Life is too short to eat mediocre food, especially when on holiday! As a food blogger, I’m a firm believer in eating well and supporting local businesses when on the road. For this reason, I spend an obscene amount of time researching the best places to eat before going on a trip. The same goes for Budapest.
Thanks to my extensive food research, I didn’t have a single disappointing meal. The city has a great variety: there are lots of Michelin star restaurants in Budapest and but also many cheap restaurants in Budapest. Some of the best Hungarian restaurants in Budapest are often the tiny ones you’d maybe never find! Point is, if you know where to go, you can eat wonderfully and often at places you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
I recently spent 5 days in Budapest and had a brilliant time exploring its food scene. It was a great experience to mix up cheap eats with fine dining in Budapest. Luckily for you, you’ll get all my highlights here.
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Breakfast in Budapest
Before a day of exploring Budapest, you’ll, of course, want to fuel yourself with a delicious breakfast. There are a few places that I’d recommend to get you off and running for the day.
You can trust Cirkusz for a reliable and incredibly delicious morning meal. I liked Cirkusz so much that I had breakfast there twice in five days! The coffee is flavourful, the menu is varied, and the dishes are delicious. I can recommend the eggs Benedict, the French toast, and most of all, the pulled pork Benedict. It’s unreal!
Address: Dob u. 23, Budapest
À la Maison Grand
My next breakfast pick is À la Maison Grand for a beautifully presented yet affordable breakfast. I also visited this eatery twice because the menu begged to be explored! The menu ranges from French toast to pancakes to savoury waffles. I tried the avocado and bacon savoury waffles as well as the strawberry French toast. While both were lovely dishes, I have to say that the French toast won the battle and I would highly recommend it!
Address: Nádor u. 5, Budapest
Lunch in Budapest
On to lunch! I fell in love with a few eateries in Budapest and I so desperately wished I had time to visit them more than once! But I can’t complain, visiting them once is a stroke of good fortune in itself!
Butter Brothers is a small café/bakery that I can promise you wouldn’t find if you weren’t explicitly looking for it. It’s located a few streets behind the Great Market Hall and serves up amazing homemade soup, fresh loaves of bread, savoury pastries, sweet pastries, and coffee. The soup is served with generous chunks of fresh bread and these guys really know coffee.
In the realm of pastries, I tried a chocolate orange pain au chocolate and the bakery’s specialty, a chocolate roll. Butter Brothers is known for having an excellent chocolate roll and after having one, I can assure you that it’s expertly made. You should definitely get one of these fresh-baked flakey chocolaty pastries.