Almost a year ago I fell in love with Budapest.
From the beautiful architecture to lively neighbourhoods and delicious restaurants, Budapest has something for everyone.
This time I wanted to go somewhere for a foodie weekend getaway and the Hungarian capital seemed like just the right place to go to.
I am very into discovering great new food destinations and much of how I experience a city depends on my food experience.
Here are my suggestions for some amazing meals you can enjoy when in Budapest:
London Coffee Society – Breakfast all day
After spending the morning wandering the streets of hip and trendy 7th district, I was ready to sit down for a proper breakfast. London Cofee Society was a place I passed by on my way to the Sunday market and it kind of just looked like a great breakfast spot. And boy the breakfast was good.
We tried the goat cheese omelette, salmon and avocado on toasted bread and two cups of coffee – an americano and a cold brew.
I have to say the food was just as good if not better than what it looks like on the photos.
After our savoury breakfast, it was time to try some of their desserts. We opted for carrot cake (gluten free) and rice pudding cake and they were both heavenly!
The service was super friendly and quick., which is always a bonus.
I am definitely coming back for more!
Location: Dohány utca 27
Szimply food – Breakfast and Brunch
I found this little gem while browsing on Instagram for Budapest trendy restaurants. It is indeed a very popular spot, which also means you will have to wait in line in order to sit down and enjoy what they have to offer. If you don’t mind doing that, you will be in for a treat. I will borrow their own words as I describe this cosy restaurant:
“A breakfast place where you will have a whole experience of food. Seasonally changing menu, finely crafted breakfast and brunch, served in a beautiful way.”
We chose a porcini plate (sourdough bread with goat cheese, prosciutto, porcini, prune peanut butter) and the classic choice of mine – the avocado on toast (sourdough bread with avocado, roasted chickpeas, rosemary, sundried tomato and basil). Both were DELICIOUS!
We then finished our breakfast with an Autumn pan (coconut milk-Curcuma rice pudding with peach, dates and seasonal fruits).
The beginning of this autumn could not taste any sweeter – definitely a good start!
Our experience at the Szimply restaurant was just lovely.
You can order your coffee at the cafe on the opposite side and carry it over or sip and enjoy while you wait for your table.
The coffee from the bar next door is definitely a good selling point as it was reall, really good.
Location: Károly krt. 22
Open: Everyday except Sunday
LUNCH on the Street
Sweet Days Chocolate Festival and Street food Festivals
I will start by saying that if you are looking for a fancy eatery, this is the part I’d recommend skipping. This time around, my Budapest was all about street life and trying different foods that we just happened to stumble upon. It is always a great idea to check on what’s happening in the city prior to visiting.
For example, we were lucky to just randomly discover a Food festival in the city centre (near the Opera house) where we parked our bikes and took a food break. It was interesting to see what kind of dishes are popular amongst Hungarians. Everything smelled delicious, but I was fairly disappointed to discover that almost every vendor was selling mostly meat dishes. But if you are a meat lover yourself, this would have been a perfect place for you. So keep an eye on things like street food festivals while travelling.
On the other hand, I enjoyed a lot more the Chocolate Festival that took place the last weekend.
Me being an ex-sugar addict, couldn’t help but indulge in some amazing doughnuts and local desserts.
If you’re looking for a proper restaurant where you can sit down and enjoy a nice lunch, I recommend you check out my previous Budapest travel guide:
‘A Million Dollar View in Budapest!’
Street Food Karavan
After reading about some street in Budapest’s famous 7th district, that is completely dedicated to food trucks, I was intrigued. It sounded like a cool place to hang out in the evenings. I didn’t pay too much attention though and once in Budapest, I completely forgot about it. It is mostly by chance that we wandered into Karavan, which I soon realized was the food truck enthusiast’s dream come true. It is essentially a street food court with various food trucks offering everything from vegan food to Hungarian goulash. The latter is also what we opted for that night.
The goulash was served in a bowl made of bread, but I still think there are other places to go to when you want to enjoy the authentic local dishes.
I must say though, that the burger kiosks seemed like the obvious crowd pleasers and all in all the place looked like an alternative ‘it’ spot.
I’d say it is worth visiting but it won’t knock your socks off.
Location: VII. kerület, Kazinczy utca 18.
If you go to Budapest, I think it pretty safe to say you will visit Gozsdu Udvar. Udvar, meaning a courtyard, is part of the Jewish quarter. Today it represents an amazing gathering place with dozens of bars, pubs and restaurants. The place comes alive in the evenings and is very popular, not only with tourists but locals as well. One of the more understated bars is the Jardin Cocktail bar. At first, I did not even notice it and walked right passed it on my way to Vicky Cristina Barcelona. We did not see nor Vicky nor Cristina that night since the place was full but they did tell us that were are welcome to sit down for a drink in Jardin Bar, which besides preparing amazing cocktails, also offers the dishes from their neighbour’s menu.
I must say, Jardin bar is one of the most beautiful bars in Budapest – the dark bar surrounded by numerous plants, serves as a great backdrop for the beautiful cocktails. The service was also great – very attentive and genuinely nice. Of course, you can’t survive on cocktails, so we ordered a cheese plate and a goat cheese salad to snack on. Both dishes were very, very good, especially the salad.
A great list of signature cocktails will satisfy even the most demanding visitors but be aware – great cocktails come with a great price!
(standard cocktails around 6€ and the signature, special cocktails at around 10€)
All in all, definitely a great place for drinks!
Location: dob utca 16 (Gozsdu Udvar)
Open: Everyday from 6 pm, closed on Mondays
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Have an amazing Autumn!