Does Budapest need another specialty coffee shop? The answer is not obvious to me, but if it’s a “yes," then more of them should be like Dorado Café. This 2018 newcomer occupies a plant-filled space on the rapidly gentrifying Klauzál Street inside the old Jewish Quarter. Unlike in the hole-in-the-wall cafés that are so common in Budapest, here patrons are welcome to linger on the long communal table without feeling rushed.

Hungarian-Spanish owner duo, Emese Görföl and Mario Jimenez, give Dorado an endearing character; they’re kind, attentive, and know coffee. In a city where service staff is notoriously grouchy, these are precious qualities. There's everything from cold brews to V60 hand pour-overs, and espresso-based drinks prepared with a matte black La Marzocco machine. If you get hungry, go for the fresh pastries, or the avocado toast, which, served on sourdough and strewn with pickled onions and walnuts, is especially good.

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