Bars & Restaurants in Budapest

We most definitely went to a fair share of bars and restaurants while in Budapest and unfortunately I was too engrossed in the food/cocktail/lighting wasn’t good in the evening that I didn’t take that many photos. 

Luckily I did take a few snaps of some of our favourite spots!

Probably the top restaurant, for me, that we found was Rustico. It was such a lovely restaurant with lovely staff and gorgeous food.

We’d already had some traditional Hungarian food earlier in the week so were very much in the mood for some classic pasta and pizza (although perhaps Rosie wasn’t as she was going straight from Budapest to Italy for 2 months the next day!) 

I must say the food was incredible and the pizzas and pastas were pretty cheap at around 2000 HUF (£5/6) 

We even got serenaded by the live band!

Another restaurant we really loved was The Híd Bisztró, which was right by the river and by the bridge leading to Margaret Island.

I had an absolutely smashing risotto with roasted vegetables and mozzarella! 


Now undoubtedly the first thing a bunch of students/recent graduands did when we all got to Budapest (after the mini break/nap for the early risers) was head straight out to sample all this cheap but amazing booze we’ve heard so much about!

After we eventually found them! They did not disappoint. 

I’d heard a lot about the ruin bars and it was my mission to find a nice rooftop bar we could sit and enjoy! And sure enough we found Szimpler Kert – one of the top rated ruin bars. The inside had a few little nice hideouts that we didn’t actually venture into, and a lovely outdoor seating area and some cool and quirky decorations! … Oh and the wine was about £1.30! (450 HUF) and it was good wine too, let me just clarify!

Unfortunately these photos below were probably the only decent ones (that didn’t involve a lot of pulling ugly faces – still don’t quite know why we seem to find that so funny lately!) taken from any other bars. 

We spent a few nights going back to the Jewish Quarter where there are bars a plenty! The two we loved were Tropic and Epic – both serving magnificent, nicely sized, cocktails at around 900-1000HUF (£2.50-£3)

On the left is the amazing Hugo (elderflower, soda water & prosecco) from Tropic, and on the right the incredible Mango Daiquiri (probs my fave cocktail ever) from Epic. Safe to say we got a few of these!!

I’m fairly certain that there are many more amazing bars and we didn’t really have a whole lot of time to get to them, but if you do your research I’m sure you’ll find some really nice ones! If you do have any recommendations please leave them in the comments for others who might be going and for me – cause I’m definitely going back when I get the chance!


  1. Fabuleuse Du Jour
    November 28, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    Oh wow those cocktail sizes look so delightfully generous! Great little guide – I went to Budapest many years ago but I was much younger. This post has made me want to go back and explore with friends, looks like you guys had a such a blast!Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 29, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      We definitely did – you should absolutely go back Sinéad, we definitely weren't there long enough, I'd love to go back – and yes OMG the cocktails were amazing and for like £3 for all of that!!

  2. Abigail Alice x
    November 29, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I'm so hungry after reading this post haha! Budapest seems like a really fun and cool city, I would love to visit!Abigail Alice x

    • Josie Brownlee
      November 29, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Haha sorry Abigail! It's an amazing city I definitely recommend you visiting! So cheap yet so beautiful, fun and cultural!!

  3. Vidcaria
    December 2, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Those dishes look so delicous! I want to eat them now!Xx

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 8, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Gosh they really were Victoria! Haha!

  4. Amita Kundlani
    December 2, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    The food looks incredible! Budapest has some amazing cheap eats, I absolutely loved the city when I visited!

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 8, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      It was! Yes I really loved how brilliant yet still so cheap everything in Budapest was! Such an amazing city!

  5. Leta Bielinyte
    December 5, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Ahhh, now I'm a bit bummed that I didn't have much time to check out some bars when I was in Budapest. They all look so cool! x-Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Josie Brownlee
      December 8, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Ah, no problem Leta you'll just have to go back! Haha! Any excuse! I'd really love to go back, there was still so much we could do but didn't have time!

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