Hungry, but don’t have much time? Bored of eating gyros and sandwiches all the time? Fortunately, Budapest offers really good Hungarian restaurants with great dishes, from soups to pastry, for everyone who’s in a hurry or just want to have nice snack for lunch. Here are five places you should try if your stomach rumbles like a monster and you had the chance to try real Hungarian dishes yet.
When two young and talented chefs decide to make quality Hungarian street food with delicious soups in paper cups, unique baguettes, pastas and spicy homemade syrups for a student-friendly price (a soup-baguette-combo for 1000 HUF), I’d say it’s nothing but simply awesome. Bors is very popular, so if you’d like to check it out at lunchtime, prepare for a huge queue, but it really worth it.
Address: Kazinczy utca 10. (a few steps from Szimpla Kert)
Open: Mon-Sat: 11:30-21:00
Cserpes Tejivó/Milk Bar
Cserpes is a Cheese Manufacturer which makes really good quality dairy products, and opened an oldschool Milk Bar (called Tejivó). They called it this based on their products and the pastry from the a small bakery under the shop. It’s kind of special even for the Hungarians, considering that we haven’t seen such a great Milk Bar (or any Milk Bars) for such a long time. Cserpes Milk Bar (which you can find on the internet here) recalls the childhoods dream breakfast with cocoa milk, túrós táska (pastry with sweet cottage cheese), kakaós csiga (cocoa roll) along with delicious salads, sandwiches, milkshakes, syrups – all of which are handmade.
Address: Sütő utca 2. (At Deák tér metro station, next to the McDonald’s) and Corvin köz
Open: Mon-Sat: 7:30-22:00; Sun: 9:00-20:00
BITE Bakery Café
Another great restaurant for a nice breakfast or a light lunch in a hurry, or just to have cup of coffee: BITE Bakery is a bakery with a lot of pretzels, rolls, stickers, snacks with dips, a yoghurt-machine and coffee. They make everything in front of the guests, including all the pastry and baked goods. You can choose from little pretzels, big pretzels (ranging in price from 350-450 HUF), from a huge variety of rolls (cinnamon/cocoa flavoured 450 HUF, bigger ones for 790 HUF) and spicy dips. All these products can be for take-away too.
Address: Teréz körút 62. (Next to Nyugati railway station)
Open: Mon-Sat: 7:00-20:00; Sun: 8:00-19:00
Főzelék is definitely a real Hungarian dish: it is made of vegetables, and is somewhere between a soup and a stew. Főzelékfaló has a bit canteen-feeling, but in the good, nostalgic way, with a wide variety of fresh meats, soups, desserts and of course főzelék. The staff are nice, the prices are low, and this place is a good choice on a rainy day when you just want eat something warm and tasty that completely fills your stomach.
Főzelékfaló is a chain of restaurants, you find four in the city:
- Október 23. utca (next to the mall, called Allee); Mon-Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun: 10:00-20:00
- Bartók Béla út 43-47.; Mon-Fri: 10:00-21:30; Sat: 12:00-20:00
- Petőfi Sándor utca 1. (Ferenciek tere metro station); Mon-Fri: 10:00-20:00, Sat: 12:00-20:00
- Vak Botthány utca 75/A-c (in Köki terminál, Kőbánya-Kispest metro station); Mon-Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun: 10:00-20:00
In English this is called a chimney cake or stove cake, it originates from Transylvania, but is pretty popular in Hungary too. It’s a sweet pastry sprinkled with sugar, baked on a wooden spit and rolled slowley above open fire, so it gets its particular shape. The surface of the pastry is crunchy, but in the inside it’s the sweet and tender. If you visit Hungary, it’s a must, especially with a glass of mulled wine or a mug of cocoa milk.
At: Deák Ferenc tér metro station
by Zsófia Nábelek