Fact: Hungarians knew coffee before the rest of Europe. Immerse in Budapest’s bustling café culture and sample its rich cakes. Savour signature Hungarian delicacies like goulash soup, goose liver and Tokaj wine in its countless restaurants. In the wee hours, dance the night away in the coolest clubs.
If it’s summer, it’s outdoors. Budapesters while away the wee hours in the city’s signature pubs, fondly and ironically christened 'romkocsma' or rubble bars, in derelict-chic courtyards, mostly in the 7th district. Most restaurants spill out onto the street and parks, opening special terraces, while some move all the way to the rooftop to catch the coolest summer breeze.
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Insider's Tip: Eat & Drink Like a Local
My Budapest wakes up slowly, gets busy during the day and starts to beat at night. There is one thing you can rely on: you’ll always find delicious local food and matching wine, or pálinka, Hungary’s signature fruit brandy. I can have breakfast, a quick coffee, a long lazy chat over sumptuous tortes or evening drinks in one of the cafés, depending on my schedule. Gourmet palates will also find Michelin-starred restaurants, innovative Hungarian food and Central Europe’s only Nobu, right in our hotel.
As a professional and enthusiastic foodie, I am in heaven in Budapest because the city holds countless annual food festivals. Even the world-famous Vörösmarty tér Christmas Market has a great selection of food stalls. In May, the Gourmet Festival showcases a tremendous array of stalls for every taste. I especially like dicovering artisan regional products. In September, we go to the Castle District to sample and savour wine from the 22 wine regions of Hungary at the Wine Festival. There is also a festival dedicated to Hungary’s indigenous black pig, mangalica.
Zoltán Tóth - Food & Beverage Manager
Gozsdu Courtyard - Gozsdu Udvar is a city within the city and located downtown in the old Jewish district. It consists of six inner courts, surrounded by seven apartment buildings. The neighbourhood has recently morphed into one of the coolest parts of Budapest, radiant with young élan and vibrant with cafés, bars, restaurants, shops and clubs, as well as art exhibitions and fairs all year long. If you need to recharge your personal batteries – there’s always something exciting happening and it’s full of vivacious energy. Walking into Gozsdu Udvar’s courtyards is like to be in another world, even though it’s just off the street. Among others choices, there’s a laid-back Italian eatery called 2spaghi, while Kolor and Spíler attract the Budapester übercool. To pick up a gift or treat, from spring to autumn I go to Gouba, an outdoor fair, or Budapest’s Portobello, every Sunday, which has antiques, artisan products and gastro stalls.
Innio is one of the hippest places to sip wine in Budapest. A Hungarian wine selection is complemented by a number of international labels, making this city centre wine bar a great choice for a night out. The wine list is extensive, with up to 250 varieties, accompanied by some appetising bites.
Menza offers so much more than the double treat of coffee and sunbathing on a terrace from early spring to late autumn: we are passionate about serving delicious food throughout the year. Although the name of the restaurant refers to canteens of the Socialist era, its interior design and cuisine provides a more sophisticated take on the past that is fine-tuned to match contemporary sensibilities. It merges the savoir vivre of modern downtown restaurants with the relaxed atmosphere Budapest's 1960s coffee bars.
DiVino is one of the newest wine bar/wine shops in Budapest. Brought to you by the same people behind Tigris, a well-known downtown restaurant, DiVino offers a large selection of Hungarian wines by the glass and bottle. The focus is on up-and-coming winemakers from all over Hungary. Presently, DiVino serves wines from 26 winemakers