21 Hungarian Kitchen
$$ Located in the Castle District, this stylish restaurant offers delicious and reasonably priced Hungarian dishes – a new gem of the neighbourhood
220 Year Old Cellar Restaurant
Located in the Buda side, can be found in the old cellar of the building, in original surroundings, the meals are based on ancient Hungarian, German and Jewish recipes
$$$$ Located in the Castle District, upscale, live music on weekends, reservations required
Bagolyvár (Owl's Castle)
$$ Located in City Park, home style food, only female staff
$$$ Located at the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest, great for food & wine lovers
$$ Located on the Buda side (next to Margit Bridge), new restaurant but in the top 30 of Budapest
Dió Restaurant & Bar
$$$ Located on the Pest side (next to Erzsébet Square), trendy, upscale, old Hungarian dishes redesigned for the 21st century
$ Located on the 2nd floor of the Central Market Hall, home cooked style
$ Located at 67 Váci street, huge portions, home cooked style
$$$$ Located in City Park, the most upscale restaurant in town, a real institution of gourmet food, formal (males guests are required to wear a jacket), reservations required
$$$ Located in the heart of Pest, Transylvanian restaurant, 'forgotten delicacies,' Gypsy music
Kis Buda Gyöngye
$$$ Located in the north of Buda, hidden gem, great game dishes and good wines
$$$ Located in the Pest side (next to Erzsébet Bridge), little bit touristy, waiters in costume, Gypsy music
$$ Located at Liszt Ferenc Square, trendy, good food, daily lunch offer (on weekdays only)
Mokka Café & Restaurant
$$$ Located on the Pest side (next to Erzsébet Square), trendy, good food, small portions
Náncsi Néni (Auntie Nancsi’s)
$$$ Located on the outskirts of Budapest (25 min cab ride), fantastic food, live music, the gingerbread house of the forest
$$$ Located at Vörösmarty Square (Pest side), upscale, tradition-based gourmet cuisine, great wines
$$$ Located in the Castle District, small place, upscale, nice atmosphere, live music, great food
Vörös Postakocsi Étterem
$$$ Located in Ráday street (Pest side), traditional food, Gypsy music, early-20th-century feel from the Hungarian writer Gyula Krudy's book The Red Post Coach
$$ Permanently moored beside Petőfi Bridge, stylish restaurant, good food, bar and music venue
$$$ Located in the Castle District, upscale, gourmet food, great wines, small portions
$$$ Located in the Buda side, elegant interior, good food, nice selection of wines
Baraka Restaurant & Lounge
$$$ Located in the Andrássy Hotel, upscale, adventurous taste combinations, impressive wine list
Bohemia Restaurant & Beer Hall
$$ Located at Liszt Ferenc Square, Central European food, nice selection of beers, warm ambience
$$ Located in downtown Budapest, friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices, great for drinks
$$$ Located at Szív street (Pest side) next to Andrássy Avenue, French cuisine, great food, charming
$$$ Located in the city centre (Pest side), Italian cuisine, upscale, impressive wine list and food
Italian Fusion Restaurant
Located in the Buda side, authentic Italian style, Italian flavors and the latest trends of Mediterranean gastronomy
Két Szerecsen (Two Saracens)
$$ Located at Nagymező street (Pest side), Mediterranean style, great for fast lunch
$$$ Located at Andrássy Avenue (Pest side), upscale art space offering great food & wine selection and afternoon tea
$$$ Located in the Le Meridien Hotel (Pest side), French cuisine, Gypsy music on Friday nights
Puskás Pancho Sport Pub
Located in the Buda side, named after the world's most famous Hungarian footballer, Mr. Ferenc Puskás, equipped with 12 plasma TV sets, Puskás Öcsi's favourite home and Spanish dishes
$$$ Located on the Buda side, upscale, reminiscent of a garden party at a well-to-do suburban home, excellent food, reservations are essential
$$$ Located on a platform atop City Park Lake, has a unique charm, the food is good
$$ Located in Ráday street (Pest side), Soul Café serves up a selection of contemporary international dishes, like chicken strips with apricot mustard honey.
Spoon Café & Lounge
$$$ Permanently moored close to the Chain Bridge, little bit overpriced but the view of the Castle and the city is invaluable from it
Trattoria Pomo D’Oro
$$$ Located at Arany János street (Pest side), Italian cuisine, Strawberry wine, fantastic ambience, reservations required for dinner
$$ Located next to Klauzál Square (Pest side), best in town glatt kosher food, family style
Hanna’s Orthodox Restaurant
$$ Located in the Jewish Quarter, home style kosher food
$ Located in the Jewish Quarter (22 Dob street), offers a complete range of Jewish pastry including the "flodni"
$ Located at 50 Király street, not only a Café but an occasional gallery, gathering place for young Jews, costumer and bicycle friendly
Writers, painters, philosophers and poets have gathered for centuries around coffee-house tables in lively conversations, sampling desserts, drinking strong espressos. There were more than 400 coffeehouses in Budapest at the turn of the 20th century and some of the best are still in business.
Today's coffee-houses, after an admittedly shaky period following World War Two, are now as vital and vibrant as they have ever been. The choice of pastries is always impressive and any type of coffee you choose will be satisfying, especially after a day of sightseeing. No matter which café you settle into, remember that taking your time is what it's all about.
is one of the oldest cafes in Europe has extraordinary history, special atmosphere, world-class pastries.
Another must on the café trail is the elegant Café Művész
whose location opposite the Opera House lends it a certain charged atmosphere. Pick a spot inside, where marble table tops and crystal chandeliers exude an old-world grandeur, or claim your seat on the terrace for prime people-watching.
Budapest's oldest café is the Ruszwurm
in the Castle Hill district of Buda. This Biedermayer gem sports the same cherry-wood panelling and quality service as it did when it first opened in 1824. And you can still indulge in the same high-quality treats. The Ruszwurm's confectionery is so fabulous that couriers were once sent from Vienna to fetch desserts from here.
was originally also popular with writers for purely practical reasons: it offered a warm refuge from the cold rented rooms they could scarcely afford - and paper and ink were gratis. However, today you are more likely to rub shoulders with fellow tourists rather than struggling scribes.
Built by an insurance company as a company hall, the New York Café
on the ground floor of the Boscolo Hotel in Budapest was a longtime centre for Hungarian literature and poetry, almost from its opening on October 23, 1894 to its closure in 2001. The café was reopened on May 5, 2006 in its original Italian renaissance and baroque pomp and serves a wide selection of coffees (of course) and famous Hungarian pastries.
After a lengthy remodelling, Lukács Cukrászda is now a faithful reproduction of a vintage coffeehouse. Located in the World Heritage area of Andrássy Boulevard, it is just a few minutes' walk from Oktogon, and not far away from the House of Terror.
This cafe is a place always bustling with people, anytime of the day. Once used as a setting in the Steven Spielberg movie Munich, it has seating options indoors or outside on the pavement, where you are promptly accommodated by the black-tied wait staff. Inside, the chalkboard announces the specials for the day. It also provides a great breakfast option for those who are tired of the hotels’ buffet with home baked bread and several types of omelette.
Located in Ráday street and at Jókai Square (both on the Pest side) the place offers an amazing selection of teas, peaceful atmosphere and helpful staff.