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The Best Restaurants in Budapest

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In the past decade or so, Budapest’s restaurant scene has broadened beyond goulash and stuffed cabbage, with trendy new venues serving both a wider variety of international cuisines and elegant, innovative takes on traditional Hungarian fare.
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Budapest, Dohány u. 29, 1074 Hungary
This intimate, bistro-like 16-seat restaurant in the heart of Pest’s trendy Jewish quarter brings a dash of Scandinavian cuisine (and Scandi decor) to the Hungarian capital. Chef Gábor Fehér spent time in Copenhagen mastering...
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Budapest, Kazinczy u. 48, 1075 Hungary
One of Budapest's newest hot spots for drinking, dining, and simply meeting friends takes its inspiration from New York City's trendiest borough. BRKLYN serves up "street food" like burgers, tapas, and BBQ ribs, and drinks like gin cocktails and...
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Budapest, Dob u. 15, 1074 Hungary
This very attractive sidewalk café in the Jewish district is a popular destination for dining as well as for relaxing during the day. The venue includes both an art gallery and theater, where events take place from September to May, along...
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Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7-8, 1051 Hungary
One of Budapest’s best known and most ornately decorated coffeehouses—as well as one of Europe’s oldest—Café Gerbeaud has been satisfying the city’s sweets cravings since it opened in 1858. The decor in the...
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Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
The Great Market Hall in Budapest should be any visitors first stop in order to get acquainted to the people, goods and grub of Hungary. The market is one of those strange places that caters to both locals and tourists alike without losing its...
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Budapest, 1051, Sas u. 3, 1051 Hungary
One of Budapest's Michelin-starred restaurants, this blend of a French-style bistro and a contemporary boite offers new takes on traditional Hungarian cuisine in an airy, elegant dining room. Ingredients in dishes like piglet shoulder with black...
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Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7, 1051 Hungary
This luxurious restaurant next to the venerated Cafe Gerbeaud has been around for a decade but its combination of tradition and innovation remains as on point as ever. Chef Ádám Mészáros has earned a Michelin star with...
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Budapest, Vigyázó Ferenc u. 4, 1051 Hungary
Mark my words, MAK will receive a Michelin Star! The Chef's Tasting menu was sublime—innovative offerings with caviar, sweet breads, foie gras (not surprising because every menu in Hungary features foie gras), duck, cod, and trout. The New...
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Budapest, Szent István tér 3, 1051 Hungary
This consummately trendy, cozy wine bar is a choice venue to not only watch Budapest's fun-loving locals come together (in a touristy district, no less), but also to sample a wide variety of local and regional wines that are difficult to find...
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Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
An edgy crowd gathers at Szimpla Kert, a wacky ruin pub in the old Jewish Quarter. On entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the maze of rooms, where you might find recycled computer monitors, towering piles of books, hookah pipes, or live...