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Cafe Vian: "Everything You Want, All the Time"
I think for something to be considered a tourist trap, it has to exploit tourists rather than just appeal to them. And while Cafe Vian on Liszt Ferenc Ter may market itself to the tourist crowd, on my visit several tables were occupied with locals who chose this restaurant as the place to meet their friends and family. Don't be put off by the English menu- give it a try!
I stopped at Cafe Vian for breakfast one morning while I waited for the Tourist Information office at Oktogon to open. I was happy to find they had a large breakfast menu, and opted for something (sort of) light: a "fitness breakfast" with muesli, yogurt and fresh fruit. I ordered it with a cafe au lait. My food and drink were served very quickly and everything was good (though I'm not always sure that full-fat yogurt should be categorized as "fit"!). I returned for a second breakfast later in the week and had a Mediterranean omelette; this wasn't as good as the fresh fitness breakfast. Service was very polite and friendly, though they did seem a bit overstaffed. I noticed they have a HUGE cocktail list, and I think their terrace (which can seat 150 people outside!) would be a great place to start your night out on the town in Budapest.
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Cafe Vian: Hang out place
Sorry, no pictures on this one. I didn't bring my camera.
Cafe Vian is one of the busiest places at the very popular hang out place Ferencz Liszt square right around the corner from the Music College of the same name (and my hotel). Most guests are younger/students; it is also one of the few places where I encountered relatively many foreigners.
The ambience is modern, quite nice. A large flat-screen TV was centre of attraction for some of the guests. Others chatted animatedly and some were apparently on a date. People watching is definitely fun here.
Service was good, friendly and quick.
Favorite Dish: I ordered roasted duck breast 'Vian' style. It came with an assortment of salad and the obligatory goose liver. It was very good. I also ordered dessert - mascarpone with strawberries, very good also. With a glass of tap beer (Dreher, excellent), a small glass of Tokaji Aszu (3 buttons) and a small bottle of water the check was HUF 6,720. Service fee not included, so a good tip was in order.
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Cafe Vian: My favorite in Liszt ferenc Ter
Cafe Vian is one of the most friendly cafe in Liszt Ferenc Ter. It has a nice indoor atmosphere with comfortable coaches and outdoor tables are available during spring/summer. The menu is wide with starters, soups, salads, main courses, all types of beverages and desserts. The service is very friendly and warm which is not very common in Budapest and this makes here my favorite place in Liszt Ferenc Ter. I had meals in cafe Vian, but my favorite treat was to have a delicious mascarpone cheesecake with raspberry sauce while drinking capuccino.
Favorite Dish: All meals are good in quality, but I can't resist the cheesecake there!!!
Cafe Vian: Try the paprikish
So many restaurants to choose here, this one was popular ( maybe for the huge drink menu) We tried the Chicken paprikish here . It was good but quite mild tasting , a good break maybe.
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