The Food of Budapest, Hungary

It certainly shouldn’t be surprising that you can find just about any type of cuisine that you would like in a city the size of Budapest. Especially in the tourist areas, you can find restaurants featuring traditional Hungarian dishes, but you are just as likely to find Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, and even Mexican restaurants. It is also not surprising that you can find plenty of American fast food restaurants throughout the city. When it comes to Hungarian food, it is definitely meat and starch (potato/rice) forward and vegetables are almost an afterthought. One of the things that did surprise us were the number of restaurants specializing in burgers that we found everywhere. Not fast food restaurants, but just restaurants that offered many varieties of burgers on their menus.

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Goulash Soup

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Beef Tenderloin with Letcho and Fried Potatoes

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Chicken Paprikash

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Boar Cheeks with Napkin Dumplings

Goulash soup was probably the most common item that could be found on almost any Hungarian menu, but it is truly a soup and not what most of us think of when we hear the word goulash. You will also find meat stews listed and sometimes it will even be listed as goulash stew. Another common menu item is Chicken Paprikash, which is chicken and cottage cheese noodles covered in a paprika sour cream sauce. Cottage cheese noodles are pretty similar to spätzle. You will find many menu items that feature “letcho”, which is a pepper and tomato stew that can be combined with different proteins or eaten on its own. Another common item that you find as an appetizer is duck liver pate with the local flatbread, very similar to naan.

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Goulash Stew

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Duck Liver Pate

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Lamb Soup with Duck Liver Dumplings

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Leg of Goose with Red Cabbage

Needless to say, there are plenty of other choices for Hungarian dishes including boar cheeks with dumplings and lamb soup with duck liver dumplings. There are also Hungarian deserts such as an almond cake, but one of the most famous is probably the chimney cake. We got our chimney cake from a food truck where it was cooked over burning embers. It is then coated with your choice of flavors and we decided on a simple cinnamon sugar. Since burgers were so prevalent, we did decide to get a burger one day and since we like spicy food, we ordered a spicy burger. It turned out to be so spicy that we were barely able to eat it.

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Spicy Burger

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Chimney Cake

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Traditional Almond Cake

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Grilled Calamari

With six days in Budapest, we didn’t limit ourselves to just Hungarian food, but also ate some seafood and Italian food as well. In the main tourist areas, you will sometimes find that the restaurants offer a “tourist menu”, which is usually a three course meal focusing on Hungarian dishes. It is probably focused on those tourists that come from the cruise ships that stop in Budapest where the people only have a single day in the city. We found some of the best restaurants tended to be in the Jewish Quarter and we even ate an excellent meal at an Israeli fusion restaurant called Mazel Tov that was recommended to us by several people.

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Spaghetti Arrabbiata

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Fried Calamari

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Cooking Chimney Cakes

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Mussels in White Wine Sauce

When visiting Budapest, you will certainly have plenty of options of restaurants to choose from. We definitely enjoyed the different meals that we ate and it would be difficult to choose a favorite, but you should certainly try some of the paprika based dishes. All of the restaurants usually had English as well as Hungarian descriptions as well as German sometimes. Many of the tourist restaurants also include picture menus, but we didn’t find those to be necessary. Fortunately we did a lot of walking during our time in Budapest, otherwise all of the heavy meals might have taken their toll on our wastes.

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Pastrami Sandwich at the Israeli Fusion Restaurant

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Buffet on the Dinner Cruise Ship

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Fresh Olives

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Spoon Restaurant on the Danube River

 

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16 Responses to The Food of Budapest, Hungary

  1. We are heading to Budapest on our next holiday- I hope 🤞 so this post will be saved thank you.

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  2. I want a Chimney Cake!

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  3. This is making me hungry and want to go to Hungry.

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  4. Grey Travels says:

    We def enjoyed the food too whilst we were in Budapest.

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  5. tangosbaking says:

    Amazing! Wish I could be there too. Would love to try the Goulash soup and the duck liver dishes 🤤 they look so delicious

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  6. guidemi says:

    every single food picture in your post looks real great~!

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  7. gotravellife says:

    Budapest is on our list of places to travel and the food looks amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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