Budapest: The Best Places to Eat on a Budget

You could spend anything from a few euros on a kebab, soup or goulash, to an infinite amount on a six course taster menu in Budapest.

Markets and street stalls are great for cheap eats, and you’re never far away from a kebab. Eating on a budget’s easy in Budapest. Make the Great Market Hall your first stop, a huge iron structure with counters piled high with a whole range of goodies from meats and cheeses to baked treats, wine and truffles. It’s also a great place to sample the popular langos, which are like a big donut topped with cheese.

Coffee and pastries are a favourite in Budapest, as you’ll see from the amount of places selling them. Ruszwurm Cukrászda is a great spot, which does a gorgeous cream cake. Maródi Cukrászda meanwhile is just on the way out from Margaret Island, and has some of the most impressive cakes you’ll ever see, along with incredible ice cream.

If you’re looking for a fancy meal in a trendy place that doesn’t blow the bank account, head to the New York Café. A pianist will provide the soundtrack to your meal and if you go for breakfast you don’t have to worry about spending on drinks, unless you want a side of champagne with your eggs and bacon of course.

Budapest’s ruin bars can be a great way to eat for cheap. Big ones like Szimpla Kert, Instant and Ellato Kert & Taqueria have a simple menu to choose from.

And if you’re really hungry, the all-you-can-eat buffet at Oktogon Bisztro is a great way to try as many Hungarian dishes as possible for your money.