Hungarian cuisine is typically seasoned with various spices, especially paprika. The helpings are normally quite large and filling and the restaurant prices are normally less expensive than other European capital cities.
Budapest's Traditional dishes
Meat is the main ingredient in Hungary and it is usually served with onion and paprika. If you like wine, there are several Hungarian wines that we recommend you try like Villány, Eger and Szekszárd.
Goulash soup is the country’s most famous dish. Goulash is a stew or soup of meat and vegetables and flavored with paprika and other spices.
If you would like to have something quick to eat, there are several fast-food restaurants that serve international cuisine. Moreover, if you like pizza, there are several pizzerias that sell large take away pizzas for less than 1 Ft (US$ 0).
Best restaurants in Budapest
Although Budapest has plenty of delicious restaurants, the following are some of our favorites:
- Menza, Liszt Ferenc tér 2.
This is one of the trendiest restaurants in Budapest. It has a lovely terrace during the summer, its prices are not very expensive, it is beautifully decorated with a modern touch and mixes contemporary and traditional Hungarian cuisine.
- Spoon Cafe & Lounge, Vigadó Tér.
Anchored at the foot of Chain Bridge on the Pest bank and with an impressive view of the Buda Castle is a boat restaurant called Spoon. It is one of the most luxurious restaurants in Budapest. A meal without ordering wine costs a minimum of 5 Ft (US$ 0) per person. If you book in advance, you can get a table with the best views over the Danube.
Apart from the two restaurants mentioned previously, there are also good restaurants in Liszt Ferenc tér (where Menza is located). This area is also extremely lively at nighttime and many bars have terraces that are open all year round. In winter, they have heaters and give their clients blankets.
Cruises with lunch or dinner
Budapest, like many other capital cities with important rivers such as London, Paris and Lisbon offer day or evening cruises that include lunch or dinner. The perk about taking a cruise down the Danube river is that it is much cheaper than other cities.
And after lunch?
After a nice meal, we recommend going to one of Budapest’s renowned cafés or bakeries.