Hús Hentesáru (Hajós utca)

This homey butcher and sausage shop has been around for almost a hundred years, with the current owner in charge since 1991. What makes it even more of a small miracle that this old-school, unpretentious place still exists today is that it's located right beside the Budapest Opera House, one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Stepping inside here feels like a travel back in time, both in terms of the interior and the service—evidently, the brusque lady behind the counter comes from a generation when customers were not always right, and there's something deeply authentic about her attitude.

Prices are very wallet friendly: I rarely pay more than the equivalent of €5 for my order, which usually consists of a paprika-laced sausage with a slice of roasted pork belly (or ribs or shoulder), and raw sauerkraut, mustard, and a slice of bread on the side. You can also purchase to-go a pair of the homemade smoked sausages that hang behind the counter.