Cafe Zsivago

Zsivágó is an adorable café and bar nestled on a quiet side street in District 6, under the radar of most people even though it's just a short block from the high-end boutiques of Andrássy Avenue. Every time I go here, I feel a sense of discovery. The snug interior features antique furnitures, maroon and white floral wallpapers, dense carpeting, and small, round tables.

In the afternoons, many freelancers camp out here with their laptops. Come evening, a mainly local crowd shows up and Hungarian chatter fills the high-ceilinged room. Plenty of nooks and crannies, both on the ground floor and upstairs, make Café Zsivágó an ideal date spot, too. Besides wine, beer, and tea, there's also hot chocolate, and if you get hungry, go for the Polish pierogies (€1).

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