While J and I didn't eat out a whole lot in Budapest , we did find a few gems that I'd like to share and several places that I think you should add to your must visit list.
New York Cafe
Erzsebet Krt. 9-11. Budapest.
Located in Gozsdu Court - the bar and restaurant hub in the Jewish District - was Kolor. I had a delicious bowl of Hungarian goulash (though I can't judge how authentic it was) and an amazing salad. I'd suggest checking out this area if you are in search of popular restaurants and bars.
*Note we stayed in an AirBnB apartment in Gozsdu Court. Though the area is excellent and there are numerous restaurants I would strongly suggest not staying there. It is really loud all day and night.
Kiraly Utca 13. Budapest (look for a small road - no cars allowed - off of Kiraly Utca. The entrance has the sign Gozsdu Udvar).
The Budapest Cat CafeWe happened upon the Cat Cafe in Budapest and decided that we must stop for a coffee to check it out. This Cat Cafe was giant - I'm talking two floors full of tables, cats, toys, and a giant cat climbing wall. Did I mention that there were 11 cats and that several of them were pretty gigantic?
Revay Utca 3 near St. Stephen's Basilica.
Gelarto RosaI had seen numerous reviews of Gelarto Rosa prior to heading to Budapest, so for me it became a must visit. I'm really glad that I had put visiting Gelarto Rosa so high on my list because boy was it incredible. The gelato was smooth and the flavors were so fresh - not to mention the gelato was served shaped like a rose! My favorite flavors were pistachio and lemon basil. I could just imagine eating a cone of refreshing lemon basil gelato on a hot summer day - yum! Really though, if you are visiting Budapest you should do yourself the favor of visiting Gelarto Rosa at least once.
Szent Istvan ter 3 - near the St. Stephen's Basilica.
Koleves Vendeglo is a Jewish restaurant that serves incredible food in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Their menu is extensive and everything sounds so mouth watering. J and I had an appetizer of sweet potatoes and yummy spreads for bread, matzo ball soup, sweet potato pasta, and a surprisingly good Asian fusion dish. Everything really delicious and I'd recommend adding this restaurant to your must visit in Budapest list. One problem we did have was with the opening hours. Both the sign on the door and online stated that they were open from 8 am to 1 pm, but when we arrived at about 11:30 we were turned away and told they don't open until 12. Confusing!
Kazinczy Utca 37-41.
I'm linking up with the Sunday Traveler.
Where else would you recommend eating in Budapest? What local specialities are your favorite?