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25 top summer terraces in Budapest

It looks like it's going to be another sweltering summer, so what better way to cool off and enjoy Budapest coming out of shutdown mode than a drink or a meal on a pleasant terrace. Here, overlooking the Danube, City Park or a downtown street, are 25 of our favourites.



Budapest’s most beautiful getaway sits on top of the Párisi department store on showcase Andrássy út. A rooftop oasis with signature cocktails, it has a Mediterranean menu and intimate live music. Somehow, it manages to be a tourist mecca without alienating the many local regulars. A prime view helps.



Burgers, poké bowls and bar food are served at the number one concert venue in Pest, right in the heart of town on Erzsébet tér. A favourite meeting place for many, and party central. Its water feature tricks you into thinking that you’re at some holiday resort when, in fact, you’re in the middle of a major European metropolis.



The popular ‘bar, restaurant, apartment and arboretum’ on trendy Bartók Béla út has reopened with mezze, sandwiches, a discerning wine selection, and artisanal teas and beers. An informal, friendly meeting place that attracts many from outside the neighbourhood.


Csendes Társ

Károlyi-kert is one of the most cosy, hidden oases in the city centre, a pocket park where it’s nice to cool off and hide from the hustle and bustle of nearby Astoria. Rich selection of Hungarian wines, soft drinks, coffees and Italian panzanella salad.



Opposite the Szabó Ervin Library deep in student central, the ‘Swallow’ is a pleasant, youthful terrace pub-café with an affordable weekly menu served at lunchtimes until 4pm.



Aficionados of Római-part, the bucolic Danube riverbank up in Óbuda, awash with rowing clubs and alfresco bars, have long made this bohemian hangout their go-to spot on summer evenings. Mediterranean, Greek and Serbian grill dishes are on offer, along with live music and the occasional film.



The Fiaker restaurant, with its hot kitchen, opened in Pest as the big brother of KisBécs (‘Little Vienna’) in hilly Buda, first entered the public consciousness primarily for its super Austrian wines and themed evenings. The demanding audience of bar-lined Madách tér immediately picked up on the monarchical theme, and in 2020, Fiaker was also granted the Award of Excellence by the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine.



The Jardinette garden restaurant in Farkasrét has long been attracting families and groups of friends to these leafy climes. In the shade of the spacious chestnut trees, don’t miss the speciality onion roast and famous floating island dessert.



A big favourite on once neglected, now hip haunt, of Népsziget, awaits under the railway bridge, where the old industrial atmosphere of the shipyard meets mother nature, the Danube and a creative contemporary environment. Order a spritzer or a funky lemonade, and mingle with friends as the sun sets.



Another busy terrace on Bartók Béla út, Kelet (‘East’) is famous not only for its book exchange, but also for its breakfasts, grilled-meat sandwiches, Oriental main dishes, coffees and draught beers. Culture and recreation merge into one.



With the establishment of KIOSK almost ten years ago, a culinary hub developed on the previously empty and neglected site of Március 15. tér. Daily menus, à la carte, cocktails, wines, live music and DJs all come with views of the Danube, Elizabeth Bridge and Citadella atop Gellért Hill opposite. In addition to cooling drinks desserts, you’ll find real Neapolitan pizza in the summer-only KIOSK Garden.


Kobuci Kert

On one side of Zichy Castle in Óbuda, the well-established Kobuci Kert schedules world music evenings, jazz and blues, as well as folk and underground performances – which can all be accompanied by spritzers with premium baps and barbecue dishes. Culture, recreation and community merge into one.


Kőleves Kert

Offering good-quality Hungarian and international cuisine, the Kőleves Kert is open for business again in the heart of Budapest’s nightlife quarter. The best weekly menus in the area, excellent spritzers and a lively Pest atmosphere typify any visit.



Up in Kelenvölgy, beside Egér út, you’ll find one of the best BBQ terraces in the area, MAG Kert. A nice crowd gathers here over ice-cold beer, burgers, pulled pork, grilled delights, chili and boundless chill in District XI.


Nap bácsi

In summer, the Római-part embankment is simply unbeatable. It’s isn’t just the Danube or the idyllic environment, it’s because of places like Nap bácsi. Beanbags, deckchairs, decent food comprises this fantastic communal space.


Normafa Grill Terrace

The surroundings of the capital’s favourite getaway have undergone a spectacular transformation, as part of which the Normafa Grill Terrace has reopened with Uruguayan rib-eye steak burgers served up amid birdsong. A food truck, barbecue dishes, soups, desserts and a takeaway picnic package are also available, tranquillity guaranteed.


Nyereg, az Itató

Nyereg is a cosy cultural bistro, a family- and dog-friendly garden space amid foliage, under the open sky in the heart of City Park. The 800-square-metre building is the oldest here, and it once functioned as an annexe to the Artézi Baths. Hamburgers, sandwiches, grill dishes and pancakes fly out of the kitchen most days of the year.



At this iconic place in City Park, the holy trinity of bean soup, goulash and cottage-cheese dumplings has been supplemented with sophisticated and unique handcrafted burgers. The Pántlika is a must-see for friends, family, children and dogs, a former Expo pavilion whose history rhymes with that of the capital itself.



Perem on the shores of Népsziget is a really relaxing place serving fried fish and lángos fried dough with dips, and English breakfasts at weekends with iced coffee or fresh orange juice – a little bubbly could also be snuck into that orange juice at times. By day and evening, the special Greek and caprese lángos, ice-cold spritzers and a lively atmosphere are guaranteed.



Poke bowls, wraps, lemonades, summer cocktails, breakfasts and ice cream allow you to unwind in Buda. With a pavilion erected and painted pink by the Hello Wood team of eco-warriors, Samantha is the newest member of the 4BRO group, opening daily from 11am at the Millenáris Park. Everything from dinner to family activities to a first drink before an evening’s carousing is possible. (x)



Mexican cuisine in the form of nachos, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, burrito bowls and chili con carne, comes with frozen margaritas, mezcal and a big dollop of chill in the garden here, offering a bohemian vibe amid the residential blocks of busy Pest. This is a big-hearted Mexican mama dressed in pastels and bright colours who knows how to handle flavours. (x)


VakVarjú Csónakház

In the completely green surroundings of thus transformed Danube embankment in Pesterzsébet, the VakVarjú Csónakház awaits those wishing to relax with international flavours, Hungarian classics, a special fish menu, a G&T bar, a wide range of wine and its own beer. Alongside are spa baths, a beach, a jetty and a terrace, where tables stand on the banks of the Danube. (x)


Zöld Küllő

The pearl of Zugló is this green spot behind Vajdahunyad Castle, a place for fried fish and burgers, beer and spritzers, the Zöld Küllő. It’s a real Danubian atmosphere here, near the shade of the trees in City Park. Ideal for cyclists, too.



A popular beer garden alongside Nyugati station, the Giraffe stormed out of the blocks five years ago. Small-batch beer, spritzers, acoustic concerts and match-watching all feature – pick your place in the main square of festival seating or on the gentle slopes overlooking it.



Giraffe Buda has just opened at the Millenáris Park, stablemate of its long-established namesake by Nyugati station, set in lush greenery and sure to be one of the big hitters on this side of the river this summer.


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