Mini guide: eating in Budapest

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Mini guide: eating in Budapest

© Lonely Planet Mini guide: eating in Budapest

Budapest, on both sides of the Danube, is blessed with natural and man-made beauty. You can also discover that Hungarian cuisine is much more than goulash. Read here how you can plan a culinary adventure.

Barack & Szilva

This is it kind of perfectly shaped restaurant that every neighborhood dreams of. The "Peach & Plum" serves exceptionally well-prepared high-quality Hungarian provincial dishes in a bistro setting. Taste the duck pate with dried plums and the beef pörkölt (red stew). There is also a nice terrace for summer and live music.


As long as you go to one luxury restaurant in Budapest, then go to Baraka. You will be led into a black and white dining room, where chef André Bicalho uses his magic in the semi-open kitchen. There is a lot of fish with French, Asian and Hungarian hints in the beautifully prepared dishes. The bar is a treat with a huge selection of Japanese whiskey.

Monk's Bistrot

With its vague industrial design, this ambitious restaurant goes for bold combinations of ingredients that still work, alongside modern variants of Hungarian dishes. The goat cheese with peach is a stunner, just like the pike perch with bergamot and dill. The weekday three-course lunch is a great deal.


This stylish, long-established restaurant is specialized in dishes from the Austro-Hungarian era, but adapted to the 21st century. Expect dishes such as pike-perch and peppers with shrimps, duck leg in puff pastry with apple lettuce and confit with piglet cheek. Dine in the vaulted dining room, on the covered terrace or in the garden.

Raj Ráchel Tortaszalon

This is probably the first kosher cake shop with café in Újlipótváros. They serve all the favorites, including the best flodni in town (believe us). That is usually a three-layer cake filled with apple, walnut and poppy seeds, but Ráchel adds her grandmother's plum jam.


Inexpensive Maverick City Lodge

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This comfortable hostel has three floors of dormitories and private rooms, decorated in a modern warehouse style with white wood, striking colors and bean bags. Each bed has a safe, curtain and reading lamp; the private rooms have a mezzanine and are suitable for families. The common areas, including the kitchen, are well designed and have everything you need.


Brody House

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Brody's, the prime minister's former official residence, has been rebuilt but not substantially altered, with antique furniture and modern art that seamlessly merge into the unique rooms and suites dedicated to local and international artists. The public areas are light and huge with eclectic furniture.


Hotel Rum

This special design hotel was set up by local designers and the 40 rooms fall into four categories, all named after a particular type of rum and available from small to 'large plus' - the Black Rums category. You will find light wood, espresso machines and lots of cream and charcoal colors everywhere. The rooftop restaurant and bar are ideal for relaxing.

The full mini-guide can be found in the October issue of Lonely Planet magazine, which you can order here.

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