Budapest Food Guide

I was completely blown away by the food that we ate in Budapest that I had to put together a Budapest Food Guide for you. Overall, I found Hungarian food to be hearty and comforting – the kind of food that you would love to eat on a cold Winter’s day. I also noticed that they absolutely love love their meat but there were options around the city if you were vegetarian. This Budapest Food Guide has a mixture of places of casual eats as well as nicer restaurants so without further ado, here are my Top 5 recommendations for food in Budapest!


Szimply Food

Szimply Food have some of the most beautifully presented food that I have ever eaten. You can tell that there is a lot of care that goes into how the food looks on the plate. Not only that, it tastes amazing and is reasonably priced. The menu changes seasonally and they also have vegetarian options. It is a small cafe so I would recommend getting here early – especially on the weekends! They don’t serve coffee but you can order it from a specialty coffee shop called Kontakt which is only a few steps across the courtyard from them. Kontakt will bring your coffee too you so you get the best of both worlds.

Károly Krt. 22. Röser Udvar,
1052 Budapest, Hungary

Opening hours:
Weekdays: 8am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed



Menza is a great place if you’re after Hungarian food with a modern twist. Mum and I stopped here before we headed to watch a performance at the State Opera House. I loved the interior of this restaurant. There were 3 areas inside which were each decorated slightly differently. There was also lots of space to eat outside. We both had the goulash with spätzle. Staff were extra friendly and it’s a place that is perfect for lunch or dinner. Be sure to book a table because it’s popular with tourists and locals!

Liszt Ferenc tér 2,
1061 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 10am – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 10am – 12am


Hungarikum Bisztró

When the three owners of Hungarikrum Bisztró first opened it up, their aim was to serve food that they used to eat while growing up. When you walk in you are immediately greeted by friendly and welcoming staff and the restaurant has a cosy, family vibe. On each table there is a take home booklet that contains their back story, the staff who work there as well as a Hungarian stew recipe. To help you order, they also provide you with an iPad that is filled with pictures of everything on the menu so that you know what you’re ordering. I found this extremely handy and it helped me choose what I wanted to eat.

The portions were generous and the food was hearty at Hungarikrum Bisztró. Mum had the crispy duck leg with onion potatoes and cabbage and I had the mushroom paprikash with dumplings. I would have chosen the Hungarian stew because it looked delicious but I had that for lunch at the market. I will have to try the recipe that was in the booklet though! Like Menza, book a table for this place as it is unlikely you’ll be able to get a table if you turn up on the day. We had to book a couple of days in advance. If you’re after authentic Hungarian food that is reasonably priced then this place is for you.

Steindl Imre u. 13.
1051 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours:
Daily for lunch: 11am – 3pm (kitchen closes at 2.30 pm)
Daily for dinner: 6 pm- 11 pm (kitchen closes at 10 pm)


Bors Gastro Bar

If you can only get to go to one place out of this Budapest Food Guide, then let this be it. Bors Gastro Bar have the most amazing grilled baguettes and soups – street food style. They were so good that Mum requested we go back again the next day before our flight! Located in the Jewish Quarter, it’s largely a takeaway place with only 4 seats available inside however, people usually just congregate outside to enjoy their baguettes and soups.

We didn’t try the soups but we did have the baguettes which were grilled to perfection. You can buy half a baguette or a whole one but trust me, you’ll want a whole baguette. Between Mum and I we had the Barack Obama (confit pork with apricot, cheese, and bbq sauce), French Lady (chicken with cheese and raspberry onion jam) and the Toki Pompás (magalica sausage with roasted bacon, red onion, cheese and garlic sour cream). We loved them all but my favourite was definitely the Barack Obama. Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about these baguettes. You’ll have to queue even if you arrive when they first open but it’s worth the wait!

Kazinczy u. 10.
1074 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 11:30am – 9pm
Saturday: 11:30am – 9pm
Sunday: 11:30am – 9pm


Mazel Tov

The last place for this Budapest Food Guide is Mazel Tov. It was recommended to us by a local so we knew we had to check it out! It is a ruin pub but it is completely opposite to what you would associate a ruin pub to look like (sidenote: the infamous Szimpla Kert is another ruin pub you must check out). It’s spacious, light and airy and draped in greenery and fairy lights. It serves Middle Eastern cuisine with plenty of food options (vegetarian as well) and a great cocktail menu. Mum and I both had grill plates. I had the shawarma and Mum had the pargit and although they were both good, I preferred the pargit over the shawarma in the end.

Akácfa Utca 47,
1073 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 6pm – 2am
Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 2am


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