Please sign in to post.

Restaurant and shopping recommendations

Hi, we are staying in Budapest, very close to Ferenciek tere Metro, for 2 nights in late April. I'd appreciate recommendations for...

  • Any nice places to get breakfast, and any local dishes we should try?
  • Any particularly good restaurants to get an evening meal, and any local dishes we should try?
  • Which are the best areas / streets for fashion shopping?

Regarding the food outlets, money is no object, but we don't like formal places. We want the best food, but don't want to get dressed up smart, we just like to relax. Quieter places are preferred.

Thank you :o)

Posted by
565 posts

I like the restaurants on Raday utca. They're not far from Ferenciek ter and are pretty informal.

Posted by
10675 posts

The mid point of the Raday utca restaurant row is a little over a km south east from the Buddha Bar Hotel; or about a 15 minute walk if you make no wrong turns. Good thing is, that if you do make a wrong turn you might see something great and unexpected.

One of my favorite places lies in the heart of another good restaurant zone, District VII. The place is Macesz Huszár which bills its self as a Jewish Bistro. The food is authentic Hungarian, the service is good and the neighborhood is worth the walk. In the same general areas you will also find: Vakvarju Pest, Café Vian (breakfast), Trófea Grill Étterem to name a few varied examples that I know are good depending on your mood. You will find the heart of this zone about 1km (15 minute walk) North East of your hotel.

Due north near the Basilica you can find places like Café Kor, Belvárosi Lugas Vendéglő, Rézkakas Bistro, Hungarikum Bistro: Again, plan on about a 1 km walk (15 minutes).

Much closer is the Vaci utca tourist row with lots of food, some very good, but none particularly cheap. Mostly tourist establishments which isn’t bad, after all you are a tourist.

And finally, fairly close to home, due east, is Múzeum Kávéház és Étterem which I believe serves breakfast (check me on that). It’s just 800m up the road.

As for the M3 Metro Stop nearby. It will get you very close to Raday utca , but it will only save you about 5 minutes and you will spend all that time underground where you cant anything. In the other direction its not much use to a tourist.

Fashion shopping? Andrassy ut or Deák Ferenc utca or Vaci utca. Don't miss il Bacio di Stile

Corrected in BOLD, thanks to Worldinbetween.

Posted by
10675 posts

Wordinbetween, tweeking, trirping or twirking its all good. I got lazy and didn't check myself. Of course you are correct. But the M3 is probably of less value to a tourist than the M2. Too bad. I will correct my post accordingly.

I understand spring is sprung in Budapest. Hey, just occurred to me, did you leave?

Posted by
10675 posts

I got lazy and reckless with the metro line. In all honesty I rarely ride anything but the trams and the M1 unless its a special trip shopping or ................. Remember you lived there, me?, well sort of a glorified tourist 3 times a year with a very little work thrown in on top.

Posted by
620 posts

Thanks for the advice, we are really looking forward to our visit :o)

Posted by
620 posts

Recently returned from this trip and it was absolutely wonderful, we had a fantastic time.

Thank you Budapest.

Posted by
10675 posts

Glad you enjoyed it. Maybe if you get time you will do a trip report? RS would like that.