When thinking about Budapest, being a foodie heaven is not what usually first comes to mind. Well, I’m here to prove you wrong! In recent years, the cafe culture has really started to bloom in the city and thanks to that, nowadays you can find more cafes and breakfast places in Budapest that you could even count.
Food is a really important part of traveling – at least for me it is! I always love finding amazing brunch places wherever I go and I didn’t make any exception with Budapest either, despite living here for more than 5 years. In this post I collected all the best breakfast places in Budapest that you simply can’t miss out on!
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Best breakfast places in Budapest
1. Á La Maison Grand
Let’s start the list of the best breakfast places in Budapest with one of my all time favorite restaurants: Á La Maison Grand. Located in the heart of Budapest, this charming restaurant offers both French and international cuisine. Their waffles and eggs benedicts are seriously to die for! If you want to sample a little bit of everything, you have to try one of their breakfast plates.
The restaurant is really popular among tourists and locals alike, so make sure to reserve a table in advance! If they don’t have any free tables, you can try their second restaurant on the Buda side, at the bottom of Hegyvidék Shopping Center.
2. Villa Bagatelle
Like the name suggests, Villa Bagatelle is actually located in a beautifully renovated villa on the Buda side, which was built in 1929. The villa has three different floors and the team behind Villa Bagatelle used each floor very wisely.
On the ground floor you can find a bakery offering home-made products such as breads and pastries. The cafe where you can have an amazing brunch or breakfast in Budapest is located on the first floor, while there is a salon on the second floor, which is perfect for family get togethers and private events.
Getting to Villa Bagatelle is a bit of a stretch from the city centre as it takes around 20 minutes to reach it from Deák Ferenc square with public transportation. However, it is absolutely worth it, especially if you’re looking for a fancy, almost movie-like brunch experience.
You can choose from a wide range of dishes and thanks to the bakery on site, there is no shortage of delicious and fresh home-made pastries. Villa Bagatelle is extremely popular (especially on the weekends) so if you want to secure a table, you will need to make a reservation in advance.
Next up on the list of the best breakfast places in Budapest is a super cute, cozy little cafe located on the Buda side. Törökméz translates to ‘Turkish honey’ in English and the interior of the cafe really lives up to its name with a minimalistic, yet beautiful grey and yellow design.
Although there are only a few tables inside, there is a nice garden area outside where you can sit in the fresh air among many green plants during the warmer months. Unfortunately it’s not possible to reserve a table in advance so it’s better to go around opening time, otherwise you might need to wait in line to get a table.
From Cuban sandwiches and vegan French toast to breakfast burritos and acai bowls, you can find many international dishes on the menu. If you love Middle-Eastern food, you absolutely have to try the shakshuka, it’s seriously next level!
4. Stika Gastropub
If you want to have a hearty breakfast in Budapest in the middle of the Jewish Quarter, look no further than Stika Gastropub. This hipster, pocket-sized cafe is really popular among locals and tourists alike, thanks to its prime location and delicious food selection.
The interior is decorated with vintage light bulbs and lots of green plants so it has a really cozy vibe. You can only find a handful of tables inside but if weather permits, you can sit outside on the terrace, literally in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Stika doesn’t take any reservations so make sure to stop by early if you want to avoid standing in a line!
If you love eggs benedicts, you will feel like in heaven as Stika has an extensive selection of bennies. You can even have your benny with premium salmon caviar, juicy Angus beef or mascarpone spinach! Apart from eggs, you can find a wide range of dishes on the menu such as avocado toasts, porridge breakfasts or American pancakes. In case you want to try some Hungarian specialities, order a Budapest visitor breakfast with home-made Hungarian grill sausage!
5. London Coffee Society
If you can’t live without coffee and you’re always on the lookout for the best specialty coffeeshops, you have to pop into London Coffee Society for your daily fix of caffeine. If you’re looking for a quiet brunch in Budapest, London Coffee Society will not be the best choice for you, but if you love lively places with loud music and extremely friendly service, you will fall in love with this cafe!
The amazing staff is definitely one of the highlights of London Coffee Society. As a local, I’ve been to many amazing breakfast places in Budapest but the hospitality in London Coffee Society seriously hits a different level. The cool industrial design and the delicious food selection only adds to the charm of this place!
Unfortunately reservations are not possible so try to arrive around opening time if you want to secure your spot. The menu is full of incredible choices but if you’re in a doubt, order a LCS breakfast which is kind of like a full-blown English breakfast or a smashed avocado on sourdough toast. You won’t regret it!
6. New York Café
The list of the best cafes in Budapest wouldn’t be complete without mentioning New York Café. This is one of the most historically important coffeehouses in the city as it lived through many eras and political systems. Back in the 20th century New York Café was really popular among journalists, editors and artists, and it’s easy to see why!
Nowadays, the café is part of the New York Palace Hotel, located in a beautifully renowned eclectic Italian Renaissance-style palace on Erzsébet boulevard. New York Café claims the title of the most beautiful cafe in Budapest and they are honestly not exaggerating, not even a bit! The interior is simply breathtaking, having a meal there truly feels like as if you would dine in an actual palace.
There is a wide selection of food and drinks on the menu including many famous foods from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy like Wiener Schnitzel, beef goulash, Somlói sponge cake or strudels. Be prepared that the prices are quite steep, you can expect to pay around 15,000 HUF (50 USD) for a breakfast for two. However, if you’re looking for a splurge during your weekend in Budapest, it’s definitely worth it!
7. Vintage Garden
If you’re looking for the most romantic brunch spots in Budapest that you can visit either with your loved one or with a couple of your girlfriends, you absolutely have to check out Vintage Garden. It’s hands down one of my favorite breakfast places in Budapest and not only the food is delicious but the decoration is always top notch.
Vintage Garden is always decorated according to the current season and whether you’re visiting around Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Halloween, the decoration will surely blow your mind. The restaurant gets an entirely new look in every 1-3 months so no matter how many times you visit, you will always find something new inside. Thanks to the decoration it’s also one of the best Instagram spots in Budapest so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Their breakfast menu contains some classics like English breakfast, eggs Benedict or avocado toast but if you have a sweet tooth, you can also order some American pancakes, a smoothie bowl or granola with Greek yoghurt. Talking about sweets, they also run a confectionary and pastry shop next door called The Sweet by Vintage Garden which is definitely worth stopping by!
Located in the heart of Buda, Cinnamon with its beautiful vintage style interior is definitely one of the best breakfast places in Budapest. Although the location is central, it’s a bit further away from the main tourist spots so it mostly draws a local crowd. That said, the cafe is quite small and it fills up quickly so it’s worth to make a reservation in advance.
In Cinnamon, you can find a wide selection of the typical breakfast meals on the menu and what’s even more special is that they offer vegan and other healthy options as well. You simply can’t choose wrong here, every meal is carefully presented and it’s equally delicious as well. The cozy interior and the friendly atmosphere only adds to charm!
9. Émile Restaurant
Located in a beautiful villa on the Buda side, Émile Restaurant definitely belongs to the top of the list when talking about the best brunch places in Budapest. The restaurant was actually named after Émile Gerbeaud, one of the founders of the famous Gerbeaud Confectionery and Café.
The villa has two separate floors and a cosy garden which is perfect for dining outside in the warmer months. On the ground floor you can find a bakery named Cacao, offering fresh breads and pastries. You can find an elegantly furnished saloon with pink armchairs and cozy fireplaces on the first floor where you can have a hearty breakfast when the weather is too cold to dine outside.
Unfortunately Émile is quite far away from the city centre and prices are a bit high. However, if you’re looking for a luxurious brunch experience, it’s absolutely worth it!
10. Cirkusz Café
Cirkusz Café is not just a regular cafe, it’s actually a specialty coffee espresso bar located in the heart of Budapest. While usually specialty coffeeshops are quite small, Cirkusz offers a large indoor space where you can comfortably enjoy your brunch alongside a locally roasted espresso.
Bagira, the specialty coffee produced by Cirkusz has been so popular among guests that now you also have the option to buy bags of freshly roasted coffee beans that you can take home as a souvenir. Apart from the coffee, the food is absolutely to die for as well, so it’s easy to see why Cirkusz has quickly became one of the most popular breakfast places in Budapest.
From different type of eggs to oatmeals, French toasts and American pancakes, you can find a wide range of dishes on the breakfast menu. If you want to try a traditional local breakfast, order a Hungarian country-style breakfast with duck liver paté, salami and sausage. And if you like avocado, you need to try the guacamole on sourdough bread with aged ham and poached eggs, it’s seriously out of this world!
11. Flat White Kitchen
If you love beautifully designed green spaces with delicious food and strong coffee, you’re going to love Flat White Kitchen. Thanks to the green carpet, the wooden tables and the swing in the window, you will feel like dining outside in a field even if weather doesn’t permit to use the small outside terrace.
Flat White Kitchen does not only specializes in coffee as the name suggests but they also take pride in preparing healthy meals so you can start your morning in the right way. Drop by to have a freshly blended smoothie with a French toast prepared in muffin tins – trust me, you won’t regret it!
12. Home of Franziska
Although Home of Franziska is kind of tucked away in a small, quiet street on the Buda side, it’s still one of the most popular breakfast places in Budapest, especially among locals. It’s actually super close to Fisherman’s Bastion, one of the top rated attractions in Budapest. So if you’re planning to see the sunrise at Fisherman’s Bastion, make sure to pop into Home of Franziska for a delicious breakfast afterwards!
If eating healthy is important to you or you’re a vegan/vegetarian, you’re going to love Home of Franziska. You can find basically everything from various type of eggs, pastries and waffles to yoghurts, oatmeals and smoothie bowls on the menu. What’s even more special is that you can order some delicious vegan cakes or cookie selection boxes for takeaway as well!
13. à table! - Madách tér
If you love classic French breakfasts with lots of pastries and delicious coffee, you have to check out à table! This cozy boulangerie sells authentic French breads, pastries and sweets in 9 different locations throughout the city. No matter which location you visit, you will truly feel like as if you would be sitting in a cute cafe in Paris!
If you’re in a rush, you can just order some pastries for takeaway, but if you have more time, it’s worth to sit down and enjoy your breakfast in the cozy and friendly athosphere. The prices are mostly on the budget side and their pain au chocolates and croissants are seriously to die for!
14. Fågel by Artizán
Fågel by Artizán is a newest addition to the brunch scenery in the city but it absolutely deserves its spot on the list of the best breakfast places in Budapest. If you love having porridge bowls for breakfast, this is the perfect place to start your morning!
Located in the heart of Budapest, minutes away from St. Stephen’s Basilica, Fågel by Artizán is a porridge and smoothie bar that offers healthy, organic and vegan meals for breakfast. You can choose between pre-made bowls or you can put together your own creation – either way, you can’t go wrong! No matter if you love sweet or savory, you will definitely find your favorite porridge bowl here.
Unfortunately the cafe is tiny, with only 3-4 tables inside. In case there are no tables available, you can choose to have your meal in the Artizán bakery, located right next to Fågel by Artizán. It’s a really popular place among locals and usually there is a huge queue outside but the staff will definitely try their bests to get you a table!
15. Anyám szerint
This quirky little cafe is located on Wesselényi street, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle in the city centre. The name ‘Anyám szerint’ translates to ‘According to my Mom’ in English. As the name suggests, you can expect a cozy and relaxing atmosphere inside where you can instantly feel like being at home.
One the menu, you can find various types of eggs, pastries, toasts, pancakes, smoothie bowls and granolas – anything you could possibly ask for. The cakes and sweets are made by the hand of the owner’s own mother, which only adds to the charm. As a bonus, you can also choose from many vegan and vegetarian dishes as well!
16. Két Szerecsen Bistro
Located just a corner from Andrássy Avenue, Két Szerencsen Bistro is one of the top rated breakfast places in Budapest. It’s open until midnight every day so technically you can pop in any time of the day, but their breakfast menu is definitely worth waking up early for.
The interior feels super cozy thanks to the plenty of natural light coming through the huge windows and the high ceilings. In the summer there is a huge terrace available outside for open-air breakfasts, lunches or dinners. You can find a wide range of international dishes on the menu combined with Hungarian classics.
17. Budapest Baristas
If specialty coffee and delicious breakfast sounds like the perfect combination for you, you can’t miss out on Budapest Baristas when being on the lookout for the best places to have breakfast in Budapest. Apart from the high quality coffees, you can also order from several type of teas and you can even get a matcha latte, made from organic Japanese matcha.
Budapest Baristas has a prime location right on the Small Boulevard, minutes away from Astoria and Kálvin square. The portions are on the smaller side so if you feel yourself really hungry, you can order a savory and a sweet meal as well. Whether you choose a bagel, pancakes or French toasts, you won’t be disappointed!
Last but not least, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly place to have breakfast in Budapest, look no further than Zoska. The menu is rather limited but it’s absolutely affordable: you can have a classic Hungarian breakfast called bundáskenyér (kind of like a savoury French toast with sour cream) for only 800 HUF (less than 3 USD)!
And it’s not only budget-friendly but the portions are huge as well. Do I need to say anything more? It’s a really popular brunch spot for locals and tourists alike, so it’s usually packed by 10am. Try to drop by early in the morning to grab a table before the crowd arrives!
Best places to have breakfast in Budapest on the map
On the below map you can see all the best breakfast places in Budapest mentioned in this article with their retrospective number. Just for clarification, the numbers don’t reflect any ranking order, they are just simply there to make it easier for you to find all the best brunch spots in Budapest on the map! You can also save this map to your Google Maps app on your phone if you click on the bracket in the upper right corner. Super convenient, right?
Where to stay in Budapest
At first, Budapest can seem like a big and overwhelming city but in reality, it’s far from it. Sure, it occupies an area of 525 km² (200 square miles) but most of the tourist attractions are located relatively close to each other, which makes Budapest a compact and easily walkable city.
On top of that, the public transportation with 4 different metro lines and countless tram and bus lines is really helpful when getting around in Budapest. But if you choose the location of your accommodation wisely, you might not even have to use public transportation at all!
Budapest is divided to 23 different districts, similar to the arrondissements in Paris. The 5., 6. and 7. districts are considered as the classic city centre, with most of the popular tourist attractions located in the area. So if you want to stay in a walking distance from the best places to visit in Budapest, try to aim for one of these districts!
Below you can find some of the best hotels to stay in the city centre of Budapest, depending on your budget.
Anantara New York Palace Budapest occupies an elegant 19th-century building in the heart of Budapest, close to the Opera and Andrássy Boulevard. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms feature luxurious Italian furniture and fabrics like silk wallpaper and Murano chandeliers.
Attractively set in Budapest, T62 Hotel features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service. At the hotel, rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. T62 Hotel also offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
So now you know exactly where to have breakfast in Budapest! Of course there are many more amazing brunch spots in Budapest, these are just my personal favorites. Since I personally visited each and every one of these places, I can assure you from a first hand experience that you can’t go wrong with any of the brunch spots on this list.
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Do you know some other great breakfast places in Budapest I should include in this list? Let me know in the comments!
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