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20 top terraces in Budapest this spring

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  • Dávid Kovács

02/05/2022 4.49pm

With May now upon us, it’s time to find a terrace table, order a drink and watch the world go by. Here are our 20 favourite spots in Budapest for outdoor imbibing this spring!

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Bambi Eszpresszó

1/20

1027 Budapest, Frankel Leó út 2-4

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The revered Bambi Eszpresszó has been a popular spot on the Buda side since the ’60s. Read about its colourful history here. The interior remains unchanged to this day, exuding the same homely atmosphere as yesteryear. The best feature of the place is that it also has a terrace, popular as soon as spring arrives. For breakfast or just a coffee in a small glass cup, you can expect the same, old-school presentation.

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BÉLA

2/20

1114 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 23.

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A favourite spot on Buda’s trendy boulevard Bartók Béla út, BÉLA is also named after an acronym of its various functions: bar, eatery, loft and arboretum. Mainly, though, it’s a cosy place for dates and gatherings, its bohemian feel enhanced by a recent refurb as it welcomes new and returning guests to its shaded terrace. Superior tapas – beetroot-and-gorgonzola spread, BÉLA platter with all kinds of cheeses, sausage and ham – complement a discerning drinks list featuring rums from the Seychelles, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Bereg Embassy Bar & Cafe

3/20

1015 Budapest, Batthyány utca 49

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The Bereg Embassy Bar & Cafe is one of the cosiest gardens in Budapest, imitating the north-eastern Hungarian region of Bereg, where the sibling owners come from. In the courtyard of the Hattyúház, a small business centre in a historic building, draught Bavarian Hekkelberger and Angus beefburgers with homemade sauce are served, along with an excellent lunch menu. All is not ten minutes’ walk from the Mammut mall, and invariably less pricy than other local options.

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Bp BARbq Terrace

4/20

1039 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos üdülőpart 115

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The Bp BARbq Terrace was one of the biggest openings on the less crowded section of the Danube-side Római-part in the summer of 2020. The grilled meat which earned the original Bp BARbq its fame, in Pest’s nightlife quarter, is sizzled and served at a shaded, riverfront location. You can approach the place from the water, in fact, at it’s by a jetty overseen by the Budapest Yacht Club, and you can try out one of several water sports or even rent a motorboat.

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Csendes Társ

5/20

1053 Budapest, Magyar utca 18

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Csendes Társ is a real oasis right in the city centre, largely thanks to the proximity of popular pocket park Károlyi-kert. Some of Hungary’s best winemakersDúzsi, Jásdi, Szent Dónat – feature on the drinks list while breakfast options abound, including eggs and bacon, and raspberry granola with Greek yoghurt.

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Fellini Római Kultúrbisztró

6/20

1039 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos Üdülőpart 5.

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Just like Nap bácsi (see below), Fellini Római Kultúrbisztró is also a well-known place at Római-part, alongside the Danube in Óbuda. The name, ‘Fellini Cultural Bistro’, suits the place, as acoustic concerts, film screenings, art workshops and fairs are all regular events here. Draught beers are Czech-only, either Primátor from Náchod or Konrad from Vratislavice, there’s bottled cider, too, plus the signature house softie, the Fellini Fresca, with ginger, lemon, tonic and mint. Food-wise, carnivores can munch into a Balkanburger of pljeskavica with ajvar, vegetarians can go for spinach-and-cheese flatbread, among many other options.

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Garden Placc

7/20

1039 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos üdülőpart 17

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Garden Placc opened at the riverside Római-part in 2021, an ideal place to relax and unwind, with burgers served and HB wheat beer poured from the tap. You can also rent a SUP, kayak or canoe and reward yourself with a drink and a deckchair afterwards.

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Halas Guszti

8/20

1237 Budapest, Vízisport utca 34

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By the Danube at Ráckeve south of Budapest, Halas Guszti specialises in fried hake but also offers pike, bream, catfish soup, crab snacks and calamari rings. Those who prefer meat to fish, can choose from a selection of fried sausage, all washed down with various summer drinks.

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Kabin

9/20

1138 Budapest, Népsziget út 727.

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Kabin is one of the most popular places on unspoilt Népsziget, the lesser-known of Budapest’s islands with its own bohemian scene, and the perfect place to take in sunset at the foot of Újpest railway bridge. Young and old mix on the terrace, where local FIRST craft beers can be sipped and burgers devoured beside the Danube.

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Kis Fecske Presszó

10/20

1088 Budapest, Mikszáth Kálmán tér 2

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With the arrival of spring, the whole of Mikszáth Kálmán tér in the Palace Quarter turns into a large terrace, filling the area with alfresco buzz. You can choose from several places, of which the Kis Fecske is a particular favourite, thanks to its relaxed feel and wallet-friendly prices. A lunch menu operates from noon to 4pm.

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Kőleves Kert és Vendéglő

11/20

1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 37-41.

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The garden at Kőleves Kert in the heart of the Jewish Quarter has just opened. Here diners may enjoy one of the best lunch menus (11.30am-3pm) in the area or choose from the seasonally changing selection of mainly Jewish classics, in reliably bohemian and retro surroundings.

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Mad Garden Buda

12/20

1033 Budapest, Miklós tér 1

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Mad Garden Buda has just opened in the grounds of a historic factory in Óbuda by craft-beer crew Mad Scientist. See here for a look at how brewing is done down in Kőbánya. With the experience of running Mad Kert at the brewery and the Madhouse Bar in town, Tamás Szilágyi and team are well set up for this new venue, where gluten-free tacos can help soak up the various craft beers.

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Majomhoz

13/20

1122 Budapest, Maros utca 56

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The secret garden of Buda opened in 2020, smuggling in a touch of festival atmosphere to Városmajor this year as well. Renowned experts DiVino takes care of the wine at Majomhoz (‘At the Monkey’s’), but there is also a separate gin and champagne counter, street food provided by Burger Market, and an occasional agenda of performances and events.

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N28 Wine and Kitchen

14/20

1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 28

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The lively nightlife scene on theatre-lined Nagymező utca was expanded with the N28 Wine and Kitchen in the summer of 2021. Here, everything is centred around wine, with a separate menu for those available by the glass and a directory of Hungarian labels categorised by region, it’s that kind of place – although the quality of cheese and ham platters isn’t to be sniffed at. In addition to their themed dinner evenings, they also organise regular tastings.

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Nap bácsi

15/20

1039 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos Üdülőpart 9.

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At weekends, the Római-part by the Danube often gets crowded, but luckily Nap bácsi is still a place for peaceful relaxation. Its wooden deckchairs, cauldron stews, small-batch beers, home-made lemonades and DJs from Tilos Rádió make it a special place to wind down after a stressful week. Open from the last days of April.

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Nemdebár

16/20

1025 Budapest, Széll Kálmán tér 5.

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The key location of Nemdebár on the busy Buda square of Széll Kálmán tér attracts musicians and artists all year round, familiar faces convening in a bohemian space. In addition to the familial atmosphere and great underground music, a dog-friendly attitude applies. Now with the warmer weather, you can take a seat outside the entrance and watch the constant tram blur and bustle – or find a place in the inner courtyard under open skies.

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Pántlika

17/20

1146 Budapest, Hermina út 47.

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The Pántlika has been integral to City Park since the 1960s, occupying an authentically retro house constructed as an information booth for fairs that once took place here, and an Expo that didn't. Read about its colourful history here. These days, it serves a large range of shots and pálinkas, as well as the signature Budapest burger in relaxed, family- and dog-friendly surroundings, mainly beneath tree shade.

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Zengő Bár

18/20

1088 Budapest, Krúdy utca 6

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Zengő Bár opened on Krúdy Gyula utca in the Palace Quarter in 2020. It’s mainly a place for wine, 250 varieties covering nearly all of Hungary’s 22 wine regions, but the range of spirits is also impressive, Lagavulin single malt, Diplomático rum, and so on. Craft beers feature, along with tapas – look out for the mixed antipasti – and occasional tastings.

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Zöld Küllő

19/20

1146 Budapest, Paál László út/George Washington sétány

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Its name a play on words – referring both to the European green woodpecker, Bird of the Year in 2022, and to the spokes of a wheel – the cycle-friendly Zöld Küllő occupies a former transformer house behind pretty Vajdahunyad Castle. Unlike its Disneyesque, lakeside neighbour, its greatness lies in its simplicity. Draught beer consists of its own brew, either a lager or, unusually, a ginger wheat beer, the house burger is made with juicy suckling pig.

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Zsiráf/Zsiráf Buda

20/20

1062 Budapest, Teréz körút 53/1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus utca 2-4

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Zsiráf opened on Eiffel Square by Nyugati station in 2016 and soon become a popular summer-night venue with acoustic concerts, Hungarian fried-dough favourite lángos, BBQ street food and parties. If you just want a few beers with friends, Zsiráf is a great spot for that, too. Sister outlet Zsiráf Buda now awaits guests at Széllkapu Park, open all year round. When the good weather arrives, their huge terrace opens up. The selection of G&Ts is wide, and there are also lots of rums, whiskies and wines, plus pizzas for the kids.

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