Brunch must be one of the best meals of the day. You can have brunch not only when you’ve woken up late but it’s still early for lunch, but also when you’ve been up for so long and it’s still not nearly noon. The Hungarian capital is an especially great place for a late breakfast-early lunch. Here are the 6 best places to brunch in Budapest!
Szeretlek Magyarország has compiled a list of the 6 best brunch places in Budapest. According to the portal, the perfect day starts with a slow and hearty breakfast. How true! Below are the best places for the perfect brunch in February:
The Central Café opened in 1887 and enjoyed its first heyday in the early 1900s. The greatest Hungarian writers and poets were regulars. Although it has changed a lot, the Central Café has remained faithful to its literary heritage ever since.
Brunch is available at any time during the day in the legendary café. The most striking feature of the menu is the Brunch Tower, of which there are several different combinations. There are savoury options, vegan versions and plenty for the sweet tooth.
What is more, brunch is accompanied by live piano music!
The lobby of the former Horizon Cinema is now home to one of the most popular breakfast spots. The circular building offers an unrivalled ambience, with huge windows overlooking the bustling city. According to Szeretlek Magyarország, breakfast is like edible art here: like seeing the work of art of a contemporary artist come to life on the plate.
Address: 13 Erzsébet körút (Elizabeth Boulevard), Budapest 1073.
The French-style breakfast restaurant on Akácfa Street is a charming and peaceful island in a tourist-favourite area. According to Szeretlek Magyarország, it’s best to either choose a weekday to try Béchamel or to show up by opening at weekends as it’s quite crowded in peak hours: the eatery can only seat around 30 people.
Croque Madame, French toast, shakshuka, avocado toast – whatever your heart desires, you will find here. As a plus, Béchamel offers classic, dark-roasted coffee.
The success of Cafe Brunch Budapest is demonstrated by the fact that the business, launched in 2017, now offers all-day breakfast in 5 locations across the Hungarian capital.
The menu offers a wide range of options, including gluten-free and lactose-free, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Many dishes are found unchanged in each unit, but there are also some unique items.
As for the coffee (a very important part of brunch! For some, of course): a local artisanal coffee roaster, Budapest Kávé, makes a special 100% Brazilian Arabica coffee blend for Cafe Brunch Budapest, which is available in all their shops.
This place is not part of the downtown hustle and bustle. The Benedict Reggeliző & Bar is located in the 13th district, right on the banks of the Danube: the unique atmosphere makes it worth a trip even if you don’t live in the area.
They take their name as seriously as possible, and stick to the name of the inventor of Eggs Benedict on more than just the menu level, Szeretlek Magyarország writes. Lemuel Benedict appears in the logo and in various decorative items throughout the restaurant.
VAJ, meaning butter, is the odd one out on the list, as it’s more of a bakery-café chain than can be found in three locations in Budapest. According to Szeretlek Magyarország, the best of the best pastries and baked goods can be found here. A perfect example of this is their pain au chocolat. Or their croissant with pistachio and blackcurrant.
Their savoury sandwiches are also in the must-try category.
Address: 18 József Attila Street, Budapest 1051
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