Hungarian Food & Restaurants

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    Cafe Kor Menu

    ••• Food is hearty and portions are generous. If you're not familiar with Hungarian wines, ask your Cafe Kor waiter to recommend one to complement your meal. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    How Not to Go Hungry in Hungary

    On your visit to Hungary, plan to dine on the local food. Rich and flavorful, it's available on the street, in markets, and in restaurants.

    Below find some of the tastiest specialties and recommended restaurants for couples with a love of food and adventure.

    A popular restaurant that serves traditional Hungarian food on the Pest side of Budapest, the informal Cafe Kor has an old-world air.

    This casual bistro has outdoor seating and is located around the corner from St. Stephen’s Basilica. Hungarian specialties served include goose cracklings, foie gras, and pike perch.

    Click on the image to get a larger and more readable menu. Find out more about Cafe Kor.

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    Goose Cracklings

    ••• Healthier choices to start a meal at Cafe Kor include salads, cold fruit soup, grilled vegetables, and melon. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    As delicious as they are artery-hardening, crisp fried goose skin is one of the appetizers available at Cafe Kor.

    Fried goose skin is a crispy explosion of flavor served with cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced onions, and bell peppers to help you feel someone virtuous about and mitigate the effects of the the high-fat treat.

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    Pike Perch

    ••• The meaty white fish is served as a main dish with vegetables and a side of lemon. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Pike Perch is a freshwater fish popular in Hungary.

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    Hungarian Desserts

    ••• Array in a baker's display case in Budapest's main market. © Carol Cuddy.

    Rich and sweet, Hungarian desserts offer a number of ways to finish a meal.

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    Budapest Street Food

    ••• At a pretty square in Budapest, sandwiches and ice cream are sold to give visitors a boost of energy. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    In Budapest as in every major city, affordable street food is available where people gather.

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    Budapest Sidewalk Cafe

    ••• In warmer weather, guests and locals meet and linger at easy-going sidewalk cafes. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    On the Pest side, this is one of Budapest's pedestrian streets lined with sidewalk cafes.

    Coffee and cake in a café at the end of a day is more than coffee and cake. Don’t miss the multi-layered dobosh cake topped with apricot jam.

    The cafe is located around the corner from the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest and a block from St. Stephens Cathedral.

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    Robinson in Budapest

    ••• The menu features several dishes with duck. The waterway features live ones swimming past. Quickly. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    On a small, man-made island adjacent to Budapest's City Park, Robinson's offers guests romantic waterside tables.

    More delectable for its setting than its fare, Robinson's serves casual Hungarian fare.

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    Four Seasons Restaurant

    Kollazs restaurant
    ••• The entrance lures diners with its patisserie front. Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Kollazs, the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest's all-purpose restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

    Find out more about the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest

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    Karmelita Udvar

    ••• After dinner, there's nothing like a romantic stroll over cobblestones to the edge of the district, with the lights of Budapest spread out in front of you. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    Located in Budapest's Castle District high atop the city, Karmelita Udvar is one of the city's newer, more modern restaurants. Be sure to stroll around the grounds that once housed a Carmelite nunnery to take in the bountiful vies of beautiful Budapest.

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    Great Market Hall

    ••• Sweets and spices, meat and produce, gifts and toys are all for sale in the Great Market Hall. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

    To get a sense of the Hungarian people and their cuisine, pay a visit to the Great Market Hall, in operation since the early 1900s. The largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest, this is the place to shop for paprika (hot or sweet? buy both!). The ground floor also sells meats, cheese, vegetables and irresistible pastries.

    Don't miss the third floor, where you can not only dine on authentic cuisine but shop for the widest array of souvenirs available anywhere in the country (including the airport). You'll find hand-embroidered garments, handsomely carved bowls and other well-crafted items among the kitsch and trinkets sure to catch your eye.

     

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    Hungarian Paprika

    ••• Couples who prefer to bring home liquid souvenirs can buy bottles of Tokaji wines and absinthe at the Great Market Hall — but be aware of limits allowed in carry-on purchases.

    The national spice, paprika is available in both sweet and spicy versions. Hungarian cooks use it to flavor chicken paprikas and goulash soup.

    One of the best (i.e. lightest and cheapest) souvenir gifts you can buy to bring home is paprika, sold in all sizes and in pretty containers. Just know whether you want sweet (regular) or spicy (hot).

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    Budapest International Wine and Champagne Festival

    ••• The festival is traditionally held in September and the scenic setting high up in Buda provides great views of the city below. © Carol Cuddy.

    Held outdoors in Budapest's Castle District, the International Wine and Champagne Festival gives visitors the opportunity to sample different wines.

    Attendees get a wine glass with admission and tickets to exchange for samples. As the night wears on, the popular festival gets busy. So couples are advised to come early and visit during the week, rather than the weekend, if possible.