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Choosing the perfect spot to have breakfast or brunch in Budapest (aka one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary) is not an easy task. Plenty of places offer delicious food, but if you only have a few days in the city, you probably want each and every meal to be the best possible.
But don’t you worry because I’m not going to leave you alone with this life-changing decision! Thanks to a few fellow bloggers, I have for you an amazing round-up of some of the best breakfast and brunch places in the city (including a few vegan restaurants in Budapest). Enjoy!
THE HOTSPOT: STIKA
By Vera from Alleen Op Reis
Every brunch fan would agree going to STIKA is like taking a trip to food heaven. This restaurant located in the old Jewish quarter (7th district) of Budapest is a great choice all year long.
The hip, trendy design gives the impression of being inside a greenhouse with a vertical garden and banana plants. The interior is small, yet cozy, and the tattooed waiters are very friendly and welcoming.
Yet, it is not until spring when their terrace pops up and STIKA turns into the best hotspot in town. They don’t take reservations, so you might have to queue for a table, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
The coffees are made by passionate baristas, the mimosas are good, and the food is even better. Their specialties are the poached egg dishes, starting from 6 euros. Are you not a big fan of eggs? No worries, STIKA offers a wide range of alternatives from Acai bowls to traditional Hungarian food.
Are you getting excited? STIKA is open for brunch 7 days a week until 18:00 and for dinner any day except Sunday.
Address: Dob 46/a.
A PICTURE-PERFECT BRUNCH IN BUDAPEST: A LA MAISON GRAND
This brunch spot in Budapest was one of the highlights of my trip. With a menu that looks more like a book, you’ll need at least an hour just to decide what you want to eat. It’s so confusing that I seriously recommend reading their menu in advance.
From pancakes to french toasts to eggs benedict, each dish has at least 4-5 different versions, and they all look beautiful and delicious (this I know from stalking the waiters). Not surprisingly, the food tastes as good as it looks.
Tip: If you’re coming around noon or on weekends, be sure to make a reservation.
Address: Szervita tér 3.
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THE CLASSIC: NEW YORK PALACE CAFE
By Karolina from Lazy Travel Blog
A historical landmark, as well as one of the best breakfast places in Budapest, is the New York Cafe.
With intricately decorated high ceilings and a finely decorated interior, the New York Cafe serves not just the usual Hungarian breakfast made up of goulash soup and noodles accompanied by cakes and strudels. It also provides its customers with an experience to remember.
Serving the multicultural dishes of the former Astro-Hungarian Monarchy, the menu also includes a big selection of local desserts like the Dobos, Sacher, and Eszterhazy cake.
Once the meeting place of famous writers and artists, the walls of this restaurant has a lot of stories to tell. It’s also one of the most romantic places in Budapest to start a day. So if a meal seems out of your budget, at least come in and have a cup of coffee.
Address: Erzsébet krt. 9-11.
A MODERN CAFE THAT FEELS LIKE HOME: CIRKUSZ
By Zenja from Bearly Here
In the heart of the Jewish district, you will find a cozy yet modern cafe called Cirkusz, translated as “circus”. The cafe first opened in 2013, and now they roast their own coffee, source plenty of local ingredients, and provide high-quality customer service.
Open from 9 am till 5 pm daily, it’s a great place for breakfast and brunch in Budapest. Inside you will find hipster interior, friendly faces, and a selection of coffee, lemonades, and homemade drinks.
The menu includes a variety of items like English and Hungarian breakfasts, bagels, croissants, granola, fruit, eggs, and more. Compliment your brunch with mimosa or prosecco and don’t forget to boost your immune system with a ginger shot! Cirkusz is easily one of our favorite places in town – always welcoming, charming, and delicious.
Address: Dob 23.
By Rose from Where Goes Rose
For a cute breakfast cafe in Budapest without the price tag of the pricier joints, take a trip to Zoska. This cozy cafe has hundreds, if not thousands, of heart-shaped post-it notes adorning the walls and ceiling, most from past guests who left happy and no longer hungry.
The best bit about Zoska is the affordable prices: for 1200 HUF (around $4) you’ll get pancakes with syrup, a side of fruit, and a cappuccino. You just can’t beat those prices, can you?
Find it centrally located between the Inner City and the Palace Districts. This is the perfect place for beating that hangover or preparing for a day of exploring Budapest on foot.
Address: Ferenczy István 28.
SEASONAL DECOR: VINTAGE GARDEN
By Kriszti from She Wanders Abroad
Vintage Garden is one of the places for breakfast in Budapest and you definitely need to include it in your Budapest itinerary! It is located in the heart of Budapest on Dob Street, therefore it is very easy to reach from the city center. The food itself is great, but what is even more special about this place is the decoration!
The internal design is always changing based on the current season. In summer the whole place is decorated with pink cherry blossoms while in the winter it’s loaded with mistletoes and huge chandeliers.
The restaurant features many different cuisines like Hungarian, Italian or French. On their breakfast menu, you can find a large variety of eggs, sandwiches, and bagels. You can even try a Hungarian specialty called “Lángos”, which is a deep-fried dough served with sour cream and cheese.
There is no shortage of sweet breakfasts either, so if you have a craving for something sweet you can order some croissants, French toasts or American pancakes.
Address: Dob 21.
By Nate from Travel Lemming
If you’re looking for a quick, simple, healthy, and delicious brunch in Budapest, don’t miss Pantry Brunch & Coffee. What’s really cool about this place is that it offers a menu with smaller, tapas-style, breakfast and brunch options.
Mix and match from a menu filled with everything from bagels to smoothie bowls to poached eggs. Oh, and each dish costs the same, which means the ordering process is simple and quick, allowing you more time to explore the many things to do in Budapest.
Located near Astoria station, the Pantry has a relatively small but modern interior. There is just enough space to be comfortable on most days, but on weekends you might have to wait a little to grab a seat. Totally worth it for the scrumptious bites, however!
Address: Dohány 5/b.
VEGAN-FRIENDLY: NASPOLYA NASSOLDA
By Nina from Lemons and Luggage
If you are looking for vegan food in Budapest, there are some lovely breakfast and brunch spots in Budapest. One of these places is Naspolya Nassolda. This tiny downtown café is located just off Király Street, one of the main streets in the center of Budapest. The interior is incredibly cozy and so pretty. For breakfast, you should try one of their granolas, which are always fresh and super delicious.
Naspolya Nassolda is a café that places great importance on the use of organic and fair-trade products, and you really taste this in the quality of their food. So why don’t you stay for a bit longer and have one of their amazing raw and gluten-free cakes as well?
Address: Káldy Gyula 7.
FARM TO TABLE: HILDA
Hilda is a farm-to-table restaurant that uses organic and sustainable ingredients. Apart from their everyday menu, you’ll be happy to know that they serve an amazing brunch on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM). That includes dishes like eggs benedict, french toast, vegetarian toasts, and organic yogurt with fruit.
Beyond the delicious food, Hilda is probably one of the most beautiful restaurants in Budapest. With its vivid blue colors and a very Instagrammable mosaic wall, it is a must-try brunch spot.
Address: Nádor 5.
SPECIALTY COFFEE: SIXLETTER COFFEE CO.
If you crave for both breakfast and specialty coffee, head to SixLetter Coffee Co. Appreciate the industrial decor, soak in the friendly, relaxed vibe, and feast on some great food.
Although the menu is not huge, it is diverse enough so that anyone can find something they like, and it offers classic breakfast dishes like omelets, eggs benedict, waffles, french toast, muesli, and more.
Address: Alkotmany 21.
FRENCH BREAKFAST SPOT IN BUDAPEST: Á TABLE!
Besides French-style pastries, cakes, and desserts, this sweet boulangerie-patisserie also has a big breakfast menu. With a variety of eggs benedict, sandwiches, and salads (as well as other options), this inviting, cozy cafe is the perfect little spot to start your morning.
Address: Madach Imre 1.
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HEALTHY AND INSTA-WORTHY: SZIMPLY
Tucked in a hidden courtyard, this cafe serves breakfast and brunch all day long. The menu is short, and the place only has a few tables, but Szimply is about quality, not quantity.
If you want to have a healthy, fresh, vibrant (and beautifully decorated) breakfast, this is where you’ll find it. Note that it is a bit pricier than other cafes in Budapest, and be sure to make a reservation (click ‘Book Now’ on their Facebook page).
Address: Röser udvar, Károly krt. 22.
SEASONAL INGREDIENTS: HORIZONT CAFE
Similarly to Szimply, Horizont Cafe also has a relatively limited menu, and it’s a bit more expensive than other places in Budapest. BUT you’ll get Insta-worthy, delicious food made from high quality, seasonal ingredients.
Address: Erzsébet krt. 13.
BAGELS IN BUDA: ZËRGË COFFEESHOP
If you want to get off the beaten track (because who doesn’t?), head over to the Buda side of the city and have a bagel at Zërgë Coffeeshop. The place is small yet super cozy and inviting, the coffee is good, and besides some amazing bagels, they also serve breakfast plates, sandwiches, pastries, and cakes.
Address: Fő 7.
A SMALL AND HUMBLE BRUNCH PLACE IN BUDAPEST: LONDON COFFEE SOCIETY
With room for only about 15-20 people, this has to be one of the cutest and best cafes in Budapest. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in atmosphere, great food, and quality coffee.
Apart from pastries and cakes, the menu offers dishes like shakshuka, avocado toast, and eggs benedict. It’s a perfect place in the Jewish district to start your day, especially if you’re a coffee snob.
Address: Dohány 27.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF BREAKFAST IN BUDAPEST: FREYJA
Sometimes all I need in the morning is a cup of coffee and a pastry. If that sounds irresistible to you too, head over to Freyja – a really cool cafe serving only croissants.
From savory ones to decadent sweet ones, you won’t leave this place dissatisfied. They’re constantly taking new batches out of the oven, so it’s also impossible to resist the smell of freshly baked croissants.
As a true chocoholic, I tried the dark chocolate croissant, and it couldn’t have been more delicious (and messy to eat). Other sweet flavors include raspberries and pistachio, and of course, you can always go for the classic one.
Nice to know: While you’re there, expect to get free little treats like a taste of their hot chocolate or a piece of Valrhona chocolate.
Address: Szövetség 12.
ELEGANT AND WELCOMING: HAUER CAFE & CONFECTIONERY
By Cris from LooknWalk
I must admit: I’ve walked past this place many times and quickly qualified it as “touristy” before, one day, we decided we can spoil ourselves for brunch.
As a vegan, I have quite a few challenges when it comes to finding places to eat (which are not clearly marked vegan-friendly). Add in the fact that oftentimes I need to explain what I cannot eat, and it’s not an easy or stress-free experience. Oh, and let’s not forget about the language barrier.
Thankfully, at Hauer Cafe, we discovered a staff that speaks perfect English (as well as Italian and other languages) and is willing to explain what the dishes contain. Unfortunately, they don’t carry vegan sweets (yet), and there is only one vegan-friendly dish on the brunch menu. But it’s delish. And the coffee is awesome.
The place also looks elegant and stylish. I felt a bit weird in my travel outfit and carrying my backpack, but the staff made sure we were comfortable.
Address: Rákóczi 47-49.
PERFECT IN EVERY ASPECT: MUVÉSZ KÁVÉHÁZ
By Joanne from Sunsets and Roller Coasters
If you’re visiting Budapest, you just HAVE to go to Művész Kávéház! It’s definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Budapest. I had often heard the name when planning our trip and was a little wary that it would be too touristy, but it is absolutely a fantastic location for breakfast or brunch.
Located just across the street from the Hungarian Opera and the Opera metro station on Andrassy Ut, Művész Kávéház has an impressive menu and an incredible selection of sweets and pastries.
If you wander inside rather than sitting outside, you’ll find a classy interior with dark wood reminiscent of older days. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious! Don’t miss trying one of their various coffee creations! We enjoyed it so much we returned on our last day to enjoy our final breakfast in Budapest!
Address: Andrássy 29.
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For a high-quality cup of coffee, head to Budapest Baristas. It’s a bit pricey considering the fact that’s it’s not a fancy cafe, but you’ll find a large variety of options on the menu, from toasts and pancakes (including vegan pancakes) to bagels and eggs benedict.
Address: Múzeum krt. 15.
COFFEE AND SHOPPING: VINYL & WOOD
Vinyl & Wood is a wonderful thing that happens when a design/lifestyle store is combined with a cafe.
Apart from sipping a great cup of coffee and stuffing your face with some breakfast, here, you can buy all kinds of items from watches and sunglasses (some are made from recycled vinyl records and wood – hens the name) to candles and skincare products. The electronic music in the background might not be everyone, but there’s no doubt the atmosphere in this place is unique.
Address: Wesselényi 23.
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