Budapest is one of those cities that has so much to offer, right from its breathtaking views, beautiful architecture, it's ever so friendly people right down to its mouth-watering dishes. You probably have seen views of this stunning European city in travel magazines or river cruise brochures. The spires of the Hungarian Parliament Building rise from the Danube and leave the beholder breathless. Set on the banks of the majestic Danube River this city has left us with such fond memories and has tantalized our taste buds so much that we can't wait to back.The Hungarian cuisine with all its flavors and spices makes it to the top of our list. Exotic spices such as paprika, bay leaves, caraway, blend so harmoniously and leave you wanting for more. The cuisine itself is evolving but it is not that hard to find traditional fare in most restaurants. This is not an exhaustive list of all the food but just the ones we tried and loved.
We had the opportunity to visit Budapest the summer of 2016 and spent our time discovering great little restaurants and would love to share them with you. If you haven't read our Budapest guide, you can read it here. Budapest is sure to blow your mind and the Hungarian food is going to leave you with such amazing memories. You could also go on a food tour with Urban Adventures and let them help you experience Budapest through it's flavors. You can book your Food Tour by clicking here.
This great Hungarian staple is chicken simmered in a flavorful sauce with paprika and other spices. It is traditionally served with nokedli , which are a kind of egg noddle, more like gnocchi. We had the most authentic Paprikash at a tiny hole in the wall restaurant called "Regos vendeglo".
Restaurant: Regos vendeglo, Szofina u. 33,1068,Budapest.
The name "Kolbice" is a mixture of the Hungarian word for sausage, kolbász, and ice cream, referring to the cone shape of the bread. It is a whole grain bread in the shape of a cone and stuffed with homemade chicken and pork sausages and other toppings. The toppings are fresh sauerkraut and cheddar cheese sauce, crispy fired onions and tomatoes . Take a bite and there is a flavor explosion in your mouth. You can get them in the Great Market Hall.
Stuffed Cabbage Debrecen style
Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary after Budapest. This exquisite entrée from there, is so flavorful and intricate. It was in fact our first meal in Budapest and it did live up to its expectations. The flavor of the tender lamb along with its accompaniments complimented each other so well that I would go back to Budapest just to have this entrée once more.
Restauratn: Apostolok, Kigyo u.4-6, 1052, Budapest.
Jokai Bableves or Jokia Bean Soup
The soup was named after Mór Jókai, a Hungarian writer. This delicious and hearty soup topped with a generous helping of sour cream is to die for. It is a local delicacy and is best enjoyed with good company. It can easily be found at any traditional Hungarian restaurant. It is a meal by itself and has a hint of spice to it, which makes it amazing. We tried a few different restaurants but we loved the soup from this tiny hole in the wall restaurant called Sziciliai Eterem . We wanted to take the soup to go but the owner who was a sweet old gentleman insisted that we sit down and enjoy it. And he wasn't wrong! While we were there, we had an opportunity to meet another fellow diner who treated us to a glass of their local drink "pálinka", which I must say was a great sipper.
Restaurant: Sziciliai Eterem,Fo u. 40,1011, Budapest
Kürtőskalács or Chimney cake
This flaky spit cake is like a piece of heaven. It is made of sweet yeast dough rolled on a baking spit and roasted over charcoal. You can get them sprinkled with sugar or chocolate chips or cinnamon. Perfect for on the go breakfast. You can get them in the Great Market Hall or at a few subway stations.
This unbelievably creamy yet light cake was probably my favorite dessert in Budapest. You have to eat it to believe how light and fluffy it is. The best place to try it is at Cafe Ruszwurm, a short walk from the Matthias church. It's a quaint little cafe and an old tradition in Budapest. You will see a lot of local people and tourists here. After sightseeing grab a coffee and a cake and enjoy your evening.
Restaurant: Cafe Ruszwurm, Szentharomsag u. 7, 1014, Budapest.
The national dish of Hungary is coffee and is called kávé or presszókávé. Coffee is drunk very strong, “neat” or heavily sweetened, and sometimes diluted with milk or cream. We got to try Hungarian coffee at the world famous "New York Cafe" situated in the Boscolo hotel. It claims to be "The most beautiful Cafe in the World" and it sure could be. With its ornate pillars and beautiful statues and amazing service, we enjoyed sipping on our kávé in the best place possible. The version of the coffee we tried had dry "szamorodni" wine,honey,espresso coffee and spicy milkfoam.
Restaurant: New York Kavehaz, Erzsebet krt. 9-11,1073, Budapest.
Gelato from Gelarto Rosa
We know gelato is available everywhere now but this place in Budapest probably serves the prettiest ones. They make your gelato cones into roses, need I say more? They have amazing flavors and there is always a line out the door.
Restaurant: Gelarto Rosa, Szent Istvan Ter 3, 1051, Budapest.
French Lady Sandwich from Bors Gasztrobar
This relatively new restaurant is quickly making its way into people's hearts. They serve sandwiches and soups and pasta. Don't underestimate their sandwiches though, Vik tried their "Brain Dead" sandwich with the Thai soup and both were out of this world. I got the "French lady" and the Lentil soup and I don't have words to describe just how much I loved it. Prices are reasonable and its a great place for carry out too.
Restaurant: Bors Gasztrobar, Kazinczy u.10, 1075, Budapest.
We hope you enjoy your vacation in Budapest as much as we did and we hope our Food Guide was helpful. If you like what you just read why not pin it for the future? We would love to hear about your amazing experiences and if you would like to add to this list please leave a comment below. Happy travels Ya'll!