Akácfa Étkezde

Neighborhood residents and office clerks alike line up for homestyle Hungarian dishes at Akácfa Étkezde, a modest self-service eatery on a side street of Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. The eclectic decor features landscape paintings, living-room furniture, and sticky, checkered tablecloths.

Akácfa Étkezde serves unfussy traditional Hungarian dishes, including beef and pork stew, roast sausages, various schnitzels, vegetable stews (főzelék), and Hungarian crepes (palacsinta). Portions are generous, the prices rock-bottom. Don't expect a fine-dining kitchen, but here you can experience the type of eateries everyday locals frequent and that are largely absent from downtown these days. Closed on the weekend!

To remain unbiased, I visit all places incognito and pay for my own meals and drinks. If you're enjoying this article, please consider supporting me by making a one-time payment (PayPal, Venmo).