of low-level background noise really helps focus on the book at hand.

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Our favorite Budapest Coffeehouses

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Café Alibi

We mentioned Alibi a few times before, simply because it is truly amazing. Yes, they offer great meals at great prices, but you can also find quite a few little nooks in this place to snuggle with a good book.

You can even take some coffee beans to go!

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

Goamama Coffee

This place is all about details: a mixture of rustic and modern. With a tasty selection of drinks and pastries, Goamama has a relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel at home.

You can also check out their home decor store, Goahome, right next door.

Király 19-21, 1075 Budapest | Opening hours: M-F 9am-7pm & Sat 9am – 2pm

Café Analog

This little shop doubles as a Lomography store/studio and coffee shop. Get some cool Lomo film and an espresso to go.

Kazinczy u. 35, 1075 Budapest | Opening hours: 10am – 6pm

Historic Budapest Coffeehouses

If you’re a fan of historic restaurants and shops, Budapest has centuries of coffeehouse history. Budapest cafés date as far back as the 1820s, and were frequented by artists, poets, musicians, and intellectuals.

They’re luxurious portals into the past, but they’re expensive, crowded, and tend to have snooty service.

  • Ruszwurm – the oldest confectionery in Budapest. Szentháromság u. 7, Castle District | Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (closed on Wednesdays)
  • Café Gerbeaud – famous for its traditional and luxurious decor, delicious pastries, and must-have ice cream. Vörösmarty tér 7 | Opening hours: 9am – 9pm
  • New York Café – for a posh trip back in time. Erzsébet körút 9-11, VII. district | Opening hours: 9am – 12am
  • Művész – due to its location right across from the opera house, this café was formerly frequented by theater artists. Andrássy u 29, VI. district | Opening hours: 9am – 12am
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