Best Coffee Shops in Budapest 2019
Budapest is renowned for its culture, history, thermal springs, goulash and cheap alcohol. However, beyond the bathhouses and palinka, Budapest is home to a strong coffee culture that has been slowly brewing behind the scenes. Stroll through the city and you’re bound to stumble upon a speciality coffee house where you can grab a cuppa to quench your caffeine cravings. There are some cafes which stand out above the rest, however, finding them can be quite the challenge. To save you the time and stress of seeking them out, we’ve compiled a list of the Best Coffee Shops in Budapest 2019, with the help of the city’s most passionate coffee junkies.
Fekete is a fine example of the new wave coffee shop trend that has caught fire in Budapest. Hidden in the heart of the Hungarian capital, Fekete has become the favourite cafe for people looking to escape the fast-paced city life to get their caffeine fix. To enter, take a turn off this bustling Budapest boulevard, through a gateway leading to an inside space that is a magnificent mashup of old and new. The decor is modern and in the new style, with an awesome outdoor courtyard reflecting the classical Magyar architecture. The selection of speciality sips on offer is extensive but so damn good. 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.
Details: Budapest, Múzeum krt. 5, 1053 Hungary | Open Mon-Friday: 8AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 8.30AM-7PM
My Little Melbourne Coffee & Brew Bar
This quaint spot has managed to cement its position as an MVP of cafes in the Magyar capital, all whilst maintaining its own authentic Melbourne style. 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 all things 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. If you love espresso, then check out the espresso bar next door. They also do a range of iced drinks, much needed for a hot Budapest summers day.
Details: Budapest, Madách Imre út 3, 1075 Hungary | Open Tues-Thursday: 7AM-7PM, Fri-Mon: 8AM-7PM
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, old and young. The dynamic duo behind Dorado devoted their days to mastering the art of making magnificent coffee, before bringing what they’d learnt to the jewel of the Danube. 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. The types and blends of coffee available are extensive which when combined the excellent service make Dorado the perfect destination to go to get your daily caffeine fix.
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.
Details: Klauzal utca 35.Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Friday: 8.30AM-5.30PM, Sat: 9AM-4PM.
Madal Espresso & Brew Bar
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 very best 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, or roasting success, hooking the hearts and taste buds of the people of Budapest. Its popularity is evident and like it’s coffee still going strong, perfectly reflected in the three stores they’ve opened in the city.
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.
Details: Budapest, Ferenciek tere 3, 1053 Hungary| Open Mon-Friday: 7.30AM-7.30PM, Sat-Sun: 8.30AM-7.30PM
This cafe in the capitals museum quarter is a Mecca for those seeking speciality coffee of the highest quality, made 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.
Details: Múzeum körút 15 Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-7PM
London Coffee Society
Hungarians are a society of people who love their coffee, so it’s no surprise that this cafe has become a staple amongst Budapest 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 pick me up. 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, 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.
Details: Dohány utca 27.Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8.30AM-6PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM.
Located on Arany János Utca, Espresso Embassy is unequivocally one of the most well known and loved new wave coffee houses 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, which since opening 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. All transformed into delicious drinks using the most hi-tech machinery by Hungary’s most skilled and award-winning Baristas. Friendly staff, fast service, great coffee and an amazing ambience, what more can you ask for.
Local Tip: Grab an espresso, pistachio pastry and in the summer take a seat on the outside terrace to sip your drink whilst basking in the Budapest Sun.
Details: Arany János utca 15.Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM -6pm, Sun: 9AM-5PM
This jewel of a 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 looks like something out of a silicon valley science lab. The drinks are made from beans from across the globe, including their own Mombacho blend, Co-Ops own speciality coffee which is roasted on-site. The space is small in size, with only three seats, so it’s the perfect 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. If you’re a true coffee enthusiast, then it’s criminal to go to Budapest and not pay Co-Op a visit.
Local Tip: Coffee is roasted on-site, and the smell is tremendous. Great place to stop by to get a coffee to go. Especially the espresso.
Details: Dob u. 52.Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9AM-5PM, Wed: 9AM-3PM.
Since opening its doors in 2015, this speciality cafe has become a bona fide hit amongst Budapest’s coffee consumers. 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 that is a fact is how amazing the coffee served here is. 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 are 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.
Details: Istvan utca 5 Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-5.30PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM -3PM.
Double Shot Cafe
Starting off life as a quaint little cafe on Pozsonyi ú, Double Shot has rapidly risen to join the elite club of Budapest’s best speciality cafe brands. Opening a new and more spacious location in the 5th District, the team behind double shot take their coffee seriously, with every cup of coffee being carefully crafted. However, they are also experimentalists, always trying new methods and techniques to create the best cuppa. At the original one and new branch, you can sample their works in the form of the speciality partisan coffee. A slightly more viscous variant made by using double quantities of ground coffee. It’s actually pretty amazing. The main focus here is the coffee, but they also do a spectacular selection of food if you’re feeling peckish.
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.
Details: Budapest, Pozsonyi út 16, 1137 Hungary| Open Mon-Fri: 7AM-6PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-6PM.
Located on Károly körút, 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 coffee and attention to detail. Probably why this spot has become a mecca for coffee seekers from Budapest and afar. 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.
Details: Károly körút 22. Röser udvar Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-5PM.
Tamp & Pull
If you’re in Budapest and a great coffee experience is what you crave, look no further than Tamp & Pull. This Czuczor street cafe is an institution devoted to serving the very best speciality coffee to people of Budapest. Their passion for coffee is evident everywhere you look, inside the cafe and even in the name. With tamp and pull being the final steps in the espresso preparation process. 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 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. So be sure to pop down and get yourself a cuppa the good stuff and a quick bite, it’s the perfect way to start the day or take a break from the hustle and bustle of Budapest.
Local Tip: The Espresso here is excellent, strong but subtle, powerful but packed full of flavour.
Details: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 85. Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-5PM.
Although not as buzzing as the Pest side, the Buda part of the city is home to some amazing cafes which most people miss. Kelet Cafe is one of these hidden gems, 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, and since then has become a firm favourite for people searching for some spectacular coffee. The inside of the cafe resembles a library, the downstairs seating area is 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.
Local Tip: Get an espresso to start, then a cup of the super hot chocolate, accompanied by a slice of their amazing carrot cake.
Details: Bartók Béla út 29, 1115 Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-11PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-11PM.
Budapest is home to many amazing cafe brands, but Kaffiene is firmly positioned on the podium as one of the city’s best. 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, with the only word one can use to describe it being spectacular. This spot 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 the next level, even better when accompanied by a delicious croissant or one of their amazing cookies.
Details: Budapest, Baross u. 6, 1085 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-7PM.
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, it’ll definitely give 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 fuel up and then catch a film. It’s so good that you simply have to stop by for a cuppa if you’re in the area.
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.
Details: Erzsébet krt 39, 1073 Budapest, Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 9AM-9PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-9PM
My Green Cup
This cafe is a member of the My Little Melbourne family, and like it’s sister sites has become renowned for serving spectacular 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 and 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.
Details: Budapest, 17, Pozsonyi út 15, 1137 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM
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, no place offers a spectacular view of the Parliament Building like this spot. 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 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.
Details: Budapest, Batthyány tér 5, 1011 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM Sat: 9AM -3PM.
La Nube is a magnificent mashup of Magyar and Spanish, an ode to the heritage of the family behind this cafe come restaurant. The food on offer, with the menu, made up of a mixture of Hungarian and Spanish specialities, from tapas to traditional soups. It’s like your taste buds are in two different countries at the same time. Talk about teleportation. However, when it comes to coffee, the offering is really high-quality, with each cup of speciality coffee made from the 42 Family roastery. Made by skilled barista’s who know their stuff, so good coffee is guaranteed, 100%.
Local Tip: Coffee and Churros baby.
Details: Budapest Bartók Béla út 41 entrance, Ménesi út, 1114 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-3PM.
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 Horizon 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. Horizont is the perfect place to start your day, with a high-quality coffee and some breakfast, but also pretty 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 others, but totally worth it.
Details: Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 13, 1073 Hungary | Open Mon-Sat: 8.00 – 16.00
Budapest 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 a huge impact on the Budapest coffee scene, serving the 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 bench they have.
Local Tip: This spot is perfect for a grab and goes espresso or cappuccino.
Details: Budapest, Békési u. 1, 1085 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM – 5PM, Sat-Sun: 8.30AM – 6PM.
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, made especially for Cube by the roasters at Casino Mocca. Another thing that makes Cube special is the local produce they use and their ethos of sustainability, with all the packaging and cups used for takeaways being biodegradable. They even have a small outdoor terrace so you can enjoy your drink outside when the weather is good.
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.
Details: Budapest, Hunyadi tér 8, 1067 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 8AM – 5PM, Sun: 8.30AM – 6PM
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.
Details: Budapest, Jászai Mari tér 4b, 1137 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-6PM, Sat: 9AM – 5PM
Cirkusz is bohemian Budapest cafe that has become 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 Coffee. So the coffee and ambience are on point, but the food here is also bloody good, prepared fresh on the premises.
Local Tip: Honestly all the coffee is delicious, but they also do a really good brunch which you simply have to sample.
Details: Budapest, Dob u. 23, 1074 Hungary| Open Mon-Sun: 9AM – 5PM,
Mesterbike & Coffee Project
If you ever thought it’d be impossible to find a place where you could get speciality coffee and your bike fixed under one roof, think again. This unique cafe is located away from the tourist trail in the up and coming District but is worth for a trip if you’re looking for a unique coffee experience like no other. 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 of a light roasted filter blend coming from the roastery Awaken, 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.
Details: Budapest, Mester u. 11, 1095 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-1PM.
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 and generates 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. Overall a brilliant place for coffee and inspiration.
Details: Good coffee, tasty cake and a nice book, a lovely way to spend an afternoon away from the noise of the city.
Info: Budapest, Dohány u. 13, 1074 Hungary | Open Mon-Sat: 9AM-10PM
If you’re a coffee lover then 9bar will leave you on cloud nine. Another new coffee shop in the city, it’s quickly rising in heart and palates of the city’s coffee-loving contingent. Although lesser known than some other spots in the city, 9bar has gained a reputation for a serving varying styles of coffee, from new wave and speciality to classic coffee, 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. However the team behind this cafe are serious about coffee, even the name comes from the pressure at which a new method of coffee making took place. 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 niocola, a Nutella infused cappuccino.
Details: Budapest, Lázár u. 5, 1065 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM, Sat: 8AM-4PM
Despite only opening their doors in November 2016, Tényleg is considered a bonafide ten out of ten amongst the city’s caffeine loving community. Located close to Nehru Park, this cafe is quaint and cosy, but the coffee they serve is potent and packs quite the punch. The inside space is super colourful, with the walls painted green, yellow and blue, with a limited number of seats, making it a great place to stop by for quick pick me up 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, 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, and you simply have to try to get a slice of their homemade cake.
Details: Budapest, Lónyay u. 39, 1093 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM, Sat: 10AM-2PM
Since opening its doors in 2017, this tiny cafe has managed to etch its position in the hearts of the Budapest public. As the name suggests, the team behind this spot have combined the cafe concept with an age-old tradition which city life has smothered, the picnic. 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, but the offering of coffee and more that PIKNIK provides is pushing a 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 to buy, from sandwiches, cakes and much more. To top it all off 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.
Details: Budapest, Pozsonyi út 43, 1137 Hungary| Open Mon-Fri: 7AM-7PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-6PM
Tucked away on Hercegprímás street, in the heart of one of Budapest’s bustling business hubs, is a stylish cafe where local descend to get their daily dose of coffee. 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 all the way from the England capital. So if you’re on the lookout for a cracking coffee, then head inside and let the friendly staff give you your dose. They also serve a decent selection of sandwiches, treats and cakes, which will deffo go down a treat.
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.
Details: Budapest, Hercegprímás u. 21, 1051 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-6PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM.
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, which again shows how serious the team behind this place are about good coffee. If your coffee gets your taste buds tingling, then you can even purchase some beans to brew your own from the huge selection of roasters stocked in the house. There is also a small selection of bites, on offer, and since it’s located near Szent István Bazilika, 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.
Details: Budapest, Nádor u. 14, 1051 Hungary|Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-7PM, Sat: 9AM-5PM.
Mantra Speciality Bar
Located in the heart of Budapest, Mantra is a cafe with a unique style and unwavering devotion to the drink we sip every day, coffee. 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 a must-visit place if you’re in Budapest.
Local Tip: All the coffee is great, but the espresso is excellent even better when accompanied by one of their raw cakes.
Details: Budapest, Veres Pálné u. 17, 1053 Hungary| Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-8PM, Sat: 8.30AM-8PM, Sun: 8:30AM-7PM.
Addicted 2 Caffeine
Located on the Buda side of the city, Addicted2Caffeine may be small in size, but big in character. After opening its doors in 2015, this third-wave speciality cafe has become quite the haunt for coffee drinkers who descend to Újbuda to get their daily caffeine fix. The team here are literally addicted to caffeine, focusing heavily on providing good quality cuppas made from the very best beans around. Alot of the coffee is crafted from beans which come fresh weekly from the Barn Roasters in Berlin. Although 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. However, if you have kids, then this place is spot on as they have a play area to keep your kids occupied whilst you enjoy a delightful coffee.
Local Tip: Try the Breve, something different and amazing like all the sips they serve.
Details: Budapest, Bartók Béla út 62-64, 1114 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 7.30AM-10PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM – 10PM.
The speciality cafe boom in Budapest has been in full swing for a while, and one of the newest on the block is Bloom Cafe. 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, and 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 the go-to place for coffee in Budapest.
Local Tip: Get a cappucino and also the spinach quiche. It’s blooming awesome.
Details: IA, Budapest, Szalag u. 30, 1011 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM Sat-Sun: 10AM-4PM.
Vinyl and Wood
So this spot isn’t strictly a cafe, originally starting off life as a quirky concept store selling unique goods designed by artists from all across the world. If that wasn’t enough, 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 Wesselenyi 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.
Details: Budapest, Wesselényi u. 23, 1077 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM.
In the past, Budapest’s Palace district was 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. The icing on the cake is the great food they serve, with a menu filled with some great bites to accompany your coffee.
Local Tip: Pop down for breakfast, get some nice eggs, avocado smash on toast washed down well with a cup of their cracking cappuccino.
Details: Budapest, Horánszky u. 5, 1085 Hungary | Open Mon-Fri: 8AM-12AM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-12AM.
So whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or looking for a place to grab a cuppa to start your day, in Budapest there’s no shortage of places for you to go. All of these places come well reccomened by the people who know the city best, the locals. So say “see you later” to Starbuck and “Ciao” to Costa, and instead support the amazing independent cafe’s that are part of Budapest coffee community.