After my giant Budapest Travel Diary post, I thought I’d better divulge in all things Food and Drink from the trip. As we usually do on most trips (and just generally in life), we spent a lot of the time eating and drinking. I think I mentioned in my previous post that we did expect Budapest to be a little cheaper but we were going to some quite nice places. I’m going to try and include prices in this post as much as possible but the Hungarian Forint is quite hard to get your head around. Throughout the four days in Budapest, these six places we would definitely recommend.
Starting with the most expensive and extravagant place first. The New York Cafe is part of the New York Residence Hotel and has been hailed the most beautiful cafe in the world. I’ve got to say, I’m in agreement. The Cafe is absolutely stunning with live music and it’s all just a very classy affair. There was a short queue to be seated but you could book online, there were reservations for the next day. After a short wait, we were seated downstairs, sadly, a little bit out of the way of the main cafe.
I decided to order the famous hot chocolate which was insane. Honestly, one of the best hot chocolates I’ve had. There was a huge selection of food on the menu, including brunch and a breakfast buffet. We decided to both get items that were technically starters. I have no idea how though as I got the New York Burger which came with fries. It seriously was a delicious burger and well worth the €16. Stefan got the New York sausage which came with a selection of bread and was also €16. All in all, our meals came to around €50 but it was well worth it to experience the most beautiful cafe in the world.
From one extreme to another. Of course, I was hunting down the best pizza in Budapest and although we tried to find ManU+ and Digó nápolyi pizza but failed, the only pizza we had was from PizzaMe. These little take out places are on many corners in Budapest and a slice of pizza works out at just over £1 and my goodness, they are delicious. One night, we were super tired and figured we could order whole pizzas from there using the app Wolt and it was approx £8 for two pizzas delivered! It’s delicious pizza and easy if you’re looking for an inexpensive snack or something to nibble on after a few drinks.
On our first night, we headed to the Jewish Quarter which is the central hub of all the ruin bars and there are some great places to eat around here too. I’d had the Spiler Bistro recommended to me which was at Gozsdu Court where there’s lots of bars and restaurants. We actually ended up in Spiler Shanghai which is the sister branch with an Asian twist. They are directly opposite each other which was super confusing but we still loved Spiler Shanghai as the menu’s still had similar items. I went for the Rib Eye steak with Yuzu Butter and it was incredible, cooked to perfection and the flavour was just delicious. I’d definitely recommend this place, even if it’s just for drinks as it’s got a great atmosphere.
Szimpla Kert is the main ruin bar in Budapest and we actually went a couple of times. This place is HUGE, there are so many different rooms and it just goes on forever. There’s so much to see in Szimpla Kert with mismatched items all over the place, there’s even a car out back! We also found the drinks really reasonably priced and you could go to different bars which specialised in Wines, Cocktails and there was a craft beer bar upstairs. I’d also recommend visiting the Karvan Street Food next door which has loads of different food trucks!
On our final day, the weather was absolutely glorious with a temperature of 25 degrees. I’d seen the 360 Bar on Google Maps and coincidentally it opened at 2 pm just as we were walking past. Even at 2.02pm, there was a queue for entry up in the lift. Everyone wanted to catch those rays whilst enjoying stunning views over the city. This rooftop bar is actually an Igloo Garden where you can sit and enjoy drinks and snacks from the igloos. It actually was way too warm to be sat inside one so we just perched on a table and enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine. The prices were really reasonable and it was the perfect place for a drink in the sun.
Another favourite bar of mine was the Rumpus Tiki Bar. I love anything like this and although it was slightly on the pricey side, it’s well worth a visit. There’s an extensive cocktail like which all come in the most amazing and unique classes. Our second round even came in a treasure chest, much to my delight. I think between us we had a Hurricane, Zombie, Bahama Mama and a Tahitian Tattoo. The possibilities for cocktails are endless though as you can customise your own or even take part in the death race (four cocktail package)!
Finally, we have the Hotsy Totsy Barber Bar which we randomly came across. The bar actually has a barber in the back during the day and at night turns into a speakeasy bar. There is no menu, the bartenders will handcraft drinks to your personal taste. We were sat at the bar and it was so fascinating to watch all the cocktail concoctions been created.
I know I’ve probably mentioned more bars than restaurants but there are some great places for a cheeky cocktail in Budapest. In terms of prices, I’d say they are very similar to UK prices. A special mention to the Hungarian Costa which was unreal with Violet Lattees and Cherry Lemonades. I’m ready to start a petition to bring them all to the UK.