Where to get breakfast in Budapest – the ultimate list
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We Love Budapest
24/3/2015, 1:23 AM●12-minute article
Whether you are looking for the perfect Eggs Benedict, a luscious sausage meal, scrumptious local pastries, a bowl of fruit-infused muesli, Budapest has a variety of breakfast options on offer. We hit the streets and visited dozens of places to find our favourite morning meals to include them all in our comprehensive roundup of the best breakfast spots around town.
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Briósis one of the most popular breakfast spots on Pozsonyi Street within District XIII, where the selection varies from season to season, depending on the kind of fresh produce available, whether it’s a delicious omelette or a crunchy muesli soaked in seasonal fruit and yoghurt. Those who are searching for a delicious meal in Budapest, perhaps after a morning walk on the Margaret Island, then this place is a perfect choice, and best of all, here breakfast is available all day.
Located on Frankel Leó Street, since its first day in operation SzendZsófocuses on high-quality Hungarian food. Devouring a classic ham and eggs, a hefty scrambled egg with mangalitsa meat, or a salami baguette here early in the morning will guarantee a great start of the day. The owners personally know the producers of the various fresh ingredients that are used for preparing each meal, and this means that everything here from sausage to cheese to yoghurt are made by local Hungarian producers, ensuring the high-quality standard of the dishes.
Two local ladies Zsófi and Blanka opened this cozy hangout in downtown Budapest – located right next to Károlyi Garden – serving breakfast for customers throughout the day from 7am to 7pm. Besides the special coffee concoctions at this lovely café you can choose from classic breakfast options like French toast, scrambled eggs or frankfurter sausage served with spicy mustard, plus a selection of heavenly pancakes are on offer with maple syrup generously poured on top. For 1,190 forints you can have your breakfast in a menu, which means you’ll also get a coffee or soft drink on the side.
With a stylish atmosphere reminiscent of Budapest’s 20th century coffee houses, this iconic eatery on the city’s Buda side features just a few (but beloved) breakfast options. The most sought-after morning meal here is the Eggs Benedict (1,980 HUF), where two poached eggs come with straw-cut potatoes, crispy bacon, home-made tomato chutney, topped with hollandaise sauce and crispy onions, while all is served in a stylish frying pan. Those who opt for Déryné’s English Breakfast (2,450 HUF) will be served home-made sausage, chilli beans, fried mushrooms, fried eggs and baked tomato.
Kolosy Ébresztő is just like grandma’s pantry: small and bountiful. Besides their delicious baked treats, guests can order fried eggs or choose from the various bagel options, and wash it all off with freshly-squeezed orange juice. The creamy yoghurt here is a not-to-be-missed treat that comes straight from a local dairy producer from the Hungarian countryside. Keep in mind that the place is very limited in size, so if you don’t want to eat breakfast standing at the counter by the wall, then it’s better to order your meal for takeaway. Kolosy Ébresztő is open on weekdays only.
Coyote Coffee & Deli
Coyote Coffee & Deli near Batthyány Square awaits guests with a mouthwatering breakfasts selection. The place is highly-frequented by local residents living nearby and tourists who stroll around the area and we truly understand why: the pastries, bagels, croissants, and pretzels are prepared in Coyote’s own bakery, while fresh salads and gluten-free sandwiches add a variety to the selection. The New York Cheesecake is simply delicious, and it’s best to taste it with a cup of creamy coffee.
Villa Bagatelle is a prime location for romantic breakfasts in Budapest, housed in an elegant edifice amid the greenery on the Buda side of the capital. At Villa Bagatelle we can devour exquisite meals all day long, including the Moët Chandon champagne breakfast (3,990 HUF), but during the time of our visit we opted for the ‘Villa Breakfast’ along with a fragrant bread basket and we were truly impressed by the fine blend of the soft-boiled eggs, the fried Debrecen sausages, the crispy bacon, the creamy cheese, and the tomato confit, and all this can be ordered with coffee, tea or freshly squeezed orange juice (2,990 HUF). Due to the popularity of the place, it’s best to book a table here in advance.
Found on Budapest’s popular Madách Square, Keksz is a budget-friendly hangout oftentimes busy with locals, but at breakfast time guests can easily get a table indoor or even outdoor during the warmer months. From simple egg dishes of many varieties, sizes, and combinations, to a hearty English Breakfast, to French toast sandwiches, to savory sausages, this unpretentious hangout serves traditional local and continental breakfasts throughout the day.
Savour authentic Viennese cuisine in the heart of the increasingly popular Corvin Quarter, and devour an assortment of Austrian delicacies, like Viennese sausages served with spicy mustard, sweet carnival-style doughnuts filled with apricot jam or chocolate, or dusted in powdered sugar. Those who visit Wiener Szalon shouldn’t leave without tasting any of the place’s aromatic coffee-concoctions.
Located on the Buda side of the city on Bartók Béla Avenue, Kelet Café enchants guests with its warm interior, where the shelves are filled with an abundant selection of international books and magazines. At this cozy locale guests can order couscous salad with egg that comes with crispy bread on the side, a light meal that is certainly a delightful morning experience. Get here by tram line 47 or 49, or take the M4 metro line, and get off at Móricz Zsigmond Square, which is located just a 5-minute walk from the café.
Due to its palatable breakfast offer, including crispy croissants, luscious fruits, savory omelettes, and creamy yoghurts, this simply designed café on Krúdy Gyula Street within the up-and-coming District VIII is a favorite among international students and locals alike. Customers can either mix and match their morning meals or choose from the assorted menu options, like the croissant, cappuccino and orange juice combo (1,100 HUF) or a plateful of egg, served with cappuccino and orange juice (1,390 HUF).
Le Petit Bistrot
Lying behind the Hungarian State Opera building on the corner of the lively Hajós Street and Dessewfy Street, Le Petit Bistrot is an appealing recreation zone within Budapest’s bustling downtown area with a small triangular courtyard, ideal for a casual coffee break or to devour light snacks. Lounging amid the romantic whitewashed interior makes us feel like sitting in a tiny café in the heart of Paris, surrounded by such delicacies as the cheese cream with Jalapeno and crispy bread, or the heavenly pancake filled with apple. Order creamy coffee, tea, or a glass of fragrant lavender drink to chase down the delicate bites.
Nestled under the monumental archway of the Piarista Passage in downtown Budapest, just a short stroll away from the famous Váci Street shopping lane, Kuglóf is a charming little locale, proffering scrumptious baked delicacies and a selection of toothsome morning boosters, like traditional Hungarian baked chocolate rolls, ham and eggs, or a light breakfast plate with mozzarella, olive, rucola, cherry tomatoes, served with wellness bread on the side. The place has plenty seats inside, while during the warmer months the terrace under the archway provides shelter from the sizzling sun, completed with views over the Elizabeth Bridge.
For a selection of reasonably priced bakes head to Pöttyös Bögre Bistro on Paulay Ede Street, an unpretentious bakery selling aromatic croissants, and chocolate-infused Éclair, alongside other French pastries and sandwiches, including a variety of filled baguettes and bagels. Those who enter can expect a warm welcome and a friendly service, all this to ensure a great start of the day. For those on a special diet, the eatery offers a distinct sweet selection catering to guests on special diets. The place is open from 7am to 5pm on weekdays, and it’s closed during the weekend.
Once housing a massive printing press, now the glass-faceted building on Budapest’s Nagymező Street is home to the contemporary settings of Bordó Bisztró, a popular destination for breakfast aficionados, especially for its weekend brunch offer providing excellent value for money, which takes place every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. The 2,090-forint menu includes three courses consisting of a wide variety of warm and cold dishes along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, or we can choose à la carte options like Mexican eggs on a tortilla (1,190 HUF) and the Tuscan omelet with spicy potato wedges (1,090 HUF). On weekdays from 10am to 1pm, the restaurant offers a variety of simple-yet-savory dishes like bacon and eggs (1,090 HUF) or the croque monsieur with salad(1,190 HUF).
Located along Szent István Boulevard, Kino Café awaits guests with assorted coffee specialties, mouthwatering cakes, and freshly made sandwiches amid artistic settings within the Kino art cinema, presenting intriguing international films on screen. Guests can choose from a selection of breakfast options all day long, like the cheese-infused French toast, home-made sausages, or appetizing scrambled eggs at fair prices, and while the café offers abundant free seats throughout the week, the place is oftentimes jam-packed during the weekend.
Healthy dishes, prepared using the freshest ingredients are in the focus of this corner café in Budapest’s District VII, serving such specialties for breakfast as poached eggs, topped with Hollandaise sauce and premium-quality salmon caviar, or crispy bruschetta with aromatic herbs and chopped tomato. Stika doesn’t compromise when it comes to coffee, their caffeine-infused kicks are among the best in town, and best of all, guests can order breakfast here all day long.
Kick off the day with a hearty breakfast at Baltazár – located near the Maria Magdalena Tower – before immersing in the Buda Castle‘s stunning sights. During the warmer months the sprawling cobblestone terrace here is bathed in sunshine all morning, making the place ideal for enjoying a wide variety of delicate dishes alfresco. At Baltazár breakfast is always fresh and flawless and it includes intercontinental specialties, like the succulent croque madame, served with Comté cheese and crisp brioche (1,780 HUF), or the New York Bagel topped with a pile of Norwegian smoked salmon (1,480 HUF). Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10:30am.
Located on Zichy Jenő Street, amid the city’s bustling central zone, this cavernous contemporary-style bistro offers hearty brunches on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm, offering such hearty boosters as the beef quesadilla, steak and eggs, or the MOST breakfast platter that includes fried eggs, bacon, sausages, mushroom, spinach, steak potatoes, and grilled tomatoes, while on weekdays MOST is open in the morning to offer standard breakfast alternatives.
At this central locale close to the Hungarian State Opera House, urban dwellers enjoy an extensive choice of reasonably priced meals amid a colonial-style interior splashed with vibrant turquoise and gleaming gold. The morning menu includes scrumptious sweets like pain au chocolat (400 HUF), succulent Viennese sausages with horseradish dip, or the so-called Hungarian-style peasant breakfast with Mangalica sausage and hard-boiled egg (2,990 HUF). Besides the toothsome treats, pulpy fruit juices and aromatic coffee complete the feast. Breakfast is offered from 8am to 11am on weekdays and from 9am to 11:30am over the weekend
This friendly hideaway on the vibrant Király Street offers an expansive selection of tea specialties, boasting more than 100 different kinds of the hot drinks, along with basic breakfast meals, like crispy croissant with butter and jam, scrumptious cakes, or toasted sandwiches with various fillings, including camembert cheese, ham, salami or tuna. When you picked the preferred dish, ask the staff to recommend a matching tea that goes well with the selected meal.
Located half way between Széna Square and and Mechwart liget, Budai Kettő is a quiet corner café on Varsányi Irén Street, open from 7am to serve energizing breakfasts to Buda’s early risers and to anyone rambling around this friendly neighborhood. From freshly-baked sweet and savory pastries, to muesli with yoghurt and honey, to spicy sandwiches, to a delicious carrot cake, and refreshing lemonades, the menu boasts a variety of flavorful foods that are best to consume alongside the place’s fragrant coffees, additionally in spring and summer, breakfast can be enjoyed in Buda Kettő’s small terrace zone.
As one of Budapest’s few restaurants where breakfast is served all day long, Spinoza is a welcoming hangout for anyone getting a late start, or those with a craving to eat scrambled eggs right before a night out in town. Amid a cozy old-world ambience just steps away from the always lively , guests here can select à la carte menu options or take advantage of Spinoza’s daily deal – for only five euros, diners can choose between American pancakes, a toasted bagel, muesli with yogurt, or eggs along with a glass of fruit juice and an energizing coffee. Spinoza is located on Dob Street in the middle of Budapest’s bustling , and it’s open every day from 8am.
If you are looking for a real gem in central Budapest, try this cozy locale, called Anyám szerint (meaning ‘Accoording to my mother’ in Hungarian), where those who enter find themselves amid a doll-house-style environment. Besides the savory sandwiches and baked delicacies, the breakfast selection includes porridge with maple syrup, quiche, and fresh smoothies. Wednesdays are dedicated to soft strudels when these scrumptious delicacies are available all day long.
Address: 1072 Budapest, Wesselényi Street 25. Phone: +36 30 815 2524 Open: Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm
This popular contemporary-style dining destination in central Budapest is also open for breakfast with a simple menu, including salmon-filled bagel, American pancake, burrito with omelette, and all this can be ordered with refreshing drinks like fresh orange juice, hot chocolate, or tea- and coffee specialties. Best is to secure a place near Konyha’s oversized windows for sun-drenched morning lounging, and while breakfast is served from 9am to 12pm on weekdays, and from 10am on Saturday, on Sunday Konyha offers breakfast from 10am to 2pm.
Housed within Móricz Zsigmond Square’s round-shaped kiosk, 4 Street Coffee is a perfect place to grab a quick breakfast on the go, or to slow down for a few moments in the morning rush. The selection includes delicious croissant sandwiches, American doughnuts, sweet muffins, fruity rice puddings, and much more, while 4 Street proffers meals also for guests on special diets. When the weather gets warmer we can enjoy the delicious morning bites under bright sunshine at the café’s spacious terrace space.
Address: 117 Budapest, Móricz Zsigmond Square (Gomba 3). Phone: +36 1 951 4052 Open: Monday – Friday 7am – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm
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