There are places you hear of because they get lots of reviews online. Then there are places you notice because they are always packed with people. That is how we first discovered Vaj. Every Sunday morning, we drove next to Vaj, and even on cold winter days, it was crowded both inside and outside. What’s the reason? Is it worth it?
First, vaj is a Hungarian word, and it means butter. Everyone in love with cooking and baking knows butter is an essential ingredient. What can you eat if you decide to visit Vaj?
As you enter the café/restaurant, you will quickly notice that they have all kinds of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits, and pizzas. As a result, this is a place where most people will find something they like, not only for breakfast but also for lunch and dinner.
In the picture, you can see examples of what we could eat during our visit. There were more sandwiches and sweets available, in addition to the pizzas, of which there is a wide selection. You can place your order at the desk. The food will either be given to you immediately, or you will receive an alert as the food is prepared.
During our stay, it was interesting to see that the person behind the desk only spoke English. In other words, we couldn’t use Hungarian to place our order, but we had to speak English. No problem for us, and it felt a bit exotic, but that is still an interesting phenomenon considering that many Hungarians only speak Hungarian.
There is a wide selection of pizza options in Vaj. This place is for those who like traditional Italian pizzas with an extremely thin crust. Would you rather have a thick crust? Go somewhere else, or eat something else.
Besides the fact that we prefer a thicker crust, the biggest problem with the pizza was the taste of the pizza sauce. For some reason, we didn’t like it at all. If we forget about the pizza, we enjoyed everything we ate in Vaj.
Is Vaj expensive?
Butter is quite an exclusive product (in Hungary). Most people use cheaper margarine instead. What about Vaj? It cannot be considered cheap, but it isn’t expensive either. It is quite average, meaning sandwiches cost around 2000 HUF, pizzas are priced between 3500-4000 HUF, and coffee and similar drinks cost between 1000-1500 HUF.
Are you need a place to meet friends while eating and drinking? Vaj is a perfect place for the purpose. It is close to Blaha Lujza square (red metro) and Rakoczi square (green metro). The popular tram lines 4&6 stop at both locations, making this a place easy to approach using public transportation.
Vaj Budapest information
Address: József körút 30-32, 1085 Budapest Opening times: 7.00 – 20.00
I know this might be an offense to many tourists visiting Budapest. It is, however, a reality that many people eat fast food at Burger King and Mcdonald’s while in Budapest. Why is that? Because it is easy and cheaper than most other restaurants, you don’t have to wait for a long time, and you know what you get.
So, what should you expect if you visit a Mcdonalds’ or a Burger King in Budapest to buy a Big Mac menu, a Whopper Menu, or maybe a Happy Meal in McDonald’s’? After all, families with children often hate waiting 30 minutes for an order to be served in a restaurant that visits such places. Or maybe students who are on a budget want something quick and cheap.
The price of a Whopper Menu in Budapest (updated in 2023)
If you are a fan of Burger King and their Whopper sandwich, the price of a Whopper menu in Budapest is 2260 HUF. (appx 5,5 Euro). If you want two pieces of meat in your Whopper menu (making it a Dupla Whopper King Menu), the price is 2560.
Why should you eat a Whopper and not a Big Mac? It feels fresher due to the fresh vegetables, and the meat feels more like meat.
The price of the children’s meal (King Junior Meal) at Burger King is 1290 HUF.
The price of a Big Mac menu in Budapest
Would you rather go to McDonald’s? I know the taste of a Whopper feels fresher than a Big Mac, but there is something about the Big Mac taste that makes it so easy to eat that you just love eating it. I remember watching Super Size Me once, and do you know what I dreamt of as I left the cinema? A Big Mac! 🙂
If you would like to buy a Big Mac menu in Budapest, the price for a normal size menu is 2250 HUF (appx. 5,5 Euro). If you want a bigger menu with larger fries and a larger drink, the price is 2410 HUF.
The price of the happy meal at McDonald’s is 1500 HUF as of January 2023.
Do you find these prices expensive, or is it worth it? It is worth noticing that you can get much better hamburgers for the same price (or lower) in serious hamburger bars in Budapest, so it isn’t necessarily cheaper to eat at Burger King or McDonald’s, compared to other places. But, it is quicker, it often feels safer, and the kids love it.
Fun fact: There are more than 50 Mcdonalds’ restaurants in Budapest. In addition, you can find lots of Burger Kings restaurants. Besides these giants, you can also find more and more KFC restaurants.
Would you like to eat the best possible food in Budapest? As of November 2022, Hungary has seven restaurants with one Michelin star and two restaurants with two Michelin stars. Would you like to book a table in any of these restaurants? In order to get a table, you need to make your reservation months in advance, but if you are late, you can still give it a try.
Many people believe that the best restaurants in Hungary are all located in Budapest. That is almost true, as seven out of the nine restaurants in Hungary with Michelin stars are located in Budapest. But, there are two exceptions, and one of those exceptions has two Michelin stars. In other words, you can find delicious food outside Budapest as well.
Michelin-star restaurants in Budapest.
The seven restaurants with Michelin stars in Budapest are.
Two Michelin stars.
Stand (Chefs: Tamás Szell and Szabina Szulló)
One Michelin star.
Babel (Chef: Kornel Kaszas)
Borkonyha (Chef: Ákos Sarkozy)
Costes (Chef: Levente Koppany)
Essencia (Chef: Tiago Sabarigo)
Rumour (Chef: Jeno Racz)
Salt (Chef: Szilard Toth)
Michelin-star restaurants outside Budapest.
The two restaurants with Michelin stars outside Budapest are.
Two Michelin stars.
Platan Gourmet, Tata (Chef: Istvan Pesti)
One Michelin star.
42, Esztergom (Adam Barna)
Tata and Esztergom are two cities not very far from one another, so you can easily visit both these during a trip to Hungary and to Budapest. Tata is located a 45-minute drive from Budapest, close to the highway in the direction of Györ, Vienna, and Bratislava. Esztergom is a beautiful city next to the Danube, especially known for its fantastic basilica on the top of the hill (the largest church building in Hungary). It is on the border with Slovakia, meaning that you can easily cross the Maria Valeria bridge and also visit Slovakia on your trip (if that sounds interesting).
If you go by car, it should take approximately 60 minutes to drive from Budapest to Esztergom.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? Do you have any comments or thoughts that you would like to share? Write a comment below.
The Christmas market at Vörösmarty square has already opened, and recently, we also got to know the dates for the fantastic Christmas market in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest. If you haven’t booked your flight tickets yet, go ahead and do so right away. But, be sure to arrive in time, as the Christmas markets close on December 31st (Vörösmarty square) and January 1st (Szent Istvan square).
What else is worth knowing about life in Budapest right now?
Life goes on as usual. There are no masks (unless you have to go to the hospital), restaurants are running with business as usual, and stores are open as they normally are. What might be new and interesting is the fact that two restaurants in Hungary got rewarded with two Michelin stars. One of the restaurants is named Stand and it is located in Budapest. The other restaurant is named Platán Gourment and it is located in the city of Tata (a 50-minute drive from Budapest in the direction of Vienna). If you have time and money, these restaurants are for sure worth visiting.
There are also several restaurants with one Michelin star. All of them are located in Budapest with the exception of one.
We hope you will enjoy your stay in Budapest and that you will eat a lot of good food while here.
Everyone working with tourism is suffering because of the Coronavirus. That is also true in Budapest, and as a result, lots of restaurants have decided not to remain open in the coming days, weeks, and most likely, months.
One of the best restaurants in Budapest, Textura, which is operated by the same people who run the restaurant Borkonyha (with one Michelin star), reported that they will close the restaurant from March 16th. At first, they plan to re-open the restaurant at the start of May.
We also received a report from a waiter in a very nice Hungarian wine restaurant in the city center (BorLaBor), that after only having a few visitors in an entire day, the management decided to close the restaurant from March 16th as well. Hopefully, the restaurant will be able to re-open once the virus danger is over.
These are just two examples of something that is a trend among restaurants, not only in Budapest but worldwide. Many restaurants in Budapest reported about a 20% revenue decrease in January, followed by approximately 40% in February, and with the total stop of tourism in March, the March numbers will be catastrophic for everyone.
Are you a tourist stranded in an apartment or in a hotel room, but don’t actually want to leave it? Maybe someone got sick, and now you have to cancel your night out, and instead, you just want to order some quick and easy food to your hotel? How and where can it be done?
I know you don’t come to Budapest to stay in your hotel room and to eat food delivered at your door. But, there are times when it is needed, and the question is: In such a moment, how and where to order your food online?
The answer is actually quite easy. One of the most successful startups is the so-called Netpincer, meaning Internet waiter. Here you can find all sorts of restaurants included in the list, and once you give them your location, you will find a big overview showing all the restaurants currently open near you, and able to deliver food to your address.
Once you get to the site, register your address and a phone number. You will then be able to start, and soon you can have your food delivered at your door, or to the reception of your hotel.
Can I make my entire order in English?
As you can see above, the website is available in English and all the general information is available in English. But, when you look at the ingredients of the pizza, it is all in Hungarian. Are you in for some risky business? Ordering a pizza or some other food without actually understanding what it is all about?
You don’t need to. They have included a Google Translate function at their website (normally at the right side of the website). There you can choose between a couple of languages (including English), and it is actually capable of translating the menus in a quite decent way.
As a result, you don’t have to play yatzy as you order the meal, as you can actually get a decent understand of your meal with the translation help before you order.
How much do I have to pay for the home-delivery?
There are quite big differences in the home-delivery fees as you order on this platform. Quite a lot of the restaurants will deliver to your home for somewhere between 0 and 300 HUF (from 0 till 1 Euro), while some are more expensive. But, you can see this easily on the website during the order process, so you shouldn’t have to worry about this.
How fast is the food delivered?
This is also very different between all the restaurants. The average delivery time is somewhere between 45-60 minutes, but some restaurants deliver faster, and during peak-hours, things can also be much slower. But, all restaurants have an estimate available as you order, meaning that you should get a quite fair estimate of the arrival of the food even before you order.
How can I pay for my pizza-order?
As you place all the food you want in your basket, it is time to place the order. But, before you actually place the order, you will have to decide whether or not you want to pay online (with card) or if you want to pay in cash to the delivery guy. That is entirely up to you!
We hope this information will help you find the food you need. Once you are ready to go out and eat in a restaurant in Budapest, make sure to look around here in our Budapest Guide for inspiration and information. We have a really nice list presenting nine dinners in Budapest you will remember for a long time. You can also read more about all sorts of restaurants here at our website, and if you want to dine out on the Danube, make sure to enjoy a river cruise on the Danube with dinner.
If you have further questions about food-delivery in Budapest or some other topic related to that, use the comment field. We always try to answer questions and help out as quickly as possible!
Are you a tourist who wants to eat a cheap lunch in the heart of Budapest? Are you getting some shopping done in Vaci utca, and now you want to eat lunch, without spending 20-40 euros per person?
If you visit a normal restaurant in Vaci utca, you can easily end up spending 10 Euro on a hamburger, 3 Euro on your fries, and then 4 Euro on a beer, and then more as you drink some more, and order some onion rings and other stuff.
But, what can you do if you are on a budget and want to eat a cheap, but still high-quality and solid lunch near the Vaci utca in Budapest? Here we have a very good piece of advice.
A cheap lunch in Kajahu Budapest
Petofi Sandor utca is the name of a street parallel to the Vaci utca (not in the direction of the Danube, but the other way). It is a quiet street with some car traffic, but it is not the place most tourists walk. How come? There are not lots of stuff to see. But, if you go there around lunch-time, you might discover a restaurant named Kajahu. It is a social digital restaurant, meaning that you book your table online at their website, you order your food using tablets in the restaurant, and it is a very digital restaurant. Luckily, the food is prepared by real people, and it is both tasty and cheap.
If you visit Kajahu during lunch hours, you can actually get a three-course meal costing you around 5 Euro. That is a brilliant price, and should you add a drink to it, you will still be able to have your lunch for less than 7 Euro in the heart of Budapest. That is a nice price, isn’t it? Of course, you could eat cheaper in Kentucky Fried Chicken, in McDonald’s, or in Burger King, but you will most likely spend about 5 Euro there as well, and it will be junk food. In Kajahu, you will get three courses of healthy and tasty food that will do you good and taste well!
Every day, there are daily menus available, meaning that you will be served what is available on the daily menu on your day of visit. Maybe you are scared that you will not like what they serve? You can, of course, order from their normal menu, but that will be a more expensive experience. But, it is really cool to taste new stuff, to experience food that you normally wouldn’t order, so this is a treat for those who want an innovative and experimental lunch at a low cost in Budapest.
Do you like the sound of Kajahu? Here you can find some useful contact information for the restaurant.
Useful Kajahu information Address: 1052 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor street 11. Phone: +36 30 331 4404
Are you looking for suggestions on places to eat in Budapest? Here we have compiled a list of nine dinner opportunities that for sure will give you many memories and experiences to remember for a long time.
We don’t expect you to consider all nine suggestions just as good, but, we are sure that everyone will find some of the ideas to be brilliant. And based on our own experience, we can clearly say that these are awesome experiences that will be stuck in your mind for a long time after the actual dinner.
Are you ready to go? If you find something you like, click the links to fix your reservations and to read more about the different restaurants and programs.
Nine fantastic dinner options in Budapest
Let us start with two gourmet restaurants that will give you a culinary experience to remember. These are not the cheapest experiences in Budapest, but considering the quality you get, the prices ain’t that bad at all!
Onyx Budapest – A two-starred dinner
Onyx was the first restaurant in Budapest to receive a Michelin star and was later the first restaurant ever to receive a second Michelin star. In other words, this is the only restaurant in Budapest with two Michelin-stars, and it is food and ingredients at the highest level. You will for sure remember your meal here for a long time, but be aware of the fact that you should reserve a table months before arrival if you want to be sure to get a free seat.
Onyx Budapest Address: 1051 Budapest, Vorosmarty ter 7-8 Reservation: +36 30 508 06 22
Aszu Budapest – A gourmet dinner without stars
If you want to experience a Budapest dinner in high class and with the best ingredients, but without paying for the Michelin stars, Aszu is a perfect option. The restaurant is located in the heart of Budapest, not far from St. Stephen’s Basilica. Here you will often find free tables if you book a few days in advance, making it perfect for a very fine dinner in Budapest booked quite late. Aszu is also the name of the most famous wine produced in Hungary from the Tokaj region, making the restaurant a perfect place for a wine dinner where you combined the best ingredients with some of the best Hungarian wines.
After two gourmet restaurants, it is time to change to some different restaurants in other interesting categories.
Dinner at the Danube River
The dinners you are served on the Danube might not be the most exclusive, but they will still give you memories to remember for a long time. What is better than enjoying a delicious meal (either served at the table or taken from a buffet), and then eating it while watching the beautiful city of Budapest outside the windows of the boat? Many of these boats also have live music in the background, giving you an even nicer experience during the trip.
There are river cruises with food available both during the daytime and nighttime, but if you want to see Budapest at its most magnificent, make sure to book a cruise in the evening!
Are you one of those who simply want to eat it all and taste it all? Maybe it is hard to choose only one main course from the menu? Go to Trofea Grill and enjoy food from a giant buffet. Here you can eat without stop and without limitations and taste a whole lot of variations of Hungarian food. There are soups, main courses, salads, desserts, fruits, vegetables, grill bar, and so much more to choose from, and besides eating a lot, you can also drink without limitations as everything is included in the price.
Trofea Grill Address: Kiraly utca 30-32 , Margit Korut 2 Reservation: fix it here
There are a total of six Trofea Grill restaurants in Budapest, but the two addresses above are to the best two restaurants in the category.
A fantastic wine dinner in Budapest
Hungary is a nation of wine production, and what can then be better than to enjoy a large wine dinner while in Budapest? We have two awesome wine dinners available to our guests and they are both arranged in central Budapest, not far from the Ferenciek square. At both dinners, you will be served traditional Hungarian courses combined with 100% authentic Hungarian wines. Neither of the menus should be considered gourmet dinners, but they are still in high quality and should be satisfying to most people out there looking for dinners with good drinks and high-quality food.
It might not sound so attractive, but the Sir Lancelot restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in all of Budapest. It is crowded on all evenings (almost), and here you can enjoy giant plates of food served to you and your companions. But, that isn’t all. The restaurant is furnished with medieval furniture, there is live middle age music in the background, you can experience sword-fights and belly-dancing, and it is an experience people come to experience over and over again while in Budapest. A really authentic and awesome experience for those who want a somewhat different restaurant experience in Budapest.
Sir Lancelot Budapest Address: 1065 Budapest, Podmaniczky u. 14. Reservation: fix it right here.
Brewery dinner for those who love beer
Are you in love with beer? Do you want to eat a lot, and at the same time drink and enjoy beer brewed at the actual restaurant? Our brewery dinner might be exactly what you have been looking for. The restaurant/brewery is located near the Kalvin square and here you will combine a four-course dinner with a brewery visit, accompanied by four beers and four Hungarian fruit spirits (Palinka). You will for sure not leave the restaurant hungry, but you might walk a bit shady after getting quite a lot of alcohol into your blood during your time at the place.
The four courses served are quite traditional Hungarian courses, and the portions are like you expect them to be in Hungary – BIG!
Do you like the sound of a juicy steak, or maybe a Kobe steak while in Budapest? At both La Pampa and Pampas Steakhouse, you have the chance to eat steaks in all sizes and with all sorts of side dishes. Both restaurants are known for their high quality, and they are both located in the heart of Budapest. La Pampa is close to the St. Stephen’s Basilica and has a beautiful interior, while Pampas is next to the Grand Market Hall and might look a bit rustier on the inside. The menu is, however, identical in both places, so the only difference between the restaurants is the waiters and the interior.
The last option might sound strange, but if you want a dining experience in Budapest that you might remember for a long time, why not find an outdoor market and eat there? It might be the Easter market or one of the Christmas markets, but these are perfect places to taste very authentic and tasty Hungarian food. Here you will find Hungarian sausages, lots of pork, fresh salads, hot soups, and of course, lots of traditional Hungarian spirits and drinks.
This might sound boring, but it isn’t. At these markets, you will find lots of meals that you don’t find in average restaurants, and just take a look at the following picture from the Christmas market at the Vorosmarty square in 2019 to see what was served.
Do you see what was served here? Rooster Testicles Stew! It might not sound delicious, but it will for sure give you an experience that you will remember for a long time. And maybe you will even enjoy the taste? This is just one of many examples of what you can taste and eat at these outdoor markets in Budapest
Are you ready to eat your Budapest dinner?
We hope these nine suggestions will inspire and help you out. If you have further ideas or suggestions, write them down in the comment field beneath. Have you been to any of the places described? Feel free to write some feedback and tell us all about your experience!
The only thing that remains after this is to wish you GOOD APPETITE!
If you get hungry while walking the streets of the seventh district in Budapest, often referred to as the Jewish ghetto of Budapest, you might bump into a restaurant named Kazimir. Is it a place worth visiting? Is it a kosher restaurant?
The restaurant named Kazimir is located in the Kazinczy street in Budapest, just opposite an orthodox synagogue, and very close to some famous kosher restaurants. Based on the name, one would expect Kazimir to be a typical Jewish restaurant as well, but that isn’t the case. This is a quite traditional Hungarian restaurant, though with more of a cultural and artistic atmosphere to it. There are often live events taking place, so this is more the place for a laidback cultural evening in a Budapest restaurant.
If you stroll the streets of Budapest and want to find a good place for lunch you can safely pay Kazimir a visit. They have daily menus available, and a three-course version will still cost you less than 2000 HUF (6 Euro). This is ideal, and you will then get to taste some freshly made food, instead of picking traditional courses from the menu (that you can be served in most other restaurants as well).
In other words, if you want a nice lunch at a good price, then this is a perfect place. And since these are daily menus, the food is almost ready when you arrive, which means that you can eat quickly (if you are in a hurry). I actually managed to eat myself through a daily lunch menu in less than 20 minutes (from I arrived until I left). Of course, that isn’t to recommend eating in such a hurry, but if you have to, then it can actually work in this place.
An interesting place for dinner!
If you are tired of the traditional gypsy music in many of the typical restaurants in Budapest, then the cultural programs in Kazimir will be a breath of fresh air. Here you will find jazz concerts, literature evenings with loud book reading, and so much more. And of course, you will find a menu with traditional Hungarian courses (including the Goulash soup), but also with the special pulled pork sandwich of the house, different sorts of hamburgers, salads, beef, and special courses prepared for those under 12 years. The price of a main course is normally between 2000-4000 HUF, but the most expensive meals cost around 5500 HUF.
More information about Kazimir
Address: 1075, Budapest, Kazinczy utca 34. Tlf: +36 20 354 5533 Opening times: 10.00-04.00
Pay especially attention to the opening times. Here you can have a good time, until early in the morning, just before you wake up to go to work! It is also important to notice that the restaurant is in the middle of the ruin-pub area of Budapest, meaning that the area is full of life and party-people until early morning!
Have you been to Kazimir? Feel free to write a comment to share your thoughts and comments about the restaurant!
The neighborhood of Kazimir
As I have already mentioned, there are synagogues and kosher restaurants in the vicinity of Kazimir. Just beneath, you can see a picture of the largest synagogue of Budapest (and the third-largest in the world), which is less than 500 meters from Kazimir. But, this area is also known for its ruin-pubs, and in the same street, you can find the most famous of them all, Szimpla Kert. In other words, this is an area worth visiting and exploring!
Visegrad is a very popular destination among tourists coming to Hungary. Not only because of its delightful location along the Danube River but also because of the mighty castle on the top of the hill giving an even more stunning view towards the countryside and the Danube.
Lots of larger tourist groups join in on daily excursions from Budapest taking them to the city of Szentendre, to Visegrad, and to Esztergom. But, if you decide to visit Visegrad and want to grab something to eat, where should you go? Is Don Vite Ristorante a place worth visiting?
Don Vito Ristorante is an Italian restaurant in Visegrad. While most of the other restaurants in town are all about traditional Hungarian courses, this is one of the restaurants suitable for those who want to eat pizza and other Italian courses. But, what is the quality like?
Don Vito Ristorante Visegrad – Pictures and thoughts
The price level of Don Vito in Visegrad is nice. The pizzas cost around 2000 HUF (6 Euro), while the other main courses cost between 2000-4000 HUF (6-12 Euro). The service is quick and good, and we got our food served within 25 minutes from the time we ordered.
Not only do they serve big portions of Italian food, but they also have children’s menus available, something that comes in handy if you arrive with smaller kids. Above you can see a picture of the traditional Hungarian Wiener schnitzel served together with friend and ketchup. Normally, there wouldn’t be any ketchup for this, but since it is a children’s menu, they serve it with this as a sauce.
As an Italian restaurant, they need to have lasagne on the menu, and so we decided to test the Don Vito lasagne as well. It was actually quite good, and it was a nice portion of food. We wouldn’t travel to Visegrad to eat this lasagne, but if we first visit the village and eat in Don Vito, then this isn’t a bad choice at all.
We had to taste some pizzas as well in Don Vito. They had quite a lot of different pizzas on the menu, and the price level is fair. The size of the pizzas is 32cm, which is the traditional pizza size in Hungary. Just like with the lasagne, the pizzas were absolutely fine. They were nothing special worth visiting Visegrad for, but if you are first there, this is a great and cheap option for a good meal.
Don Vito Ristorante is a good option for a meal in Visegrad. If you reside in Budapest, do not forget to read about all the restaurants in Budapest featured in our guide. We can also offer wine dinners and wine tasting options, and even a brewery visit with lots of food in Budapest.
Would you rather enjoy a meal in traditional restaurants such as Sir Lancelot, Aszu restaurant, or maybe a steak in La Pampa Budapest? Click the links for more information and the chance to reserve a table in these restaurants.
Have you been to Don Vito in Visegrad? Write a comment and let us know how you enjoyed your stay!