I don’t usually do food posts, this is my first. Budapest has many good spots for coffee, gelato, drinks and food in general:
Where To Eat In Budapest
California Coffee Company: I saw it everywhere in Budapest. It was like Cafe Coffee Day of India. But only better. Coffee and smoothies were real nice even though there was a wait for it. California Coffee Company is in one of the busiest square of the city. It is also dog friendly so that’s a big plus.
Type: Budget and Medium
Goa Mama Coffee: This is the cutest cafe in Budapest and I stopped here only because of the name (Goa is a place in India). Goa Mama has very pretty interiors along with great iced coffee, shakes and home made cakes! It’s really worth visiting.
Ruin Pubs: I have to admit I only went to two ruin pubs in Budapest. Once with a Free Walking Tour in the day and once alone at night. I wish I had company to enjoy because it really did feel unfair sitting alone and sipping my negroni. But I love the concept of shady ruined dumped furniture and equipment being used to create these cool places. Szimpla and Instant are my recommendations for ruin pubs.
Type: Medium and Splurge
Vaci Utca: This is a shopping street laden with cafes, restaurants and stores. There are a ton of options to eat and contrary to what I thought they aren’t as expensive as it would be in other parts of Europe. Just pick one!
Type: Medium and Splurge
Gelarto Rosa: A famous Hungarian gelato parlour that gives rose shaped gelato. Not only is the packaging dainty and pretty but it is delicious too. There is gelato for vegans and lactose intolerant people as well.
Type: Super budget
My Little Melbourne Brew Bar: There are two bars by this name adjacent to each other, one is the espresso bar and the other is the brew bar. I had a filter coffee at the espresso bar- a very cool hipster cafe. The service wasn’t very friendly but I loved the coffee. Couldn’t believe how cheap everything was compared to other cities of Europe.
Frohlich Bakery: The Jewish quarter in the city has so many food joints that it seemed like a city within a city. What I specially liked was the fact that it was so traditional. Try the apple and poppy seed cake at the Frohlich- a modest bakery with Free Wi-Fi!!
Pizza Eataliano: Good Italian food only 5 steps away from the Andrassay tram stop. It has a beautiful terrace to relax after a long day. I also loved their selection of Italian wines though I only enjoyed a quick pizza here.
Callas Cafe: Callas is a very Parisian cafe in Budapest. Slightly expensive as its on the main street next to the Opera but it is worth a visit. You are on holiday after all! Try their gelato and coffee or if in the mood to splurge anything you don’t understand which could be very Hungarian.
Bamba Marha Burger Bar: At the corner of the Andrassay Avenue is this cool place serving delicious burgers. The place is packed at night and definitely seems like a very popular spot for locals. I tried their Elvis burger and loved it! The only problem here is that there are no alcohol options and few options for drinks.
TOP TIP: If you are not from around Hungary, please check what you are paying. I mean the currency is a bit confusing and a couple of times I ended up paying more Forints than I had to. I was lucky that both times I was returned the correct amount back. (Bless those people!)