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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

Retro Lángos Budapest

Lángos is a beloved Hungarian dish that consists of deep-fried dough, typically oval or round in shape. It’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Traditionally, lángos is topped with a variety of savory ingredients, with sour cream and grated cheese being the most common. Other toppings can include garlic, ham, sausages, and more.

Lángos is a beloved Hungarian comfort food, and Retro Lángos is often well-received by locals and tourists alike for its tasty renditions of this classic dish of which they have the largest variety.

Depending on the location and time of day, you may encounter lines or crowds at their stand, especially during peak dining hours.

What to eat: cheese-sour cream lángos, Hungarian-style lángos

Rudas Baths

Our favorite! It’s a good combination of the above two. In the depths of the building, you will find the most beautiful of all the Turkish baths (in our opinion), where you will find peace and relaxation. Up above, lies a jewel, a bath on the rooftop with a panorama of “The Pearl of the Danube”. Their restaurant also isn’t half-bad.

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Keep in mind, booking this way, the price includes a full-day spa ticket, a 3-course meal, coffee, a glass of wine and fruity lemonade.

Veli Bej Baths

A great choice if you like to relax a bit during a city break or a long weekend.

Very cheap, very local. ‘Nuff said.

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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!

Veritas Borkereskedés

In vino veritas, as they say, and we couldn’t agree more! If you wanna buy or bring home wine by the bottle, head to Veritas. With a great selection of Hungarian and international wines, Veritas is truly the place to be for wine-enthusiasts!