Cafe Zsivago

Zsivágó is an adorable café and bar nestled on a quiet side street in District 6, under the radar of most people, a short block from the high-end boutiques of the tourist-heavy Andrássy Avenue. Every time I go, I feel a sense of discovery. The snug interior comes with maroon and white floral wallpapers, dense carpeting, and small, round tables.

In the afternoons, people come here for meetings, and freelancers camp out with their laptops. Come evening, a reserved but decidedly bohemian atmosphere exudes from 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 beer, (hot) wine, and spirits, they also serve hot chocolate and tea. If you get hungry, try their Polish pierogies (€1).