Opened in 1951, Balla-Hús is one of the few remaining standalone butcher shops in downtown Budapest. Balla's business model has evolved over the decades: instead of raw meat, today they mainly serve low-priced breakfast and lunch dishes to the shrinking number of local residents (Airbnb, I'm looking at you).

In the mornings, go for the scrambled eggs, which arrive sprinkled with crisped-up sausages and red paprika powder (€2.5)—expect a generous portion if the owner himself prepares your plate. The lunch offerings include meat-heavy dishes that are laid out in the steam tables behind the glass. Think blood sausage, fried chicken liver, and schnitzel. Whatever you choose, pair it with a slice of bread or pickled vegetables, and let the Dionysian feast wall painting inspire your meal.

Balla Hús is one of the few places in Budapest's tourist-heavy downtown that serves a low-priced breakfast and lunch; as a result, locals flock here, both construction workers and office bureaucrats from the Mayor's Office around the corner. Note that the place is closed on weekends.

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