Budapest is best for...
Traditional dishes: Take the time to sample traditional Hungarian dishes such as goulash, chicken paprika and stuffed cabbage
Sweet treats: Head to coffee houses and cafes to sample a delicious Hungarian cake or pastry with a cup of coffee
Food markets: Budapest's largest indoor market - the Central Market Hall - has stalls filled with cheeses, meats and caviar
Language: The language spoken in Budapest is Hungarian
Currency: The currency used in Budapest is the Hungarian Forints
Local time: Budapest is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Budapest's main airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
Whether you’re looking for fine dining or cheap eats, in Budapest food is as varied as the city itself. Enjoy traditional Hungarian dishes, such as goulash, chicken paprika and stuffed cabbage, which have been influenced by the rich and varied history of the city. For many, Hungarian food is Ghoulash (Gulyas). The national dish can be found on menus across the city, from cheap-eat canteen-style venues to the best restaurants in Budapest.
You won’t have to splash the cash, either, as some of the best restaurants in Budapest are also great value for money. The recent explosion of boutique hotels has seen swish restaurants popping up, including a few holding prized Michelin stars. But you don’t need to bust the budget to eat well. You’ll still find high quality food and drink at surprisingly affordable prices right across the city.
To celebrate a special occasion, you could enjoy a meal onboard a boat on the Danube, as there are plenty of dinner cruises heading up and down the river. Book a meal at Spoon the Boat Restaurant, a floating venue which serves up amazing views of the city lights alongside a choice of cuisine. Foodies will be in shopping heaven at The Great Market Hall. This huge marketplace is packed with fruit, vegetables, meats, and baked goods. And you’ll also find the more exotic fare on offer, like truffles.
If you like a glass of wine, those in the know will take the opportunity to sample some of the excellent wines produced in 22 regions of the country. Head to the Jewish quarter to find some of the best bars in Budapest to enjoy the local wine, or book a dedicated tasting session to learn more. One of Budapest’s many excellent coffee bars offers an ideal place to stop mid-sightseeing and grab a quick cup of coffee. The coffee is very good and can be accompanied by moreish Dobos torta (a type of sponge cake) or pastries that will give you a burst of energy for continuing your tour. The high-ceilinged Art Deco Café Centrale is open until late and conveniently located between the Ferenciek Tere metro stop and the Museum of Literature.
After a busy day exploring the museums and galleries, relax in the best bars in Budapest. The city has long enjoyed a reputation as a place for anyone who enjoys a drink with bars and beer gardens to suit every taste. On the Pest side of the Danube, the party crowd head to the hip ‘ruin bars’ which are housed in formerly run-down buildings. Instant and Szimplakert are just two that attract an artsy crowd with a mix of music, film, dance and drinks. Micro-breweries, producing specialist craft beers, are also booming in the city. The post-industrial Élesztő Craftbeer Garden offers a wide choice of artisan ales as well as tasty food. There are even beer-cocktails on offer if you want to try something different. For a more traditional cocktail, head to the award-winning Boutiq’Bar. Considered one of the best cocktail bars in the world, there’s an extensive menu of over 350 cocktails to choose from.