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Top Choice Hungarian in Gellért Hill & Tabán


Set in an 18th-century inn literally down the steps from the southern end of Castle Hill, the ‘Golden Stag’ serves up some very meaty and unusual dishes (try the saddle of boar with celeriac and sage or the duck bre…
Top Choice Hungarian in Óbuda & Buda Hills

Kisbuda Gyöngye

Operating since the 1970s, this traditional yet very elegant Hungarian restaurant has an antique-cluttered dining room and attentive service, and manages to create a fin-de-siècle atmosphere. Try the excellent goose…
Top Choice Market in Southern Pest

Ecseri Piac

This is one of the biggest flea markets in Central Europe, selling everything from antique jewellery and Soviet army watches to Fred Astaire–style top hats. Saturday is the best day to go. Take bus 54 from Boráros t…
Museum in Southern Pest

Hungarian National Museum

The Hungarian National Museum houses the nation’s most important collection of historical relics in an impressive neoclassical building, purpose built in 1847. Exhibits trace the history of the Carpathian Basin from…
Cemetery in Southern Pest

Kerepesi Cemetery

Budapest’s equivalent of London's Highgate or Paris' Père Lachaise, this 56-hectare necropolis was established in 1847 and holds some 3000 gravestones and mausoleums, including those of statesmen and national heroes…
Top Choice Bar in Gellért Hill & Tabán


Moored on the Buda side just south of Petőfi Bridge, the ‘A38 Ship’ is a decommissioned Ukrainian stone hauler from 1968 that has been recycled as a major live-music venue. It’s so cool that Lonely Planet readers on…
Top Choice Cafe in Castle District

Ruszwurm Cukrászda

This diminutive cafe dating from 1827 is the perfect place for coffee and cakes (380Ft to 580Ft) in the Castle District, though it can get pretty crowded. Indeed, in high season it’s almost always impossible to get …
Wine in Parliament & Around

Malatinszky Wine Store

Owned and operated by a one-time sommelier at the Gundel restaurant, this shop has an excellent selection of high-end Hungarian wines. Ask the staff to recommend a bottle.
Top Choice Market in Southern Pest


This is Budapest's biggest market, though it has become a tourist magnet since its renovation for the millecentenary celebrations in 1996. Still, plenty of locals come here for the fruit, vegetables, deli items, fis…
Hungarian in City Park & Beyond


With reworked Hungarian classics that make it a winner, the ‘Owl’s Castle’ attracts the Budapest cognoscenti, who leave its sister restaurant, Gundel, next door, to the expense-account brigade. There are three-cours…