I work with Wortspiel, an agency network specialized in Google Advertising. My colleagues and I are all self-employed and work remotely. This is why we come together face to face twice a year. A proper old school get-together if you will. This autumn, we went out to discover Budapest, Hungary.
I had some reservations to visit, especially regarding the current political climate and the fact, that Eastern European Cuisine is very heavy on meat and dairy. So, maybe you don’t know this, but I’m not a die-hard vegan – respect to all of you who are though! – when I travel I want to try the local cuisine and eat all the cakes. I’ll sometimes opt for fish if there isn’t a vegetarian alternative. Meat is always off the menu though. So, Budapest did not disappoint. It’s the perfect weekend getaway when you live in Europe and well worth a stop when you’re travelling from overseas.
Discover the cool places and all the great restaurants
Overall, I thought food and drinks reasonably priced (we stayed in the city centre after all..) or in some cases really good value for your buck! I got my fair share of Oat Lattes and discovered delicious restaurants and the best walking tour in the city! So, let’s dive right in! Ready? Budapest here we come!
A Weekend in Budapest
My favourite places for (flexible vegan) foodies and urban explorers
We had a great time in Budapest. Cool, friendly people, good food, and suprisingly many vegan places! Yay!
Where we stayed
Hotel Gellért, Szent Gellért tér 2, Budapest
Always wanted to stay in a hotel that inspired Wes Anderson? Yup, the Hotel Gellért was one of the inspirations for Andersons movie Grand Hotel Budapest. The hotel has loads of old glamour charm but is in serious need for some TLC. Nonetheless, staying there was an okay choice: the location is great, the staff was friendly and you could swim in the Gellért thermal pools, which are absolutely stunning! If you go to the pool, please make sure to especially see the small pools and not just the big one at the entry!
Fricska Gastropub is a hidden spot smack in the middle of the popular Jewish Quarter. The restaurant is located in the basement and serves a delicious three-course lunch at an amazing price. They sometimes have a veggie menu, but only had fish or meat on the day we were there. Nonetheless, food was excellent (especially the desserts) and the staff was super friendly. The location would also be perfect for a romantic date night!
When travelling with a group, I love street food markets. Okay, I always love a good street food market, but especially when with a crowd. The lads from Las Vegans served one of the best vegan burgers I’ve ever had!
Next Door Cafe Terézváros, Budapest
Espresso Embassy Arany János u. 15, Budapest
Next Door serves amazing coffee and vegan cakes! YES! Perfect sweet pitstop after exploring the Jewish quarter.
Espresso Embassy is quite the name, but rightly so. Would go there again, to get a stamp in my coffee lover passport.
The Vintage Garden is a true gem and lives up to its name! Think enchanting forest interior with a fireplace, comfy chairs and an indoor patio. They serve amazing cakes (not vegan, sadly) and good coffee. Quite a popular spot with the locals, so best reserve a table. At the same address, they have a little sweet shop where you can stop by for tea and cake.
Oh, the vegan cakes of Naspolya Nassolda, just divine. I should also list them under coffee places because their coffee was good, but the cakes really do stand out more.
Gettó Gulyás Wesselényi u. 18, Budapest
Hummus Bar several locations all over town
Getto Gulyas is a popular spot for dinner with loads of veggie options! A cool, hip place where lovely people serve good food. That’s my favourite restaurant combination! If you go, you must try the Gundel Crepes. This quintessential Hungarian dessert consists of a raisin and walnut-filled pancake smothered in chocolate. Yummy!
If you’re rather short on time, Hummus Bar got you covered. Fresh and delicious fast food with – can you guess? – an oriental influence. Very lovely hummus indeed.
Szimpla Kert Kazinczy u. 14, Budapest
Terv Bisztró Nádor u. 19, Budapest
Szimpla Kert makes me miss my favourite bar/place when growing up in Baden: the Seerose. A ruin bar where you can hang out, have a beer or party the night away. Mind, it’s super popular and is listed in every Lonely Planet book… If you want to avoid the masses, go there during the day. There’s always something going on. Like, on Sundays, there’s a little farmers market inside the ruin bar.
If you’re looking for a local watering hole, Terv is your place to be.
I really like walking tours when discovering a new city. The easy pace gives you enough time to take it all in and helps you navigate through the city on your own later on. The walking tour with Aron was one of the best tours I’ve ever had. He knew so much about the city and it’s past and it was so easy to talk to him. He loved to share his knowledge, from classic history book knowledge to quirky fun facts.
Lovely lunch at Fricska Gastropub.
Farmers Market in Szimpla Kert.
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Hi, I’m Jennifer. I create sweet vegan recipes and take semi-messy photos of food. I’m always hunting for good places to eat and where to go to for my next cup of Oat Latte. A supermarket is usually the first place I visit in a foreign place. I created Miss Walter’s so that you can wow your vegan an non-vegan friends alike with decadently delicious vegan recipes. Also, I’ll share my favourite foodie spots from my travels with you.