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10 best spots in Budapest for cosy drink

It’s cold out there, folks, so to warm up as you do your Christmas shopping, here are our favourite spots in town for a cosy drink in convivial surroundings.



Any of Budapest's literary cafés could be recommended here as a cosy winter hideaway, comfy scenes evoked by peaceful reading over a hot drink, surrounded by bookshelves. Located on burgeoning Margit körút, Bookta, with its friendly atmosphere, bookstore past, quieter location and good prices, is a particularly suitable choice for escaping the cold of winter.


Csészényi Kávézó

Its picture windows facing busy Krisztina körút, the Csészényi Kávézó features that classic accompaniment to any Hungarian winter, the brightly tiled stove. Coffee aromas waft from the grinders, the roasting arabica sourced from the large coffee-growing areas of Guatemala, India, Cuba and Ethiopia all available.


Espressoul Budapest

Strings of lights, plentiful wood and comfortable leather sofas encourage you to sit down for a decent coffee and a delicious cake here on downtown Hercegprímás utca. Espressoul embodies a lovely mix of homeliness and elegance, offering ten minutes of peace and quiet in the busy city centre.



If you want to warm up with alcohol, the Rocking Horse can be an ideal choice, where you can find whisky, vodka and rum at affordable prices. The atmosphere is ruin-bar, and the namesake rocking horses are also given a role. And, thanks to the strange lamps, wallpaper and pictures on the upholstery, a playful, warming atmosphere fills the place.



Kaptafa is a multifunctional place, where they prepare imaginative and hearty breakfasts until 3pm from Sundays to Thursdays (try the natural defibrillator and mimosa) while Fridays and Saturdays are given over to beer, wine and socialising until 2am. The gallery feel likes a friend’s living room, with comfortable sofas, ottomans and armchairs, so getting up to leave is never easy. It’s also ideal for small groups as the atmosphere is pretty intimate.



'The Cat’ is as warm and friendly as its name suggests, just go inside and head up to the gallery you'll see above your head. This cushioned, carpeted, elevated cabin can only be approached in socks, it’s a great place to relax, listen to the chatter and music filtering down from below with a warming drink in your hand.


Rengeteg RomKafé

Any number of ruin pubs could feature here, but this one, with its strange fairytale world, is probably the most suitable. The café is full of teddy bears who invite you for a hug, as tea steams from old pots and friendly staff serve some of the most concentrated hot chocolates in town.



Roots evokes the atmosphere of the classic pub where you can spend the day in a good mood from morning to night. It’s just like being at home, just not in pyjamas. The best spots here are on the pillows placed by the huge windows, watching the freezing pedestrians outside while you sit with your hot drink.


Sirius & Altair

These siblings are located close to each other, Altair having just opened this month. You have to ring to enter the small tearooms in the cellars, the furnishings are a bit dated, but the warm colours and textiles provide comfort. You almost feel like putting up a no entry sign on the small gallery dividers as you sink into winter relaxation.


Café Zsivágó

It’s almost as if it’s winter all year round at Zsivágó, given the scenery straight out of a Chekhov play, although here calm and warmth await. There’s a champagne-and-caviar breakfast, too, a variety of hot drinks and authentic pierogi. Although the samovars are laid out as ornaments and do not gurgle into action, you can still enjoy the peaceful ambience with original Russian tea.


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