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If a walk in the Buda Castle and a well-deserved brunch/lunch at a legendary (and Insta-friendly) restaurant sound like your kind of family holiday, book a table at Déryné. The stylish restaurant has welcomed many celebrities, but this is not why it got on the list. Long before the sourdough revolution, they were baking their bread and were among the first to introduce brunch in Budapest. On weekends, from 9 am to late afternoon, you can choose from a selection of brunch classics and enjoy them while live music plays in the background and a babysitter looks after the little ones at the kids’ corner.
When it comes to child-friendly spots, the VakVarjú restaurant chain is unbeatable, with all of its locations offering a special focus on families. Our favourite unit is still VakVarjú in Újlipótváros because, on your way here, you get to stroll in this vibrant neighbourhood and past pretty Bauhaus buildings (coming from Jászai Mari tér). The restaurant is located in the RAM Colosseum and comes with a relaxed, bistro-style vibe. A big plus is that there are animators on weekends and a kids’ corner so adults can focus on the food in front of them. There’s a separate menu for kids, with meals like Chicken Run, Pinocchio’s favourite, Nemo’s favourite, and Cat Trap. And if there’s time for more playing about afterwards, there’s the Bóbita Literary Playground just inside the gates.
The pastry shop in the National Museum Garden is the fourth shop of the famous confectionary dynasty, the Auguszt family. It is housed in a former (and beautifully renovated) guard and garden house and offers real treats for children and parents alike. The Geraldine Slice is a real speciality, a combination of chocolate, quince jelly, and egg white, but the Auguszt krémes (mille-feuille) or E70 cake is also great, not to mention the cooked ice cream. There’s also a play corner inside with a small kitchen and building toys. You can also head to the Muzi playground in the Museum Garden, inspired by the history of the district and the novel The Paul Street Boys by Ferenc Molnár (see photos here).
Located in a peaceful part of town, near the main square of Óbuda, Vasmacska KávéZoo is recommended for older children, preschoolers, and young teenagers. Inside, you can see a veiled chameleon, a dwarf rabbit, a guinea pig, a dwarf hamster, and a bearded dragon, but you’re not allowed to touch them. There’s a lunch menu on weekdays and brunch on weekends, but you can also grab an artisan tart or panini and sit on the cosy terrace. People with food allergies are also welcome, as free-from sweets are always available. Various animal-related events are organised in the spirit of responsible animal husbandry, as well as workshops.
Maminti Kuckó, close to Széllkapu Park, is a favourite place for mums in District 2, but parents with young children come from further afield too. As well as a range of activities, there’s a super toy and book shop, advice on what to choose for which age group, and a little café with a kids’ corner. Here you can enjoy a coffee in the company of a pastry from local-favourite bakeries and confectionaries. And sometimes that’s all a tired mum or dad needs. On Saturday mornings they often have a mini-concert or puppet show.