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Ever toasted with pálinka and tucked into chicken paprikash in a Hungarian home? Hungry for Hungary offers this experience.
We've got you covered with the go-to spots to ease those post-night-out munchies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
iconic place in
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.
on the shores of Népsziget is a really relaxing place serving fried fish and lángos fried dough
dips, and English
breakfasts at weekends with iced coffee or fresh orange juice – a
could also be snuck into that orange juice at times. By
day and evening, the special Greek and caprese lángos,
and a lively
atmosphere are guaranteed.
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.