On The Road With BMW - Budapest
I’ve been long wishing from the universe to add me ten extra hours per day to have the time to prepare a city guide of Budapest featuring the best gastro spots in town for both locals and tourists. Unfortunately the first part of my wish hasn’t materialized yet but the second part fortunately has. As you might have noticed on my social platforms we teamed up with BMW Hungary a couple of months ago.
When we put together the concept for each car that we would test during our collaboration I envisioned immediately that nothing would suit the electric i3 better then our capital, Budapest. And given the chance that we can drive around the city all summer long why not combine our ride with my personal favorite spots in town? As the additional hours I wished for did not arrive and most of the time I was locked in the office I could only make a mini guide of Budapest with the few places I personally find unique, interesting and enjoyable thus I visit quite often. I guess many of them will be familiar to you but I truly hope that you will find at least one place that you haven’t visited yet but will in the upcoming weeks.
coffee & breakfast
Like many other cities, Budapest is abound with specialty coffee shops and the 2018 newcomer is located inside the old Jewish quarter in Klauzál street. Enjoy Dorado's spacious interior and communal table where you can have a tranquil sip from your morning latte without tourists hunting for your seat. Also have a morning chat with the Hungarian-Spanish owners, Emese and Mario, who give Dorado the pleasant character why this place stands out of the crowd of the new-wave cafés in Budapest.
Klauzál utca 35, 1072
I remember it was a rainy Saturday in March. It was constantly pouring making us search for a shelter against the unfriendly spring weather. A name of a place popped up in my mind that a friend suggested we should try / Many thanks Róbert Izing /. This was the first time we visited Zhao Zhou and no wonder that many other occasions followed it. I remember sitting by the window watching the ongoing traffic and sipping my tea from a faraway ancient Chinese tea tree served by the diligent hands of Ági. I was in perfect tranquility and my crazy, always rushy world stopped for a moment and I was just asking myself - Why haven’t I found this safe heaven sooner? “Good tea does take care of you. The main point that it is coming from old trees. You can feel the difference, or if not now, you can learn to feel it through your body and sensations. Find out, what else can there be, behind the habitual patterns. So you go and have some tea!” / Péter Galambos - owner/ I couldn’t agree more.
Lánchíd utca 5, 1013
It’s an understatement to say I’m a fan of KHAN and Sáo 哨 as there isn’t a week without a visit to one of the restaurants of my beloved friend, Anh Tuan. If we plan a long Friday night then we opt for Sáo 哨 for some drinks and some spring rolls but if it’s after a long day at work or a business lunch I rather opt for the lately opened KHAN in the less touristy 13th district. I’m always welcomed by the broad smile of Tuan followed by his impeccable Vietnamese dishes like his signature pho soup with beef.
Ipoly utca 3, 1133
If I have to think about my ultimate brunch spot in town it would be the recently opened Franziska in Iskola utca. And I guess I’m not the only one as every morning - especially during the weekend - it’s fully packed with brunch lovers like me. The interior and the ambiance of the place is the reflection of the owner, the lovely Franzi who quit her job, followed her passion for vegan desserts and opened Franziska the home of the best avocado toast (with poached egg), vegan waffle and banana bread in town.
Iskola utca 29, 1011
SZIMPLY & KONTAKT
breakfast & coffee
Due to its popularity among tourists it’s next to impossible to get a table at the closet-sized Szimply without some queue time. But the breakfast-all-day restaurant will compensate you for the waiting time with its on-trend, contemporary menu. It changes seasonally but always includes many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. The food is presented in such way that you feel like being served in a fine dining restaurant. For coffee you don’t have to go far as it’s delivered from Kontakt, a specialty coffee shop located just across the alley and run by the same owners.
Károly körút 22, 1052
ALMA NOMAD BAKERY
There is only one place in town for which I get up two hours earlier and fight myself through the morning traffic from Buda to the heart of Pest. This is Alma Nomad Bakery founded by two nomad souls behind the counter, Timi and Joaquin who get up almost every day at 4am to prepare your daily carbohydrate intake by opening. In their tiny bakery everything reflects their love and devotion for each other and for the pastry in every form and flavor. Everything is prepared from their heart so no wonder that all of their products taste heavenly. I really hope that their nomad soul finds peace in Vitkovics Mihály utca so I don’t have to live the rest of my life without their almond croissant and cherry galette.
Vitkovics Mihaly utca 5, 1052
WILD FLOWER BAR
I know this list started out as a gastro list but arriving to Vitkovics Mihály utca where both Gerlóczy kávéház and the aforementioned Alma Nomad Bakery is located you just can’t stay away from the charming forefront and interior of Wild Flower Bar. It’s the first and only slow lifestyle floral studio in town founded by Mimi & Kata with the mission that wild nature belongs to urban days. Not only flowers but also plants and flowerpot holders can be found in the store and occasionally the girls organize thematic fairs and workshops as well.
Vitkovics Mihaly utca 3, 1052
NOT TO FORGEt
The best plain croissants and cocoa rolls are prepared by Józsi, the baker at ‘Szerelmes Levél’ and ‘Pékműhely’. At ‘Liberté’ and ‘Törökméz’ they know how I like my morning granola. Coffee on a Sunday morning? Only at ‘My Green Cup’. For an easy and quick lunch I often make a detour by ‘EZ is BUDAI’ or ‘BÉLA’. If I want to feel like I’m in ‘Balthazar’ in the middle of Manhattan, I go to ‘Déryné Bisztró’. You find the best beef and also the best poppy seed bread & butter pudding in town at ‘KNRDY’. If I want to enjoy the view over Budapest I book a table at ‘TOPRUM’. And the best pizza is prepared by ‘IGEN’ and ‘MANU+’.