Where to Eat in Budapest

I don’t usually do food posts, this is my first. Budapest has many good spots for coffee, gelato, drinks and food in general. Here are the best spots to eat in Budapest:

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.

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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.

Where To Eat In Budapest

Type: Budget

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. A great place to eat in Budapest!

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!


Where To Eat In Budapest

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.
Type: Budget
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!!
Type: Budget

Where To Eat In Budapest

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.
Type: Medium

Where To Eat In Budapest

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. Another great spot for eating in Budapest.
Type: Splurge

Where To Eat In Budapest

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.
Type: Budget

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!)

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25 thoughts on “Where to Eat in Budapest

  1. Very useful post thank you. We have booked to spend Christmas in Budapest which will be our second trip in two years. It’s always good to get someone else’s view of a place, especially as we rarely write about food (!) mostly focusing on history, architecture and museums. Thanks again 🕉👫

  2. Such incredible food along vati uca. Did you find that old abandoned train station with all the souvenirs and food shops?
    Near the bridge across citadella?
    And simpla kaert is probly coolest
    spot in Budapest haha. I went there 3/8 days I was in Budapest and always made new friends hahahaha

  3. Food in Hungary is a must! Ditto Italy. I wasn’t convinced about the ruin pubs, as it seemed too contrived, but then I ended up there for a meeting, and I love what Szimpla has done with the place. Actually, that’s something I really missed when I was away, the food and coffee places. And that part about the money is so true! They try and rip everyone off if you look like you have money. And if you’re a foreigner, you have money. If you don’t, you’re scum. 🙄 Glad you got it back!

  4. I recognise some of these places because we were staying near the Opera, but didn’t eat in any of them. We did have a drink in Szimpla Kaert just for try it out. Very quirky – though I agree with a previous commenter somewhat contrived. Original when they started popping up maybe, but now just another style.

  5. Thanks for sharing these tips. When I visited Budapest the food scene was almost non-existent. I am glad to see that has changed and that coffee is plentiful – always key when jet lagged!

  6. It all looks so yummy. My husband loves goulash so he was in heaven when we were there. We also had an excellent apple strudel at a coffee shop in the main square. We found the prices to be very reasonable too. Great pictures of food. Now I am hungry!

  7. This is a great list, thanks for sharing. I found the coffee in Budapest was consistently very good, regardless of where I drank it (type of establishment) or how much I paid for it. I think it’s even more consistent than in Italy! Another great restaurant near the Opera House is Klassz- and they also have a huge “wine by the deci” selection.

    1. I didn’t check this restaurant that you mention but I agree. Everything was top notch. The quality speaks a lot about the city itself.

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