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Budapest Cafes – A Budapest Coffee Guide for the 21st Century

In Hungary, Wine and Beverage by Daryl & Mindi HirschLeave a Comment

The new breed of Budapest cafes are hip, happening and highly caffeinated. Read on to find out our favorite spots to drink third wave coffee in Hungary’s capital city.

Budapest Cafes - Cappuccino at Blue Bird Cafe

Budapest is a city known for a cafe culture that’s as rich as the cream that flows into its coffee. Back in the day, artists and poets would meet at Budapest coffee houses to share ideas and philosophies while sipping strong brews and eating a variety of Budapest cake specialties like strudel and flodni.

Cafe Noe Flodni - Budapest Cafes

We ate this slice of Flodni at Cafe Noe. The layered cake is unique to the Budapest Jewish community.

Hundreds of cafes graced both sides of the Danube before two world wars and communism ravaged the city and its cafe culture. Most of the best cafes in Budapest bit the dust during these dark times – but a few survived and now offer a glimpse into the city’s gilded past. We stepped back into this past when we visited Ruszwurm Cukrászda in the city’s historic old town on the Buda side of the river as well as New York Café and Café Gerbeaud on the trendier Pest side. And what a glorious past it was!

New York Cafe - Budapest Cafes

With its ornate decor, the dining room at New York Cafe transports diners to a previous era when Budapest elite dressed up to drink coffee. The historic cafe is now popular with tourists.

However, let’s be real. The 2foodtrippers are all about third wave coffee. Whenever we arrive in a new city, our top priorities are to find locally roasted single origin coffee and streaming internet, preferably at the same place. We’ve done this successfully in cities like Seattle, Bucharest and Cape Town, though not so successfully in Naples (Sometimes when we travel, even WE go with the flow.)

If you’re wondering about the Budapest coffee scene, let’s cut to the chase and add Budapest to the success list.

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The Best Budapest Cafes for Third Wave Coffee

Budapest Cafes - My Little Melbourne Baristas

Baristas at Budapest’s My Little Melbourne work as a team to create modern coffee drinks.

We drank a lot of coffee during our caffeinated-fueled month in Budapest. Though we appreciated the historic Budapest coffee shops, we spent most of our time exploring the city’s burgeoning third wave coffee scene. Yes, it was our personal mission to visit all of the best coffee shops in Budapest. Based on our on-the-ground and in-the-mouth research, we recommend the following Budapest coffee bars for lovers of pretty cappuccinos and fast internet:

Espresso Embassy

Budapest Cafes - Espresso Embassy

The pastries are as good as the coffee at Espresso Embassy. Pictured here are two cappuccinos, a slice of babka and a cardamom pastry.

One of the city’s original third wave coffee shops dating back to 2013, Espresso Embassy uses all of the modern extraction methods including AeroPress, V60 and Chemex, though we never regretted ordering simple flat whites from the shop’s friendly baristas. This is the coffee shop where we bought locally roasted Casino Mocca beans to brew in a Moka potMoka pot in our Airbnb apartment and also the shop where we discovered freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from our favorite Budapest pastry shop, Chouchou. If you only hit one coffee shop in Budapest, Espresso Embassy is the one.

Pro Tip:  Visit the nearby St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) after you finish hanging at Espresso Embassy. It’s an essential part of any Budapest sightseeing plan.

Espresso Embassy is located at Budapest, Arany János u. 15, 1051 Hungary.

Double Shot

Budapest Cafes - Double Shot

Baristas at Double Shot add two shots to each espresso drink at the Budapest third wave coffee shop.

Located in District VIII’s expat-friendly Újlipótváros neighborhood near Margeret Island, Double Shot lives up to its name by serving drinks with (you guessed it!) two shots of espresso. Beyond its strong coffee and sweet desserts, we dug the cafe’s modern barista techniques and cozy upstairs space. Since the cafe opens early, Double Shot is a solid spot to start a full day of Budapest touring. Plus, as everybody knows, two shots are always better than one when it comes to both cocktails and coffee drinks.

Pro Tip:  Stop at nearby Fromage for the best selection of authentic French cheese in Budapest.

Double Shot is located at Budapest, Pozsonyi út 16, 1137 Hungary.

Tamp & Pull

Budapest Cafes - Tamp and Pull

Tamp and Pull aren’t just integral parts of the espresso-making process. Tamp & Pull is also one of the best coffee shops in Budapest.

Proving those good things do indeed come in small packages, Tamp & Pull serves big coffee flavors in a tiny space. The shop feels very of-the-moment with its blackboard menu and shabby chic decor. However, there’s nothing shabby or chic about the coffee with classic espresso drinks that look like they came straight out of a third wave coffee manual. The definition of Tamp & Pull is to pack and prepare espresso. Yeah, they got that down. Way down.

Pro Tip:  Stop by the nearby Central Market after drinking a cappuccino at Tamp & Pull. You’ll enjoy the hectic market better with the extra jolt of energy.

Tamp & Pull Espresso Bar is located at Budapest, Czuczor u. 3, 1093 Hungary.

My Little Melbourne

Budapest Cafes - My Little Melbourne

Watch your back Australia! Coffee shops in Budapest are making solid flat whites like this one at My Little Melbourne.

“All You Need Is Coffee”

When we saw the five-word sign outside My Little Melbourne, we suspected that we had found our happy place in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. The folks at the tiny Budapest coffee shop clearly got us. After practically inhaling flat whites at My Little Melbourne Budapest, we were convinced that the little slice of Australia in Hungary was the real deal with its properly brewed coffees, tasty pastries and healthy salads. Comfortable seating is available both upstairs and outside, though we recommend the outdoor seating (weather permitting) for its prime people-watching opportunity. The folks behind this cafe also offer a barista school. Yes – they take coffee that seriously.

Pro Tip:  Enjoy a cappuccino or flat white at My Little Melbourne before you tour nearby Dohány Street Synagogue. It’s the grandest synagogue in all of Europe.

My Little Melbourne is located at Budapest, Gázgyár u. 3, 1031 Hungary.

Fekete

Budapest Cafes - Cappuccino at Fekete

Fekete may translate to black in English, but the coffee selection is so much more than black coffee at this cozy Budapest cafe.

Hungarian is a highly complicated language, similar only to Finnish and Estonian. We didn’t learn many Hungarian words despite a valiant effort, but we did learn the word for black – fekete – thanks to the Budapest cafe called Fekete . Despite the cafe’s colorful name, we never drank any black coffee at Fekete. Instead, we opted for flat whites made with London’s Alchemy espresso beans. Other non-black items at Fekete include cold brews, yogurt, croque monsieur sandwiches and carrot cake.

Pro Tip:  Choose between Fekete’s sleek interior space or its cozy outdoor terrace. There’s no bad choice at Fekete Budapest!

Fekete is located at Budapest, Múzeum krt. 5, 1053 Hungary.

Budapest Baristas

Budapest Cafes - Cappuccino at Budapest Baristas

Budapest Baristas offers a full breakfast menu as well as a fine selection of coffee drinks.

Despite our meticulous research, we found Budapest Baristas the old-fashioned way. We bumped it to to the cafe while walking in Budapest. We couldn’t resist getting a cappuccino at this cute cafe once we saw the display of Casino Mocca coffee beans (see Espresso Embassy above) in the window. Next time, we’re going to try the cafe’s mocha lattes and pancakes after a night out at the Budapest bars.

Pro Tip:  Budapest Baristas is just a few doors down from Fekete. Since coffee is so reasonable in Budapest, you can hit up both coffee shops as part of a Budapest coffee tour.

Budapest Baristas is located at Budapest, Múzeum krt. 15, 1053 Hungary.

Blue Bird Cafe

Budapest Cafes - Blue Bird Cafe

Blue is the new black at Budapest’s Blue Bird Cafe.

There’s no need to feel blue at Blue Bird Cafe, a third wave coffee shop in the heart of Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. If the colorful decor doesn’t cheer your spirit, then the freshly roasted beans will surely perk you up. The Blue Bird baristas brew up coffee drinks using classic third-wave techniques and globally sourced beans. If you like the coffee here, you can buy extra beans to make later.

Pro Tip:  Plan to save the environment another day. Blue Bird Cafe serves their coffee in disposable paper cups.

Blue Bird Cafe is located at Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén u. 10, 1075 Hungary.

Vinyl & Wood

Budapest Cafes - Vinyl and Wood

The coffee drinks at Vinyl and Wood are traditionally Italian.

If you love classic Italian coffee, then you will love the coffee at Vinyl & Wood. This Budapest cafe brews coffee with Manetti beans sourced from Venice Italy. Though we personally have mixed feelings in this regard, we dug the cafe’s cool vibe and big windows. We also liked the cafe’s concept of combining two of our favorite activities – shopping and drinking coffee.

Pro Tip:  Vinyl & Wood has a great selection of sunglasses. Prices are on the high side, but the shades selection is mighty fly.

Vinyl & Wood is located at Budapest, Wesselényi u. 23, 1077 Hungary.


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