Cafe Zsivago

Zsivágó is an adorable café and bar nestled on a quiet side street in District 6. I get a kick out of the fact that just a short block away from the high-end boutiques and tourist-heavy Andrássy Avenue lies this secluded place, under the radar of most people. Despite having been to Zsivágó plenty of times, I still feel a sense of discovery whenever I go.

The cozy interior is decked out in maroon and white floral wallpapers, dense carpeting, and small, round tables. Café Zsivágó draws a diverse crowd. In the afternoons, many people come here for meetings and freelancers also camp out with their laptops. Come evening, a reserved but decidedly bohemian atmosphere permeates the space, where alcohol is consumed in generous quantities and philosophical musings fill the high-ceilinged room.

Plenty of nooks and crannies, both on the ground floor and upstairs, make Café Zsivágó an ideal date spot. Besides (hot) wine and an array of liquors, they also serve hot chocolate, tea, and coffee. If you insist on food, Polish pierogies can also be had.