Budapest is an excellent travel destination for a number of reasons. From beautiful sights to excellent relaxing opportunities or world-famous festivals, you can find exactly what you need here, whatever that may be. Not to mention the Hungarian gastronomy, described by CNN as “the local cuisines exploding with flavour”. Today, we discuss the ten best restaurants worth checking out in the Hungarian capital.
This restaurant is famous for their approach to preparing food. János Mizsei, the young chef of the restaurant, is known to use Scandinavian practices even when preparing something traditional. The result is an amazing combination of originality and traditional flavours. A must when visiting this restaurant is the Mangalica pork, one of the specialities of the chef.
MÁK Bistro, Vigyázó Ferenc u. 4, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Könyvbár & Restaurant
This unique place is a special little corner of Budapest definitely worth checking out. The menu is inspired by books, and what is on offer changes every two weeks. Previously, guests could choose a Harry Potter-themed pumpkin soup or dishes inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The interior – walls lined with books – only adds to the ambience of the place.
Könyvbár & Restaurant, Dob u. 45, 1074 Budapest, Hungary
Törökméz is the perfect choice when craving breakfast – not just in the morning, too, as they serve omelettes, acai bowls and avocado toast among others all day long. The place is run by travellers and is located not far from the Buda Castle, so it is ideal for a quick coffee (and cake) break among all the sightseeing.
Törökméz, Margit u. 27, 1023 Budapest, Hungary
Caviar & Bull
This downtown restaurant is located in the Corinthia Hotel. Marvin Gauci, the chef who created it, is of Maltese origins. Nevertheless, staple dishes of Hungarian gastronomy can be found here, like the foie gras, paprika, Mangalica pig or Tokaj wine. Not to mention that even your caviar can be served with sour cream. Famous for meticulousness and a contemporary style, eating here is definitely an experience.
Caviar & Bull, Erzsébet krt. 43-49, 1073 Budapest, Hungary
A long-time favourite among tourists, Paprika can often be crowded. Nevertheless, you should check it out if you are on a budget – the price-portion ratio is amazing, considering the servings are huge. You can try the famous Goulash soup, Tatar Beef and various grilled meats here.
Tökmag Vegan Street Food
Costes Downtown, Vigyázó Ferenc u. 5, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
For more specific suggestions, check out this article about the famous Hungarian Lángosbáró or this one about ‘mártogatós’, the Hungarian reform food.