It's tough to beat the location of Esetleg Bistro. It's a partially outdoor bar and restaurant situated along the bank of the Danube River inside a dramatic, whale-shaped contemporary building in District 9. Esetleg offers stunning views onto several Budapest landmarks including the Liberty Bridge, Gellért Hill, and the imposing building of the Budapest University of Technology across the river. The lively venue is best for winding down with an afternoon drink in the summer months.
The highlights of Esetleg Bistro's somewhat inconsistent food offerings are two Hungarian classics: the goulash soup and the cottage cheese dumplings blanketed in sour cream and strawberry sauce. If you're looking for Hungarian craft beers and similar views, check out Jónás Craft Beer House on the other side of the building.