With the onset of Budapest's gastro revolution we listed our favorite street-food spots in our year-end collection, so this time we introduce some of the freshly-opened locales. We created numerous categories in order to make the compilation easy to navigate. Now, let's hit the streets together and find the best fast-food spots in the Hungarian capital.
Zing Burger Food Truck (Seasonal)
The Zing Burger van popped up last year in , and became an instant sensation with its gigantic burgers that made a guest appearance at this year's Sziget Festival, where it experienced the same roaring success. After savoring the legendary burger, you can quench your thirst with fine-quality beers at the nearby Legenda Pub and Léhűtő Craft Beer Bar.
We couldn't imagine the place without pipes twisting on the ceiling, the old-school chequered floor, or without its first-class burgers. Specialties like a lamb or salmon burger are standard meals here, while the original Finomító burger left us in awe.
Address: 1027 Budapest, Varsányi Irén Street 33.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 8pm
Magic offers heaps of burger varieties: there are four types of buns, nine meaty treats, and sixteen toppings to choose from. One of our favorite is the chicken burger with jalapeno, onion sprout, bacon, blue cheese and zucchini that is a must try for everyone craving intense flavors.
Other great Budapest locales with fantastic burgers:
Pizza Me - Corvin
Preparing some basic and innovative pizza varieties of paper-thin dough, using fine-quality ingredients – like Parma ham, fresh tomatoes, or Nutella – this small nook on Budapest's bustling Király Street, is busy all day and night and we truly understand why: the pizza is straight from the oven and it's always offered fresh to guests.
La Trattoria is a friendly Italian restaurant on Budapest's Október 6. Street, with an owner of Hungarian origin, where the pizza is fresh and crispy, and it's served right from the oven.
Spread across multiple locales in Budapest, we list Jack's Burger for their pizza varieties with their tastefully thin dough and generously applied toppings.
Address: 1051 Budapest, 4 Hercegprímás Street
Hai Nam Pho Bisztró
With a limited selection of pho, delicious meat and fish, this place is a must-try for those who are looking for authentic Vietnamese meals. Besides the permanent dishes, Hai Nam also has a daily menu offer.
Funky Pho represents South Vietnamese flavours, pleasing not only Vietnamese people living in Hungary, but Budapest residents, and visitors to the city alike. Their broad menu boasts pho, summer rolls, pasta salad, Vietnamese coffee, along with an ever-changing weekly offer.
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Soup Culture offers four types of soup a day, and the selection includes a traditional Hungarian, a Mediterranean, and a sweet soup. If soup alone doesn't fill you, go for the daily menu that comes with a pair of fried sandwiches at reasonable rates.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Október 6. Street 19.
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 11am - 7pm, Saturday: 12pm - 6pm
Try innovative flavors at Soupway, such as the Bolognese soup, a meal that is reminiscent of a hearty stew. The soups cost 450 forints, while in a menu guests can order a soup and a baguette for 1,000 forints.
Soupway Soup Bar (closed)
Address: 1111 Budapest, 18 Karinthy Frigyes Road
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Bubba's Water Grill
Inspired by seaside settings, this friendly eatery is equipped with surf board tables, sailor-themed decorations, while providing lots of fish-based meals. Fish & chips can be ordered in three sizes with cod, catfish, or king prawns, while the menu features grilled salmon, fish burger, soups, and salads as well.
Address: 1034 Budapest, Bécsi út 65.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-23:00
The Bigfish on Andrássy Avenue is a notable fish place in Budapest, offering a wide variety of the seafood-repertoire, from smoked mackerel to Calamari to the classic Fish and Chips, all this making the eatery ideal for seafood-aficionados.
There's something fishy going on down in the depths of the cellar located on the corner of Lövőház and Fény Street, a place called NEMO. Whitewashed walls, ocean-blue decorations, and natural wood elements characterize the place that serves such treats as the hearty tuna burger and fish & chips with tasty homemade dips.
Four types of soups and pastas are on offer at Souper Pasta, serving spaghetti carbonara, pasta with smoked meat or pumpkin toppings. If you have a heavy appetite, go for the daily menu (1350 HUF), but a box of pasta (990 HUF) is more than enough to fill you up.
Address: 1067 Budapest, Teréz boulevard 52.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 11am-8pm
PASTA. - Apály utca
Located on bustling Kálvin Square in central Budapest, this tiny Italian eatery is not afraid to innovate. Besides the classic pasta dishes, the menu regularly features such culinary twists, as the Tandoori or Momofuku pasta. During the warmer months the eatery's small terrace space is ideal for a casual sun-splashed dining.
A Presto on Hajós Street near the Hungarian State Opera is a well-kept secret that certainly needs more publicity. The place has a fixed menu, however the chef is open to requests, creating boundless meal options to savor. We especially recommend A Presto's light gnocchi that almost melts in the mouth.When craving pasta, also try:
Arriba Taqueria offers inexpensive and appetizing Mexican meals in town, with multiple shops on the city's Pest and Buda sides. The spice-infused selection includes burrito, quesadilla, and much more and all this you can chase down with a glass of chilled Mexican beer.
1067 Budapest, 25 Teréz boulevard
1015 Budapest, 1/A Széna square
1117 Budapest, 8-10 Október huszonharmadika Street (Alle)
This centrally located eatery's selection includes burrito, tacos, chicken steak, beef carnitas, pork fajita, and vegetarian options, served with three salsas and other optional ingredients. The menu also features soups, Mexican salads, and chips with salsa or guamacole.
Found on Pozsonyi Street in Budapest's Dsitrict XIII, Briós is a homely breakfast café, proffering soft croissants and bagels, fresh sandwiches with salads, alongside fine Italian coffee concoctions, while the place has lunch menus from Monday to Friday.