Where to eat in Budapest

Where to eat in Budapest may be a challenging choice thanks to the many restaurants and pubs scattered all over the city, from elegant to casual ones.

Budapest is a unique blend of culinary tradition with German, Turkish, Balkan, and Hungarian influences. Restaurants, street food, snacks, fast food, soups, bars, cafes, take away, goulash, pizza, langos, hamburger, hot dog, and much more: this is the huge food offer available in Budapest.

That is why it is impossible to provide only one answer to the question where to eat in Budapest. The city is full of restaurants of all kids and price ranges. You will be spoilt of choice. These numerous options are the result of a mix of external influences and local traditions.

When it comes to eat in Budapest, you can choose from:

Let’s try to see which are the benefits of each option, in order to find your favorite way to discover Budapest through its culinary offer.

Street food

Street food is not limited only to kebab kiosks. The street food mecca is by far the Great Market Hall: here you can find any kind of typical dishes.

The Great Market Hall, which is open from 6am to 6pm, is the best place where to eat gulash, the national dish, or lagos, a deep fried flatbread covered with cheese and served warm. The food hall is located on the fist floor; bare in mind that during the peak hours it may be crowded and there are limited seats.

Around the streets of Budapest there are not too many kioks; however, besides the Central Market there are numerous take-away restaurants, offering fast food or healthy choices. The best thing about eating at these kiosk is the opportunity to taste some authentic Hungarian food at very affordable prices.

Ruin Pubs

Another option when it comes to decide where to eat in Budapest is to try one of the famous ruin pubs. These pubs are specialized in “beer-based after dinners”, but some offer also delicious national and international dishes.

Some of these pubs have Spanish or Mexican influences, such as El Rapido, which is famous for its tortillas and echiladas, or the Kuplung, famous for its Mexican dishes.

Mazel Tov, on the other hand, has some lebanese, israeli, and middle eastern influences. It opened its doors in 2014 and it soon became one of the most popular places in Budapest thanks to its delicious food and its innovative ambient, which is halfway between an outdoor garden and a ruin pub.

These typical pubs offer affordable prices, representing a less touristic choice. Opening hours are very advantageous, as the kitchen is open from the afternoon until late night.

Classical restaurants

Budapest offers numerous great restaurants of all kinds and price ranges. You will notice a number of Turkish restaurants. About that: the Turkish cuisine has great flavors characterized by some complex and historical dishes.

For instance, the famous Etterem (which in Hungarian means “restaurant”), is a place where to enjoy some meat-based dishes. If you wish to try a Micheline-starred restaurant, you should try the Costes, the most exclusive restaurant of the capital city. Located in the picturesque Raday Utca, a street full of pubs, cafes, and restaurants, the Costes restaurant represents one of the best places in Budapest.

Of course the offer of restaurants in Budapest is way wider. This is one of the best things about the Hungarian capital city: an offer of high level and exclusive restaurants. Here is a list of restaurants you should not miss during your visit to Budapest:

Budapest gastronomic tours

Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal
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Enjoy a small group wine tasting tour near Budapest and savor a home-cooked meal as well. Meet with local winemakers and taste a variety of quality Hungarian wines from their wine cellars. Learn about wine production at small family owned wineries.
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Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Wine Tasting
Year after year Budapest is voted one of the best Christmas shopping destinations. New and unique markets crop up each year and you’ll see some of the best on this tour. Enjoy a 3-tier wine tasting as well as some hot mulled wine at the end of the tour!
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Budapest: 4-Hour Dinner Walk
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Set off on a narrated Hungarian dinner experience with drinks. Savor course by course at different eateries. Explore a few of Budapest's favorite neighborhoods.
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Budapest: 3-Hour Jewish Quarter Self-Guided Food Tour
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Experience Budapest's trendy culinary scene on this self-guided food tour. Make your way through the Jewish Quarter and discover its hidden gems with the assistance of an app. Enjoy 6 tastings from carefully selected vendors.
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Gödöllő Royal Castle and Pest City Park tour
Explore the green countryside outside Budapest on a pleasant half day tour. Visit the splendidly Baroque Royal summer castle of Godollo, with private guiding only for you. On the way back, stop in the City Park and visit the Vajdahunyad castle courtyards.
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Pensate appositamente per chi vuole visitare Budapest, le City Card permettono di risparmiare sui mezzi pubblici e sugli ingressi delle principali attrazioni turistiche.

Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours
Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours
The Budapest Card is the Hungarian capital’s official city pass, the key to the city. This practical travel companion provides access to a set of services free of charge or at a reduced price designed for travelers visiting Budapest.
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