Budapest is one of my favorite major cities in Europe and the quirky cafes, eateries, and bars is one of the main reasons why! Care to see what a day in the life of a vegetarian traveller is like when visiting Hungary’s vibrant capital? Read on to find the best places to eat and drink during your day in Budapest.
Blue Bird Café – Gozsdu udvar (Dob u. 16.)
Start your day out right with a delicious breakfast at the Blue Bird Café near Budapest’s Jewish Quarters. The ambiance of this café is fun and fantastic and it really is a great place to relax and plan out your day of sightseeing. The Blue Bird caters to vegetarians so you’ll find quite a few tasty options on the menu, and the coffee is phenomenal. Even better, you’re within walking distance of Budapest’s most beautiful synagogues, so it’s a good starting point.
What I ordered: Continental Breakfast (the homemade banana bread is to die for, trust me).
Hummus Bar – Wesselényi (Dob u. 14)
While a hummus bar might not sound that exciting, it’s the perfect lunch solution for a traveller spending the day in Budapest. Why? The food is delicious, reasonably priced, and healthy. You want to save your pennies to splurge on drinks later, right? Hummus Bar is a chain of restaurants located throughout Budapest, and there are quite a few dotting the main touristy areas of the city. Escape the afternoon heat and replenish your energy stores with hummus, falafel, and fresh lemonade.
What I ordered: Hummus Falafel with wholegrain pita.
Vinyl & Wood – Wesselenyi utca 23
Get your afternoon coffee fix and get lost in Wonderland all at the same time! There really is no lack of cool coffee shops in Budapest, but Vinyl & Wood is without a doubt one of my top picks. The setting is intimate and super cool at the same time. They serve an iced coffee with ice-cream in it, if you can believe it! Even better, they’ve got a few tasty vegan and vegetarian treats to help you with those 4pm hunger pangs. I could easily see myself wiling away a few good hours reading a book and sipping on an iced coffee. Vinyl & Wood is not to be missed during your visit to Budapest!
What I ordered: Iced coffee (of course)!
Troger Gastro Bistro – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky koez 2
Troger was one of my most enjoyable eating experiences in Budapest and I was so glad we sought it out on our last night there because it literally left me with a good taste in my mouth! Don’t be put off if the restaurant looks empty, the staff is absolutely amazing and the food is incredible. The chef came out to greet us when we entered and even took time to make us a complimentary dish of homemade jam and toasted bread to start out our culinary experience. While the vegetarian food options are a little limited, there’s still enough to keep you vegetable lovers out there happy. And don’t miss out on the cottage cheese cake for dessert. It might not look like a typical fancy dessert, but it is really the best cheesecake I’ve ever had (and I’m not big on sweets). The chef had just finished baking one and set it in the window to cool while we had our dinner, so we knew that it was made from scratch right there in the restaurant. Amazing!
What I ordered: Salad with grilled Gomolya cheese and cottage cheese cake.
Szimpla Kert – Kazinczy u. 14
You can’t go out drinking in Budapest without at least visiting one ruin bar. What is a ruin bar (you may be wondering)? Well, they are bars that are built in the ruins of old buildings. This can make for some really quirky interior decorating and the vibes of these places are oh-so-cool! If you’ve only got the time, or the stomach, for one bar, I recommend popping into the mother of all ruin bars (and the first one to open in Budapest): Szimpla Kert. There are really no words to describe the awesomeness that is this bar, so you’ll have to go see for yourself. Just a heads up, you must be 18 or older to get in and the bar stays open until the wee hours of the morning, so don’t show up before midnight!
There you have it! If I spent a day eating and drinking in Budapest this would be my preferred itinerary. Do you have one you’d like to share?