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Budapest’s best soup spots – where to warm up this winter

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  • Nemes Nóra

12/01/2021 10.17am

With winter showing its true face, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a filling bowl of soup. Grab your coat and head out to pick up a cup of goodness – or have it delivered. Here are our favourite soup spots in Budapest.

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Bors Gasztrobár

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1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 10.

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Bors was already a popular spot way before Kazinczy utca became the centre of the city’s nightlife scene. This street-food bistro is characterised by a speedy service and unconventional menu options: pair your hot baguette sandwich with a curd cheese-based sweet pancake soup – inspired by Hungarian Túró Rudi bars – or opt for something more traditional. 

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Hokedli

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1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 10.

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The daily changing menu at Hokedli ensures that you’ll always find dishes prepared using high-quality, seasonal ingredients purchased from reliable producers. Their healthy and colourful soups – usually created with an added twist – are worth any wait in line, not to mention offering value for money. 

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Oriental Soup House - Balzac utca

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1136 Budapest, Balzac utca 35.

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If you have a hankering for a fragrant bowl of steaming pho, look no further. The Oriental Soup House is the original outlet of this authentic Vietnamese chain where you’re bound to find something you like – whether it’s a flaming hot or a gently spiced bowl of deliciousness. Unfortunately, their downtown restaurant had to close down in November but this one in Újlipótváros is still open for takeaway.


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Rapaz

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1073 Budapest, Erzsébet körút 4.

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You can’t go wrong with a hearty bowl of soup – especially if you pair it with a delicious Rapaz sandwich. Besides some well-known savoury classics, their frequently changing menu items also include enticing dessert-inspired soups.

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Róma Ételbár

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1015 Budapest, Csalogány utca 20.

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A spoonful of Róma’s home-style chicken soup should evoke precious childhood memories of grandma’s kitchen. This storied food spot in Buda is the best place to go if you want something filling and traditional, as they offer soups such as their smoky lentil goulash and korhelyleves, the allegedly hangover-curing Hungarian sauerkraut soup. 

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Spatula

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District XI. Bartók Béla út 8

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If you just want to grab a heart-warming soup for lunch, this breakfast and brunch café is the place to go. Spatula’s short menu changes daily, but your soup will always be served in an edible cup which made its debut last autumn: these homemade containers are not only eco-friendly, but also practical as they can last without leaking for up to 20-30 minutes.

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Szépilona Bistro

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1021 Budapest, Budakeszi út 3.

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Szépilona is lauded for its exquisite Tafelspitz, the king of Austrian festive dishes, a rarity in modern-day Budapest. It brings back the era of Austro-Hungary as you go through the ritual of first eating the rich beef broth and then enjoying the high-quality beef topside slices with apple horseradish sauce, creamed spinach or semolina dumplings – first having sampled the divine bone marrow on toast.


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Vietnamigulyás.hu HK

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District II. Frankel Leo út 10

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Vietnamese goulash soup, the love child of South-East Asian and Hungarian cuisine, was created by star chef Krisztián Huszár whose bold culinary ideas have left indelible marks on the Budapest culinary scene. Huszár offers numerous spiced-up versions of traditional Asian soups which may be topped with smoked pork cheek, tonkatsu, loin of bacon or mangalica pork shoulder. Last autumn, Gábor Mogyorósi – a local chef with fine-dining experience – joined Huszár to combine forces and create an even more flourishing Vietnamigulyás


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WAFU

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District VII. Kazinczy utca 3

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Budapest is now full of ramen spots, but this is still the top Japanese comfort food in town. You can’t go wrong with their spicy pork or tasty vegetarian noodle soups, but if you want a unique taste experience, order one of their filling traditional Japanese hotpots.  


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