The Butcher's, a.k.a. 'Hentes'
We Hungarians love to eat meat and we are eating a lot. It might be the reason why you can eat grilled, fried, roasted or cooked meat at lunch time. The Hentes generally sells chopped fresh meat, but - quite unique to the region - they also make fried meat. Our favorite Hentes is located just behind the Opera House, but similar to football teams, everyone has their favourite hentes, which they are really touchy about.
Tradition Meets Meat
It has been a habit for decades to have lunch at the nearest hentes just around the corner. You won’t find normal tables or plates here. You can eat standing by a high table, from a paper plate with plastic knife and fork, but this has a special atmosphere to it. Don't be surprised: top managers and bricklayers eat here together.
Social Melting Pot
At the Hentes the meat is always fresh and they make everything themselves. You can eat grilled and fried meat, sausages and hungarian style black pudding (blood sausage) with fresh bread and home made pickled vegetables including beetroot, cucumber, onions, a mix called 'csalamádé' (pronounced: tchalamaadae), a yellowish pepper called 'almapaprika' (actually it has nothing to do with souls, alma means apple in Hungarian), and we even pickle baby melons. The quality of the food is excellent and it’s extremely cheap.
Pickles Meet All Kind of Meats
The Hentes behind the Opera House is undisputably one of the friendliest places in Budapest. We doubt they speak any English (though we never tried), but it is very likely that the good old point'n'buy will work just fine (use fingers to indicate quantity - be careful, how you show '3', some Germans may become suspicious if you don't use your thumb). At this place you can eat a big portion of food under 1000HUF (3,5 Euro) - compared to the size of the hunger of a lady. We also have to admit, that we were never able to order food for more than 1500 HUF (5 Euro) that we could eat up. Including a beer. You just need to go exactly at lunch time (between 11am and 2 pm) because this place is really popular. We recommend arriving at around 12:30-ish. It is closed on weekends.
Know Before You Go
The Hentes is in the downtown near the Opera House, at the Hajós street. You will find the old red board with white letters and you’ll see the people eating in front of the shop.

Address: 21 Hajós St., 6th District
Where to find
Kiadó (pronounced 'key-a-dough') Kocsma is our absolute favourite place from the first coffee in the morning till a late dinner after 10 pm. You can eat breakfast till 1 pm so they know the rule of the bohemians: the morning starts after you get up independently from the real time.
Kiadó Pub (Kocsma)
Kiadó is a regular place for actors, dancers, directors, journalists, film makers and people who like familiar pubs. When we discovered this place we started out in their underground section, and now that they've closed it, we had to realize that upstairs it's even lovelier!
There are tapas, pastas, roast meat, vegetarian dishes and soups on the menu. We can’t tell our favourites, because they change the menu in every season, but the food is always nice and creative here. The decoration of the pub is also changed in every month or so, since they give place for young painters and photographers to show their work and talent.
Daily offer is served every weekday between 12 am and 3 pm. Contains a bowl of soup, main dish (also with vegetarian option), and it costs around 1000 HUF. Regulary the main courses are 1200-2300 HUF. The portions are large and you can take away if you weren't able to defeat the beast of your choice on your plate.
Daily Menu
They open at 10 am on weekdays and at 11 am on weekend and close every day at 1 am. The kitchen closes at 11 pm so you can have a late dinner here. The pub is located in the Jókai square very close to Oktogon (which is one of the largest meeting points in the city so everyone knows it well, it's even easy to say and you can ask anybody where Oktogon is, in case you lost some or all of your high-tech map-app gadgets).
Address: 3 Jókai sq., 6th District

Facebook Page of Kiadó
We love the Ring. That’s a fact. Sometimes when we have the craving to eat something delicious, juicy and burgerish, but really far from junk food, we go to the Ring. Our personal favourite is the Burger de Luxe with crispy bacon and Swiss cheese with the amazing home made French fries. You should try it!
Burger Empire
Here you will find young Hungarians, tourists and families the whole day. The service is kind the prices are also good. The quality of the food is always the best. Beside burgers you'll also find the best steaks in town (be careful: there are only a couple of places where they serve edible steaks). Try the Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce, it is wicked sinister...
Great Service, Great Steaks
What do they say?: 'They say we make the best Burgers in town. We don't care. We just do it.' – A good Burger is a combination of a great bun, and an excellent beef patty, how you 'ruin' it, now that is your problem – Lajos Takács chef-owner of Olimpia restaurant
Best Burgers of Budapest
Breakfast from 10am-1pm, Burgers from 11 am. The kitchen is now open all day long (no pause in the afternoon). They also have daily offers on weekdays, you can eat a soup, a main course and a dessert under 1500 HUF.
Daily Menu
  Opening hours: Kitchen is open: Address:
38 Andrássy st., 6th District
Mo-Thu 09-24h 10-22h
Fri 09-01h 10-23h
Sat 10-01h 10-23h
Sun 10-22h 10-21h
When & Where
Here you will find restaurants with great diversity in appearance, size, cuisine. You’ll blush when you see how many ways there are when it comes to filling your stomach. Several restaurants can be found on this square and the only thing they have in common is that their prices are quite friendly.
Multinational with a Pinch of Paprika
The Passion restaurant has been our partner from the beginning. It is located on Liszt Ferenc square also. Passion Tapas & Steak has Hungarian style dishes and all other kinds of steaks, pastas and tapas. The roast salmon fillet with spinach tortilla tart is delicious, and if you decide to order some honey and sesame grilled chorizo, you should order at least two portions. It's so good, you'd want the second anyway, why not spare the waiter the trouble to turn twice?
Passion Tapas & Steak
Every restaurant in the square has cheap daily offer. You can choose from vegetarian or meat dishes, soup or tapas and a dessert (two or three courses together) around 1000-1500 HUF. Just walk around the square and check the offers in every restaurant: usually you will see it on a board at the entrance of the restaurants.
Daily Menu
There are more than ten restaurants here so you'll find pizza, steak, tapas, Hungarian and international dishes traditional or fusion style. Some of them are open for breakfast while the other ones come alive at night and function as a club. The terraces close at midnight.
From Morning to Midnight
The Liszt Ferenc square is really in the heart of the city between the Oktogon and the Opera House on the Andrássy Boulevard. You can go there by tram 4 or 6 (the yellow Siemens Combino - another interesting fact that the first Millennium Underground trains were also delivered by Siemens) or the yellow subway line.

Liszt Ferenc Tér on Facebook
Heart of the City
The Sugar Shop is Temptation. It's that sweet apple Adam and Eve had, it's the dessert version of the seven sins. So if you are on low-carb diet, you should not go any closer than 50 meters. Well, if you dare go there, be prepared for the most vivid dream of all, bringing Grimm stories to life, or venturing down the rabbit's hole.
Sugar Shop
Everybody has a child inside their soul - the Sugar Shop is the perfect place to let it out to play. The colourful candies, bubble gums, the marshmallows and lollipops literally cover the place so it is not too easy to keep control of yourself.
Everything That's Colourful and Sweet
In the Sugar Shop every piece of candy is delicious and designed. In this case we can't suggest favourites, that's just not possible... If you can't decide, it’s a good game to taste all of them solo or together, play with the smell and flavour, because in here, not everything tastes how it looks like and sometimes they surprise you because some things taste exactly what they look like.
Delicious and Designed
Like we said, this is an evil, evil place. Even the visually impaired would be in grave danger because of the great smell. Everybody else are definitely tempted by the marvellous shapes and colours of candies, and only one question remains, whether to let go of your conscience for a second, or withstand the temptation, leave and remain harassed by the desire of returning to the Sugar Shop...
Opening hours:
Mon. : 12-22
Tue. - Sun.: 10-22
Address: 48 Paulay Ede st., 6th District
When & Where
Szeged is a (stereo)typical Hungarian restaurant, one of the best in the city. They make traditional Hungarian food from the best Hungarian ingredients. The speciality of the place beside the great meals is the great gypsy musicians and the folk show. (Last year it took Pablo Verón's breath away, and it did that with the members of the Otros Aires in 2010 and Chicho in 2009...)
Szeged Restaurant: The Typical Hungarian
In Hungary the traditional fish soup ('Halászlé' in Hungarian) can divide family members and friends: there are two different methods to make fish soup in the country, the 'bajai' and the 'szegedi'. Well, there's only one traditional way to cook a fish soup (the bajai way). Latter one is a gift of the late 19th century, and it utilized a new method allowing cooks to use minced fish to give the soup a much richer taste and density. The reason why it separates families is that many people don't recognize 'szegedi' as genuine fish soup. It's also really important where the fish was caught, in the Danube or in the Tisza (the other great river in the Eastern part of the country). At the Szeged restaurant - naturally - they make the 'szegedi' version. You should try it! After the soup order home made strudles ('rétes' in Hungarian)!
Fish Soup Wars
We usually visit Szeged Restaurant together with the masters and musicians every year and they love it (even so that traditional Hungarian dishes are by no means fitness food and tend to be very spicy). Good to know: there are some Hungarian soups that are considered main courses, like 'halászlé', or anything that has 'gulyás' in it. These should be rich and filling, the locals usually order a lighter course after it. Halászlé is usually followed by strudles ('rétes') or 'túrós csusza' (another very Hungarian dish, pasta with curd cheese). In fact, all stew-ish dishes (any kind of 'pörkölt' or 'paprikás') go very well with 'túrós csusza' on the side (though our favourites are shank stew or catfish paprikas).

Hungarian cuisine wiki page
Spicy and filling
The Szeged has one of the best gypsy bands in the city. The musicians have not only been brought up in a very traditional, musical atmosphere, but some of them even have a music academy degree, just for fun. They're nice people with that special something, that only gypsy musicians know and that is so close to the Hungarian soul.
Gypsy Music
Szeged is our catering partner for years. It is located just beside the Gellért Bath and the Hotel Gellért, just at the feet of the Gellért Hill (the one with the large statue in the background of the website, opposite side), near the old green steel bridge called Szabadság-híd, on the Buda side of the Danube.

Address: 1 Bartók Béla str., 11th district.
Where to find
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The Caledonia is a Scottish pub but all the other nations find their way inside as well, and once they're in, they're more than welcome. It’s not only a pub: it’s more like a centre of the Scottish, Irish, British community in Budapest. Everybody knows each other so it’s more of a family than anything else.
Pull and armchair and join us!
The Caledonia is practically our ‘living room’. Not only because the owner is a really good friend of ours and a lovely tanguera, but the warm atmosphere, kind staff and good food are also the reasons why you can find us there so often.
Big city life
The menu features the traditional Scottish food, like haggis, pies, fish and chips or porridge. You can get breakfast all day so you don’t need to hurry in the morning. And don’t forget about the largest whiskey collection in town, the draught Guinness and Belhaven Best and the ciders (draught Gaymers, but they usually have bottled Magners and Somersby among many other).
Scottish cuisine: pick some malt, distill, drink
Sport is very important part of everyday life in Caledonia: you can watch different matches on TV and support your team on freely, nobody will surprise if you start shouting or dancing or whatever you like. You can also enjoy live music on every Friday and Saturday evening.
The last Scottish boyscouts
They are open every day from 11 am to 01 am, the kitchen closes at 10 pm. At previous Danubiandos we had really nice official and unofficial after parties so you just need to follow the ‘hard-core’ members of the company.
Address: 9 Mozsár st., 6th District
Open per request
Until recently, you had to choose between touring our beautiful capital on four wheels or marvelling at the city from the deck of a pleasure boat. Now you don't need to made that choice: RiverRide is a special sightseeing tour on which you can see the sights of Budapest from a comfortable seat along the busy streets and then from one second to the next - to the gasps of some of your fellow travellers - from the Danube after splashing into the lapping water of the river.
The RiverRide Amphibian Bus (catches eyes, not flies)
In fact the experience itself of riding a Segway- almost like flying through around these wonderful places - is so great, that everyone should try it once. This is the perfect way if you don’t want to miss the experience of walking the streets of Budapest but you want to spare your feet for the milonga. And it’s definitely fun!
Budapest Segway Tour
Interactive tours run with small groups (under 15 persons), an intimate atmosphere and your safety is guaranteed. The routes are carefully chosen, using cycle lanes, riding through parks, car-free streets. Budapest is a bike friendly city with a developing bike route system. Tours include comfortable bikes, a meal, refreshment and professional Hungarian guides.
Budapest by Bike
Are you looking for Hungarian reality? Don't simply be a tourist: Experience! Exclusive 2-3 hours walking tours in the hidden downtown of Budapest: the 8th district. Before, the 8th district was considered the nightmare of tourists (and Hungarians as well), the area was rumoured to be dangerous, slummy and strongly advised to avoid. Although the 8th district is continuously developing, the changes remained unnoticed and the strong negative stereotypes against the district remained. Some felt they need to change this automatic response with inventing the ‘socio-cultural’ walking tours. A semi-automatic or a pair of comfy running shoes might not be a bad idea though, just in case...
The Big Hungarian Reality: Socio-Cultural Sightseeing
The tour has three stops. The first stop is the Great Market Hall for a quick check on the produce used in our kitchen. Here you’ll visit market stalls learning all about the mysterious ways we use the paprika spice, what vegetables grow in our region, plus all the funny things Hungarians like to eat. After the market, you visit a private wine shop and cellar for a guided wine tasting. The last stop takes you to a typical local restaurant for the culinary portion of the tour. Here you get a welcome drink (pálinka!) to clean the palate before trying the famous real beef goulash soup while washing it down with a beverage of choice (mineral water, soft drink, glass of wine or beer).
Budapest Wine & Dine Tour
Budapest is a unique city in more than one ways. For those who love spa and wellness, it is unique for being the only large city in the world, which abounds in fountains of healing water. 70 million liters of 21-78°C warm thermal water spring forth daily from its 118 natural thermal springs. The Széchenyi bath is one of the largest bathing complexes in Europe, the premier medicinal bath of Pest. Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879, they are the deepest and hottest (74-75°C.) thermal wells in the capital. The neo-baroque baths were built in 1913, the swimming pool in 1927. The open-air sections with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter.
Budapest: The City of Thermae
Rising only 48 meters above the Danube, the Castle Hill or Várhegy still dominates the city. This hill is the oldest part of Budapest, or at least the medieval Buda (there are Roman thermae a bit up north, presently part of Budapest). It is a small, densely built rock with the Buda Castle as the most prominent building. You can find here the National Gallery, the Matthias-church, Budapest Historical Museum and the ‘Halászbástya’ (Fisherman’s Bastion). It is really nice for a walk and the view is amazing. Since it's the highest point nearby, prepare for some wind. If you happen to stumble upon a patisserie named Ruszwurm (near Matthias-church), pop in for a breather. Those guys serve the best 'krémes' in town!
Royal Castle of Buda
After long discussion the construction of the Parliament began in 1885 according to plans by Imre Steindl. Completed in 1904 it is Europe's most splendid Parliament building, reflecting its designer's taste and the nation's demands for representation. At the same time it is one of the landmarks of the capital. The neo-Gothic building is 268 m long and its dome is 96 m high. The outer walls are decorated with statues of Hungarian monarchs and military commanders.
The Parliament
After the fall of the Communist regime in Hungary in 1989, many of the Communist statues and monuments were immediately removed. These formed the basis for the current collection in the statue park. On June 29. 1993, the second anniversary of the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Hungarian territory, the park celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening as a public outdoor museum. In the barrack-theatre you can see 'The life of an agent' a documentary, directed by Gábor Zsigmond Papp, on the methods used by the secret police. There are English subtitles.
Memento Park
In the 18th century the hillsides of Gellért Hill were covered with vineyards. The Tabán district at the foot of the hill was an important centre of wine-making in Buda. The Citadel was built after the 1848–49 Hungarian uprising by the ruling Habsburgs, as it was a prime, strategic site for targeting both Buda and Pest in the event of a future revolt. Gellért Hill also saw action in the Second World War and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, when Soviet tanks fired down on the city from the hill. Indeed, battle scars still pockmark some buildings in Budapest. At the end of Citadella is the Liberty Statue (Szabadság-szobor in Hungarian), a large monument erected for the Soviet Red Army to commemorate their victory in World War II. "For all those, who sacrificed their lives for the independence and liberty of Hungary."
Citadel on the St.Gerard (Gellért) Hill
When the Palace of Arts, Hungary's long-awaited new cultural hub, opened in 2005 it was built to represent more than a hundred years of Hungarian cultural history. As a group of cultural venues, this institution is rather unique in the 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in all Central Europe. The three parts of the building – the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in its core, the Ludwig Museum nearest the Danube and the Festival Theatre on the far side – were all constructed simultaneously over a period of 28 months as part of a highly sophisticated and carefully coordinated project.
Palace of Arts (MÜPA)
RaM Colosseum – the Capital’s First Experience Theatre has pleased more than 35,000 spectators with its unique, audience-friendly programme policy since its opening in April of 2011. The opening of the house proves that Budapest needed a public theatre which steers away from the closed generic profiles, where the world of dance, prose, classical music and circus can appear as a mutually reinforcing genre, along with an art gallery, restaurant and roof terrace. (Trivia: RaM Colosseum is named after the famous Hungarian poet, Miklós Radnóti. If you're interested in Hungarian literature, he's most probably the one to start with, his biography and some of his poems are available in various languages.) Miklós Radnóti on wikipedia
RaM Colosseum
The Heroes’ Square is one of the most visited sights of the Hungarian capital. It is situated in front of the City Park at the end of the Andrássy Avenue, one of the most important streets of Budapest, a World Heritage site.The millennial monument was built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of the Seven Hungarian Tribes in the Carpathian Basin. The tomb of the unknown soldier can also be found in the square. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery are located on the two sides of the square, both are worth a visit. The Museum of Hungarian Agriculture is located within the Vajdahunyad Castle behind the trees.
Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery at Heroes’ Square
The predecessor of the Honvéd Dance Theater was formed in 1982 under the influence of the cultural heritage of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály (You know, the two fanatics who collected over ten thousand folk melodies in the Carpathian area). Just as these two great composers-ethnomusicologists incorporated elements of the Hungarian folk music into their compositions, thus putting the traditional Magyar peasant culture on stage; so did the founder of the Dance Theater, choreographer and director Ferenc Novák. He used movement elements of Hungarian folk dance to create independent dance dramas. To this end, Novák won talented young artists over who became his co-composers.
Dance Theatre of the Hungarian Army
The Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum was founded in 2011 for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts concerning Southeast Asia, of building the general knowledge and of supporting popular instruction on the subject.
On the other side of the Andrássy boulevard is the Hopp Ferenc Museum of East-Asian Art. Ferenc Hopp brought his collection from all over the world and founded his museum in his will. He was living in the same house where you can find the museum. (Google Translate only)
Gold Museum & Hopp Ferenc Museum of East-Asian Art