Bosnyák téri hentes

This butcher shop (hentes in Hungarian) outside the Bosnyák Market is hardly the best sausage vendor in Budapest, but if a truly, deeply local experience is what you’re after, I can’t think of a better place. You'll need to trek out to Zugló, a residential neighborhood a bit outside the city center, but think of it as part of the experience. Come out here on a Saturday morning, when the farmers' market is bursting with locals and fresh produce. Once you’ve explored the market, drop by the hentes, right next to the main entrance, for some juicy, ready-made meat.

The specialty here is the roasted pork knuckles; they’re perfectly browned with a crispy skin that yield to a soft meat inside. All you need is a dollop of mustard and a thick slice of bread for this rustic lunch treat that will only set you back €3. Don't wait for one of the high-top tables to clear; instead, make it a communal meal by standing elbow-to-elbow with locals.