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Best Coffee Shops in Budapest 2019

Best Coffee Shops in Budapest 2019

After years of slowly brewing behind the scenes, the coffee culture in the Budapest is booming. With amazing cafes dotted around where you can get your daily caffeine fix. From new wave and speciality to instagrammable and classical. There’s so much choice, so with the help of our caffeine-loving locals, in this guide, we’ve rounded up the very Best Coffee Shops in Budapest where you can grab a cuppa. 

Fekete

courtyard with red yellow bricked floors green walls wooden chairs and white benches

Fekete is a fine example of the new-wave coffee shop trend that has caught fire in Budapest. Located inside a courtyard off the bustling Múzeum krt, this cosy cafe provides people with the perfect place to escape from the fast-paced city life for a coffee. The decor is a mish-mash of the old Hungarian architecture with a modern infusion. With an awesome outdoor courtyard reflecting the classical Magyar architecture, and an interior that is sleek and stylish. It’s by combining the hip and homey ambience, good food and high-quality coffee roasted in-house, that the team behind Fekete have created a cafe experience that you won’t forget.

Local Tip: Order the Shakshuka Eggs and a nice coffee, and take a seat inside or in the courtyard, which is great in the summer. This spot is also ideal if you are lactose intolerant as they have alternative milk options available. 

Address: Budapest, Múzeum krt. 5, 1053 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 8.30AM-7PM | More Info

My Little Melbourne

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This quaint Aussie style spot has managed to cement its position as one of the best coffee shops in Budapest. Driven by the motto “Life is too short for a bad coffee”, it’s no surprise that My Little Melbourne has become a bonafide Budapest institution. This motto is also evident in the high-quality coffee they serve, roasted in-house of course. The space in Madach Square is small, but the coffee and snacks served are a massive hit amongst locals and tourists alike. Inside the shop, you’ll find friendly staff and shelves stacked with coffee-related merch, an impressive display of the team’s passion for coffee. Despite the small space, there is plenty of seating if you want to stop by and have some breakfast and a brew with your crew. 

Local Tip: The flat white here is on fleek, which you must accompany with one of their palate-pleasing pastries. They also have three alternative milk options available: Soy, Almond and Rice.

Address: Budapest, Madách Imre út 3, 1075 Hungary

Opening Hours: Tues-Thurs: 7AM-7PM, Fri-Mon: 8AM-7PM | More Info

Dorado Cafe

people sat talking and working on their laptops inside a budapest coffee shop
Photo: Dorado Cafe

The brainchild of baristas Emese and Mario, Dorado is a new wave cafe that has firmly placed itself in the heart of Budapest coffee lovers. The dynamic duo behind Dorado devoted their days to mastering the art of making magnificent coffee, before bringing what they’d learnt to Budapest. Every cup is crafted with care, from the coffee roasting to the cups served in the cafe. The decor is a blend of hip and natural, with plants positioned perfectly throughout the store. 

Local Tip: All the coffees are fricking fantastic, and they also have a small selection of snacks on which you can bite whilst you sip. A double espresso and banana bread is a great combo. They also have alternative milk types if that’s what you’re looking for.  

Address: Klauzal utca 35.Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Friday: 8.30AM-5.30PM, Sat: 9AM-4PM | More Info

Madal Espresso & Brew Bar

white cup filled with espresso on a wooden tray that says madal and "good coffe good karma"

Ask any caffeine junkie to recommend a place in Budapest to grab a coffee, they’ll definitely mention Madal.  Bearing the name of its spiritual master Sri Chinmoy, the variety of roasted beans used to craft every coffee is extensive, carefully sourced from the best roasters across the world. From the Square Mile roasters in London to their in-house, Beyond Within blend. Perfectly brewed using a mix of new wave and old school Italian techniques.  This blended method of brewing has been a roaring success. Hooking the hearts and taste buds of coffee lovers in Budapest. With three locations in the city, Madal has cemented its legacy as one of the best coffee shops in Budapest. 

Local Tip: Great for a quick grab and go, but if you want to sit and enjoy the quality coffee in a cosy setting, the Ferenciek Tere branch is perfect, with ample seating space to satisfy your needs. 

Address: Multiple Locations

Opening Hours: Varies per branch | More Info

Budapest Baristas

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Located in Budapest’s museum quarter, Budapest Barista is a Mecca for those seeking speciality coffee. Made from high-grade beans produced by the very best roasters from Budapest and beyond. Every day locals, tourists and students make the pilgrimage to this quaint cafe to get their caffeine fix. Like the antique vibe of it’s building, they have mastered the old school variations of coffee such as espresso and Cappuccino. If however, you’re looking for something slightly more modern then be sure to try the Macha or Cascara based drinks.

Local Tip: If you’re a mashup between modernist and traditionalist, get a delicious double espresso and the Chia Tapioca. They also have a selection of gluten-free bites and alternative milk options available.

Address: Múzeum körút 15 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-7PM | More Info

London Coffee Society

man with a suede jacket sat inside a coffee shop in budapest which has a black decor and reusable bags that say "the london coffee festival" and "coffee hit"

Hungarians are a society of people who love their coffee. So it’s no surprise that London Coffee Society has become a staple amongst Budapest’s caffeine loving contingent. As you probably guessed from the name, the impeccable coffee is imported fresh from London’s most insightful roasters. The coffee and service are so good, it’s become the go-to place in District VII to get your daily fix. Set in a small but spacious building, this cafe’s decor oozes style, with exposed brick walls, patterned tile floor and comfortable wooden furniture. Despite being small in size, there is plenty of seating both upstairs and downstairs, and also outside in the summer.

Local Tip: They do a great breakfast, so you can pop in and start your day the right way. Get Avocado smash and a fried egg on Toast. If you’re on the move, pop in and get a cup of filtered coffee, and a slice or two of their homemade banana bread. There are also alternative milk options available.

Address: Dohány utca 27.Budapest, Hungary

Open Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30AM-6PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Espresso Embassy

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Espresso Embassy is unequivocally up there as one of the best coffee shops in Budapest. The inside of this cafe is cool, with bare brick walls and a vaulted ceiling dressed with intricate details, with plenty of seating. Tibor, Livia and Andrea are creators of this sanctuary for speciality coffee. Since opening, it has become synonymous for serving up spectacular sips. From flat whites, espressos, cappuccinos and cortadas. All of the drinks are made from coffee beans of the highest grade. Sourced carefully from roasteries both local and international. The delicious drinks are prepared by award-winning Baristas using the hi-tech machinery.  Friendly staff, fast service, great coffee and an amazing ambience, what more can you ask for.

Local Tip: Grab an espresso, pistachio pastry and take a seat. The outside terrace is great in the summer, where you can sip your drink whilst basking in the Budapest sun. Alternative milk options are also available.

Address: Arany János utca 15.Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri:7:30AM-7PM, Sat:9AM -6pm, Sun: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Co-Op Roastery

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This tiny cafe is located in the heart of Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter. When you step inside the first thing you see is an amazing coffee roaster. Which resembles some equipment from a silicon valley science lab. The beans behind the coffee come from across the globe. Co-Op also has there own Mombacho blend which is roasted on-site.  There are only three seats, so it’s the ideal place to grab a quick drink whilst you’re on the go. The variety of coffee on offer is simple, but the taste is so complex and damn good. Although not very well known, it is up there with one of the best coffee shops in Budapest.

Local Tip: The espresso here is on another level, so be sure to give it a try.

Address: Dob u. 52.Budapest, Hungary 

Opening Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri: 9AM-5PM, Wed: 9AM-3PM | More Info

Goat Herder

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Located in the heart of the working class District VII, the cafe is pretty charming and has a chilled authentic vibe. The name is an ode to the Ethiopian Goat herder who apparently discovered coffee, after seeing the effect it had on his livestock. This might not be true, but one thing for certain is the consistently high quality of the coffee served here. This is due to the care that goes into the roasting process of the beans, all of which is done locally. The coffee beans are roasted gently to retain maximum flavour, whilst maintaining multiple layers of depth. On any given day the cafe will be packed with mostly students as it is located slap bang next to Mcdaniel College and the University of Veterinary Medicine.

Local Tip: The coffee is so damn good, with prices on par with most cafes serving speciality coffee. Alongside great coffee and value, they also do some great food, from croissants, sandwiches and much much more.   

Address: Istvan utca 5 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-5.30PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM -3PM | More Info

Double Shot Cafe

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Double Shot started off life as a quaint cafe on Pozsonyi út, before opening its new and larger site near Budapest’s iconic Central Market Hall. When it comes to coffee, the team are true experimentalists, always trying new methods and techniques to create the best cuppa. One style they have become renowned for is their speciality partisan coffee. A slightly more viscous variant made by using double quantities of ground coffee.

Local Tip: Try the Partisan coffee and be sure to get some grub, with the menu stacked full of food perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Alternative milk options are also available.

Address: Budapest, Pozsonyi út 16, 1137 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-6PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-6PM | More Info

Kontakt

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Kontakt is the kingpin of Budapest’s new wave cafe culture. Their philosophy is simple, to serve speciality coffee of the highest standard and quality. The quality of each cup is consistent, made with a laser focus on the quality of the coffee. Probably why many consider this spot to be amongst the best cafes in Budapest. Beyond the coffee, they also serve some amazing snacks, especially their home-made cakes which are to die for.

Local Tip: In the winter the Cappuccino and cake will make you feel warm inside. In the summer it has to be a refreshing cup of Roket, their speciality cold brew coffee which is super refreshing especially in the hot Budapest summer. 

Address: Károly körút 22. Röser udvar Budapest, Hungary

Open Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Tamp & Pull

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Tamp & Pull is more than a cafe, it’s an institution devoted to serving the very best speciality coffee to the people of Budapest. Their passion for coffee is evident in the name and wherever you look inside the cafe.  From bean to cup, every step is executed with excellence which is reflected in the taste of the coffee. The selection of sips is extensive and surprisingly cheap for the quality of coffee you get. They even offer to add ons, so you can personalise your coffee to match your tastes. If you’re feeling peckish, they also have a selection of cakes, pastries and sandwiches to satisfy your stomach.

Local Tip: The Espresso here is excellent, strong but subtle, powerful but packed full of flavour.

Address: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 85. Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Kelet Cafe

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Photo: Kelet Cafe

Kelet Cafe is located slap bang in Buda’s bustling Bartók Béla Boulevard. The new wave cafe was one of the first spots to open hereafter the area underwent development. Since then has become a firm favourite for people searching for some spectacular coffee. The inside of the cafe resembles a library. With the downstairs seating area lined with shelves of books which customers can take, in exchange for something from their own collection. The decor is great, but combined with the high-quality coffee on offer is the real recipe for this spots success. From Ethiopian to Colombian, the variations of coffee served here is quite extensive, placing it firmly amongst the top coffee shops in Budapest.

Local Tip: Get an espresso to start, then a cup of the super hot chocolate, accompanied by a slice of their amazing carrot cake. 

Address: Bartók Béla út 29, 1115 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-11PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-11PM | More Info

Kaffeine

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Kaffiene is firmly positioned on the podium as one of the best coffee shops in Budapest. The people of the city have long enjoyed the cracking coffee on the Buda side of the city, but in 2017 they opened another awesome establishment on the Pest side, at the bustling Kálvin Ter. The speciality coffee is crafted using the high quality Has Bean blend. Kaffiene is perfect if you’re looking for a quick in and out, or if you need to rest your feet after a long day exploring. There’s plenty of comfortable seating inside where you can sip on your drink and unwind.

Local Tip: Everything is top-notch, but the creamy Cappucino is up there with the best in the city. Even better when accompanied by a delicious croissant or one of their amazing cookies.

Address: Budapest, Baross u. 6, 1085 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-7PM | More Info

Warm Cup

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This 7th District drinking den is a bonafide favourite amongst Budapest’s most astute speciality coffee sippers. The baristas are more like scientists, crafting every cup with the care and precision you’d associate with a surgeon. The inside is hip, quaint and cosy, and every cup of coffee is so damn good, giving you that warm feeling inside. If that wasn’t cool enough, then you’ll be amazed to find that it has a cinema attached to it. So you can stop off here to grab a cappucino and then catch a film.

Local Tip: If you’re here in the summer, the cold brews are perfect to take the edge of the famous Budapest heat. Even better when accompanied with a slice of their luscious lemon cake.

Address: Erzsébet krt 39, 1073 Budapest, Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9AM-9PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-9PM | More Info

My Green Cup

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Source: My Green Cup

This cafe is a member of the My Little Melbourne family. Like it’s sister sites, has become renowned as one of Budapest’s best coffee shops for speciality coffee. As its name suggests, the decor is built on the colour green, but you won’t have to spend that much of it as the prices are reasonable, so you get plenty of beans for your buck. The staff are super skilled, friendly and will give you a welcome that will no doubt make you feel right at home.

Local Tip: If you’re in the mood for something strong, then get yourself a double espresso which is made using the top of the range Synesso coffee machine. The cakes also come highly recommended, but our top pick has to be a nice vegan brownie.

Address: Budapest, 17, Pozsonyi út 15, 1137 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Steamhouse

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Located on the first-floor of Batthyány Square’s beautiful market hall, Steamhouse isn’t your average cafe. Like many others in the city, Steamhouse has become synonymous for offering quality speciality coffee. However, what makes Steamhouse so special is the spectacular views of the Parliament Building on offer. As its sign suggests, the decor oozes the old industrial vibe with a trendy twist. Pretty much like the coffee which is tasty and original, with a healthy dose of new wave vibes. All of these things, when combined with awesome service and staff make this the perfect place to stop by if you venture over to the Buda side.

Local Tip: This spot has a good variety of coffee and snacks, with vegan and vegetarian options if that’s your thing. Our tip would we to head here for some breakfast, especially for the eggs and Vienna sausage. Washed down nicely with a nice cup of artisan roasted coffee.

Address: Budapest, Batthyány tér 5, 1011 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM Sat: 9AM -3PM | More Info

La Nube

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La Nube is a magnificent mashup of Magyar and Spanish, an ode to the heritage of the family behind this cafe come restaurant. The menu is made up of a mixture of Spanish and Hungarian specialities, from tapas to traditional soups. Taking your taste buds on a tour through two different countries at the same time. Food aside, when it comes to coffee, the offering is really high-quality. With each cup of speciality coffee crafted using high-quality beans from the 42 Family roastery. Prepared in-house by skilled barista’s who know their stuff, so you can be certain that you’ll get some cracking coffee.

Local Tip: Coffee and Churros baby.

Address: Budapest Bartók Béla út 41 entrance, Ménesi út, 1114 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-3PM | More Info

Horizont

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Source: Horizon

If you’re on the Grand Boulevard, then don’t be a cookie-cutter tourist and end up in New York Cafe. Instead, head over to Horizont for some high-quality coffee and grub. The team behind this stylish spot have done one helluva job bringing that Melbourne style brunch into the heart of Budapest. It’s the perfect place to start your day, with a high-quality coffee and some breakfast. Also awesome for a lazy late afternoon caffeine fix and brunch. Although a new kid on the block, Horizont is fast becoming a favourite spot amongst Budapest locals and travellers visiting the city. Great coffee, grub and staff, what’s not to love.

Local Tip: Scrambled eggs, french toast washed down with a nice cup of new-wave coffee. In the summer try one of their iced coffee range. Slightly more pricey when compared to other cafes in Budapest, but totally worth it.

Address: Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 13, 1073 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 8.00 – 16.00 | More Info

Budapest Coffee Stand Gutenberg

cream coloured exterior of a coffee shop which has a black sign that says "budapest coffee stand gutenberg"
Photo: Coffee Stand Gutenberg

Ever heard the saying “good things come in small packages”? Well never has this been truer than at Coffee Stand Guttenberg. Although tiny in size, this cafe has had a huge impact on the Budapest coffee scene. Serving speciality coffee made from Costa Rican Coffee beans. So terrific, that it’ll come as no surprise why they’ve tantalised the taste buds of caffeine-craving locals and tourists alike. There’s no indoor seating, simply head over to the stand and tell the friendly barista what you’d like and he’ll whip you up to a damn good drink for you to take-away. Or if the weather is right, you can take a seat on the outdoor seating area.

Local Tip: This spot is perfect for a grab N go, espresso or cappuccino. Definately up there with the best coffee shops in Budapest.

Address: Budapest, Békési u. 1, 1085 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM – 5PM, Sat-Sun: 8.30AM – 6PM | More Info

Cube

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Photo: Cube Coffee Bar

Located a stone’s throw away from Hunyadi Square, Cube has been serving up the very best speciality coffee in the city for over two years. Set inside a space which is super stylish, with bare bricked walls and ample seating. Providing a perfect backdrop and atmosphere to drink a delicious coffee and unwind. What makes the coffee so damn good are the banging beans used to make it. Crafted especially for Cube by the roasters at Casino Mocca. Cube also supports local produce, with a strong focus on sustainability. With all the packaging and cups used for takeaways being biodegradable.

Local Tip: All the coffee is good. In the summer be sure to try their cold brews. Oh and not to forget their brunch on the weekends which is fricking fantastic. All in all one of the very best coffee shops in Budapest.

Address: Budapest, Hunyadi tér 8, 1067 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 8AM – 5PM, Sun: 8.30AM – 6PM | More Info

Ébresztő

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How the team behind Ébresztő have managed to successfully pack so much awesomeness into such a small, quaint cafe is quite surprising. Pride of place on the mantlepiece is obviously the coffee, which can only be described as delightful. Made from high-quality beans roasted using new wave techniques, the selection of sips are simple yet sublime, and also change with the seasons. Then you have the tasty treats available to accompany your cuppa, from freshly made pastries to beautiful bagels that will leave your stomach satisfied. To top it all off it even operates as a design store, selling some cool stuff, perfect if you’re looking for a unique memento to remind you of your visit.

Local Tip: Coratda and one of the amazing pastries made by a local bakery called The Mill.

Address: Budapest, Jászai Mari tér 4b, 1137 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-6PM, Sat: 9AM – 5PM | More Info

Cirkusz

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This is one of the few bohemian cafes in Budapest. Becoming a staple spot for caffeine junkies from the city and afar, to stop by for a cuppa. Step inside and you can see why this Dob Street coffee den has become so popular. Firstly you have the decor which is stylish and hip, with the centre point being a magnificent hand-painted, circus-themed mural. Now when you combine the ambience with the stupendous speciality coffee on offer. You have the recipe for this spots roasting success. The coffee is crafted by talented baristas, using their own in-house roasted blend called Bagira. So the coffee and ambience are on point, but the food here is also bloody good, prepared fresh on the premises every day.

Local Tip: Honestly all the coffee is delicious, but they also do a really good brunch which you simply have to sample.

Address: Budapest, Dob u. 23, 1074 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 9AM – 5PM | More Info

Mesterbike & Coffee Project

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Mesterbike is the perfect place where you can grab a cup of speciality coffee and get your bike fixed under one roof. This unique cafe is located away from the tourist trail, but worth the trip if you’re looking to try one of the most unique coffee shops in Budapest. Frequented mostly by neighbourhood locals, who pop by for a coffee and chat, both with and without their bikes. Bikes aside, the coffee is top-draw. Made from a lightly roasted filter blend coming from the Awaken Roastery, which is quite fitting as it will definitely wake you up.

Local Tip: If you love speciality coffee or biking, or both, then your going to be in heaven here. A bit outside the main city strip, but if you fancy seeing a different side of Budapest, it’s worth popping down.

Address: Budapest, Mester u. 11, 1095 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-1PM | More Info

Magvető

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Magveto cafe is one of the best places in the city to get some work done. The airy ambience and minimalist, geometric decor is inspiring. Creative a collaborative, open-minded atmosphere. They serve delicious coffee, scrumptious open-faced sandwiches and have a smorgasbord of freshly made cakes on offer each day. There are even a handful of top-shelf liquors to sip if that is more your speed. The cafe is attached to Libri book shop and the intellectual vibes literally spill in through the narrow corridor separating the two businesses. Magveto has events and speakers on tap each week so keep your eyes peeled for something good.

Details: This spot is one of the best coffee shops in Budapest if you want to get some work done. Good coffee, tasty cake and a nice book. A lovely way to spend an afternoon away from the noise of the city.

Address: Budapest, Dohány u. 13, 1074 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9AM-10PM | More Info

9bar

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If you’re a coffee lover then 9bar will leave you on cloud nine. Although one of newer coffee shops in Budapest, it’s quickly rising in heart and palates of the city’s coffee-loving contingent. Gaining an impeccable reputation for serving varying styles of coffee, from new wave, speciality to classical. Catering to the taste buds of all types of caffeine sippers. The bare bricked walls lined with awesome artwork and comfortable seating, provide the perfect place to coffee and chill. Good coffee, good vibes and most of all it’s a stone’s throw away from the iconic St Stephens or as they say in Hungarian, Szent István Bazilika.

Local Tip: They offer a selection of bites and sips, but a must-try is the sausage package to munch, and the Nicola, a Nutella infused cappuccino.

Address: Budapest, Lázár u. 5, 1065 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM, Sat: 8AM-4PM | More Info

Tényleg

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Located close to Nehru Park, Tényleg is a quaint, colourful and cosy cafe. However, the coffee they serve is potent packing quite the punch. There is a limited number of seats, making it a great place to stop by to start your day, or get an afternoon boost. The coffee served is single-origin in style but so damn good. With the beans coming from the Hungarian micro-roastery, Lucky Cap. So whether you are a new waver, or an old school coffee connoisseur, the Tényleg has got you covered. Coffee aside they also offer a selection bites, if you fancy something to nibble on with your drink

Local Tip: The cafe is small, so a great place to go for a coffee to go. The espresso is up there with the best coffee shops in Budapest. You simply have to get a slice of their homemade cake.

Address: Budapest, Lónyay u. 39, 1093 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM, Sat: 10AM-2PM | More Info

PIKNIK

PIKNIK
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Since opening its doors in 2017, this tiny cafe has managed to etch its position in the hearts of Budapest coffee lovers. As the name suggests, the team behind this spot have combined the cafe concept with a picnic. An age-old tradition which city life has eroded. In the yesteryear, people would grab a basketful of grub and head out to a park to escape the mundanity of city life and chill. Those times are long gone, PIKNIK is spearheading its revival. Firstly you have a tasty, high-quality blend of new wave coffee coming from the Italian Roastery, Gardelli. Then you have a massive selection of bites, from sandwiches, cakes and much more. The best of this is the location, right next to the popular Szent István Park. Good coffee, location and food, what’s there not to love.

Local Tip: Grab a coffee, get some snacks and head over to the park and chow down whilst enjoying beautiful views of Margaret Island.

Address: Budapest, Pozsonyi út 43, 1137 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-6PM | More Info

Dose Espresso

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Photo: Dose Espresso

Tucked away on Hercegprímás street, this stylish cafe is located in the heart of one of Budapest’s bustling business hubs. Aptly named Dose Espresso, this coffee house has become synonymous for serving espresso-based speciality coffee, that has got coffee drinkers in Budapest dancing for joy. The beans used to make the magical cups of coffee come from local and international roasteries. From Budapest based Warda and Impresso, to London Dark Arts. So if you’re on the lookout for a cracking coffee, then head inside and let the friendly staff give you your dose. 

Local Tip: The flat white is up there with the best, creamy, strong and finished off with a pattern that displays the skills of the Baristas behind it.

Address: Budapest, Hercegprímás u. 21, 1051 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-6PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Kávétársaság

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The English translation of Kávétársaság is “coffee company”. Quite fitting as this spot is notorious for serving speciality coffee, with every cup crafted with the utmost care. The decor is super slick, with the cafe’s modern style oozing good vibes. The counter resembles a hi-tech lab, as opposed to a coffee shop. If the coffee gets your taste buds tingling, then buy some beans to brew your own at home. There is also a small selection of bites, on offer. Located near Szent István Bazilika, it’s a perfect place to rest your legs before heading out and doing some more exploring.

Local Tip: A double-shot espresso. Strong and downright delicious.

Address: Budapest, Nádor u. 14, 1051 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Mantra Speciality Bar

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The mantra of this place is simple, to provide a sanctuary for people to escape the bustling Budapest life and sip on high-quality speciality coffee. Not only do they serve coffee, but they are also devoted to educating people on the benefits of bean for the body, mind and soul. The baristas are skilled, serving you with a smile and happy to answer any questions you have about what your drinking. So if you’re serious about coffee, Mantra is one of the must-visit coffee shops in Budapest.

Local Tip: All the coffee is great, but the espresso is excellent even better when accompanied by one of their raw cakes.

Address: Budapest, Veres Pálné u. 17, 1053 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-8PM, Sat: 8.30AM-8PM, Sun: 8:30AM-7PM | More Info

Addicted 2 Caffeine

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This third-wave speciality cafe may be small in size but is big in character. Since opening its doors in 2015, the cafe has become the preferred haunt for caffeine addicts to head to get their daily fix. The team here are literally addicted to caffeine, focusing heavily on providing good quality cuppas made from the high quality roasted beans. Alot which come fresh weekly from the Barn Roasters in Berlin. However, they also switch the offering of arabica variants on a weekly basis. They also offer some bites like croissants and homemade sandwiches, which a pretty delicious. Nothing pretentious or hipster, just good quality coffee.

Local Tip: Try the Breve, an American twist on the classic Italian latte, ideal if you’re a fan of milky coffee. However, if you fancy something with a bit of strength, then an espresso should do the trick. Alternative milk options are also available here.

Address: Budapest, Bartók Béla út 62-64, 1114 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-10PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM – 10PM | More Info

Bloom Coffee

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The speciality cafe boom in Budapest has been in full swing for a while, and one of the newest cafes on the block is Bloom. Nestled amidst the hullabaloo of the busy castle district, Bloom cafe serves speciality coffee in a modern and homey environment. The light colours, modern decor and plants dotted around to create a good vibe. When you sit inside and have a coffee, you quickly realise this spot is a hidden gem. Despite its location, this spot isn’t super busy, so get to it first before it becomes one of the go-to coffee shops in Budapest.

Local Tip: Get a cappuccino and also the spinach quiche. It’s blooming awesome.

Address: IA, Budapest, Szalag u. 30, 1011 Hungary |

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM Sat-Sun: 10AM-4PM | More Info

Vinyl and Wood

Originally starting off life as a quirky concept store selling unique goods,  the ingenious addition of coffee to the mix has proved to be a perfect decision, propelling it to another level. Though not speciality, the coffee served here has been crafted with care, through collaboration with a skilled barista. By working closely together, the team has created some unique concoctions based on the Italian dark roasted Manetti blend. Now located on Wesselényi Street, the inside space is a perfect amalgamation of art and coffee. So head inside and enjoy an espresso surrounded by some amazing art and crafts, all to a backdrop of electronic music.

Local Tip: The Espresso is amazing, so grab a cup and make sure you stroll around to see the amazing arts and crafts on display.

Address: Budapest, Wesselényi u. 23, 1077 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM | More Info

Lumen Cafe

Budapest’s Palace district was once the preferred residence for aristocrats and those from the upper echelons of society. However, the area is now a hip and happening hood, home to many quirky cafes and restaurants. Lumen Cafe is the crown jewel of them all, serving up some of the best coffee you’ll ever taste. All crafted carefully from their own blend of beans roasted in-house. The coffee is bloody banging, but Lumen isn’t just another cafe, it’s a community space full of life and activity. You have the main dining room and a glass-walled outdoor space, so ample seating if you’re going on your own or with a large group. They also have lecture rooms and host regular events, from concerts, dances and art exhibitions. 

Local Tip: Pop down for breakfast, get some nice eggs, avocado smash on toast washed down well with a cup of their cracking cappuccino.

Address: Budapest, Horánszky u. 5, 1085 Hungary

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-12AM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-12AM | More Info

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If you craving a cup of high quality coffee, say “see you later” to Starbucks and “Ciao” to Costa. Instead check out some of the best independant cafes in Budapest included in this list. If you don’t know you’re way around the city, then be sure to download the Like Locals app where you can navigate to these cracking coffee houses and more amazing bars, restaurants and other must see spots. Free to download on both iOS and Android devices. 

 

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