Bosnyák téri hentes

This butcher shop (hentes) next to the entrance of 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 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 butcher shop for juicy, freshly made pork knuckles; they’re perfectly browned with a crispy skin that yields 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.

We visit all places incognito, pay for our own meals and drinks, and write independent reviews.