Drop Shop

Hiding in an elite part of downtown Budapest near the Hungarian Parliament Building, Drop Shop is a boutique wine bar doubling as a wine store. Unlike most wine bars in the city that stack only local bottles, Drop Shop serves carefully curated international wines anywhere from Austria to Australia, from natural to orange wines. There's also an ample selection of local Hungarian vinos that are somewhat pricier and more premium than elsewhere.

Note that the cheese (€8) and charcuterie (€12) plates are excellent, and even the ham and cheese panini (€3) is among the best I've had. I only wish that Drop Shop's interior was a little homier—less bright lights, some background music, and more comfortable chairs would extract more charm from the space. As often is the case in wine bars, the customers are generally 35-plus professionals.