Budapest: The best restaurants

I could go on and on… and on, about how good Hungarian food is, but restaurants in Hungary are not where I usually eat it. Budapest has everything you could ever want when it comes to food. I ended up going back to some of my favourites from the last time I was here, but also discovered some new places. These are the spots I’ll keep going back to every time I end up here, because all roads lead to Budapest.

Breakfast

Cold cuts, bread, or eggs are popular here for breakfast. I usually just get yogurt, fruit, and sometimes a pastry, from the grocery store. My favourite pastry is the one filled with cheese (túrós táska). R’s grandma makes these, and it was only this year when I was introduced to this magical invention. I’ll need to get her to teach me how to make these all by myself.

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Túrós táska

Kebabs

You’ll find a kebab stand on every corner here, and I consume more of these than I’d like to admit, but my favourite is Pasa Kebab. The baked pita kebabs are unreal, and their kebab pizza is also really good. Honestly, Pizza King Express, and the other 500HUF (around 2.50CAN) kebab stands are good too. I mean you can’t really go wrong with a kebab, ever.

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Pasa Kebab pizza

Hungarian, Thai, Mexican, and Hummus

These are my favourite restaurants in the city, and the ones I’ve found myself going to on multiple occasions.

If you want traditional Hungarian food at a good price, go to Belvárosi Lugas Vendéglő. It’s not insanely overpriced like most of the Hungarian restaurants in the touristy areas of the city, and the food is amazing. Last time, I got the goulash, and R got the deer stew. This time, getting the deer stew at this restaurant was a priority, so we went here our first night.

deer stew

Thai food is one of my favourites, and the food at Parasz Thai is some of the best I’ve ever had. The Pad Thai and the hot and sour soup are both really good. The salad rolls are really good. The lemonade is really good. Everything is really good. There’s a few locations around the city.

Mexican food is also something I could eat everyday and not get sick of. Iguana is the place to go in Budapest for Mexican. I’ve been here a few times, and consumed a couple pitchers of margaritas and a few too many chips. The smokey salsa, guacamole, fajitas, jalapeno/cream cheese soup, and taco salad are all my top picks. I think this was the first restaurant I went to in Budapest, and I’ll go here every time I come back.

Falafel and hummus are something I eat on the regular as well. There’s a chain called The Hummus Bar, that has restaurants all over Budapest. Don’t even get me started on their laffa bread, only one of the locations has this though. We had an emergency hummus craving one night, and went here but they were closed. There were still some employees kicking around, and let us buy hummus and bread to go. My HEROES.

Bars

I’ve been to quite a few of the ruin bars, and you should definitely make a point of exploring all of them. They’re all so unique. Szimpla Kert is one of my favourites. It’s usually packed, but if you need to pick one ruin bar, go here. There’s an upstairs, an outside area, and really interesting decor.

szimpla
this was taken upstairs looking down

Especially this time around, I’ve been at Froccskocsma more that I’d like to admit. Go here if you like wine spritzers; they’re 190HUF (90cents CAN) each. We’ve spent a few afternoons sitting here, doing homework, and taking advantage of the cheap spritzers. There’s a cheap kebab stand (yay) right outside, that you can order from if you get hungry from all the homework and learning. There’s a bar across the street with a really similar name that’s owned by the same people, where everything is double the price, so be careful and make sure you go to the cheap one.

Sweet things

I have a huge sweet tooth, and Hungarian’s make the best cakes.

Ruszwurm Cafe is a must visit. They have the best Krémes, which is my absolute favourite cake, ever. This cafe has been around for close to forever, and it’s always busy. It’s right by Fisherman’s Bastion. They make their Krémes with whipped cream instead of the egg whites that several bakeries make theirs with. I tried the Dobostort this time too. It’s very Hungarian, and very traditional; it’s a walnut cake and chocolate frosting with about ten layers in total, and a caramel triangle on top. The cheese danish is also delicious, and so is the coffee. I’m sure you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

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Ruszwurm’s last time
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Ruszwurm’s this time

Another place I’ve tried Krémes is Gerbeaud. We didn’t go here this time, but it’s one of the best cafes in the city. It’s made with egg whites here. I love this cake no matter what, but I think I like it better with the whipped cream instead of egg whites.

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Gerbeaud Cafe last time

Langos is a must try in Hungary as I’ve mentioned before. It’s not sweet, but you can get sweet toppings put on top if you’re not in the mood for garlic. The cheapest and best place to get it is Central Market Hall. This market has everything; lots of people who live here do their grocery shopping here. It’s definitely a good place to immerse yourself in Hungarian culture, try new food, or buy souvenirs.

danube

There are tons of places to eat in Budapest that are good, but I’ve been to all of these places more than once, and would go to them again. Avoid the expensive restaurants in the tourist areas, and read reviews before trying a new place. This city has something for everyone, and any type of food you could ever crave. Even Kraft Dinner, it’s sold at the American grocery store.

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