Part café, part restaurant, and part bar, BÉLA is a laid back, all-welcoming neighborhood joint on the Buda side of the city, along the increasingly fashionable Bartók Béla Boulevard. The homey interior features terra cotta-colored walls, wooden floors, Persian carpets, and lots of greenery hanging from the high ceiling. There are plenty of nooks and crannies—look upstairs and in the back—meaning that BÉLA works well for dates nights, too. In fact, it works well for pretty much anything, which is why the place tends to fill to capacity most evenings.
The limited food menu features scrambled eggs, served all day, a couple of soups, and unremarkable sandwiches. Your best bet is the túrógombóc, a plump, sweet-tart cottage cheese dumpling popular in Hungary and drenched in tasty apricot jam at BÉLA.