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Budapest's Best (or really good)....Make My Trip Even More Fun

Suggestions for the best in the following:

Langos? (my preference is savory, not sweet)

Sausage stand, crusty bread, beer? (a childhood memory)

Strudel?

Ormeny Rakott Palacsinta (Palacsinta cake)?

Dobos Torte?

Pogacsa?

Roof top bar with a view?

Massage?

Jazz Club?

Off the grid fun thing to do?

under appreciated thing to see?

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Langos: LángosBáró is very good. Savory. Full of locals. English menu, but not touristy when I went. Conveniently located. Not a street stand, but an actual shop location--so ok even if it rains.

LangosBaro

Chimney cake: absolutely a must!!!!! I like these two, whose cakes are slightly different in texture.

Molnár's kürtőskalács

Street Cakes

Cave diving: Molnár János Cave, but only for professional divers (bring your license)

Food: how do I start? There are so many awesome places. Some examples:
Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo (local's fav for homestyle cooking--always packed, cash-only)
Zeller Bistro (modern Hungarian food)
Börze (French-Hungarian food)
Mandragóra (Buda side, modern Hungarian cuisine)
Kacsa Étterem (also on Buda side, famous for duck dishes)
Náncsi Néni Vendéglője (in suburb)
Bajai Halászcsárda (famous fish soup, also in suburb)

Cakes: plenty to choose from...I can write a book about the options...search for sugar-free cakes if this is of your interest.

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Barkinpark - Thank you for your thoughts advice. I am well familiar with the area of Langos baro...I will check it out.
You are right there are soooo many food options that's why I chose a few of my favorites thinking someone might know a place for a specific item...like your Langos spot!
I have read about the caving - won't be able to do it in Budapest - but the next week we are visiting Slovenia and visiting some of their larger caves.
Thanks again!

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Langos? (my preference is savory, not sweet)
Vakvarju does a good langos. There are now a couple in town. The most convenient is generally the one on the lower end of Pauley Ede utca in district VI.

Sausage stand, crusty bread, beer? (a childhood memory)
Hús Hentesáru at Hajos utca 21 (on the side of the Opera House). Fits your bill pretty accurately. Small, to the point and always good. The last time i paid any attention they were closed on Saturday. Not sure about the beer.

Strudel?
Ormeny Rakott Palacsinta (Palacsinta cake)?
Dobos Torte?
Pogacsa?
I’m not a diehard strudel fan. People say Első Pesti Rétesház (First Sturdle House of Pest) at Október 6 utca 22 (north half of District V) is very good. I generally just buy it at what ever baker i am walking past at the time. My favorite Cukraszda is the Auguszt Cukraszda at 14/16 Kossuth Lajos u. (South half of District V) - see the beautiful building courtyard out the back door. For the Pogacsa, eat them for free at Kadarka Wine Bar at Király utca 42.

Roof top bar with a view?
https://welovebudapest.com/en/toplists/5-budapest-rooftop-bars-for-sizzling-summer-nights/

Massage?
Most every bath house

Jazz Club?
Budapest Jazz Club (younger clientele) or Opus Jazz Club (higher end).

Off the grid fun thing to do?
Go drive a Russian Tank http://www.tank.hu/

under appreciated thing to see?
Empty bottle of Hungarian wine.

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If you have time, get some bespoke shoes for men:
Buday Shoes
Vass Shoes
Both very famous. Not cheap, but much more affordable and nicer than anything you will find in the US.

Alternatively, buy unique or custom-made leather handbags:
AGNESKOVACS--sold at various boutiques
Fiser custom-made bags

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MicahelTipton -
I've taken a cooking class, sort of. One year, we had Thanksgiving in Budapest and hired a chef to cook/teach (me). We had a wonderful dinner: goose with all of the trimmings and Hortobagyi Palacsinta. I made Hortobagyi here in the States for some of my Hungarian relatives; didn;t go over well! The pancakes were more like burritos than palacsinta - I was chopped.

BarkinPark - I will check out the shoes/handbags - great idea!

James - As always you come through in Aces! Thank for reminding me about the Tanks! I have time at the end of the week; a big maybe! (have you done it?). And, thanks for the taxi info - I have passed it on.
I look forward to meeting Mr Z at Kadarka and testing the pogacsa (although I think of that as more of a beer accompaniment)!

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WE did the tanks a few years ago. It wasnt cheap, but it was a ton of fun (if you are into that sort of thing). A whole new appreciation for Cold War warriors. The things arent easy to drive. And me at 6'-1" and not as thin as i once was, it was a real trick to get me out of the thing....