Top 7 Must-Visit Foodie Hotspots in Budapest

Budapest is known for its rich culture and breath-taking historical landmarks, but the city is also a gem for the food lover.

1) Karavan

Head straight to Karavan for trendy yet authentic Hungarian street food. There is something for everyone with offerings ranging from indulgent vegan burgers to traditional Hungarian goulash. There is even a relaxed seating area covered with lanterns and fairy lights to really set the mood. Afterwards continue the evening by strolling next door to Szimpla Kert, an old converted factory where open-air bars sit within the quirky confines, offering entertainment and the perfect relaxed atmosphere to enjoy with friends.

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2) Gozsdu Udvar

This courtyard is full of Hungarian charm. The outdoor dining experiences offers vibrant nightlife full of entertainment and culture. Whether you’re dining or drinking, there is a perfect spot here that suits whatever vibe you’re looking for.

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3) Ruszwurm

Located in the grounds around Buda Castle, the oldest bakery in Budapest boasts true Hungarian style. The dark wood and vintage glass cabinets instantly transform you back to the 1800s. So too the traditional desserts and pastries that certainly haven’t lost their delight come the 21st century.

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4) Great Market Hall

For the most authentic Hungarian treats sold by locals, the Great Market Hall is a must see. You can spend hours browsing through the delicacies and fresh produce. Now is your chance to try some Langos (deep fried bread), Kolbász (sausage) or grab some world famous paprika to add to your own cooking!

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5) The Sweet by Vintage Garden

Possibly the most Instagrammable location in the whole of Budapest, this bakery is all of your pink, floral, feminine dreams come true! Flower walls, pink bathtubs, unicorn cake pops, shelves and shelves of cotton candy coloured treats…need I go on? This place is every girls’ dream and you have to try it!

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6) Café Frei

If you’re a coffee lover, this café offers you the chance to try coffee from all over the world, all under the same one roof. Take your taste buds on a journey across the continents and discover coffee like you never have before. No matter how you take your coffee, this is an experience any foodie won’t miss.

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7) The Chimney Cake Shop

The ultimate sweet treat: unicorn chimney cakes. They should definitely come with a sweet warning – not to be attempted by the faint-hearted! A traditional chimney cake (raised dough wrapped around a cone and baked in a rotisserie oven), filled with whipped cream, unicorn sauce, sprinkles, candy floss and of course, a pink wafer unicorn horn. These cakes are ridiculously indulgent, but why not treat yourself after a long day sightseeing around the historical attractions of Budapest?

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Leah is a freelance writer specialising in lifestyle journalism with a range of professional editorial, communications and marketing experience. She finds inspiration in food, health and wellness, fashion, travel and sustainability