Top 5 coffee shops in Budapest (number 2 is a must-see)


By: Oasis Apartments | Published: 23. June, 2017.

The magical city of Budapest contains lots of secrets for you to unravel.

And if by any chance you grow tired of wandering its maze-like streets, there is no better way to gather your strength than to visit some the numerous cafes, soak in their unique atmosphere and taste the fine beverages they have to offer.

Here’s a list of the best coffee shops in Budapest.

Our 2 top picks for coffee shops with best coffee and atmosphere
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Espresso Embassy

 

This coffee shop is certainly not your stereotypical, cheap, picturesque-magnet.

It took its name from the Embassy of Montenegro located just next door.

What separates the café from others is the one-of-a-kind, industrial design.

The interior is clean and minimalistic with vaulted ceiling and a long, wooden counter at one side.

The wide range of beverages in stock includes espresso, cortado, flat white, cappuccino and the café’s special drink, brewed according to a unique recipe.

If you grow hungry, the place has croissants, sandwiches and pastries that go exceptionally well with the coffee.

 

New York Cafe

 

New York Cafe (also called New York Kávéház) is one of the oldest “cofee” temples in Budapest with over 120 years of service.

Just after World War II it fell into despair, but luckily it was restored to its original splendor in 2006.

Today it’s one of the most astonishing places in Budapest.

The eclectic, Reneissance-like interior gives strong “aristocratic” vibes, making the cafe a real jewl on this short list.

The gilded, marble surfaces, ornamented handrails and heavy chandeirles will certainly make your stay memorable.

The menu offers rich, multicultural range of drinks for every coffee lover spending their time Budapest.

Bure sure to taste some of the fine, Hungarian desserts, such as Dobos, Sacher and Eszterházy cake.

 

 

First Strudel House of Pest

 

It would be a crime to visit Budapest and not taste its traditional strudels – a special pastry that dates back to the 17th century and its Austro-Hungarian origins.

If you’re up for a snack and some delicious coffee, you should definitely pay a visit to the First Strudel House of Pest.

There are over 10 types of different strudel fillings, such as cherry, rhubarb, cottage cheese, cabbage, salmon and many more.

The cozy atmosphere of the place goes well will the wide range of coffees to choose from.

 

 

Central Café

 

Central Café was founded in 1887, making it the oldest cafe in Budapest.

As the name suggests, it’s located in the heart of the city, close to Elizabeth Bridge.

The coffee shop is heavily rooted in tradition and history.

Dozens of famous and influential poets, writers and journalists used to visit the place, making it the intellectual melting-pot of Budapest.

Its beautiful antique interior, decorative lights, elaborate wooden surfaces and 19th century paintings create an unforgettable atmosphere.

The café serves traditional coffee among different, traditional Hungarian desserts.

 

 

Café Zsivágó

 

If you’re looking for romantic, 19th century vibes, Café Zsivágó is definitely one of the most intriguing places in Budapest.

This unique coffee shop, often referred as “The afternoon tea café”, is located on Liszt Ferenc Square, placed among other, 200 hundred-year-old buildings.

The flowery patters on the walls, heavy chandeliers, baroque sofas, linen tablecloths and a lone piano standing in the corner make it a phenomenal place to detach yourself from the busy street-life waiting for you outside.

The longer you stay, the more you appreciate the fine, little details that complement the place – delicate tapestries on the sofas, ornamental cups and leather-bound menus.

If you’re seeking privacy, you can venture through the café’s mysterious nooks and find yourself a quiet spot that would be absolutely perfect to read a book or contemplate in peace.

As far as coffees go, you should definitely try some of the specials, like vidám tej (happy milk), and forró nagyi(warm grandma).

If you’re brave enough, you can also ask for “Captain Szása’s” cocktail and homemade pirozhkis ( fried buns stuffed with different fillings).

Our 2 top picks for coffee shops with best coffee and atmosphere
Get the PDF with 2 best coffee shops in Budapest