On our travels, more often than not, we are led astray. This is especially true when it comes to food! Hungary is a nation rich in finger licking foods and the last thing I want is for you to end up in McDonald’s, too scared to delve into the unknown. Well if you’re tired of the tourist traps and just want to enjoy a good meal, then you’re in the right place. Keep reading for my tried and approved list of what and where to eat when in Budapest.
Lángos is a fried bread typically eaten with sour cream and cheese on top, but is also available with pretty much any topping, savoury or sweet. I recommend eating this Hungarian favourite at the Great Market Hall, where you can enjoy it street food style.
This beef stew is perfect for the colder weather. Enjoyed in soup form or just as is, Goulash is packed with flavours of different spices, most notably paprika, and can even be made using red wine. Kantín make a pretty mean Goulash soup and has one of the more reasonably priced menus in the area (review coming soon).
3. Chimney Cake (Kürtőskalács to the Hungarian)
Chimney cake is made from sweet dough rolled in sugar and flavours can be further enhanced by adding powders such as cinnamon, chocolate or vanilla. These can be found all over the city for dirt cheap, but I personally enjoyed it best after a mini hike up to the Elizabeth Lookout Tower on János Hill (more on this soon!). It will be a little more expensive, but paired with an ice cold beer and you’ll be laughing all the way down. This moves me to my next point.
4. Soproni Beer
Soproni is one of many beers that Hungary has to offer, and if you’re into pale lagers, as am I, then you’ll probably enjoy this one. Super affordable (as is everything in Hungary) and super light, there will always be a time and place to pick one of these up.
5. Bean Soup with Clod
I’ll be honest, I’m still not sure what ‘clod’ means. It doesn’t really matter though, because this soup is marvellous. It’s rich in flavour and the pinto beans will be found swimming in a creamy mixture of pork and vegetables. It’s divine and if you want to be sure to enjoy it as much as I did, then I recommend eating at Frici Papa‘s (review coming soon).