Hungarian food

Hungarian cuisine very well reflects the turbulent history of the country. Although lots of influences over the centuries, it still has its very distinctive features. Considered to be one of the spiciest cuisines of Europe (doesn’t necessarily means it’s hot!), thanks to the heavy use of paprika in many main dishes. Goulash is definitely the national symbol of our cuisine. If you crave some great Hungarian food, you can’t go wrong with these places!

Dunacorso (one of our favorites)

Hands down the best goulash in the city. Coupled with its great variety of traditional Hungarian cuisine, this restaurant makes our list at #1 for all those who enjoy food, wine, music and a view like no other.

One of Dunacorso’s standout features is its picturesque terrace overlooking the Danube, providing an idyllic setting for a romantic dinner, a special celebration, or a relaxed evening with friends. Book a table around 6:30PM as the sun sets over the river and Budapest’s iconic landmarks light up; diners can enjoy a truly magical atmosphere with live Hungarian Gypsy music that serenades the Buda skylight.

What to eat: goulash soup (bowl), paprika stew of veal, stuffed cabbage, Wiener schnitzel

Szegedi Halászcsárda & Mátyás Pálinkaház

Szegedi Halászcsárda is famous for serving authentic Hungarian fish dishes, with their fish soup (halászlé) being a particular highlight. Halászlé is a fish soup made from freshwater fish, typically seasoned with paprika and various spices. It’s a beloved dish in Hungary and holds a special place in Hungarian gastronomy.

In addition to their signature fish soup, the menu often includes a variety of fish dishes, such as different preparations of carp and other freshwater fish. You’ll also find a selection of Hungarian appetizers, desserts, and beverages to complement your meal and of course Pálinka, don’t forget the Pálinka. Mátyás Pálinkaház offers some of the best varieties of this Hungarian spirit in the city, make sure to go downstairs for a drink!

What to eat: „Witch Island” style fish soup, mixed fish soup, fried catfish, fish paprikash

Gettó Gulyás

A cozy Hungarian restaurant inside Budapest’s party district, also known as the old Jewish Quarter. The restaurant’s name makes its culinary priorities clear — the short menu features the heart of Magyar cuisine with staples like goulash, chicken and veal paprikash (€10-14), and various seasonal vegetable stews called főzelék. “Gettó” refers to the Jewish ghetto, what this neighborhood became during the winter of 1944, the darkest time of WWII in Budapest.

What to eat: goulash soup, chicken paprikash, stew dishes, Gundel palacsinta, and túrógombóc

Before your meal, you could grab a drink at Szimpla Kert, the world-famous ruin bar just steps from away in Kazinczy Street.

Belvárosi Disznótoros

A traditional Hungarian restaurant located in the heart of Budapest. The name “Disznótoros” translates to “pig slaughter” in English, and it refers to a traditional Hungarian feast that celebrates the butchering of pigs in the winter months. During a Disznótoros event, various pork-based dishes and sausages are prepared and enjoyed.

As seen on Anthony Bourdains visit to Budapest

What to eat: sausages (liver, blood), traditional meat dishes, fried pork


Menza offers a diverse menu that features a mix of Hungarian classics and international dishes. While they pay homage to traditional Hungarian cuisine, you can also find items like burgers, pasta, and salads on their menu. It’s a place where old meets new, blending the nostalgia of Hungarian retro design with modern culinary influences.

The prices at Menza are generally considered to be reasonable and offer good value for the quality of food and the dining experience.

What to eat: beef broth soup, veal paprikash (w/ egg dumplings), pork schnitzel, mákos Guba. Recommended for lunch specials.


The confectionery has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century. It was founded in 1827 and has been serving its delightful treats for generations, making it one of the oldest confectioneries in Budapest. The interior of Ruszwurm retains its historic charm, with a cozy and vintage atmosphere. The decor and furnishings transport visitors back in time, creating a sense of nostalgia and tradition.

Visiting Ruszwurm is not just a culinary experience but also a step into Budapest’s rich history and cafe culture. It’s an excellent spot to indulge in traditional Hungarian pastries while soaking in the historic surroundings of the Buda Castle District.

What to eat: krémes custard cake, Dobos cake, Eszterházy cake, Ice Cream (summer), Hot Chocolate (winter)


Aranybástya, also known as Aranyhalász Étterem (Golden Bastion Restaurant), is a well-regarded restaurant located in the heart of Buda Castle.

The restaurant offers a diverse menu that combines traditional Hungarian flavors with international influences. You can expect to find a range of dishes, including Hungarian classics like goulash, chicken paprikash, and beef stew, as well as international options such as grilled meats and seafood.

One of the standout features of Aranybástya is its breathtaking panoramic views of Budapest. The restaurant’s location on Castle Hill provides diners with a remarkable vista, particularly during the evening when the city’s landmarks are beautifully illuminated.

Hungary is known for its wines, and Aranybástya typically offers an extensive wine list featuring a variety of Hungarian wines, including Tokaji and Bull’s Blood (Egri Bikavér), to complement your meal.

What to eat: beef tartar, roasted rose duck breast, pork cheeks, desserts

Frici Papa & Kisharang Étkezde

If you are looking for a truly local, no-frills Hungarian restaurant, do yourself a favour and go to Frici Papa!
It is one of the last remaining eateries in Budapest, serving Hungarian classics at extremely reasonable prices (even by local standards).
Because the word got out, lots of tourists visit this place as well nowadays, but trust us, it’s worth the wait!

Kisharang Étkezde is a true gem in the heart of Budapest, a family-run restaurant with a very friendly service and hearty traditional food. Great place if you’re around the St. Stephen’s Basilica!