À la Maison Grand Budapest

À la Maison Grand is a chic downtown café in Budapest located on the ground floor of a 1906 art nouveau building (take a glance at the oversized glass mosaic perched atop the building). A fashionable, tourist-heavy crowd tends to flock here for the breakfast-all-day and brunch offerings that include reliably-prepared classics like croque madame (€5), Eggs Florentine (€7), and a range of waffles. I recommend that you avoid the "breakfast plates" in general, as I was let down by the undersized and forlorn-looking English (€10) and Hungarian breakfasts (€12).

The bustling space usually fills to capacity with a mix of tourists and local groups of girlfriends, who often accompany their breakfast dishes with strawberry mimosas from the full service bar. Zeitgesty breakfast items like acai bowl or avocado toast (€7) are also available at À la Maison Grand. The owners spared no expense on the gleaming white, high-ceilinged interior that features plush chairs and comfortable, grey sofas. Reservations are recommended.