I've recently returned from a 5 day trip to Budapest, and I totally recommend you to visit this city! And there are numerous reasons why you should add visiting this place on your bucket list: first of all, the capital has a lot to offer in terms of historical and cultural attractions. Furthermore, it's very, very affordable, you can find a huge variety of accommodation and the city has a vivid nightlife!
Although our trip was rather short, I tried to make the most of it and cross off the "to visit list" as many landmarks and cultural points of interest as possible, while taking the time to feel the city atmosphere and soak up its vibes.
Upon the recommendation of my fellow blogger Saci from Chocolate Fashion Coffee, whom I was lucky to meet in Budapest, I visited the following coffee places, which I would also recommend you to go to see!
1. Amber's French Bakery & Cafe
Just opposite the Central Market in Budapest lies this dreamy cafe! The touches of white and blue, the fake fireplace and the white frames on the wall, make it soo romantic! Oh, not to mention that the floor has an amazing pattern! Actually there is no pattern, there are just tiles with different decorative designs put together, but the result is absolutely stunning! Here you will find an amazing variety of dessert treats, delicious pastries, tasty baguettes and good coffee! My boyfriend was quite impressed with the berry lemonade, and I concur! It had real fruits in it and it was like a gift sent from heaven after wandering all day through the streets of Budapest. PS: The place has very "pocket friendly prices"!
2. Cafe New York
What a spectacular place with such a stunning decor! I can hardly find the right words to describe this place, I feel like anything I would say, won't make the place justice. The moment you enter this cafe, you feel like stepping into a different era, an era of refinement and of ultimate sophistication. Beautiful frescoes dating back to the 1800 decorate the ceiling, Venetian lamp shades create a romantic atmosphere and live music (piano, or live bands) makes your heart rejoice! only "downside" is that the place is usually crowded with people and you have to wait 5-10 minutes to be seated. Also, the prices are a bit higher than the ones in a regular coffee shop, but they are not excessive for the type of venue! A cup of coffee is around 6-7 euro and the sweet delights are 8 euro.
3. Chez Dodo Macaron Manufaktura
A small, inviting place on 7 Sas Utca, a few steps from the Saint Stephen's Basilica. If you are a fan of the delicate French dessert, here you will find a great variety of extremely delicious macarons. The most interesting thing is that you can actually see how this dessert is being prepared, so you can rest assured that they are very fresh! I would recommend you to try the following assortments: Phillipe (pistachio), Elise (rose essence and lychee in Belgian white chocolate and a hidden raspberry coeur in the middle), Renée (tonka bean-milk chocolate), Juliette ( banana and peanut butter if my memory serves me well). One macaron costs 390 HUF (1.3 EUR), and you will pay 2790 HUF (9 EUR) for a box of 6, respectively 4550 HUF (15 EUR) for a box of 10 macarons! Oh, and the coffee, the coffee is creamy and absolutely divine!
This place was on Saci's bucket list and when she showed me pictures of the restaurant, I was all in! It has a very contemporary and urban decor, with a beautiful black and white pattern floor and with tables that look like they are made out of marble. So, yes, my dear Instagramista, if you want terrific snaps to share with your followers, this is the place to be! I heard this place is famous for brunches and that here you will find the best Eggs Benedict in town! Saci had a guilt free dessert which contained almond flour, poppy seeds and blueberries, while I was a bit nasty and treated myself with a mouth watering Bailley's cake. All washed down with a strong and very aromatic flat white. Unfortunately my phone's battery was very low, so the pics below are taken from their official Instagram account (libertebudapest).
5. Panoramia Cafe
This cafe is actually part of the Fisherman's Bastion, and it offers you a panoramic view (hence the name) of Budapest's Danube River, the Parliament and the city's skyline . It is the perfect place you can take gorgeous photos from! I was not particularly impressed by the quality of their desserts or coffee (they were decent, but not amazing), but hey, nothing can beat the spectacular view!Oh, and also, they are not quite cheap! PS: I am quite happy with how this picture turned out!
Hope you enjoyed this article and you found it useful! To my Romanian readers: I do not plan to turn my blog international, I just thought that English was more appropriate for this type of article, since other people traveling to Budapest might benefit from it!