Cat Cafe: Cat Cafe
There are two Cat Cafe`s in Budapest - I am referring to the one in Revaj Street, near the southern end of Andrassy Utca street. The basic idea is that you have a cafè with about ten cats, who wander around, play, sleep, while you sip your coffee and eat your cake. The cafe is nicely decorated with cat motives and photographs, the cats are in prime condition, and you are allowed to pet them - but of course there are rules not to harass the animals. You can even buy a little cat food if you want to. The quality of cake & coffee was excellent, the cafè was cozy on three levels (but never crowded) and it is very relaxing to watch the cats at play. They also have a small range of cat-themed souvenirs. Highly recommended.
Nagyi Palacsintazoja - Granny's Pancake Restaurant: Perfect Hungarian Pancakes
This nice little pancake restaurant (or let's say, cafe) is situated right by the Batthyány Square market hall, opposite the Parliament (on the Buda side).
This place is extremely popular, therefore its little terrace is open even in wintertime! Though there are crowds of people inside, the view still reminds of a family meeting, thanks to the surroundings.
Actually there are approx. 50-80 seats in this restaurant, including terrace and gallery.
The main food profile of Nagyi Palacsintazoja is pancake (crepe) with some 40-50 flavours, but they also have the usual cafe products - coffee-type drinks, cakes, etc.
The system of service is similar to fastfood restaurants, so there are no waiters.
You can find Nagymama Palacsintazoja at a number of other locations in the city: near Aquincum, in Petofi Sandor utca at Szervita ter or in the Hill area (District XII) at Kiralyhago ter.
Favorite Dish: My favorite 'dish' is chestnut pancake and I was satisfied with the Milky Way-flavored one as well. The dish was nicely ornamented with chocolate and its real attraction was its fantastic 'bouqet'.
What I did not try personally but would definitely try is the original Hungarian 'Hortobagy Pancake' - this salty pancake is something that no-one should miss tasting when in Hungary.
Obester Sorozo: Best Beer - Bread-and-Dripping - Pogacsa
This small pub is situated in a basement in Huszar utca (near Keleti palyaudvar - Eastern Station). Its furniture is quite common in city pubs - a simple tree table and benches. But it still gives a special atmosphere to the place - just, please, mind the steps! :)
It's a really pleasant place to kill time before your train departs - or just to have a drink when walking around, for example after taking a look at Eastern Station and the wonderful church on Rozsak tere (Roses' Square).
Favorite Dish: Let's see what is a must in Obester.
First of all, their speciality is Absinth - but to tell the truth, I've never tried it in Obester. I prefer beer anyway, and their beer is really something you must taste.
Of course, you might not want to drink alcohol - then just have a coke, 'cause what really matters is the 'beer skate': bread-and-dripping (bread with fat) with onion and the 'pogacsa' with cheese!
Cafe Miro: Castle Hill Trendy
This is a small cafe very near Mathias Templon on Castle Hill. The design is drawn from the images of the Spanish artist, Juan Miro. It used to serve only coffee, various drinks and desserts, but now it has widened its menu to include sandwiches. It's a nice break from sightseeing!Related to:
- Food and Dining
LUNCH AT THE PALACE HOTEL This...
LUNCH AT THE PALACE HOTEL
This old charming hotel is a superb place to have lunch (and sleep I guess, though we didn't). The wonderful wooden hall with high ceilings was almost empty when we were there. We had goulash, steak with vegetables/potatoes and some cheese for dessert. All for less than 5 US$ (in 1987).
This is a meal I still remember, and I would repeat it if I went again!
Gerbeaud: Ice-cream at Gerbeaud
The quality of Hungarian ice-cream is very good, but the quality of Gerbeaud ice-cream is superb and the variaty of the offer is just spectacular - see the picture. There are some other VTers on the picture who could confirm my statment.
Favorite Dish: Do not miss it when visiting Budapest, regardless is it winter or summer time.Related to:
- Family Travel
"Fatal": Hungarian food
The restaurant is situated in the centre of the town in a very famous Vaci utca.
Decorated in the traditional Hungarian wooden style it offers relaxed and pleasent atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: First of all, the portions are very huge and jummy.
I've had pork medallions with mushrooms and potatoes. Of course, there was a lot of paprika taste in it so you'll have to drink something after having it. My suggestion, red wine goes perfectly with it.
Kepiro Restaurant: Something different and elegant
Kepiro Restaurant is a fine place that offers something different, something original. The food offered is European based onf French cousine with a touch of Hungarian taste. Even if you have been there a couple of month ago it worth to go back as the menue is changing every season!
Napfenyes Izek: Great Vegetarian Food
I've eaten here a few times ... very tasty, fresh food ... great service ... huge portions ... yummy!
Favorite Dish: Last time I had the vegie burgers with croquette potatoes ... I was able to substitute (potatoes) and they wrapped up my leftovers to take with me!
Try the strawberry (eper) juice.
KOGART: Cafe, museum & shop
It's difficult to define this place: an exhibition hall, a restaurant and a shop for specialties. All these in a beautiful villa on the most beautiful avenue of Budapest. Special jazz nights on Wednesdays.
How could ask for more?
Favorite Dish: Mauritian menu (the English version of the place's website doesn't include it so I'm giving you here): mix tempura of vegetables and srimps, fishball soup, chicken curry with green peas and rice, beef kebab and cake (4990 HUF).Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
Castro Bistro: Castro Bistro - Cuban beats
Castro Bistro is a very lively place with an excellent interior design, lots of air inside and great mood (thanks also to the Cuban music, even if it's not live).
Food is not authentic Cuban, which is a pitty, but it's well worth sitting in for a snack, a quick drink and some net-surfing, since, besides being a "normal" netcafé it also has a Hotspot.
Walking by in winter you will find the doors closed (the place is open though!!), but in summer all of them are open, giving a "sitting on the summer street" feeling, even if you are inside :)
Hauer Cakeshop: Hauer - history and pastry :)
The cakeshop on Rakoczi ut was founded in 1890 by Nandor Kazilek. In 1896 the widow of Kazilek married Dezso Hauer, who learned the "art" at Gerbeaud (see my Gerbeaud tip too :).
The shop became bigger and bigger and famous across Europe.
After a long period of disputes about the ownership the shop has been rebuilt and reopened just a couple of years ago.
One thing that didn't changed: it still has excellent cakes! :)
Favorite Dish: Tiramisu and tha Hauer cake of course
Sir Lancelot: A special culinary request
This restaurant has very good food, large portions, a good wine list and a very cool decor.
Unfortunately, we were there are a fairly slow time and our waiter knew some people at one of the other tables so the service was a bit spotty. He took good care of us when he was around, but unfortunately, that was not as often as it should have been.
Favorite Dish: We asked the waiter for something that was traditional Hungarian and he suggested something that was not on the menu, Hungarian potatoes. Well, we ordered them and we were very surprised by how large of a portion as well as the presentation and the little extras on the platter. (And yes, I mean platter, not plate!)
Notice the size of the mug next to the platter. It was big enough to hold at least .5 litres. The portion was huge and as I recall, the price for it was only about $2-3 USD.
And yes, it tasted at least as good as it looks!
Shakespeare: "best of Budapest" awards
You can have your special dinner in a theatre! Just sit in the middle of the scene and look at Juliet talking to Romeo from the balcony...
Everything around you is part of Shakespeare's operas, menu is divided in Acts and Scenes.
Food is very good and presented in decorated way, you can find typical hungarian specialities and they offer a "menu of the month" that changes according with seasons.
Live music joins ur pleasure of food.
A special mention to Susy, a beautiful and kind waitress who suggests the best dishes:)
If you go there, ask for her and give Ross's regards to her!
Favorite Dish: I think everythig is good...just try and tell me:)Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Business Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Budafoki Borkatakomba: Great traditional food and entertainment.
Had a wonderful time here. Excellent food and drink with traditional Hungarian dancers and performers on stage and violinists make the rounds. Audience participation was hilarious. The restaurant is made up of two long wine storage catacombs. I think you can only see the performance on the one side so be specific when you book that you want to see the stage.
Favorite Dish: Had becsi szelet which is like a schnitzel but Hungarian Style. Very tender and tasty. Crisp coating and not greasy.
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