Flavours of Budapest

Oct 15, 2013
Sometimes I tend to pay way too little attention to one of the most important aspects of travel namely the food, so I thought to put together a little post about our best treats in Budapest. Usually when you think of Hungarian kitchen you think of hefty meat plates seasoned with different peppers, just like the most famous export of the country- the Goulash soup. But it’s not all about Goulash…

Here are our choices for top delicious bites and drinks we found all over the town, from very small price to little fancier treats!

Street Food 

{food 3-5€, drinks 1.6€, located next to Kálvin Tér station in a city center}

The Great Market Hall 

I would warmly recommend to visit this vibrant market hall that has more to offer than just the architectural beauty: all kinds of local products and ingredients, fun souvenirs, Hungarian handcrafts (lots of leather and lace!), food court with traditional foods and drinks and much more. This was easily one of our favourite spots in Budapest and certainly the place to mingle with locals! 

{located next to the Freedom Bridge, in the other end of Vaci st (major shopping street), find out more here}

Goulash for Lunch & Dinner

We found good lunch spots in Old Jewish Quarter on Kazinczy st and dined in Budapest’s ‘Soho’ district on Ráday st, which is full of bars and restaurants with good deals.

Wine Bars & Fancier Treats

Drop Shop Wine Bar: A modern wine bar with lots of Hungarian wines to taste or to buy {glass of wine 1.50-5.50€}

DiVino Wine Bar: Also a really modern wine bar with large selection of Hungarian wines {we shared a bottle with friends that was around 10€, and a plate of cold cuts & cheeses}

21 Restaurant : Gastronomic Hungarian kitchen {dinner for two with a bottle of wine 60€, located in Castle District}

It's true that the Hungarian kitchen is rather loaded with meat dishes, but it has a lot of variety to it. We found some delicious cabbage rolls, duck, lamb, chicken- you name it! But probably the best of it was the tasty seasonings that are often made of different bell peppers, the sweet or the hot ones (like you could see in the pictures from the market hall). I'd say that to be the Hungarian touch to these dishes...

One thing's for sure- we left Budapest with full stomachs...well, quite literally straight from the market hall to the airport! :)

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