Where and what to eat in Budapest
Local food! Visit Restaurant Intenzo
, located at Kalvin Tér, number 9. The interior, menu and service is great. You feel like you are outside of the city for a while. They serve gooseleg, duckbreast, goose liver and so on, the real local specialties. Although it looks touristy and probably is, we always really enjoy our time here. We paid 9260 HUF (€ 29 / US$ 33) for main courses, desserts and drinks for two people.
At Nagyi Kifőzdéje
you can get real grandma-made food, at Frankel Leó út 36. Although the process of ordering wasn’t clear to us, we managed 😉 You have to walk to the bar at the open kitchen and choose what you want, and then you can take a seat. They speak very good English. Despite there being a lot of (unreadable) chalkboards with prices that are between 1200 and 1500 HUF, we paid 5290 HUF (€ 16,50 / US$ 19) for two plates, two drinks and some bread.
With multiple locations in Budapest the Hummus bar
is not to be missed! They offer affordable and good food. In particular you should get the hummus and falafel here, but they serve all kinds of pita breads (e.g. chicken). We spend 2640 HUF (€8,15 / US$ 9,45) for main course and drinks for two people.
Delicious Turkish ‘fast food’ can be found at the restaurant Divan Török Etterem
, Fehérvári út 83. You take a plate and you choose what you want. It’s fast, big portions, and cheap, but definitely not an average döner bar. The food is well prepared and really good. You can choose anything from chicken to falafel to little hamburgers (probably not the authentic name 😊). And they have chocolate baklava, need I say more? We had two mains, two drinks and three flavours of baklava. All for only 3500HUF (€11 / US$12,50).
Al Dente (Krúdy Gyula u. 9)
is a great Italian restaurant. We went for a lunch to their little version: Al Dente On The Road
, at the opposite side of the street. Quicker, less fancy, just as good food, with tables upstairs. For two meals, two drinks and one dessert: 4420 HUF (€14 / US$ 16).
Dinner in Budapest for a special night out
Fine dining near the Chain Bridge: ZONA
Something to celebrate or just in the mood for a fancy dinner? Visit ZONA
, located at the west bank of the Danube river (Lánchíd u. 7), and you will have a great evening! There is a pianist, the interior is beautiful and the food and wines are very good. We spent 33310 HUF (€ 103/ US$ 119) for a luxurious meal (cold plate, starter, main, coffee and drinks).
Michelin star Costes✨
If you like Michelin star dining, visit Costes
at Ráday u. 4. You will have an outstanding experience here with special and amazing (good looking!) food and the Hungarian wines are remarkable!