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The essence of the Arán Bakery is found in the sourdough they introduced here from Dublin: Paddy, creating the ultimate high-quality bread on Wesselényi utca. The owners, who themselves have spent a good amount of time in Ireland, are also good at creating pastries and sophisticated sandwiches. The chosen breakfast option should go with their One Eleven light-roast coffee or one of the Superjuice flavours they offer.
WLB tip: cruffins, any of the sandwiches
Traditional, homemade sourdough breads are lovingly prepared at Artizán. The variety here is truly impressive, with everything from wholegrain breads to special daily offers, including focaccias, baguettes and ciabattas. Take them home while they are fresh, or taste them on the spot through one of the graciously packed and delicious sandwiches found here, with quality ingredients from mozzarella to tuna and ham. The spacious interior is complemented by a lovely terrace, where you can have an especially stylish breakfast experience over coffee, tea and/or a freshly squeezed orange juice.
WLB tip: cardamom roll, any sandwich
Craft bakery Butter Brothers is known for its rich, buttery, flaky pastries with a great variety of fillings, found near the Great Market Hall on Lónyay utca and run by a young and dynamic team with endless creativity. The offers change almost daily (depending on the types of ingredients they have to hand) and, as they say, the results speak for themselves – but this is what makes them special. Their cocoa swirls are absolute winners, and the dairy products used in the treats are sourced from a free-range family farm. Opening early in the morning, they welcome you in for a satisfying breakfast before going to work or college.
WLB tip: cocoa swirl, tomato-and-Emmental-cheese puff
The founders of Freyja have proved their skills when it comes to baking on countless occasions, like at Butter Brothers or The Mill, which serves half of the city. Their croissant place in District VII explores a whole new territory however, delving into the world of Danish pastries. Their long-matured croissants made up of 27 buttery layers is present as the single choice for now, but they come in an endless number of varieties. We’ve seen goats’ cheese, raspberry and pistachio versions here, but the offered flavours change over time, depending on the season, the invention of the bakers and the wishes of the visitors. One thing is certain: there are always both savoury and sweet options to choose from. Though pricier than what you might find at a store or at a regular bakery, the way these treats are prepared, their originality and their ability to serve as the perfect, filling breakfast definitely make them a must-try.
WLB tip: pistachio, duck mousse
The Három Tarka Macska bakery on Pozsonyi út hides one of the best cocoa swirls in town – a reliable indicator of any great breakfast place. Those who get the chance should also try the excellent baguettes and red-wine flavoured snacks found here, as well as the breads made on-site by the French baker. Három Tarka Macska is acclaimed both as a bakery and as a breakfast place, the sunny interior creating the right atmosphere for munching on a sandwich or one of the egg dishes in the morning.
WLB tip: cocoa swirl
Run by pastry chef and baker duo Kata and Norbi, JM6 is an excellent brunch and bakery venue on Jászai Mari tér, with freshly baked sourdough breads available twice a day. Their pastry selection is quite eclectic: besides classic Hungarian desserts, visitors will also find in-house invented, one-of-a-kind treats, such as zserbó swirls, rugelach with almond cream, or goats’-cheese-and-rosemary pies. You can ask for a complete breakfast menu here, with homemade sandwiches, tapioca puddings and confectionery items.
WLB tip: rugelach with almond cream, zserbó swirl
Péter Sábli exchanged ballet and the stage of the Opera House for a peel and a bakery on Nagymező utca – and we definitely approve of his decision. At Kiskovász, breads are prepared the same way as in your grandmother’s day, using nothing but flour, salt, water and leaven, with a result that is richly textured and substantial. You’ll really like their pastry with the fancy name Peti lelke (‘Peti’s Soul’, after the owner), with a basil-pesto filling as well as cottage cheese and bacon, but you’ll also be captivated by concoctions featuring peach, jam and walnuts, and their cocoa swirls. essence, Kiskovász is a simple, lovely and honest place.
WLB tip: Peti lelke, kotkoda, croissant
Not far from the Millenáris Park, Szerelmes Levél (‘Love Letter’) offers rows of nicely arranged pastries and excellent sourdough breads, which they like to promote at festivals as well as in-store. The lovely vibe of the bakery is the perfect setting to browse the crusty, densely baked, flavourful breads – also as sandwiches. As the most recent venture of the esteemed Pékműhely bakery, the high qualities of the brand are complemented with agreeable innovations here, such as the sandwiches and baguettes, as well as the fact that you can comfortably sit down. Despite their craft label, the goods at Szerelmes Levél are quite wallet-friendly.
WLB tip: cocoa swirl, canalé, any of the sandwiches