Budapest Baristas

Although Budapest Baristas is primarily a specialty café, it’s their breakfast-all-day offerings that makes a visit here worthwhile. Bagels rarely appear on Budapest menus, so I automatically go for them when they do. After all, who doesn’t like to bite through a warm cream cheese bagel sporting a dense and chewy interior?

The ones at Budapest Baristas arrive frozen and get a final prep before being served. They're boiled, rather than steamed, a key distinction in bagel land, which means that they have a crispier crust and a round shape. The default is a sesame bagel, and toppings include the classic cream cheese, and also lox, the signature Jewish-American variety with smoked salmon.

Aside from the bagels, Budapest Baristas also makes a range of on-trend breakfast foods including everything from avocado toasts, pancakes, and granola and yogurt. Note that portions are on the smaller side, so most people will easily be able to handle two breakfast dishes. A La Marzocco machine is responsible for the espresso-based drinks, which are supplemented by pricey matchas, and filter coffee. Service can be kind or brusque, depending on who is behind the counter from the rotating group of servers.

One source of annoyance at Budapest Baristas is their flimsy folding chairs and cheap, undersized plastic tabletops which detract from the dining experience (Budapest Baristas is far from the only restaurant in the city that suffers from this).