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Food & Dining in Hungary

A good range of restaurants is available, from inexpensive self-service establishments to fine dining eateries. Patisseries (cukrászda), serving cakes and pastries, and coffee shops (kavenas) are also popular. Gerbeaud’s is Budapest’s most famous coffee-house.

In major cities and next to the highways you can find restaurants of the major international chains such as KFC, McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway and TGI Friday's.


Since 1990 and the new political system, restaurants, clubs, bars and cafés have begun appearing in the hundreds in the city. Now, you can find more dishes than you can shake a chip at, involving every ingredient from whatever country takes your fancy, from the high luxury of Gundel to the simple student handout, from Mongolian barbecued meat to Middle Eastern falafel chickpea balls and salad.

District II & District III

You can eat anything and everything here from fast food (McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken) to long leisurely lunches for business or pleasure on the leafy terraces of Remiz. Fish eaters should set sail for the Horgasztanya on the Buda bank of the River Danube.

Kacsa offers some of the best duck, and for great goose liver, try the Magnaskert etterem. Maharaja, which serves up some divine concoctions and is very vegetarian-friendly. The underwater-themed restaurant Vasmacska in Obuda's ancient square, whose name translates as “anchor”, serves delicious cuts of meat and also has vegetarian dishes.

District V

The French are justifiably proud of their cuisine, and it is possible to dine in Kepiro, La Fontaine and Lou Lou without breaking the bank. The combination of delicious fresh Hungarian vegetables – succulent tomatoes, peppers, organic mushrooms – and fresh sea fish flown in thrice weekly makes for healthy haute cuisine.

Chinese cuisine is best exemplified by Tian Tan while Japanese sushi, sashimi and noodle bars offer exotic delicacies. Central Kavezo, a source of literary inspiration at the turn of the last century and now rapidly recreating the ambiance of well-read society, is a great place to spend the day. Hungarians love their cakes and Gerbeaud and Auguszt make some of the most mouth-watering pastries, desserts and torte. One thing to try is the langos, a Hungarian delicacy. This deep-fried frisbee-sized doughnut is served with sour cream, grated cheese and a splash of garlic water dribbled from a jam jar using a twig and feather device.

District VI

Pompei Pizzeria on Liszt Ferenc square is a convenient and tasty way to fill up before hitting the trendy bars in Pest's most fashionable hang-out. Many restaurants offer imaginative vegetable dishes (try the tapas at Ket Szerecsen). If you want to experience a traditional atmosphere you can find it in many coffee houses; Muvesz is one of the most well-known. Its cakes are a major draw for tourists.

District VII

Theme bars are also very popular – you could dine in a submarine at Club Verne. Hungarians adore Italian food and Fausto's serves some of the best. Despite its reputation, Hungarian food is not particularly spicy, so for something with a little bite, you could try Indian restaurants such as Shalimar Indiai Etterem. Of course, visitors to Hungary will not want to leave without trying a Hungarian dish with some excellent local wine – goulash, chicken paprika, fozelek (vegetable goop) and reds from Villanyi and Eger in traditional, atmospheric surroundings. Kulacs is a good place to sample the food while listening to talented Gypsy musicians. This is where Rezso Seress composed “Gloomy Sunday”, which could be said to be a theme tune for the bitter sweet Magyar soul. Feszek is an old artist