Budapest's first food tour (est. 2008!) introduces Hungarian food and wine culture through classic flavors, unique wines, history, and stunning architecture. You'll get a taste of the traditional side of Hungarian cuisine, and the modern artisan producers and specialty shops spicing up Budapest’s food scene. Beginning at the Central Market—Budapest’s cathedral of food—we’ll introduce you to Hungarian cuisine through the abundance of ingredients. We'll discuss the building, Hungary's eating and drinking culture, special dishes … and just what Hungarian cooks do with all the pork fat, paprika, and goose liver. Here we’ll taste a selection of foods (and have an aperitif to fortify us). After a lunch feast at a traditional butcher, we’ll sample the elegant cakes that Hungarian bakers are known for at a classic coffeehouse. We'll visit an award-winning chocolatier, and finish with a sommelier led tasting of 3 great local wines (including Tokaji aszú) paired with artisan cheese. Come hungry!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Central Market Hall, Budapest, Central HungaryThe Central Market Hall is Budapest’s cathedral of food and one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor markets. We’ll introduce you to Hungarian cuisine through the great variety and abundance of ingredients (mostly local and seasonal) on display. We will discuss the spectacular building, the culture of eating and drinking in Hungary, the ingredients, the dishes commonly made from them … and just what it is that Hungarian home cooks do with all of that pork fat, paprika, and goose liver. As we walk the market aisles we’ll taste a selection of foods (and have an aperitif to fortify us).Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), Budapest, Central HungaryWe'll pass by this bridge, one of the several spanning the Danube. Stop At: Belvárosi Disznótoros Károlyi utcaHere we'll follow the local tradition of eating lunch at a butcher shop, where we'll have a lunch feast of a variety of Hungarian dishes. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Chocolate RózsavölgyiWe'll have a quick chocolate tasting at the tiny storefront shop of an award-winning local chocolatier, who has gone from making chocolates in their Budapest basement to selling them at some of the best gourmet stores in the world. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Central Cafe and Restaurant 1887We'll enjoy a tasting of three quintessential Hungarian cakes (and coffee) at this historic 19th-century coffeehouse, once frequented by Hungary's most famous writers and artists. Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Central HungaryWe'll pass by the Hungarian National Museum, located in the Palace District, on our way to the wine tasting cellar. Stop At: Tasting Table Budapest, Budapest, Central HungaryThe tour concludes with a wine and cheese tasting at an independent wine tasting cellar and shop. A sommelier will introduce us to the Hungarian wine regions, varietals, and styles, helping you put the Hungarian wine scene in context. We’ll end with a taste of the spectacular golden-tinted Tokaji aszú wine, one of the world's finest sweet wines. Duration: 40 minutes