Drop Shop

Hiding in an elite part of downtown Budapest near the 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 carries a carefully curated inventory of international wines anywhere from Austria to Australia, from a traditionally made Brunello to natural wines from the New World. There's also an ample selection of top-notch, but pricey, local Hungarian vinos.

As for food, there's the obligatory cheese (€8) and charcuterie (€12) plates, but you'll do yourself a favor if you instead go for the delicious ham and cheese panini (€3). I only wish that Drop Shop's interior was a little homier—softer lighting, some background music, and more comfortable chairs would extract more charm from this space and be more fitting for the top-shelf wines. As often is the case in wine bars, most customers here consist of 35-plus professionals.

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