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Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs – Part 1.

Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s WonderlandDo you always shop souvenirs when visiting a new city or country? But aren’t you tired of buying the same kind of souvenirs and gifts over and over again? If you want to buy more than a pen with Budapest sign or fridge magnet or mug, choose extraordinary design souvenirs made by locals. This way you can support the local artists and have a special memory about your trip. I’ll show you where to buy unique souvenirs and design products in Budapest. Read my Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs!

Budapest shopping guide to the best Hungarian souvenirs – Part 1. – Pest side

Take a look at the map to locate the best design shops in Budapest.

The address, prices and opening times are also included in the post, but it can change anytime, especially the opening time, so check it on their sites to not miss your dreamy souvenir. 

Urban Sidewalker Design Shop

The story of Urban Sidewalker began in 2014 with Balázs, the artist and his friend, Máté. Balázs draws freehand and uses digital techniques only for colouring. They started with maps capturing Budapest, its significant buildings and the Danube. If you are looking closely, you can discover the amazing details including tiny people on the streets of Budapest 🙂

Urban Sidewalker used to have a small hidden store on Károly street, fortunately, they moved to a bigger one on Akácfa street, where posters, design maps and postcards are available in many colour combination. You can also find concrete jewellery and clock.

They also attend on design fairs, Christmas markets and you can see their amazing Budapest inspired products in every other design shop in this blog post 🙂

 

Website: Urban Sidewalker

Instagram: @urbansidewalker

Address: 1072 Budapest, Akácfa str. 27.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm

Urban Sidewalker Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Urban Sidewalker Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Urban Sidewalker Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Szimpla Design Shop

Szimpla Design Shop is next to the famous Szimpla kert and its interior resembles the ruin bar’s atmosphere and decoration.

In this small shop, you can find various styles of souvenirs like special postcards, posters, notebooks, mugs, home decor and design products, toys, jewellery and even more. They also sell Szimpla kert merchandise including funny postcards and tote bags.

 

Website: Szimpla Design Shop

Instagram: @szimpladesignshop

Address: 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy str. 14.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday : 12 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm

Szimpla Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Szimpla Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Szimpla Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Köszi

Köszi means Thanks in English (if you didn’t know…) and you should say thanks because in Köszi you will find “Everything you didn’t know you needed”. The walls of the small and cute souvenir shop are covered with an amazing red&white wallpaper by redheads. Their other creations are displayed on the shelves.

Köszi sells products mainly by Hungarian designers and also have a nice selection of Budapest inspired products like mugs, notebooks, tote bags, maps, Hungarian cookbooks and postcards of Zsolt Vidák, Barbsiegraphy and the previously mentioned Urban Sidewalker.

I’m not joking, here you can find what you need: bags, jewellery and other accessories by spark.le.monde, Smörgås Clothes and nandi clothing, beauty products like soaps by Zador, beard caring products by Szakállasember.

And I mentioned only a few 😉

You are welcome 😉

 

Facebook: Köszi

Instagram: @koszibudapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Síp str. 24.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm

Köszi - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Postcards in Köszi - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Köszi - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Köszi - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Printa Design Shop

Printa is one of the first environmentally conscious brands in Hungary. They produce silkscreen-printed clothing, tote bags, toys for kids (and for you…), home decor products like pillowcase, pen holder, notebook and different kinds of souvenirs as well. The graphics are inspired by the city’s architecture, street art, daily life and combined with typography.

A Zero Waste Showroom is also part of the shop, where you can buy grocery shopping bags, produce bags, household products, kitchenware and many other products made of natural materials.

Enjoy their tasty coffee too, surrounded by industrial design, natural materials and impressive creations.

 

Website: Printa

Instagram: @printa_budapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestény str. 10.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday: closed

Printa Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Silkscreen-printed clothing in Printa Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Printa Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Enjoy a coffee in Printa Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Libabőr gift shop

At first sight, you might not even notice this small design store next to Váci street, though don’t miss it, if you’re a fan of chic, funny and unique souvenirs. With its stylish monochrome interior and minimal products, it’s much better than the “normal” souvenir stores.

The friendly owner will help you to choose artistic postcards, prints and notebooks. If you’re into a more functional gift, pick a piece of jewellery, cute coffee thermos, phone case, tote bag or backpack.

 

Facebook: Libabőr

Instagram: @libabor_giftshop

Address: 1052 Budapest, Régi Posta str. 14.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday: closed

Libabőr gift shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Libabőr gift shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Libabőr gift shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Postcards in Libabőr gift shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Rododendron Art & Design Shop

Approach the design shop from Semmelweis street or from Röser courtyard, where Kontakt (one of my favourite coffee shops) and Szimply (one of my favourite breakfast spots) are located.

The walls and the ceiling are decorated with cute drawings, and you’ll find many Hungarian design products like prints, pieces of handcrafted jewellery and other accessories, ceramics, stationery and toys.

One room is reserved only for Budapest prints and postcards by the best local artists like Urban Sidewalker, Zsolt Vidák, Barbsiegraphy, László Nagy and Richárd Sejben (a few of my favourite Hungarian artists).

 

Website: Rododendron Art

Instagram: @rododendronart

Address: 1052 Budapest, Semmelweis u. 19. 

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

Rododendron Art & Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Rododendron Art & Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Postcards in Rododendron Art & Design Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

PaUZa

This store is perfection, with its pure and bright interior as well as its purpose. The shop is decorated with simple furniture, special plants and amazing products to help you live a slow and green life. #slowliving

Start your slow living with small things, shop local products, use beeswax food wrap, drink with bamboo straw instead of plastic, go to the market with textile produce bag and tote bag. In PaUZa, you can access these items and even more for a sustainable life.

Purchase design and home products, textiles, kitchenware, soaps and candles made of natural materials and more functional products for storing and cleaning. They also sell awesome wooden plates, ceramics, glazed bowls and cutleries.

Like in every design shop, the Budapest postcards and prints are also part of the collection.

Enjoy the moment!

 

Facebook: PaUZa

Instagram: @pauza_mood

Address: 1052 Budapest, Vitkovics Mihály str. 7.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday: closed

PaUZa - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

PaUZa - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

PaUZa - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

PaUZa - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

MONO art & design

One of the biggest design stores in Budapest represents the best Hungarian designers. Here you’ll find every kind of souvenirs in every kind of material! You can get lost among clothes, ceramics, DIY and design books, home decor and beauty products. A little hint about the treasures…

 

Facebook: MONO art & design

Instagram: @mono_art_design

Address: 1053 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos str. 12.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

MONO art & design - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

MONO art & design - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

MONO art & design - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

MONO art & design - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

PALOMA

Paloma is an eclectic courtyard with design shops on the ground and 1st floor. The house was built in 1894 and was destined to serve as a townhouse. In the 1990s, it functioned as a mall called Paloma Shopping Center, but its fame didn’t last long. In 2014, a group of young artists renovated the courtyard and established a new cultural project.

Now PALOMA is home of showrooms, ateliers and design stores, where you can meet the local artists. Clothes, accessories, bags, jewellery, ceramic studios are waiting for you to discover them in the courtyard.

 

Website: PALOMA fashion&art

Instagram: @palomabudapest

Address: 1053 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos str. 14.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm, Sunday: closed

PALOMA - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Fekete Design Spot / Insitu

Fekete Design Spot is situated next to the entrance of fekete coffee shop and its previous location called insitu was in a nearby courtyard. Despite its small size, you can find every kind of souvenir there. Budapest prints, postcards for art lovers, scratch-off maps, journal and other travel gift ideas for travel lovers, Kanken and Cabin Zero backpacks for the adventurer types, Malinovka sketchbook, notebook, calendar for stationery addicts, Budapest inspired drink coasters, tea towel, mugs for kitchen decoration, wood and metal jewellery by nandi clothing and PersonalPerception for my stylish friends. And even more…

Don’t forget to grab a coffee in fekete 😉

 

Website: Fekete Design Spot

Instagram: @insitubudapest

Address: 1053 Budapest, Károly str. 5-7., insitu store moved next to fekete coffee shop

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm, Sunday: closed

Fekete Design Spot / Insitu - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Fekete Design Spot / Insitu - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Fekete Design Spot / Insitu - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Csendes Concept Store

The concept store is part of the Csendes family and it’s located between Csendes Társ and Csendes. The bright interior has a unique look and cosy atmosphere thanks to its urban jungle feeling with the plants.

The emphasis is on the gorgeous ceramics and art prints, furthermore, postcards, posters, concrete jewellery are also part of the collection.

At the Hungarian food section (which used to be Csendes Csemege), you’ll find marmalade, syrup, honey, tea, yoghurt, cheese and more made by local farmers.

 

Website: Csendes Concept Store

Instagram: @csendesbudapest

Address: 1053 Budapest, Magyar str. 16.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday: closed

Csendes Concept Store - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ceramics in Csendes Concept Store - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Csendes Concept Store - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

wonderLAB

WonderLAB is for fashion lovers because you won’t find any stationery and home decor product here. However, the selection of stylish clothes, shoes, bags, backpacks and jewellery by Hungarian designers is one of the bests. Every piece has good quality, so the prices are also higher, but you won’t find these clothes and accessories on every 3rd person.

Shop some…

I mentioned only my favourites, browse on the Instagram of @wonderlab and discover the other designers.

See you in the LAB 😉

 

Facebook: wonderLAB

Instagram: @wonderlab

Address: 1053 Budapest, Veres Pálné str. 3.

Opening time: Tuesday – Saturday: 12 pm – 8 pm, Sunday – Monday: closed

wonderLAB concept store - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

wonderLAB concept store - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

wonderLAB concept store - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Stilshop – Bálna Budapest

The design shop is located inside the Bálna cultural centre and it’s also accessible from Hygge coffee shop. Before or after some shopping, you can try their tasty specialty coffee.

The store is small, however, it has many many Hungarian designer goods. One shelf is for the Budapest inspired postcards by Anita Nemes, Urban Sidewalker, another shelf for photos by Tamás Andok, the next shelf is for illustrated eco-design notebooks by notess, greeting cards and notebooks by DOT for you. And there are even more shelves… More postcards, notebooks by nuuna, Malinovka, redheads, Barbsiegraphy… Ceramics by kezemura, SUSU keramika, MASTRO… Silkscreen-printed pillowcases by Evuska, lamps by LUJA, soaps and bath salts by Zador and …

I could write a lot more products and designers, but don’t want to make you bored, just visit the store and find your favourites 🙂

 

Facebook: Stilshop

Instagram: @stilshopbudapest

Address: 1093 Budapest, Fővám sqr. 11-12., Bálna Budapest

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday: closed

Stilshop - Bálna Budapest - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Stilshop - Bálna Budapest - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Stilshop - Bálna Budapest - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ludwig Museum Shop

At the entrance area of Ludwig Museum and the Palace of Art you will see a small museum shop mainly selling books, but I’m not talking about that one. On the 1st floor of the museum, another shop can be found, just enter the exhibition area and explore this colourful corner of the contemporary museum. No ticket is needed for visiting the shop.

You can find their own publication about the collections, art magazines and many other books about design, art, architecture, Budapest and the world. Moreover, the shop features artistic postcards, notebooks by Malinovka and Blacklist Design, pens, pencil cases, bags, wallets and colourful Nebouxii socks.

 

Website: Ludwig Museum Shop

Instagram: @ludwigmuseum

Address: 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell str. 1.

Opening time: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 7:30 pm

Ludwig Museum Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ludwig Museum Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ludwig Museum Shop - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

WAMP

WAMP design fair takes place once a month (sometimes more) to showcase Hungarian designers and their works. During summer, Erzsébet square is the home of the fair and during wintertime, WAMP is hosted in Millenáris B building with 500 HUF entrance fee, which can be used as a voucher. For dates and featured artists check out their Facebook or website.

Meet the artists and designers and check out their products, purchasing directly from them is cheaper than buying in design stores. While wandering around, you can adore the huge selection from every kind of print, painting, clothing, bags, accessories, jewellery and many things you can’t imagine.

 

Website: WAMP

Instagram: @wampdesignfair

Address: Erzsébet square and Millenáris Hall B

Opening time: on Sundays, dates on WAMP

WAMP design fair - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

WAMP design fair - Budapest design shop guide to best Hungarian souvenirs | Aliz’s Wonderland

Now you know which are the best design shops to buy Hungarian souvenirs in Budapest (on the Pest side). The souvenir shopping guide for the Buda is coming soon… As a local, I also visit these stores if I want to buy gifts or just a piece of concrete jewellery for myself. See you around 😉

If you’re interested in Budapest inspired souvenirs, read my post about Budapest inspired illustrations, paintings and prints by Hungarian artists.

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Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre – Deák Ferenc square and Astoria

Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Is your accommodation in the centre around Deák Ferenc square or Astoria and are you looking for breakfast or brunch places around there? First of all, starting your day with a great breakfast or brunch is necessary because your body needs energy to discover Budapest. So if you are in the centre, in the neighbourhood of Deák Ferenc square and Astoria, you won’t stay hungry, this area offers a lot of options, so you won’t stay hungry 😉 And I’ll tell you where to have breakfast & brunch in the city centre of Budapest.

Be aware, this central area is one of the busiest, so these cool breakfast or brunch places can be busy especially on weekends. You have sooooo many alternatives, so let me help you find your favourite.

The address, prices and opening times are also included in the post, but it can change anytime, especially the opening time, so check it on their sites to not miss your dreamy breakfast.

Á la Maison Grand

Á la Maison Grand is a bright impressive place, dressed in a minimal style with a hint of art deco. This fancy breakfast & brunch location has every type of breakfast on the menu, I mean EVERY KIND OF BREAKFAST! Different types of Eggs Benedict, avocado toasts, international breakfast plates, egg variations, sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, smoothie bowls and other healthy variations.

On my first visit, my avocado addiction won, so I tried their avocado toast with greens and poached egg. It looked gorgeous and its taste was also satisfying, but a bit more of avocado cream would make it even better. Maybe I’m too critical, but I’m just looking for the best avo toast 😉

On my second visit, I went for a special kind of Eggs Benedict called Bacon Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise #omnomnom 😛 Super tasty and beautiful!

However, their coffee isn’t the best one, don’t be disappointed, you can have great specialty coffee around this area, just walk a bit to Kontakt coffee or My Little Melbourne or read my specialty coffee guide to Budapest and discover more 😉

Prices:

  • Avocado stuffed sandwich – 2320 HUF
  • Bacon Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise – 3490 HUF
  • Tropical berry smoothie – 2090 HUF
  • Flat white – 1350 HUF

Website: Á la Maison Grand

Instagram: @alamaisonbudapest

Address: 1051 Budapest, Szervita square 3.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm

All day breakfast

Á la Maison Grand - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Á la Maison Grand - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Avocado stuffed sandwich in Á la Maison Grand - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bacon Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise in Á la Maison Grand - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Fruccola

Fruccola is a healthy choice. Its big bright friendly interior reflects their ”fresh food” philosophy with herbs on the wall, wooden surfaces and colourful signs. Fruccola at Kristóf square has outdoor tables as well (Fruccola has other two locations: one in Arany János street and the other in MOM Park in Buda). Order at the bar, take your card and the friendly staff will bring your chosen dish.

Breakfast is available till 11 am on weekdays and all day long on weekends. Pick a healthy freshly pressed juice (the strawberry + orange + apple juice was amazing) with an omelette, vegan cooked breakfast, sandwiches, pastry, waffle or pancake and finish with a tapioca pudding or fruit salad.

I had on an omelette with spinach and goat cheese. The fluffy omelette was super tasty with the creamy goat cheese. My friends were also satisfied with their brunch 😛

Prices:

  • Spinach and goat cheese omelette – 1680 HUF
  • Omelette with salmon – 1760 HUF
  • English breakfast – 2180 HUF
  • Vegan tapioca pudding – 980 HUF
  • Yoghurt and tapioca with granola – 980 HUF
  • Orange juice (0,2 l) – 760 HUF

Website: fruccola 

Instagram: @hellofruccola 

Address: 1052 Budapest, Kristóf square 3.

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 9 pm, Friday – Saturday: 8 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 8 am – 7 pm

Breakfast till 11 am on weekdays and all day on weekends

Fruccola foodie selection - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Omelette in Fruccola - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Omelette in Fruccola - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Yoghurt and tapioca with granola in Fruccola - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Cserpes Tejivó (Cserpes Milk Bar)

Cserpes Tejivó has also many locations in Budapest with different “milky” design. This one close to Deák Ferenc square is decorated with milk neon signs, fluffy puffs, marble tables and owns a cute gallery, where more tables are available.

This stylish milk bar offers more than milk 😉 You can drink milkshake, lemonade, and other milky drinks and eat fresh pastries, sandwiches with creams, big portions of salads, hot sandwiches, fruity and natural yoghurts, chocolate and other sweets. My favourite combination is a scone with cheese and fruity yoghurt. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a warm super fresh pastry straight for the oven, those are best 😛

Prices:

  • Sandwich with Liptauer (cottage cheese with paprika powder) – 310 HUF
  • Scone with cheese – 210 HUF
  • Fruity yoghurt – 270 HUF
  • Strawberry milkshake – 630 HUF
  • Cserpes rudi (chocolate filled with creamy cottage cheese) – 130 HUF

Website: Cserpes Tejivó

Instagram: @cserpestejivo

Address: 1052 Budapest, Sütő str. 2. 

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 9 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm

All day breakfast

Cserpes Tejivó (Cserpes Milk Bar) - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Breakfast in Cserpes Tejivó (Cserpes Milk Bar) - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Breakfast in Cserpes Tejivó (Cserpes Milk Bar) - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Keksz

Keksz is more likely a place for drinks, but they also offer breakfast. In the morning the service is a bit slower than during the night, but the waiters are friendly. In summer season many tables are situated outside, otherwise, you have to sit inside.

I ordered French toast with grated cheese and sour cream and a plate with 3 huge thick slices of bread arrived with cheddar cheese and sour cream. I couldn’t eat half of it. It was good, I just expected something else…

Prices:

  • French toast with grated cheese and sour cream – 1540 HUF
  • 4 eggs scrambled, bacon, red onion, fresh bread, and sour cream – 1370 HUF
  • Keksz English breakfast – 1750 HUF
  • Cappuccino – 440 HUF

Facebook: Keksz

Instagram: @kekszbudapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Madách Imre str 4. 

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 2 am, Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 2 am

Keksz - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Keksz - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

French toast in Keksz - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Á table Madách Boulangerie – Pátisserie

You might guess from the name… The colours, decoration, as well as the menu of Á table, is inspired by France. You can eat Croque Madame, croissant, croissant sandwiches, other salty and sweet pastries, omelettes, pancakes and even more sweets. Enjoy it 😉

Breakfast is served from 7 am to 2 pm inside and on the small terrace outside. Their coffee isn’t the best, so if you want to have a quality coffee, visit My Little Melbourne next door.

Prices:

  • Pain aux chocolat pistache – 790 HUF
  • Cappuccino – 650 HUF

Website: A table!

Facebook: Á table Madách Boulangerie – Pátisserie

Instagram: @atablebudapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Madách Imre str. 1.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7 am – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 8 am – 7 pm

Breakfast served from 7 am to 2 pm

Á table Madách Boulangerie - Pátisserie - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Á table Madách Boulangerie - Pátisserie - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pain aux chocolat pistache in Á table Madách Boulangerie - Pátisserie - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Juicy + Budapest Bagel

Juicy + Budapest Bagel offers more than juices and bagels. If the delicious bagels don’t sound exciting enough for you, ask for a healthy smoothie bowl, vegan cake or tapioca pudding. My chosen mango smoothie bowl wasn’t only healthy and beautiful but super tasty too.

Their fridge is filled with delicious cold pressed healthy juices in every colour and every taste combination. You have to choose one!

Be aware of the small size of the shop, where you can sit only on the window sill and in nice weather on the bench outside.

Prices:

  • Mango smoothie bowl – 1090 HUF
  • After party juice – 1190 HUF
  • Bagels – 1250 HUF

Facebook: Juicy + Bagel

Instagram: @juicy_budapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Madách Imre str. 12.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday : 8 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

All day breakfast

Juicy + Budapest Bagel - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Mango smoothie bowl in Juicy + Budapest Bagel - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Sonkapult

Sonkapult is a small breakfast place with 4 tables inside. Reservation isn’t possible and have some cash because they don’t accept card. And now, the good news 😉

The friendly staff has a cute little dog hiding in the corner, who sometimes appears for some food, which tastes very good. I’ve tried only the avocado toast, which was served with thick slices of avocado, a big piece of salmon and a poached egg. The menu contained even more avocado options, but they prepare other toasts, French toast, pancake, omelette and fruity bowl too.

Prices:

  • Smoked salmon with avocado and poached egg – 2100 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF

Facebook: Sonkapult

Instagram: @sonkapult_budapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén str. 7.

Opening time: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

All day breakfast

Sonkapult - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Avocado toast in Sonkapult - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Szimply food

Szimply is not simple, but super cool breakfast place with only a few tables, so it’s mainly busy. I’ve tried 3 times to get in, but it was always full. Reservation isn’t available, so for the 4th time, we arrived at opening time. For a delicious breakfast, it’s worth to wake up early. Or arrive later and wait for a free table and in the meantime, grab a coffee at Kontakt coffee, next to Szimply and feel free to bring it with you.

You know the feeling when the food is so beautiful and you’re afraid to touch the masterpiece on your plate? This is your place! Szimply provides tasty and awesome #instafood with a seasonal changing menu. My avocado toast was very flavourful with avocado cream, egg, greens and seeds. Delicious and delightful!

Prices:

  • Avocado toast – 3000 HUF
  • Juice by Juiceline – 1190 HUF

Website: Szimply

Instagram: @szimplyfood

Address: 1052 Budapest, Károly str. 22., Röser yard is accessible from Károly and Semmelweis streets

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: closed

All day breakfast

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Alma Nomad Bakery

This cute and cosy pastry shop waits for you only on weekends and on Friday for a late breakfast. Every pastry is baked in the small bakery by the friendly owners, so the scent is amazing.

Stunning sweet and salty pastries and cakes are displayed, very hard to choose. I asked for a coffee with an almond croissant and a pistachio frangipane lemon curd (I couldn’t resist…). The coffees and teas come in beautiful ceramics, perfect match with the natural design of inside and outside. Have a seat in the shadowy corner and enjoy your lovely pastries!

Prices:

  • Almond croissant – 790 HUF
  • Pistachio frangipane lemon curd – 750 HUF
  • Cappuccino – 550 HUF

Facebook: Alma Nomad Bakery

Instagram: @almanomadbakery

Address: 1052 Budapest, Vitkovics Mihály str.3-5. 

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: closed, Friday: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9:30 am – 3 pm

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Peet and the Flat white

Peet and the Flat white is located on Astoria. We choose the tables outside instead of the cosy interior (even if our table was reserved inside…) and fortunately, the traffic wasn’t disturbing.

The breakfast menu isn’t so long but has many options like omelette, french toast, English breakfast, peasant breakfast and granola. I tried out the Fresh breakfast, which included tasty lukewarm croissants with butter and jam.

If a place is called Peet and the Flat white, I had to drink flat white (I’d drink flat white if the name doesn’t contain the word…) and I didn’t regret!

Prices:

  • French breakfast – 990 HUF
  • Omelette with 3 toppings – 1890 HUF
  • French toast – 1590 HUF
  • Flat white – 850 HUF
  • Caffee latte – 700 HUF

Facebook: Peet and the Flat white

Instagram: @peetandtheflatwhite

Address: 1075 Budapest, Károly str. 1.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm

All day breakfast

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Fekete

The coffee shop can be reached from a courtyard, where seats are waiting for you to enjoy your chosen drink in the warm season. During winter the cosy indoor area is there for you, just order at the bar and take a seat. Fekete can be crowded at the weekends, especially in the morning, but it’s worth waiting!

They offer delicious cakes and breakfasts like oatmeal, pastries, quiche, waffles and omelette. I went for the healthy eggs and orange juice menu and an additional flat white, of course. Fekete means black, so you can have good quality black coffee as well as other shades.

Prices:

  • Omelette – 1700 HUF
  • Flat white – 850 HUF

Website: fekete

Instagram: @feketekv

Address: 1053 Budapest, Múzeum str. 5.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 8:30 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

Breakfast till 2 pm on weekdays and 4 pm on weekends

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Zoska

Zoska is a cute place with a charming atmosphere thanks to the colourful post-its on the wall, bookshelves and a yellow bicycle outside (just to mention a few). On weekends it’s very busy, outside, inside, on the gallery, everywhere. I totally understand because the breakfast is very tasty, but the waiters aren’t always kind…

You can find sandwiches, pancake, porridge, scrambled eggs in their selection. I highly recommend the scrambled eggs menus with two chosen toppings and a coffee or juice. My fluffy eggs were topped creamy goat cheese and pear, the flavours totally matched. The coffee isn’t that good quality, so if you’re a specialty coffee fan, walk a minute to fekete or Budapest Baristas.

Prices:

  • Scrambled eggs menu with 2 toppings + coffee – 1450 HUF
  • Lemonade (small) – 550 HUF
  • Cappuccino – 550 HUF

Website: Zoska

Instagram: @zoskacoffee

Address: 1053 Budapest, Ferenczy István str. 28.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 7 am – 7 pm, Sunday: closed

All day breakfast

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Zoska - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Omelette in Zoska - Budapest’s best breakfast & brunch places in the centre - Deák Ferenc square and Astoria | Aliz’s Wonderland

Budapest Baristas

Budapest Baristas is situated between Astoria and Kálvin square, so if you need some silence, have a seat inside and watch the busy Károly street through the window. I’m sure you’ll find a free table thanks to the extra tables on the gallery. If you don’t care about the traffic, only about your yummy coffee and breakfast, sit outside on the green chairs and enjoy it.

They offer a breakfast menu with healthy and not so healthy, vegan, fruity, sweet and salty options. I had sweet potato toast with avocado cream, egg, bacon and salad, which was very tasty and a very big portion.

Don’t miss their quality coffee.

Prices:

  • Babu’s favourite – sweet potato toast with avocado cream, egg, bacon and salad – 2090 HUF
  • Flat white – 880 HUF

Facebook: Budapest Baristas

Instagram: @budapestbaristas

Address: 1053 Budapest, Múzeum str. 15.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm

All day breakfast

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Okay, that’s it for today. I’m sure you’ll be able to choose from these amazing breakfast & brunch places. Explore and eat like a local in Budapest! Tell me, which one did you choose and what was your favourite? Leave a comment below.

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Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest?

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Hey, my coffee lover friend! Cannot imagine your day without your daily coffee and don’t want to skip your coffee during travelling? Totally get you! Are you coming to Budapest and want to know where to drink the best specialty coffee? Don’t stop reading 😉

Discovering a new city and culture also includes drinking like a local, not only Hungarian pálinka and wine but coffee as well. In Budapest, you can find many cute coffee shops with unique atmosphere serving quality coffee. It’s super hard to choose the best from these amazing cafés, so I collected 10 coffee shops you need to try in Budapest (and more are coming soon). Read my specialty coffee guide to Budapest.

The address, prices and opening times are also included in the post, but it can change anytime, especially the opening time, so check it on their sites to not miss your dreamy coffee.

Fekete

Fekete means black, so you can have good quality black coffee as well as other shades. Every shade and type of coffee is super tasty here. A basic cappuccino or flat white is just as wonderful as the special ones like espresso tonic or cold brew. They also offer delicious cakes and breakfast options.

The coffee shop can be reached from a courtyard, where seats are waiting for you to enjoy your chosen drink in the warm season. During winter the cosy indoor area is there for you, just order at the bar and take a seat.

Fekete can be crowded at the weekends, especially in the morning, but it’s worth to wait!

Prices:

  • Flat white – 850 HUF
  • Espresso tonic – 900 HUF

Website: fekete

Instagram: @feketekv

Address: 1053 Budapest, Múzeum str. 5.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 8:30 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

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Fekete Coffee & Food - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Espresso tonic at Fekete Coffee & Food - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Espresso tonic at Fekete Coffee & Food - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Kontakt

Kontakt coffee is situated in a silent courtyard between Deák Ferenc square and Astoria. In the 20th century, this courtyard was functioned as a bazaar with the surrounded small stores. The small shops remained, just the functions changed.

In the minimal space of Kontakt, you’ll get amazing coffee! They sell real coffee for real coffee lovers. If you want to order Americano, don’t go there. And don’t ask for sugar, specialty coffee doesn’t need sugar.

Price:

  • Cappuccino – 700 HUF

Website: Kontakt coffee

Instagram: @kontaktcoffee

Address: 1052 Budapest, Károly str. 22., Röser yard is accessible from Károly and Semmelweis streets too

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday: closed

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Kontakt Coffee - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

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My Little Melbourne Coffee and Brew Bar

The first specialty coffee shop of Budapest was established in 2012 and it’s still one of the bests!!! The baristas will prepare you super tasty filter coffee, also special ones like espresso tonic or cold brew. Cold brew is available also for takeaway.

You can enjoy your coffee upstairs and downstairs, surrounded with wooden surfaces, simple interior design and design products. Or take a seat outside and have fun with the other coffee lovers.

If you need more energy, pastries, croissants, cakes and juices are also on the menu 🙂

#brewisbetter

Prices:

  • Flat white – 850 HUF
  • Cold brew for taking away – 1250 HUF

Website: My Little Melbourne

Instagram: @mylittlemelbourne

Address: 1075 Budapest, Madách Imre str. 3.

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 6 pm, Friday – Sunday: 8 am – 6 pm

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Budapest Baristas

Budapest Baristas is situated between Astoria and Kálvin square, so if you need some silence, have a seat inside and watch the busy Károly street through the window. I’m sure you’ll find a free table thanks to the extra tables on the gallery. If you don’t care about the traffic, only about your yummy coffee, sit outside on the green chairs and enjoy your drink.

Besides quality coffee, they offer a breakfast menu with healthy and not so healthy, vegan, fruity, sweet and salty options.

Prices:

  • Batch brew – 690 HUF
  • Flat white – 880 HUF

Facebook: Budapest Baristas

Instagram: @budapestbaristas

Address: 1053 Budapest, Múzeum str. 15.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm

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Budapest Baristas - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

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Espresso Embassy

This is the place, where I’ve heard most often “The best coffee is served here in Budapest”. Almost true… one of the best coffee is served there. The other bests are in this blog posts 😉 Anyway, it’s a pleasure to be there! The plants, design lamps, wooden surfaces provide cosy and contemporary space at the same time. And amazing specialty coffee is brewed by the friendly hipster baristas, you can enjoy it with salty and sweet pastries, cakes and juices.

Price:

  • Flat white – 850 HUF

Website: Espresso Embassy

Instagram: @espressoembassy

Address: 1051 Budapest, Arany Jánis str. 15.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

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Espresso Embassy - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

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Madal Cafe

“Good coffee, good karma”

Good coffee is provided by talented baristas and good karma by the cosy atmosphere. All the three locations (see the addresses below) are peaceful and harmonious. Choose from warm or iced coffees (or teas), you’ll find your favourite. Aaaaand if you need more, have a vegan cake or snack.

Price:

  • Flat white – 850 HUF

Website: Madal Cafe

Instagram: @madalcafe

Addresses:

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

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Madal Cafe - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

London Coffee Society

London Coffee Society is located in a narrow street in the centre, just look for the big coffee signboard. The place isn’t so big, if it looks full from outside, just go in because it has a small gallery so there might be some free places.

Order at the bar and the friendly and professional staff will bring your delicious coffee to the table. I highly recommend checking the breakfast menu, which is full of avocados and other options, check my previous post for the best avocado toasts.

Price:

  • Flat white – 700 HUF

Facebook: London Coffee Society

Instagram: @london_coffee_society

Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány str. 27.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

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My Green Cup

My Green Cup is part of the My Little Melbourne family, and not surprisingly they also serve excellent specialty coffee. Here as well, you can find sandwiches and healthy cakes.

Its interior design is so adorable and stylish with green lamps, green coffee machine, green chairs, green plants and green signs. Aaaaand some type of coffee also comes in green cup 😉

Prices:

  • Flat white – 800 HUF
  • Cappuccino – 690 HUF

Facebook: My Green Cup

Instagram: @mygreencup

Address: 1137 Budapest, Pozsonyi str. 15.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

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My Green Cup - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

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Ébresztő

Ébresztő is a cute little café (3 tables + a bar) with tropical prints, blush pink wall, stylish cement tiles and specialty coffees on the shelves and behind the counter, where the magic happens… I mean, where they brew quality coffee for you. Don’t forget to take a look at the tasty pastry and the healthy chia puddings selection and the other menu with super tasty avocado toast.

Prices:

  • Batch brew – 650 HUF
  • Flat white – 800 HUF

Website: Ébresztő

Instagram: @ebreszto

Address: 1137 Budapest, Jászai Mari square 4/B.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

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Ébresztő - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

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Kelet Café

Kelet Café is the only one in this post from the Buda side. Relax, Buda also has other great coffee shops. I choose this one because of its cosy living room mood and the coffee, of course.

Inside the coffee shop, the shelves on the wall are full of books, so you might have that feeling like you’re in a library or at home (if you have a room full of books…).

Order your coffee (and breakfast, cakes or something else from the menu) at your table, and at the end pay at the bar.

Price:

  • Cappuccino – 650 HUF

Facebook: Kelet Café

Instagram: @keletcafe

Address: 1115 Budapest, Bartók Béla str. 29.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 11 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm

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Kelet Café - Where to drink the best specialty coffee in Budapest, Hungary? | Aliz’s Wonderland

Sooooo which one was your preferred one? I couldn’t choose my favourite of these cafés. The coffee and the mood is so wonderful everywhere, so I just to return to each one and also discover new ones 😉

Leave a comment below and tell me your opinion.

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Avocado toast lover’s guide to Budapest, Hungary

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Searching for the word AVOCADO on the menu? Avocado toast, avocado sandwich, smashed avocado, avocado smoothie, avocado chocolate mousse, guacamole. Avocado is delicious in every form, though my fav is avocado toast for breakfast. Fortunately, Budapest has many breakfast & brunch places with avocado on their menu 😛 As an avocado lover, I had to look for the best avocado toast in Budapest.

What makes an avo toast best of the best? The toast should be topped with a thick layer of creamy avocado and/or avocado slices and can be served with poached egg, salmon and some greens. Beauty is also a requirement because we, foodies, might post it on Instagram (DEFINITELY!).

The address, prices and opening times are also included in the post, but it can change anytime, especially the opening time, so check it on their sites to not miss your dreamy breakfast.

Where to eat the best avocado toasts in Budapest, Hungary?

Börze Café and Restaurant

Börze is just so so beautiful and elegant. Cosy and stylish at the same time and devoted waiters look for your wishes. It’s a pleasure to be there. They have numerous tables but at the weekend it’s safer to make a reservation. The breakfast is served only till 11 on weekdays and till 11:30 on weekend, so get up “early” to save your seat.

The avocado toast was topped with walnut, brie cheese, dried tomatoes and salad. I was happy to see the thick layer of creamy avocado, but I missed the real taste of avocado. The other ingredients improved the overall impression but without the avocado flavour, I didn’t eat with such a great pleasure.

Score: 5/10

Prices:

  • Avocado toast: avocado cream, camembert, walnut, sun-dried tomatoes – 1190 HUF
  • Banana, coconut milk, peanut butter, cocoa smoothie – 990 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF

Website: Börze Kávéház Étterem

Instagram: @borze_etterem_kavehaz

Address: 1051 Budapest, Nádor str. 23.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 7:30 am – 12 pm

Breakfast till 11 on weekdays and till 11:30 on weekend

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Toprum Sky & Bar

Toprum is located on the top of Hotel RUM Budapest. You can enjoy your brunch with a view to rooftops, Gellért Hill, Royal Palace and Buda Hills in the background. Brunch is served only on weekends and reservation is recommended. Otherwise, you can’t experience the chic atmosphere with fluffy chairs, friendly service and live music. And the brunch, of course 😉

3 small homemade toasts were covered with avocado cream, goat cheese, sun-dried tomato and coriander. The avocado taste was missing again, the sandwiches were good but not as yummy as they looked like. Yeah, I know, I shouldn’t have high expectations…

Score: 6/10

Prices:

  • Avocado toast – 2850 HUF
  • Maracuja lemonade – 990 HUF
  • Espresso tonic – 1350 HUF
  • The final price includes a 12% service charge.

Website: Toprum

Instagram: @toprumbudapest

Address: 1053 Budapest, Királyi Pál str. 4.

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 11 pm, Friday – Saturday: 12 pm – 12 am, Sunday: 12 pm – 11 pm

Brunch on weekends from noon till 3 pm

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Kuglóf

Kuglóf is a cute little place close to Váci street with indoor and outdoor seats as well. The friendly staff serves two kinds of avocado toasts (and many other things), one is with English muffin, the other one with rye bread. Both versions contain poached egg, hollandaise sauce and avocado cream. The poached egg was just perfect, but I’d place a bit more of avocado cream on the toast. Never enough of avocado #omnomnom

Score: 7/10

Prices:

  • Poached eggs served with hollandaise sauce and fresh salad on rye bread with avocado cream – 1490 HUF
  • Flat white – 850 HUF
  • The final price includes a 12% service charge.

Website: Kuglóf

Instagram: @kuglofcafe

Address: 1052 Budapest, Piarista lane 1.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm

All day breakfast

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Briós

Stop by Briós, if you’re on the way to St. Stephen’s park (Szent István park). In summer, you can have breakfast on the terrace. Without reservation, you might find free seats only inside.

Your avocado sandwich can be prepared with bagel or with whole wheat bread. Between the slices, you’ll find avocado cream with coriander, poached egg and fresh avocado slices too, plus some fresh salad and dressing on the side. I was satisfied with the green sandwich thanks to its creamy avocado.

Score: 7/10

Prices:

  • Healthy green sandwich – 1490 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF
  • Passion fruit lemonade – 890 HUF

Facebook: Briós

Instagram: @briospozsonyi

Address: 1137 Budapest, Pozsonyi str. 16.

Opening time: Saturday – Wednesday: 7:30 am – 8 pm, Thursday – Friday: 7:30 am – 9 pm

All day breakfast

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Szimply

Szimply is not simple, but super cool breakfast place with 6 tables, so it’s mainly busy. I’ve tried 3 times to get in, but it was always full. Reservation isn’t available, so for the 4th time, we arrived at opening time. For a delicious breakfast, it’s worth to wake up early. Or arrive later and wait for a free table and in the meantime, grab a coffee at Kontakt, opposite to Szimply and feel free to bring it with you.

You know the feeling when the food is so beautiful and you’re afraid to touch the masterpiece on your plate? This is your place! Szimply provides tasty and awesome #instafood with a seasonal changing menu. The avocado toast was very flavourful with the avocado cream, egg, greens and seeds. Delicious and delightful!

Score: 8/10

Prices:

  • Avo toast – 3300 HUF
  • Juice by Juiceline – 1190 HUF

Website: Szimply

Instagram: @szimplyfood

Address: 1052 Budapest, Károly str. 22., Röser yard is accessible from Károly and Semmelweis streets

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: closed

All day breakfast

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Á la Maison Grand

Á la Maison Grand is a bright impressive place, dressed in a minimal style with a hint of art deco. This fancy breakfast & brunch location has every type of breakfast on the menu, but I searched for the AVOCADO 😉

Their avocado toast with greens and poached egg looked gorgeous. Its taste was also good, but a bit more of avocado cream would make it even better. Maybe I’m too critical, but I’m just looking for the best 😉

Score: 8/10

Prices:

  • Avocado stuffed sandwich – 2320 HUF
  • Tropical berry smoothie – 2090 HUF
  • Flat white – 1350 HUF

Website: Á la Maison Grand

Instagram: @alamaisonbudapest

Address: 1051 Budapest, Szervita square 3.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm

All day breakfast

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Sonkapult

Sonkapult is a small breakfast place with 4 tables inside. Reservation isn’t possible and have some cash because they don’t accept card. And now, the good news 😉

The friendly staff has a cute little dog hiding in the corner, who sometimes appears for some food, which tastes very good (I guess, their dog doesn’t eat avocado…). The toast was served with thick slices of avocado, a big piece of salmon and a poached egg. Yesssss, I’ve found a place where the avocado layer was thick enough! The menu contained even more avocado options, but avocado with salmon and poached egg is my weak point… It tasted amazingly good!

Score: 9/10

Prices:

  • Smoked salmon with avocado and poached egg – 2100 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF

Facebook: Sonkapult

Instagram: @sonkapult_budapest

Address: 1075 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén str. 7.

Opening time: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

All day breakfast

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Törökméz

Törökméz is on the Budapest side, not far from Margaret bridge. No reservation is available, so on a Saturday morning, we waited 20 minutes for a table. No regrets, the bright interior with a little tropical vibe, the friendly staff and the breakfast compensated us for the waiting time.

The avocado sandwich was absolutely tasty 😛 It was topped with cream cheese, avocado cream, salmon and a poached egg. Delicious and super beautiful (I had to post it on Instagram…)!

Score: 9/10

Prices:

  • Avocado-salmon sandwich – 2150 HUF
  • Flat white – 750 HUF

Website: Törökméz

Instagram: @torokmezbuda

Address: 1023 Budapest, Margit str. 27.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm, Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday: closed

All day breakfast

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Ébresztő

Ébresztő is a cute little café with tropical prints, pink wall, stylish cement tiles and specialty coffees on the shelves. They’ll brew good quality coffee for you. Take a seat outside during the warm season or hope, that inside one table out of 3 tables will be free.

The avocado toast is listed on the menu on the tables. The toast with salmon, seeds, avocado and salad were displayed on a stylish board. Pretty and super tasty and they didn’t spare on avocado 😛

Score: 9/10

Prices:

  • Avocado toast – 1290 HUF
  • Batch brew – 650 HUF

Website: Ébresztő

Instagram: @ebreszto

Address: 1137 Budapest, Jászai Mari square 4/B.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

All day breakfast

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London Coffee Society

London Coffee Society is located in the centre, just look for the big coffee signboard. The place isn’t so big, if it looks full from outside, just go in because it has a small gallery, so there might be free places upstairs. Reservation isn’t possible, sorry again. While waiting for a table or your breakfast, enjoy the party music. Order at the bar and the friendly and professional staff will bring your food to the table.

I’ve found the avocado and avo words not once, but seven times on the menu! I chose the smashed avocado sandwich with salmon (you can choose bacon instead of salmon). This was the biggest portion of avocado toast ever. 2 delicious avocado toasts + 2 poached eggs + salmon + greens = satisfaction 😛 The avocado cream with the egg was amazing, just like everything on the plate.

Score: 10/10

Prices:

  • Smashed avocado sandwich – 1450 HUF
  • Smashed avocado sandwich with salmon – 1800 HUF
  • Flat white – 700 HUF

Facebook: London Coffee Society

Instagram: @london_coffee_society

Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány str. 27.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

All day breakfast

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My favourite avo toast was this latest one. But it’s never enough of avocado toast and I’m not finished searching for more! Go and find your favourite #avocadotoast

Have you tried out one of these avo toasts or tried another one in Budapest? Please, share your opinion with me and leave a comment below.

 

Interested in more foodie places? Here are some ideas for you:

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local

A local’s guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest

Unicorn and rainbow food guide to Budapest

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Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

A first-timer’s guide to Budapest – Things to know about visiting Budapest, Hungary

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Planning to visit Budapest for the first time? Perfect choice, the Hungarian capital is a beautiful and must-visit city. In this first-timer’s guide, I’ll share everything you need to know about visiting Budapest to have a memorable trip. Questions, you might ask when visiting a country or city for the first time like what’s the best time to visit or how to get around or is it safe or how much is a pint etc. Consider your questions answered, discover Budapest using my local survival tips.

Best time to visit Budapest

Every time!

I mean it! The Hungarian capital always offers amazing adventures, outdoor, indoor, nature-loving, cultural, foodie experiences on ground and in water alike.

Spring is one of my favourite seasons in Budapest. The plants are starting to awake from their winter dream, the flowers are blooming and making the city more colourful. People are doing more outdoor activities, strolling in parks and enjoying the sunshine. Most spring days are sunny, however, Hungarian spring is quite unstable, it can easily become rainy and temperature changes almost every day.

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Budapest has the most tourists during summer time. Sziget festival in the middle of August attracts many people. I love it! See you there next time?!

The weather can be very hot, don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses. Grab a cold drink in outdoor ruin bars or bars at the Danube bank and enjoy the sunset. Outdoor pools and baths can also help you cool down. Go as early as you can on weekends, the baths can be very crowded.

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In autumn the scenery is dressed into yellowish and reddish colours. Let the fallen leaves mesmerize you in the parks or even in the city centre. September is the month of harvest and wines (Yesssss!). The Castle District hosts the Wine Festival featuring the top Hungarian wineries. Taste the best Hungarian wines and enjoy the view from the Royal Palace’s panorama terrace.

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Winter can be cold and snowy, pack your warm clothes and shoes. The beautiful snowy landscape of Budapest will compensate the cold and you can easily warm up yourself in the Christmas markets with mulled wine and fresh chimney cake. The thermal baths and steam baths are also there to heat you up.

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How to get to Budapest?

By airplane to Budapest Airport (BUD)

Budapest has only one airport called Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport (BUD). Before I explain how to go from the airport to the city centre, I have to tell you something important! On your way to the exit DO NOT EXCHANGE YOUR MONEY at Interchange because their rates are very high! Now you know it. So… You can reach the city centre by bus, taxi or airport shuttle service.

Bus 100E and 200E have stations at the airport. Check the time schedule on the website of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport) because they don’t operate during the night. You can buy your ticket in a vending machine at the airport bus stop, which accepts card as well.

  • Shuttle bus 100E takes you directly to Deák Ferenc square (and Astoria) in 30 minutes. The ticket costs only 900 HUF (~3 euros).
  • Or take bus line 200E, which has many stations till Kőbánya-Kispest metro station (takes around 25 minutes), where you can change to the metro line 3 to the city centre. A single ticket costs 350 HUF. So your trip to the centre will cost 700 HUF and around an hour. Side note: Metro line 3 is under reconstruction, so metro replacement buses operate during weekends and the final station is Nagyvárad tér instead of Kőbánya-Kispest metro station.

By taxi to the centre, the price will be around 6000 HUF depending on the traffic. If you want to pay by card, ask them about this option. And don’t forget to CHECK THE TAXIMETER!

The airport shuttle service called miniBUD offers door-to-door service, one way and return alike. The transfer time depends on the traffic and the addresses of other passengers (max 8 passengers). The price is a bit cheaper than the taxi, but you have to pay right after booking, what you can do on the website at least 5 hours before pick up time or by calling them.

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By train

Budapest has 3 main railway stations: Keleti pályaudvar, Déli pályaudvar and Nyugati pályaudvar. A metro station belongs to all of them, so it’s easy to reach the city centre or your accommodation.

By bus to Népliget bus station

Our main bus station is called Népliget. Its metro station name is the same and metro line 3 will bring you to the city centre easily. Come here by Flixbus, eurolines or Regiojet. Be sure to check the bus station because not all of the Regiojet buses go to Népliget, there’s another stop at Kelenföldi railway station.

How to get around in Budapest?

Public transport

The public transport works well with the metros, trams, buses, trolleybuses and boats. In Budapest, the ticket usage is different than in other European cities. Here a single ticket is valid only for a single trip and doesn’t include transfers outside of the metro.

On main stations, you can find BKK ticket vending machines to buy any kind of ticket, which is valid on every vehicle. Choose a single ticket (350 HUF) or a 24-hour ticket (1650 HUF) or a block of 10 tickets (3000 HUF) depending on the duration of your stay. And don’t forget to validate it! Learn more about the ticket types and prices on the website of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport).

With only a single ticket you can discover the Danube riverbank with Tram 2, which is considered a tourist sightseeing tram. The vintage yellow cars run along the Danube between Jászai Mari square and Rákóczi bridge. You can take off at many landmarks like the Parliament, Chain bridge, Vigadó, Great Market Hall, Bálna and Palace of Arts.

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Would you like to try out some special vehicles? The funicular will bring you up to the Buda Castle or use the chairlift to reach János Hill and Erzsébet Lookout Tower. Aaaaand by boat…

By boat

With the public transport boat service, you can discover the city from a different angle. The boats stop at the main attractions but operate only from May to October, so check the timetables on the homepage of the BKK before planning.

No Uber, only taxi

Sorry, we don’t have Uber… You can find many taxi companies like Taxify, City Taxi or Főtaxi. The base fee is 700 HUF and every minute costs 75 HUF and above 15 km the km charge is 300 HUF.

If you want to pay by card, first ask the driver about it and always check the taximeter!

Must-see tourist attractions in Budapest

  • Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy) with Citadel and the awesome panorama to Buda and Pest
  • Central Market Hall with beautiful architecture, delicious food and souvenirs
  • Castle District with the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) and Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) (on photo)
  • The 96-meter high Parliament
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István bazilika) with its Panorama terrace and amazing interior
  • Andrássy Avenue with historical buildings and fashion stores
  • Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) and City Park (Városliget) with Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Margaret island (Margitsziget) to enjoy nature
  • The famous thermal baths: Gellért Thermal Bath is my personal favourite, thanks to its outdoor pool (which functions as a wave pool in summer) and colourful mosaics. Rudas Thermal Bath offers a unique experience with its rooftop panorama pool. The outdoor pools of Széchenyi Thermal Bath have a totally nice atmosphere.
  • Ruin bars in the 7th district, every ruin bar has its own atmosphere. Szimpla Kert is the most famous with its organized chaos, Instant-Fogas (used to be Fogasház) is the complex party place, Anker’t is the stylish one, Ellátó kert is the most colourful, Csendes is a disorganized miracle, Púder is vibrant and Mazel Tov is chic.

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Want to know what are the best things to do in Budapest? Read my Budapest bucket list and download the checklist to simplify your travel planning.

Eating and drinking in Budapest

What to eat in Budapest?

Try out the traditional Hungarian food like …

  • goulash soup (gulyásleves)
  • fisherman’s soup (halászlé)
  • Hungarian meat stew also called paprikash
  • stuffed cabbage (töltött káposzta)
  • Hungarian ratatouille (lecsó)
  • lángos
  • chimney cake (kürtőskalács)

Find out more about the best bites in the Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes and you don’t have to worry anymore what to order in a Hungarian restaurant.

Talking about Hungarian restaurants… I have a few tips for you!

My favourite is Gettó Gulyás in the centre with delicious Hungarian dishes and perfect wine selection. For a cosy and romantic mood visit Kispiac Bisztró. Frici Papa kifőzdéje serves big portions for cheap price. M restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere and always tasty seasonal menu. Cupákos (on photo) is the place for meat lovers.

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What to drink in Budapest?

If you’re in Hungary, you have to try out pálinka! Pálinka is the Hungarian spirit, made of ripe fruits, the most commons are apricot (one of my favourites), pear, plum and cherry. Be aware, it’s very strong. Its alcohol content can be from 40 to 70%.

The suggested method to drink it: inhale deeply, drink (for one sip or more) and enjoy the fruity flavour during exhaling. Cheers!

Hungarian wine is a must-try, you’ll find your favourite from the huge selection of white, rosé and red wines. My favourite is the dry red wine from the area of Szekszárd. I’m not a fan of sweet wines, but I have to mention the famous dessert wines of Tokaj because those are very popular among tourists.

Cute local cafés serve specialty coffee, the 1st one was My Little Melbourne and fortunately, the list is growing. Visit the courtyard of Fekete, the stylish Espresso Embassy, the cosy Madal or the minimal Kontakt.

Can I drink tap water in Hungary?

Yes, you can, the water doesn’t have any taste. No need to spend extra money on mineral water and plastic bottles. However, in old buildings, where the water pipes aren’t maintained, the water might have some taste. In that case, buy some mineral water.

Forint, the Hungarian currency

Hungary is part of the European Union since 2004, but we still have our currency called forint (HUF). 1 euro is around 320 forints.

Paying by card is very common, yet, a few places still don’t accept cards, so be prepared with some cash. There are many ATMs and money exchange options in the city. Though try to avoid Western Union and Interchange, as they offer high rates. Make sure to compare the “buy” and “sell” rates and if the difference is more than a few forints, find another place.

Average prices in Budapest

Budapest isn’t considered expensive. Of course, it depends on where you go, touristy places can be more pricey, but it’s still cheaper than Western-European countries.

  • Breakfast & brunch – 1600 HUF ~ 5 euro
  • Meal (main course in a good quality restaurant) – 3200 HUF ~ 10 euro
  • Espresso in a specialty coffee shop – 500 HUF ~ 1,5 euro
  • Beer (a pint) – 700 HUF ~ 2,2 euro
  • Quality wine (1,5 dl) – 600 HUF ~ 1,8 euro
  • 0,5 l water in a supermarket – 130 HUF ~ 0,4 euro
  • Public transport ticket – 350 HUF ~ 1,1 euro

Tipping in restaurants

Always check the bill before paying, the service can be included in some places. If not and if you’re satisfied with the service, you can give around 10% tip.

Electricity in Hungary

In Hungary, the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are type C and F like in other countries of Europe, some parts of Asia, Africa and South-America.

You don’t have to worry about power plugs anymore with a travel adapter like Skross adapter, which is good in over 220 countries and also has a dual USB port for charging USB devices.

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Is Budapest safe?

Yes, it’s safe, you shouldn’t be afraid of walking alone (I’m not). BUT we should be careful! Always look after your belongings and don’t tempt robbers and pickpockets. Don’t leave your bag and valuables on the table without supervision.

I don’t want to frighten you or sound like your parents. I just want you to prevent trouble and to leave Budapest with good memories. Read my post about 12 mistakes to avoid when visiting Budapest and know what not to do!

About Hungarian people

Some of us are friendly, positive and speak English, but some of us aren’t so lovely, welcoming and don’t speak English. Tourists sometimes complain about Hungarian people not speaking English. Not totally true. Some of us learnt English, you just have to find us 😉 In the city centre you’ll have better chances to find an English speaker local and you might have bigger luck with younger people because older Hungarian people usually don’t speak foreign languages.

Useful Hungarian words and phrases

A little practice for the end 😉

The Hungarian language is unique with its complicated letters and its pronunciation. Among tourists, the most popular word remains Egészségedre! It means Cheers! Kind of hard to pronounce it, but you’ll be satisfied when you’ll pronounce it correctly and we are happy to help you because we like to drink and say Egészségedre!

Hi = Szia [see-ya]

How are you? = Hogy vagy? [Hodge vadge]

How are you, my friend? = Hogy vagy, barátom? [Hodge vadge barat-om]

Thank you = Köszönöm [Koh-sur-nom]

Sorry = Bocsánat [Bots-ana-t]

Cheers = Egészségedre [Egg-esh-ay-ged-reh]

Beer = Sör [Sure]

Wine = Bor [Boar]

You’re beautiful = Szép vagy [Say-p vadge]

Yes = Igen [Ea-gen]

No = Nem [Nem]

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Ready for your first trip to Budapest?

Eager to know more about Budapest? I have more for you 😉

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40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest with a downloadable checklist

A local’s travel guide to Budapest – How to get to Budapest? Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat?

12 mistakes to avoid when visiting Budapest

Budapest bucket list

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes, from a local

 

Can’t wait to visit Budapest? You know what to see, do, not to do, eat and drink. Want to know even more? Did I miss an important first-timer’s question? Leave a comment below if you have a question or share your experiences about Budapest.

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dessert & snack,Hungarian recipes,Recipe

Hungarian cottage cheese chocolate (Túró Rudi) cake

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Have you been to Hungary and tried out Túró Rudi? I hope you did because Túró Rudi is one of the best Hungarian chocolate. You don’t have to miss its cottage cheese and chocolate taste after returning home. This Hungarian cottage cheese chocolate cake recipe will remind you to Túró Rudi. It’s easy to prepare and delicious, what else do you need?

The cake is the perfect combination of chocolate and cottage cheese layers just like the Túró Rudi. Not too sweet and not too sour. Let’s see the recipe!

Tips and tricks before starting:

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

The salt emphasizes the taste of chocolate, don’t miss it 🙂 Always use salt in cakes or in any kind of desserts with chocolate.

Before grating the lemon, wash the skin so that any dirt or bacteria residing on the surface will not be transferred to the cake.

I use a Bosch kitchen machine for beating everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

Every oven works differently, check the cake before the required baking time. I baked it on 175 ºC (347 ºF), but maybe your oven is stronger, so be careful not to overbake the cake.

Preparation time: 45 min + waiting time

Baking time: 15 min

Total time: 2,5 hours

Ingredients for 30 cm diameter cake form:

For the chocolate bottom

  • 125 gr dark chocolate
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 gr (~1/4 cup) butter, room temperature
  • 100 gr (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 gr (1/4 cup) flour

For the cottage cheese layer

  • 500 gr (2 1/2 cups) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 dl cream
  • 50 gr (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon gelatine powder

For the chocolate cover

  • 100 gr dark chocolate
  • pinch of salt
  • 0,5 dl cream
  • Túró Rudi as decoration (optional)

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How to make the cottage cheese chocolate cake?

For the chocolate bottom

Preheat the oven to 175 ºC (347 ºF).

To simplify the work, place a parchment paper into a 30 cm diameter cake form, I use a Zenker springform with non-stick coating, so the dough won’t stick thanks to its butter content, but it’s easier to remove the baked dough with the paper and then you can put back the bottom into the form.

Melt the dark chocolate with a pinch of salt and set it aside.

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs and the flour. Finally, mix in the melted chocolate.

Pour it in the springform and bake for 15 minutes, the top might lift a bit, but it’ll sink again. Leave it to cool down, around 1 hour should be enough.

For the cottage cheese layer and the chocolate cover

In the meantime, mix the cottage cheese, brown sugar, zest of lemon, gelatine and one part of cream until it’s smooth. Use low-fat cottage cheese, otherwise, the mixture will be wet and won’t be that solid as it should be. If it has bigger pieces, smash them, so it will combine better with the ingredients.

When the chocolate bottom isn’t warm anymore, spread the mixture on it. Put it in the fridge for an hour.

Melt the dark chocolate with a pinch of salt and the rest of the cream and pour it on the cake. Put it back to the fridge and it’s ready to serve in 2-3 hours.

You can improve the cottage cheese chocolate cake with Túró Rudi decoration. Just an option, with or without Túró Rudi, it still tastes delicious.

Store it in the fridge, it’s good for 4-5 days.

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Did it remind you to Túró Rudi, my fav Hungarian chocolate?

If you like cottage cheese and Hungarian flavours, bake the simplified cottage cheese strudel and the cheesy salty sticks.

 

Prepare the Hungarian cottage cheese chocolate (Túró Rudi) cake and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

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Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

Unicorn and rainbow food guide to Budapest, Hungary

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Do you believe in unicorns? If yes, you’re in the right place because unicorns exist in my Wonderland 🙂 As I’m a kid sometimes, this unicorn trend was meant to be for me. I’m just happy seeing them on social media, in swimming pools and these cute creatures can appear even on our plate! In Budapest, you can also find unicorns and colourful unicorn-inspired food. In this unicorn and rainbow food guide to Budapest, I’ll show you where to eat the most colourful unicorn-themed food.

What do you think, what kind of taste do unicorns have? Sweet, sour, bitter, juicy, luscious? Maybe all of these together? You’ll find out in these magical unicorn places. I added the opening times, just to be aware of it, but it can change anytime, so check the opening time on their sites. I don’t want you to miss your dreamy unicorn food!

Interested in other sweets? Explore my guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest!

Let’s see where to eat unicorn and rainbow food in Budapest!

Mr Funk and Ms Bagel for funky donuts

Mr Funk is a sugar heaven with colourful donuts, shakes and decoration. This donut and bagel shop is totally worth a visit (not my architect self is speaking now). The interior could be on design sites thanks to its colourful and playful floor, donuts on the wall, greeting on the ceiling and open kitchen, where the magic happens. And don’t forget to visit the restroom for a vivid experience.

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Of course, I went there because of unicorns…

You can ask for a blushing unicorn donut with tasty horn and cute ears, but if you are totally obsessed with unicorns (like me), order a UNICORN FREAK SHAKE! It’s freaking tasty and looks gorgeous! Do you know that feeling when the food is so beautiful, that you don’t want to eat it? This is a moment like that! Every part of this beauty is super tasty! A tender donut with tasty marzipan horn floats on pink cherry shake, which isn’t as sweet as I expected.

In summer, Unicorn IceCloud also joins to the unicorn family, which is ice cream in cone coated with cotton candy and topped with marshmallow and golden horn.

Prices:

  • Unicorn donut – 800 HUF
  • Unicorn freak shake – 3000 HUF
  • Unicorn IceCloud – 2000 HUF

Website: Mr. Funk

Instagram: @mrfunk_budapest

Address: 1051 Budapest, Arany János str. 19-21.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm

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Sugar shop, the design confectionery

Sugar! is more than a confectionery, imagine yourself in a sweet Wonderland surrounded by colourful candies, huge lollipops, balloons, pool floats, fluffy toys, costumes and unicorns. You can bring home some unicorn if you want to spice up your home or office.

Here you can also eat unicorns. Maybe this sounds a bit creepy… 😛 Whatever, let’s see the edible unicorns!

The rainbow cake is very yummy. The coloured sponge cake layers and the blue fondant are tasty, just like the super cute smiling marzipan unicorn floating on a sugary cloud. Don’t judge me, I ate the unicorn 😉

The unicorn cupcake didn’t become my favourite because the rainbow creamy top is too sweet, but the muffin tastes good with the chocolate chips. This cupcake is available with different unicorn and rainbow decorations.

The unicorn and the bubblegum macarons are the most multicoloured ones, both gluten-free.

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Unicorn days at Sugar shop

The 2nd weekend of January is the most awaited weekend of the year for unicorn lovers! In mid-January (check the date on their facebook page), Sugar shop turns into the home of sweet and tasty unicorns. Try out as many unicorn-inspired foods as you can: unicorn cake pop, unicorn magnum, unicorn panna, macaron ice cream sandwich, unicorn macaron, unicorn bubble, unicorn cupcake, unicorn shake. So hard to choose…

I’m satisfied with picking the unicorn cake pop. The chocolate filling is flavoured with rum and covered with coloured buttercream. #omnomnom

The magnum shaped unicorn magnum isn’t filled with ice cream. Under the crunchy white chocolate, you’ll bite in a chocolate mousse.

Unicorn shake is perfect to finish a colourful dish like this. It’s a mix of ice cream and milk topped with whipped cream, colourful sprinkles, gold marzipan horn and ears. Delicious and delightful!

Prices:

  • Rainbow cake – 1090 HUF
  • Unicorn cupcake – 890 HUF
  • Unicorn shake – 1390 HUF
  • Unicorn cake pop – 650 HUF
  • Unicorn magnum – 890 HUF
  • Bubblegum macaron – 330 HUF

Website: Sugar Shop

Instagram: @sugar_design_confectionery

Address: 1051 Budapest, Paulay Ede str. 48.

Opening time: Monday: 12 am – 10 pm, Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 10 pm

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Cake Shop

Cake Shop uses quality ingredients and prepares gluten-, lactose- and sugar-free cakes too.

I visited them to try out a cute unicorn muffin, unfortunately, it’s not on the menu every day 🙁 But they compensated me with a unicorn hot chocolate, so I wasn’t disappointed 🙂

The pink unicorn hot chocolate is made of white chocolate, milk, cherry syrup (this gives the pink colour), whipped cream and colourful candies on top. First I really liked it, but I felt a bit of sugar overdose at the end.

I won’t give up on the muffin, so I’ll return!

Price:

  • Unicorn hot chocolate – 1150 HUF

Website: Cake Shop

Instagram: @cake_shop_budapest

Address: 1051 Budapest, József Attila str. 12.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

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Macaron Heaven manufactory

Unicorn + macaron = #omnonom

These unicorn shaped macarons (and also their friends) are so cute and tasty. I guess cute and tasty shouldn’t be in one sentence… Whatever 😉

The unicorn with a horn is vanilla flavoured and the one without a horn is caramel flavoured. Both desserts are delicious and also their flamingo sister. If you don’t mind to eat cute macarons, this is your place, my friend!

Prices:

  • Normal macaron – 350 HUF
  • Figure macaron – 490 HUF

Facebook: Macaron Heaven

Instagram: @macaronheaven_bp

Address: 1027 Budapest, Margit krt. 52.

Opening time: Monday – Saturday: 12 am – 8 pm, Sunday: closed

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The Sweet by Vintage Garden

The Sweet has an always changing seasonal design and interior. Though the beautiful and tasty cakes wait for you all the time, just like their specialities, the hot chocolates made of dark, milk or white chocolate. The beautiful biscuits and cute cups are also part of the decoration.

The multicoloured cake pop is super tasty, the chocolate mousse inside is very tender and not that sweet.

The unicorn macaron is a bit dry, not the best one. The look is not everything 😉

Prices:

  • Pop cake – 490 HUF
  • Unicorn macaron – 400 HUF
  • Unicorn biscuit – 490 HUF
  • Unicorn meringue – 790 HUF
  • Hot chocolate without cream – 990 HUF

Facebook: The Sweet by Vintage Garden

Instagram: @vintagegardenbistro

Address: 1074 Budapest, Dob str. 21.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm

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Waffle dog

Waffle dog sells Dutch mini pancakes (Poffertjes) and filled waffle called waffle dog. Oh, those fluffy colourful waffles 😛 It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!

The unicorn inspired, sparkle pony sweet dog is topped with vanilla cream, colourful candies and marshmallow and it’s filled with cocoa dragées. It tastes magical!

Want to drink from a unicorn mug? Order a latte macchiato. I spotted the unicorn mug on the counter and I couldn’t resist asking what I have to order to drink from it.

You’ll have a special unicorn atmosphere here, even if you decide to eat something else (everything looks delicious on the menu). There are unicorns on the wall, at the counter, almost in every corner and the friendly owner likes to be surrounded with them 🙂

Prices:

  • Sparkle pony (unicorn) sweet dog – 990 HUF
  • Latte macchiato – 520 HUF

Facebook: Waffle dog

Instagram: @waffledogbudapest

Address: 1072 Budapest, Klauzál sqr. 9.

Opening time: Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

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Zabrakadabra, the vegan confectionery

Zabrakadabra is specialised in vegan, paleo, gluten- and lactose-free desserts, so everyone gets something healthy.

I found some unicorns in the shape of a unicorn muffin. The strawberry jam filled muffin tastes very good, but the pinkish yellowish hair with glitters was very sweet.

Price:

  • Unicorn muffin – 750 HUF

Website: Zabrakadabra

Facebook: Zabrakadabra

Instagram: @zabrakadabra

Address: 1094 Budapest, Ferenc str. 1.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

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Sütit akarok! and Sütit akarok! Mini

Sütit akarok! = I want cake!

Who wants a cake? In Sütit akarok! you can choose from many cakes and sweets, however, unicorns aren’t on the menu all the time. They have a big confectionery in Buda and a mini version in Pest. The selection is always bigger in the big store and on special weekends unicorns are also part of the store.

Unicorn days at Sütit akarok!

In October for a weekend, both Sütit akarok! host Unicorn days featuring rainbow cakes, unicorn cake pops and other colourful sweets.

Prices:

  • Unicorn cake pop – 300 HUF
  • Rainbow cheesecake – 650 HUF

Facebook: Sütit akarok! and Sütit akarok! Mini

Instagram: @sutitakarok

Addresses:

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm

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Johnny’s Bistro Buda

This is the only one I haven’t visited because it’s located far from the city centre, even from the centre of Buda. But if you’re going to or coming from the chairlift to János Hill, you can stop on your way there.

You won’t find any unicorns on the menu, just ask for a milkshake, which looks like a unicorn shake… On the photos, almost all of the milkshakes contain some pink colour, even the Kinder Bueno, Cheesecake, Nutella-Banana, Salted Caramel milkshakes. You can’t complain, I’ve done my research 😉

Prices:

  • Milkshake – small – 1290 HUF
  • Milkshake – large – 1790 HUF

Website: Johnny’s Bistro Buda

Instagram: @johnnysbistro

Address: 1125 Budapest, Szarvas Gábor str. 33.

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am – 9 pm

 

I hope Budapest will extend its unicorn food selection and I can update this unicorn and rainbow food guide for you. If I missed a place with unicorn food, please add a comment or email me to aliz@alizswonderland.com.

Choose your favourite(s) and dream with unicorns and rainbows!

Which one was your favourite? Leave a comment below about how did you like this post.

Are you a foodie like me? Then I have other foodie tips for you:

A local’s guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest

Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes

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Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

Budapest bucket list – Top things to do in Budapest

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Want to tick Budapest on your bucket list? Nice! Everyone should have Budapest on their list 🙂 Why? The Hungarian capital has a lot to offer such as diverse architecture, river, thermal baths, outstanding nightlife, tasty food and panoramas. Budapest is a beautiful must-visit city! To simplify your travel planning, I have another checklist for you featuring the best things to do in Budapest. Let me introduce you the Budapest bucket list with touristy sights, must-visit places, foodie tips, my local recommendations and more travel secrets to Budapest. Aaaaand I also created a downloadable checklist for you! Make the most out of your trip and download the bucket list.

Wander around Castle District

The large area of Castle District offers many attractions like the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya), Matthias Church (Mátyás templom).

The 78 meters high Matthias Church obtained its final look according to the plans of Frigyes Schulek in the early 19th century after occupations, wars, fire and reconstructions. You can also explore the interior of the church (admission fee: 1500 HUF) or climb 197 steps in the tower for the best panorama (admission fee: 1500 HUF including a guided tour). The panorama terrace offers a 360 degrees panorama of Budapest: Buda Hills, Margaret island, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the bridges and Danube, Gellért Hill and the Castle District itself.

The panorama is also amazing from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Its 7 bastions represent the 7 settled down Hungarian tribes from the 9th century. The upper part around the equestrian statue of St Stephen can be visited with admission fee (1000 HUF), but go a bit further and for free you can go up in the biggest bastion.

After taking some photos of the view and the Neo-Gothic facade of Matthias Church, go to Ruszwurm Confectionery and try out some Hungarian cakes and desserts. They have a huge selection of sweets and the prices are cheap compared to its location. It might be busy through its popularity, but it’s worth to wait. I had my best “Somlói” style sponge cake there 😛

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Walk along the Danube riverbank

The Danube is the river of Budapest, it divides Buda and Pest. Both sides offer wonderful view thanks to the bridges and historical buildings. The skyline of Buda is characterized by hills like Gellért Hill, Castle District and the Buda Hills. The Pest side is flat, so only the landmarks define the silhouette.

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The sunsets are amazing from bridges and the embankment of Pest. Grab a drink and let the colours of the sun mesmerize you. You can choose from many bars to fancy the sunset.

Want to see the sunset with a view to Gellért Hill and Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd, the green bridge)? Have dinner and a drink in Esetleg in Bálna.

Would you prefer the Castle District with the colourful sky? Have a seat at Liberty bridge or walk through Erzsébet bridge (the white one) to Terasz. In Pontoon, at the foot of Chain bridge you can sit at the side of the river and watch the sun sets next to Fisherman’s Bastion.

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Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István bazilika) is the tallest church in Budapest with its dome reaching the height of 96 meters. The dome’s inner height is 65 meters and the interior is covered with 50 types of marble and precious stone, decorated with mosaics instead of frescoes. Three architects designed and redesigned it over 54 years of construction. It was finished in neo-classicist style in 1905.

Don’t miss the Panorama Lookout Tower because for 2 euros (600 HUF) you’ll get a 360 degrees view of Budapest! The ticket office is at the church entrance, where the staircase starts. Climb 364 steps or take the elevators up to the dome. From the panorama terrace, you can have a closer look at the biggest bell of Hungary in the Southern tower, with a weight of 9 tonnes and to Budapest, of course 😉

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Take a photo of the Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament is Europe’s 2nd largest parliament, it was designed by Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style, inspired by the British House of Parliament (which is the largest in Europe). It has the same height as St. Stephen’s Basilica, both are 96 meters high and higher building can’t be built in Budapest according to current regulations. The 268 m long building dominates the Danube embankment. Its construction was finished in 1896, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hungary.

The facade is made of limestone and decorated with 90 sculptures of Hungarian leaders. The porous limestone needs a lot of restoration because of the air pollution, so you are lucky seeing the building without scaffolding.

The Parliament is open for visitors, book your ticket in advance to avoid queueing. The guided tours are available in 9 languages in various appointments. During the 50 minutes long tour, you’ll see impressive main halls and grand staircase, painted glass windows and the greatest Hungarian treasure, the Holy Crown of St. Stephen, Hungary’s first king.

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Find your favourite ruin bar

After sightseeing, it’s time to discover the outstanding nightlife of Budapest and the legendary ruin bars. The 7th district is the best area to find ruin bars, where the abandoned houses have been filled with life, vintage furniture and a little hipster vibe.

The most famous is Szimpla Kert (on photo) and it can be very crowded on Friday and Saturday evening, you have to wait in queue to get in. So I’d recommend visiting it during the day or on Sundays when it turns into Szimpla Farmers’ Market. Another popular ruin bar is Instant-Fogas (used to be Fogasház), which is a good party place, but also busy during the weekend.

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Every ruin bar has its own atmosphere. Anker’t is the stylish one, Ellátó kert is the most colourful, Csendes is a disorganized miracle, Púder is vibrant and Mazel Tov (on photo) is chic.

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Drink pálinka

Ruin bars are the perfect places to try out the traditional Hungarian spirit called pálinka (just don’t ask for the cheapest one). It’s made of ripe fruits, the most commons are apricot (one of my favourites), pear, plum and cherry. Be aware, it’s very strong. Its alcohol content can be from 40 to 70%.

The suggested method to drink it: inhale deeply, drink (for one sip or more) and enjoy the fruity flavour during exhaling. Cheers! Or should I say Egészségedre!

Relax in thermal baths

After an eventful night in ruin bars, you deserve some time to relax in one of the famous thermal baths and to enjoy the water’s healing properties.

  • Gellért Thermal Bath is my personal favourite, it’s perfect in every season. The building is super beautiful with the mosaics and its historical indoor pools. Aaaaand in summer the outdoor pool functions as a wave pool in every hour!
  • One of the most unique experiences in Rudas Thermal Bath is the rooftop panorama pool with the view to the Gellért Hill and Danube. Its 450-year-old steam bath also offers an intimate atmosphere.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath (on photo) is the most popular and well-known. The outdoor pools have a totally nice atmosphere, but the indoor area seems like a maze for the first time.
  • Palatinus Bath on Margaret island has indoor pools and wellness area as well. The outdoor pools are very busy during hot summer days.
  • St. Lukács Medicinal Bath and swimming pool is considered to have the most efficient healing water.
  • Király Bath is a small hidden gem in Buda with steam bath, hot air chamber, jacuzzi and fitness room.

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Stroll in Heroes’ square and City Park

Budapest’s biggest square, Heroes’ square (Hősök tere) is located at the end of Andrássy Avenue with the City Park (Városliget) and two museums (Museum of Fine Arts and Kunsthalle). It was built for the Millennium and the construction began in 1896, on the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian state.

The 36 m tall pillar of Millennium Memorial stands in the middle of the square. On its top, Archangel Gabriel holds the holy crown and the double cross of Christianity. The pillar is surrounded with the seven chieftains who led the Hungarian tribes to the country. 14 emblematic figures of the Hungarian history stand on the colonnades, representing the country’s long and complicated history.

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City Park is the largest park of Budapest, Budapest Zoo, Capital Circus of Budapest, Museum of Transport (currently being renewed), Széchenyi Thermal Bath and Vajdahunyad Castle are located in the park as well. Vajdahunyad Castle is a reproduction of a Transylvanian castle and it’s surrounded with an artificial lake. The lake is used for boating in the summer and in winter it turns into an ice rink. If you like ice skating, don’t miss the opportunity of skating with a view to the Vajdahunyad Castle. Before going there, check the timetable on City Park Ice Rink (Városligeti Műjégpálya) because the ice isn’t available all day long.

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Climb up Gellért Hill

Since 1987 Gellért hill (Gellért hegy) has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Citadel on its top is a fortress built in 1851 by the Habsburgs after the end of the Hungarian Revolution. Its original goal was to frighten the citizens instead of protecting the city. Today it symbolizes freedom with the 40-meter high Statue of Liberty.

Approach Gellért Hill from either Liberty bridge (Szabadság híd) or Erzsébet bridge and follow the green triangle sign to the top, which stands at 130 meters above the Danube. From this height, you can see the contrast between Buda and Pest. Buda is characterised by hills and the Castle District in the foreground dominates the view. However, Pest is flat and only a few landmarks emerge from the skyline like the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest eye and Great Market Hall.

I wrote more about Gellért Hill in my Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest post.

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Discover the Great Market Hall

The Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok) is visited by locals and tourist alike thanks to its fresh products and remarkable architecture. The roof of the building is decorated with ornamental tiles produced by the famous Hungarian Zsolnay manufacture. The ground floor offers fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses as well as pastries. You can buy a nice package of dried or powdered paprika and sausage as a souvenir. The upper floor awaits with even more souvenirs (handicrafts, embroideries and Budapest themed products) and the food stalls serve Hungarian dishes, be aware that it can be quite busy during lunch time. The basement displays the unique Hungarian products also known as Hungaricums.

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Eat lángos

While discovering the food stalls of Great Market Hall, don’t forget to stop at the lángos place! Lángos is fried bread dough and it’s served with different kind of toppings. The most popular (and my favourite) version is with sour cream and cheese. Would like to experiment with the flavours? Both Great Market Hall and Retro Lángos at Arany János street metro station offer Hungarian flavours like sausage, ham, tomato, onion and even more.

Want to try an even more special lángos? Lángos burger at Karaván Street food (next to Szimpla) waits for you with filled lángos burgers. They have the classical version with sour cream and cheese, but if you want to have something unusual, order a beef lángos burger.

Would you like to know more about lángos? Read my other post about must-try Hungarian food.

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Try out traditional Hungarian dishes with paprika

Hungarian food is very delicious, it’s much more than goulash soup. True, goulash soup is unique and tasty, but Hungary has a lot more to offer. We also have tasty foods like fisherman’s soup (halászlé), Hungarian meat stew, mushroom goulash, stuffed cabbage just to mention a few. In my Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes I wrote about the best ones and also included some photos and descriptions.

My favourite Hungarian restaurant is Gettó Gulyás in the centre. The food is super tasty for affordable price and the wine selection is just perfect. I always book a table in advance to secure our seats. This lamb paprikash with butter noodles (3450 HUF) and the veal paprikash with baked curd cheese noodles rolled in bacon (3540 HUF) were also very delicious.

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Download the checklist and complete your Budapest bucket list.

When following a checklist, sometimes we concentrate only on checking the items and we’re not enjoying the process. Don’t make this mistake, take your time and make the most out of your trip.

 

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Do you like lists? I have another one for you 😉 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest.

Enjoy your stay in Budapest and tell me which was your favourite point on the list! Leave a comment below.

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Delicious milky vanilla bars

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These creamy milky vanilla bars are the perfect combination of milk, eggs and a few other ingredients. Super easy to make, just mix the ingredients and that’s it. Okay not this simple, so don’t skip the recipe on the bottom of the page 😉

Have you heard about the Hungarian dessert called floating island (madártej)? It also contains eggs and milk, on the yellow curd clouds made of egg whites are floating. This dessert is the solid version of the floating island, just tastier and easier to prepare it. It looks like it’s made of 2 layers, but no. First, my mom baked it and I had to asked her why hasn’t she placed the curd on top? She was laughing and said that this is only one batter, which will be separated during the baking. Aaaaa… so you have to make only one layer and your oven will do the rest 😉 Super!

You can break the yellow curd by adding some fruits. It’s very tasty with strawberries, click here for the recipe. Though be careful with the watery fruits, once I put raspberries and the consistency wasn’t that perfect.

Tips and tricks before starting

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

I use a Bosch kitchen machine for beating everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

If you’re also a kitchen machine fan, use the lowest speed, when adding the milk to the batter.

Preparation time: 20 min

Baking time: 45 min

Ingredients (for a 38×22 cm baking dish):

  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) powdered sugar + 1-2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g (~1 cup) butter
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) plain flour
  • 7,5 dl (3 cups) milk

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How to make the delicious milky vanilla bars?

Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Lightly butter a 38×22 cm (or similar size) baking dish. Set it aside.

Melt the butter in a pan and set aside.

Separate the 8 eggs.

Mix the 8 egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract, beat them until the mixture is fluffy.

Add the melted butter to the mixture. When it’s evenly incorporated, slowly add the flour and the milk in 3 parts and wait until it’s fully combined.

Beat up the egg whites in another bowl and mix to the batter carefully.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave it to cool down and keep it in the pan for a few hours. Dust the top with powdered sugar.

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Bake the creamy milky vanilla bars and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy it and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

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A local’s guide to the best chimney cakes in Budapest, Hungary

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You’re wandering innocently on the streets of Budapest, taking photos, admiring the architecture, then something happens… A sweet scent is catching your nose and guiding you to the origin of the sugary aroma, which is a chimney cake kiosk with delicious sweets. And maybe a long queue… Don’t care about that, just wait because you have to try out this Hungarian sweet street food. The long queue and the enticing smell don’t always guarantee the quality. Don’t worry, I tested the chimney cakes and I’ll share with you where to eat the best chimney cakes in Budapest.

What is chimney cake (kürtőskalács)?

Chimney cake is a sweet delight, its main ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, yeast and salt. The sweet dough is wrapped around a cylindrical baking spit. Before placing above the hot charcoal, they roll the dough in sugar, so it’ll be golden brown outside and the scent of the caramelised sugar will attract you.

It’s baked over fire only on outdoor events and in kiosks because Hungarian regulations don’t allow using charcoal and fire indoors. I couldn’t find a difference between the tastes, just the one baked over glowing charcoal smells better and waiting for the fresh chimney cake next to the fire has a special atmosphere.

The last step is to choose a coating. The most common ones are cinnamon, vanilla, cacao and walnut. Grab the freshest one, share it with your friends and enjoy the fluffy sweet dough.

Nowadays, cone-shaped chimney cakes are even more popular because they can be filled with ice cream or other tasty creams. Just use your imagination and you can create your dreamy filled chimney cake.

Before telling you where to find the best chimney cakes in Budapest, let me tell you a few interesting facts about its history. Spoiler! It wasn’t always sweet…

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The origin of chimney cake (kürtőskalács)

I’ve seen loads of photos on social media about people holding chimney cakes in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. I was confused because they were talking about traditional Czech or Slovakian chimney cakes, which looks like the Hungarian kürtőskalács. I had to clarify the origin of the chimney cake.

Once upon a time, in a German manuscript from the Medival time, a description was made about a raised dough wrapped around a baking spit in a helical shape. So the ancestor of chimney cake was born in Germany, furthermore, different shapes and baking methods were invented too.

The 1st known recipe of chimney cake comes from Transylvania (West-Romania) also called Székely Land. However, this early version from 1784 didn’t include any sweetening.

An Upper-Hungarian recipe from 1795 suggested sugar in the baking process for the first time. Sugar and almond coating was mentioned in 1876 in a Hungarian cookbook by Auntie Rézi. In the 20th century, the sugar-almond coating was changed to sugar-walnut coating and at the of the century, other coatings like cinnamon, coconut, cocoa appeared.

Other European countries also have been inspired by the recipe. In Slovakia, this spit cake is called trdelnik and trdo in the Czech Republic. Both countries changed the original Hungarian recipe and implemented their own versions, where the dough is thicker and before baking, it’s covered only with ground walnut or almond.

So for the authentic kürtőskalács you have to come to Hungary! I’ll tell you where to try it out in Budapest and everyone can live happily ever after 😉

Chimney cake guide to Budapest

Kiosks in the underground and around main squares

At main squares and stations, you can find kiosks selling chimney cake. It’s easy to find them, just follow the scent with your nose. The sweets are freshly baked in the booths, and usually, there’s some waiting time, but it’s worth to wait for your fresh and warm chimney cake.

The most common coatings are cinnamon, walnut, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate and coconut.

Prices:

  • Small chimney cake – 300 HUF
  • Big chimney cake – 500 HUF

Addresses:

Opening time: changeable

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Molnár’s Kürtőskalács

Molnár’s Kütrőskalács is located in Váci street, in the heart of the tourist area, it’s hard not to notice and smell the store, which waits for you with indoor and outdoor seating area.

You can choose normal chimney cake, ice cream filled chimney cake and coffee as well.

The traditional one is available in 8 flavours including vanilla, cinnamon, walnut, almond, chocolate, coconut, cocoa and poppy seed. Seeing its price, I’d expect a bigger one, but this is the touristy area with touristy prices. That’s why I’ve tried the ice cream version in a coconut covered chimney cake. The homemade vanilla ice cream was tasty, but the chimney cake wasn’t warm and I could barely taste the coconut. However, you won’t feel hungry after this.

Be aware! Not every chimney cake is warm, they bake it, roll it, place into plastic, and put it on the counter, so you maybe won’t get the freshest one. Or wait a few more minutes and ask for a warm one.

Prices:

  • Traditional chimney cake – 990 HUF
  • Chimney cake with ice cream, only half is filled – 1590 HUF
  • Chimney cake with ice cream, both halves are filled – 1590 HUF

Website: Molnár’s Kütrőskalács

Instagram: @molnarskurtoskalacs

Address: 1052 Budapest, Váci str. 31.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm

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Vitéz Kürtős and Édes Mackó in the Zoo

Vitéz Kürtős also called Sekler Cake attends every foodie event and Christmas market in Budapest. They bake big, fresh and fluffy chimney cakes.

The sugary cinnamon coating is sooooo good and I’m sure that the others are also tasty. They use the original flavours like vanilla, nut, cinnamon, cocoa, coconut, almond and also special ones like raspberry, strawberry, blueberry.

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Édes Mackó in the Zoo (Sweet Bear in the Zoo) is part of the Vitéz Kürtős family and their only permanent location is at the Zoo. They rethought the traditional Hungarian cakes and sweets like floating island, poppy seed bread, Gerbaud and creamy slice.

I’ve tried the Creamy Kürtős because I really like the original dessert with its light fluffy cream, but this version didn’t give me what I’ve expected… The thin dough was too sweet and sticky and the cream wasn’t that creamy.

Prices:

  • Traditional Sekler cake – 1100 HUF (1300 HUF on Christmas market)
  • Sekler cake with special flavour – 1400 HUF
  • Creamy Kürtős – 800 HUF

Website: Vitéz Kürtős

Instagram: @vitezkurtos

Address: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti str. 14-16., at Holnemvolt Castle

Opening time: Monday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 4 pm, Friday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 4 pm, Sunday: closed

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Kató néni finomságai (Deliciousness of Auntie Kató)

The motto of Auntie Kató is “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy chimney cake and that’s pretty much the same thing!”. She’ll bring you happiness and joy with her fresh chimney cakes.

Auntie Kató has 2 permanent locations in Budapest. One is in the City Park (Városliget), close to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and the other one is at the Citadella, so after climbing up you can present yourself with a chimney cake.

Her food trucks attend festivals, events and Christmas markets (Vörösmarty square and Szt. István square alike). On the markets, 3 filled types were available: Oreo, Sweet dreams and Gingerbread. The Oreo chimney cake gets its name because they placed an Oreo biscuit in the cream. The other parts don’t resemble the taste of Oreo, however, the combination of the chocolate cream and the chimney cake is amazing. Super tasty!

Prices:

  • Traditional chimney cake – 1200 HUF
  • Oreo chimney cake – 1800 HUF

Website: Kató néni finomságai

Instagram: @katonenifinomsagai

Addresses:

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm

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Hoppácska

Try out a different kind of chimney cake! In Hoppácska the lukewarm chimney cake works as a plate, so you can eat your plate too. The topping on your edible plate can be salty and sweet too. 3 salty and 2 sweet combinations are permanent on the menu, which changes every week.

It was very hard to choose, but I went for a dessert, so I asked for their recommendation and I could get a small bite from every sweet topping. I could resist a gingerbread chimney cake. (Yes, it was Christmas time.)  Ooooo… the cream was so good and the chimney cake as well. The dough wasn’t as sweet as usual but it’s still good. Chimney cake is around 15 cm long and cut in half.

Prices:

  • Salty chimney cake: 1590 – 3390 HUF
  • Single sweet chimney cake (1 half is filled): 990 HUF
  • Double sweet chimney cake (both halves are filled): 1590 HUF

Facebook: Hoppácska

Instagram: @hoppacska.kalacs

Address: 1092 Budapest, Ráday str. 33.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

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The Chimney Cake Shop

The booth of Chimney Cake Shop is located in Király street, close to Deák Ferenc square. They sell traditional and special ones filled with ice cream and these chimney cakes are lactose-free!

The dough of the traditional one was thick, not so fluffy and a bit burnt outside. Not the best one and not so big.

My Bounty chimney cone was filled with tasty vanilla ice cream and topped with Bounty slices, shredded coconut and chocolate syrup. The dough of the cone was also thick and a bit hard. You can also choose M&M, Twix, Oreo and Banana split cones.

Prices:

  • Traditional chimney cake – 1000 HUF
  • Chimney cone filled with ice cream – 1200-1500 HUF
  • Extra Nutella – 300 HUF

Facebook: The Chimney Cake Shop

Instagram: @thechimneycakeshop

Address: 1061 Budapest, Király str. 8.

Opening time: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 11 pm

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Street Cakes

I left my favourite for the end. Street Cakes brings the chimney cakes to a new level. Use your fantasy and create your dreamy chimney cake.

Visit the store of Street Cakes in Andrássy street close to Oktogon, where you can choose fillings, toppings and even extra toppings for your chimney cake cone. Oooooh, must-try if you’re into special sweets. It can be filled with fruits or various ice creams, topped with chocolate or fruits and many many options. I don’t want to tell you everything, go there and check it out!

Prices:

  • Chimney cake cone – 400 HUF
  • Filling – 350 – 500 HUF
  • Toppings – 150 – 400 HUF
  • Dressings – 100 HUF

Facebook: Street Cakes

Instagram: @street_cakes

Address: 1062 Budapest, Andrássy str. 61.

Opening time: Monday – Friday: 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 12 am – 8 pm

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This was the ultimate chimney cake guide to Budapest. My obsession with sweets and Budapest is limitless. So I’ve tried each of these examples for you (and for my own pleasure) to have a wonderful chimney cake experience in Budapest.

Are you interested in more Hungarian food? My Budapest food guide to traditional Hungarian dishes is for you 😉

Please share your experiences and sweet happy chimney cake moments with me. Leave a comment below or share your photos on social media using my #alizswonderland hashtag.

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