If the iconic New York Café, located right across the street from here, offers a journey back in time, then Horizont Café shows off Budapest's contemporary self. This circle-shaped café and breakfast restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows used to be a movie theater's ticket office until 1999. Now, following a recent gut renovation, the handsome interior features mid-century modern and Art Deco furnishings complete with hanging globe lamps, vivid colors, and brass finishes. Central to the space is the coffee counter, where a couple of baristas ground, brew, and serve everything from filter coffees (€3) to espressos (€2) made with lightly roasted beans imported from places like Colombia, Ethiopia, and Burundi.
Of the breakfast and brunch dishes, I most enjoyed the scrambled eggs (€8), which are perfectly runny and come interspersed with chive and jazzed up with crispy bacon and marinated shallots. Also good is the French toast (€7), enlivened with fresh seasonal fruits. Ironically, the avocado toast, the signature new-wave breakfast food, was the one letdown: Despite the elaborate plating, it was too heavy on carbs and light on flavors (at €11, it’s likely also the priciest avocado toast in town). There are a couple of gluten-free and vegan options, too.
In light of the steep price points and decidedly trendy breakfast dishes, customers mainly consist of chic Millennial tourists. Note that Horizont serves breakfast daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. but it's closed on Sundays.