If you’re thinking about adding Budapest to your travel itinerary and are looking for restaurant recommendations, here are some of our absolute favorite places and foods you MUST try if you ever get to Budapest! :)

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Budapest is one of my favorite food cities!! We LOVED the food in Budapest. Here’s a glimpse at some of the amazing food we had in Budapest. It was all incredible!!

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Kürtőskalács

Kürtőskalács are a popular Hungarian pastry found at festivals and outdoor markets. They’re made from a sweet, yeast dough which is cut into long strips, then wrapped around a cylinder and rolled in sugar. It’s then baked over hot coals while being slathered with butter so the surface gets golden brown and the sugar caramelizes to forms a shiny, crispy crust.

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Seriously dying over this crunchy, caramelized, sugary crust!! I could eat one of these every single day!

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

You can also get them with different toppings like cinnamon, coconut, cocoa, and almonds. We loved the cinnamon one!!

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Cafe Ruszwurm

Cafe Ruszwurm is one of the oldest traditional cafes in Budapest. It’s also one of the best! It’s only a 2 minute walk from Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion so you should definitely not miss it.

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

They offer a wide range of tempting treats and pastries, like the traditional Hungarian Dobos torta pictured above. This soft cake is layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel.

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

However, if you only get one thing, I highly, highly suggest you get the Ruszwurm Cream Cake. This cake is out of this world! A heavenly, light vanilla cream is sandwiched between two layers of decadent puff pastry, then topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. One of my favorite things we ate in Budapest. I am still dreaming about this cake!

Ruszwurm Cukrászda
Budapest, Szentháromság utca 7, 1014 Hungary
www.ruszwurm.hu

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Pest-Buda Bistro

Pest-Buda Bistro is a classic Hungarian bistro, just a short walk from Matthais Church, and the perfect place to pop in for lunch after visiting Fisherman’s Bastion and the church.

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

I had the Chicken Paprikash, a typical Hungarian dish featuring roast chicken in a creamy red pepper sauce with buttered, homemade noodles. Fabulous!

Pest-Buda Bistro
Budapest, Fortuna utca 3, 1014 Hungary
www.pestbudabistro.hu/en/

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Comme Chez Soi

Comme Chez Soi was one of our favorite meals in Budapest. The food was delicious and the service was out-of-this-world incredible. As soon as we sat down, we were immediately brought two complimentary glasses of champagne. After we ordered, they brought out a complimentary caprese appetizer while we waited for our food. We each ordered a bowl of tomato soup, and I got the Pasta Carbonara while Stephanie got the Spaghetti Bolognese. We could not stop eating.

After dinner they brought out a complimentary glass of dessert wine and THREE desserts! (Sorbet, a chocolate truffle, and a mini chocolate lava cake.) Finally, they served us a shot of limoncello. When the bill arrived, the whole meal (for both of us) was only about $41 US dollars. After we paid they brought us each a box of six Belgian chocolates.

It was incredible. They are a very small restaurant with only 8 tables, so be sure to make a reservation. We tried to go our first night (around 7pm) but were turned away. Fortunately we were able to make a reservation for our last night in Budapest and it was so worth the wait!! Definitely add Comme Chez Soi to your must list for Budapest!!

Comme Chez Soi
Budapest, Aranykéz utca 2, 1051 Hungary
www.commechezsoi.hu

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Lángos

Lángos are a Hungarian specialty! It’s deep fried dough in the shape of a personal sized pizza. They’re a favorite street and festival food. They’re usually served with savory toppings, like garlic butter, cheese, and ham. But we were in the mood for something sweet, so I talked them into putting Nutella on ours. :D If we’d had more room I would’ve totally gotten a sweet and savory! Either way, this Hungarian treat is not to be missed in Budapest!

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Gelarto Rosa

How gorgeous is this rose gelato??! Right at the corner of St. Stephen’s Basilica is Gelarto Rosa, serving up amazing authentic Italian gelato in the prettiest cones ever. It was so pretty everyone was taking pictures of their cones, not just crazy food bloggers! ;) People were even stopping on the street asking us if they could take pictures of our ice cream!! Crazy!!

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Not only is it pretty, the gelato is incredible!! They had flavors like vanilla bean, sea salt caramel, hazelnut, dark chocolate, and cookies and cream. They even have rose gelato macarons!! This was a lavender macaron with lavender gelato. Swoon!! There’s always a line, but it moves quickly and is well worth the wait. Truly a work of art!

Gelarto Rosa
Budapest, Szent István tér 3, 1051 Hungary

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Pomo D’oro

One of my favorite things about Budapest was that it was truly a melting pot of cultures. We had our pick of authentic cuisines! I had some of the best pizza of my life at Pomo D’oro. The crust was thin and chewy. We got fresh mozzarella di Bufala and pepperoni. Be sure to ask for mozzarella di Bufala! I fell in love with it when we were in Italy a few years back, and this is some of the best I’ve had since. We split it, but could’ve easily eaten a whole pizza each. I would definitely go here again!

Trattoria Pomo D’oro
Budapest, Arany János utca 9, 1051 Hungary
www.pomodorobudapest.com

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Hot Dog Cold Beer

Chips on a Stick!! How fun are these??! We saw everyone walking around with these and had to try them for ourselves. They were delicious! What is it about food that makes it so much more fun to eat it off a stick??

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

They also had a fried snickers bar!! Too fun! This place is also very near St. Stephen’s Basilica. Stop by for a snack after going up to the top of the dome! :)

Hot Dog Cold Beer
Budapest, Zrinyi 14, 1051 Hungary
http://www.hotdogcoldbeer.com

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Jack’s Burger

Just a couple doors down from Gelarto Rosa is Jack’s Burger. We walked by one day around lunch time and could not resist this saucy bacon cheeseburger on a brioche bun. It was fabulous!

Jack’s Burger
http://www.jacksburger.hu/en/

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Gringos Amigos

In the mood for Mexican? Gringos Amigos is kind of like a Chipotle, where you order your food at the counter and they assemble it in front of you. Homemade tortillas, pulled pork, roasted chicken, guacamole, everything is made fresh in store. How cute are the complimentary Aguas Frescas with the little sombreros?? I got a quesadilla and it was great! The pulled pork definitely had a unique (and good) flavor I’ve never had before. However you could totally get something similar at Chiptole or any Mexican restaurant so if you’ve got a limited time in Budapest, don’t make this a priority unless you’re a Mexican food fanatic. :)

Gringos Amigos
Budapest, Alkotás utca 47, 1123 Hungary
gringosamigos.com

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

La Botte

Okay, Stephanie and I both love pizza so much, we went out for it twice while we were in Budapest! And because it’s just that darn good, we ordered the exact same thing at both places– Mozzarella di Bufala with Spicy Pepperoni. We’re not even sorry! ;)

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

I LOVED the crust here. It was amazing. I may have even liked it better than Pomo D’oro. (Even though overall, out of the two, I preferred Pomo D’oro.) However, the spicy pepperoni was VERY spicy. Unfortunately it over-powered the subtle flavors of the mozzarella. I like spicy food, but in my opinion, this was too spicy to be enjoyable. However, I would TOTALLY go back here and get just a cheese pizza, a caprese pizza, or another topping. That crust is totally worth trying again!

Ristorante La Botte
www.labotte.hu
Budapest, Váci street 72, 1056 Hungary

Budapest has AMAZING food. Here are the foods you MUST try in Budapest!! Still dreaming about the Kurtoskalacs!

Taverna Dionysos

A delicious authentic Greek experience. This is the cutest Greek cafe with a gorgeous view overlooking the Danube river. The food great and service was wonderful. We split a sampler platter so we could try a bite of everything. They brought us out a Greek feast!! Of course we had to try dessert too. :) This place was right by our hotel, and it was the perfect first meal of the trip.

Taverna Dionysos Étterem
Budapest, Belgrád rakpart 16, 1056 Hungary
www.taverna-dionysos.hu

 

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And be sure to check out my friend Stephanie’s post from Budapest to see all her fabulous photos!!

 

Thanks so much for looking! Have a delicious weekend! :)


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October 16, 2014

YOU GUYS!

Amanda Green Bottoms' handwriting on a restaurant logo in Budapest, Hungary.

OMG. You guys. You will NEVER guess what happened to me in Budapest!!! We were walking down a pedestrian street near our hotel — actually one of the most beautiful pedestrian shopping streets in the world — ranked 7th out of 16 among shopping streets in Paris, Milan, and Amsterdam. It’s renowned for it’s atmosphere and attractiveness, and is one of the most popular sites in Budapest. It was right by our hotel, so we walked down this street multiple times a day.

Amanda Green Bottoms' handwriting on a restaurant logo in Budapest, Hungary.

I looked up at one of the many colorful outdoor cafe awnings lining the street, when to my complete shock I saw MY HANDWRITING. Like, my ACTUAL HANDWRITING on a restaurant awning in Budapest!!! How totally amazing is that??!

Amanda Green Bottoms' handwriting on a restaurant logo in Budapest, Hungary.

They had it on banners and signs all over the restaurant…

Amanda Green Bottoms' handwriting on a restaurant logo in Budapest, Hungary.

They even had a flat screen TV where the logo would occasionally pop up with my handwriting. See “The Italian Kitchen in Budapest”??! That’s my handwriting! You can download it as a font here.

Earlier this year I took a “What Font Are You?” quiz on Buzzfeed and also got MY handwriting. So crazy!! I feel like I’m in an episode of The Twilight Zone!! :)

Amanda Green Bottoms' handwriting on a restaurant logo in Budapest, Hungary.

Then later at an outdoor market, I found magnets with another one of my fonts! That funky Budapest font is another font I made, Rebekah’s Birthday. So crazy! I love seeing the fonts pop up everywhere!! :)

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

If I didn’t already love Budapest, I totally would now!! :) We had such a fun time in this city. It was so beautiful and we loved how not crowded it was.  Plus the food was amazing!! Keep an eye out for my post on the food!! :)

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

On our first day there, we took a walking tour with Discover Budapest to see the sights and learn some of the history of Budapest. Did you know the Rubik’s Cube and the ball point pen were invented in Hungary?

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Above is St. Stephen’s Basilica. It’s the tallest building in Budapest — tied with the Hungarian Parliament building — representing that church and state are equal. 

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

You can go up to the top for an incredible panoramic view of the city!! From here you can see all over Budapest… Buda Castle, Matthais Church, and Fisherman’s Bastion

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

A peek at the Budapest Eye… Budapest’s giant ferris wheel.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

All the way to the red domes of the Hungarian Parliament Building and the vibrant green tiled roof of the Hungarian State Treasury.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

We also got a peek at one of Budapest’s famous Turkish bath houses, the Széchenyi Spa. The water is supplied by two hot springs, and it’s the largest thermal bath in all of Europe. Going to the spa is totally a thing in Budapest! :)

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is! Photo via Stephanie

Heroes’ Square was one of my favorite historic monuments in Budapest. It was built in 1896 to celebrate the 1000-year anniversary of the founding of Budapest. Behind the tall column are two matching colonnades, each with seven statues featuring famous figures of Hungarian history. 

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Next up was the fairytale-like Vajdahunyad Castle. It’s one of the most beautiful attractions in Budapest. During the summer and fall, you can take a romantic boat ride around the lake, and in winter it turns into an ice skating rink.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Vajdahunyad Castle hosts various festivals and events throughout the year.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

We just happened to be there during a food festival! We were in heaven running around to all the different booths checking out the local fare.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

After walking around all day we popped in for a short break to rest our feet and get some free WiFi at the famous New York Cafe in the Boscolo Budapest Hotel. This is not your typical coffee shop! How fun would it be to spend an afternoon here with a pastry and cup of coffee and chat with a good friend?

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

On the way back to the hotel, we walked down Váci Street, the pedestrian shopping street I mentioned earlier.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

How fun is this colorful cafe with it’s hanging lanterns??

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Okay, we could not leave Budapest without checking out a ruin pub! Szimpla Kert is Budapest’s oldest and most famous ruin pub.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Ruin Pubs are one of Budapest’s most unique attractions. They are bars that pop up in formerly abandoned buildings and are decorated with a hodgepodge of retro decor. Their live music and unique atmosphere make Budapest’s ruin pubs extremely popular hot spots!

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Of course we went at like 2pm on a Sunday afternoon (because we’re wild and crazy like that) so the party was not quite hopping yet. Haha.

Breathtaking photos that prove Budapest is one of the most stunning cities in Europe! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

I thought the texture of this wall was so unique. I immediately thought of you guys and wanted to offer it as a full-size download for anyone who wants to use it to create textures or anything crafty like that. Let me know what you do with it! I’ll link to it here so everyone can enjoy. :)

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Be sure to check out my first post on Budapest for more of Budapest’s must-see sights.

Stay tuned for the AMAZING food we found in Budapest!! :) You don’t want to miss it!! :)

Have a great weekend!! :) xoxo


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October 14, 2014

Breathtaking Budapest

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

This fall has been a whirlwind of adventures. I spent half of September traveling around Europe with my friend Stephanie from Plain Chicken. Stephanie has an amazing blog with super easy and delicious dinner recipes. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s definitely worth checking out! Over the past 7 weeks Stephanie and I have spent 34 days together exploring Europe. First we took a road trip all around Sweden. Then we flew to Amsterdam for a fun weekend of sightseeing. And a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to take a European cruise with Gate 1 Travel. We started in Budapest, cruised along the Danube River, made stops in Vienna and Salzburg, and ended up for a few days in Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest. The real Oktoberfest. It was an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. :)

We flew out a few days early before our cruise left to explore Budapest. I had no idea what to expect, but we ended up LOVING Budapest!! It was so gorgeous, not crowded, and had incredible food. Another bonus is that Budapest was SO inexpensive!!

Here are a few of my favorite photos that made me fall in love with Budapest. It is truly one of Europe’s most beautiful cities!

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

The Széchenyi (Say-chain-ee) Chain Bridge is one of Budapest’s most well-known landmarks. It crosses the Danube River and connects the Buda and Pest sides of the city. It was the longest suspension bridge in Europe and the first permanent bridge to cross the Danube River in Hungary when it opened in 1849.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is! Photo via Stephanie

Two incredible stone lions guard the bridge at both sides.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is! Photo via Stephanie

Walking across this historic bridge gave us some of the best views of Budapest’s landmarks. Above is Buda Castle, home to Hungarian royalty in the capital city of Budapest. This was the site of lavish ceremonies during the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

We also got a sneak peek at the Castle District, home to many of Budapest’s historic sights and attractions, like the dramatic Matthias Church and the seven towers of Fisherman’s Bastion seen above.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Matthias Church is absolutely breathtaking. The coronation of Austrian king Franz Joseph I and his wife Elizabeth was held here, which marked the establishment of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

The vibrant ceramic roof is made of tiles from the renowned Zsolnay factory of Hungary.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Hard to believe this church is over 700 years old!

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Just beside Matthais Church is another one of Budapest’s most well-known landmarks, Fisherman’s Bastion.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Fisherman’s Bastion was built in the late 1800s to celebrate the 1000-year anniversary of the founding of Hungary.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Sitting atop Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion provides some of the most spectacular views in all of Budapest.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Can you imagine going out to lunch at an outdoor cafe with this as your view??

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Swoon.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

From below, Fisherman’s Bastion looks like a fairytale castle.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

Probably because of its seven towers, which represent the 7 tribes that founded Hungary.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

It’s a bit of a hike up the hill to the Castle District, but the views are 100% worth it. Plus you can reward yourself with Budapest’s famous cream cake, which we were absolutely DYING over. Stay tuned for more info on that. :) I’ll be doing a post about all the incredible food we found in Budapest!!

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

After we made our way down the hill, we walked along the river to the Hungarian Parliament building, the third largest parliament building in the world.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is! Photo via Stephanie

Finally it was time to cross the bridge back to the Pest side of the city. This is a view of the Chain Bridge from the Buda side.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

And this is the view from the Pest side.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is! Photo via Stephanie

We were crossing the bridge just as the sun was setting.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is one of the best places in Budapest to watch the sunset!

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is! Photo via Stephanie

Didn’t Stephanie get some incredible photos in Budapest?? I’m so thrilled she let me share some of them here with you. Be sure to follow PlainChicken.com for the rest!

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is! Photo via Stephanie

She used a Sony DSC-RX100M III. It’s small and lightweight, fit in her pocket, has a GREAT focal length — it zooms in really far, but would also zoom out really wide to fit in tall buildings and landscapes — and the aperture was phenomenal. It goes down all the way to f/1.8 for beautiful blurred backgrounds. And it was a LOT easier to carry around than a big DSLR. Also it creates its own WiFi connection so you can send the photos straight to your phone for instant sharing even when you don’t have a WiFi signal. Stephanie did a TON of research and seems to have found the ideal travel camera. I’m seriously thinking about getting one for those times when I want to get awesome pictures, but not carry around a huge camera.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

The view of the city reflecting on the water at night is magnificent.

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

I would’ve never thought to have come here had it not been for our cruise with Gate 1 Travel. So glad we got to experience Budapest!

27 Breathtaking photos of Budapest that will make you want to pack your bags right now! I never knew how amazing Budapest is!

This is just a fraction of how gorgeous Budapest is. We seriously had so much fun here. More to come soon!

xoxo,
Amanda


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