Budapest Coffee Guide

Coffee guides are one of my favourite posts to write. Coffee hunting is usually something I do with Andrew but since I was with mum during my Budapest trip, she tagged along to explore a new coffee shop (or two) each day. She’s not that fussy with her coffee but I think she secretly loved coffee hunting with me.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the coffee we found in Budapest and I was not expecting to find the amount of specialty cafes. I couldn’t get to all of the great coffee shops but here are my top 4 places that I was able to try during my trip to Budapest.

 

Kontakt Coffee

Kontakt Coffee is located in a little courtyard, opposite to Szimply food which I wrote about here. They have seating for about 15 people inside and a couple of chairs outside. They know their coffee and how best to serve each one. In saying this, it also means that there are certain ways that they won’t serve your coffee – so sit back, relax and let the baristas do their thing. For example, you won’t find any sugar here and they won’t put milk in your filter coffee. I visited this place twice during my stay. They also have milk alternatives.

Address:
Károly krt. 22,
1052 Budapest, Hungary

Opening hours:
Weekdays: 8am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

 

My Little Melbourne Coffee & My Little Brew Bar

These two cafes are right next door to each other which confused me a little at first. From what I can gather, My Little Brew Bar focuses on filter coffee whereas My Little Melbourne is a specialty coffee shop where you can find your ‘typical coffees’. It wasn’t until after I finished my coffee that I realised I purchased our coffees from My Little Brew Bar instead of My Little Melbourne Coffee, but that didn’t matter because my coffee was on point. The beans they use are from Workshop Coffee Co. and Racer Beans Coffee Co. There is seating both inside and outside at both cafes. They also have a couple of other cafes in different locations and under different names: #This is Melbourne Too and My Green Cup. You can find the details for these cafes on their website.

Address for My Little Melbourne:
Madách Imre út 3.
1075 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 7am – 7pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 7pm
Sunday: 8:30am – 7pm

 

Espresso Embassy

Espresso Embassy is located close to the Danube Promenade and Liberty Square. It also happens to be one block away from the Hungarikrum Bistro which I blogged about here. As well as standard coffees, they also serve AeroPress, V60 and Chemex. The cafe has a slight industrial feel to it which reminds me of being back home in Melbourne. The seating at the back is perfect for working on your laptop or reading the magazines that they have scattered on a large table. Almond milk is available and they serve pastries as well as sandwiches. Mum and I shared a slice of their lemon and poppyseed cake which we enjoyed so much that we finished it before I was able to take a photo!

Address:
Arany János utca 15.
Budapest, Hungary

Opening hours:
Weekdays: 7:30am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm

 

Madal Cafe

This was my mum’s favourite coffee shop during our trip and for a good reason too! Madal Cafe was one of the first specialty coffee shops in Budapest and they have three locations in Budapest but we went to the cafe located in Ferenciek tere 3. This cafe was big with seating available outside and inside across two floors. There were quite a few people on the upper level with their laptops so this place would be a great place to chill out or get some work done. The staff were extremely friendly and our coffees were served on cute chopping boards with the cafe’s name engraved into the wood.

Addresses:
Ferenciek tere 3.
1053 Budapest, Hungary

Alkotmány u 4.
1054 Budapest, Hungary

Hollán Ernő u 3.
1136 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours:
Ferenciek tere 3.
Weekdays: 7.30am – 7:30pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 7:30pm
Sunday: 8:30 – 7:30pm

Alkotmány u 4.
Weekdays: 7.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 7:30pm
Sunday: 8:30 – 7:30pm

Hollán Ernő u 3.
Weekdays: 7:30am – 7:30pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 7:30pm
Sunday: 8:30 – 7:30pm

If you have any favourite coffee places in Budapest, please comment below! I plan to go back to Budapest and will be able to try them out then. 

Jess

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