Borpatika (“Wine pharmacy”) is a neighborhood watering hole in Újbuda. Not much has changed inside since it opened in 1986, which is, of course, part of its charm. Customers are a blend of students from the nearby Budapest University of Technology and downtrodden neighborhood regulars who come here for spirit-lifting liquors and friendly banter.

Apart from cheap drinks and an all-welcoming atmosphere, it's the array of food options that draw people to Borpatika: wallet-friendly sandwiches, meatballs, and delicious, freshly-made savory scones are stacked behind the glass case. Descend to the lower level to find some seating.