Opened in 1968, Ibolya Espresso is an iconic café and bar in Budapest's downtown. Ibolya is anchored in Budapest's collective memory as at least two generations of local residents have been coming here for everything from secret dates to business meetings over the past half-century. The place's interior pieces evoke the design items of the communist era - chairs are topped with sticky, red faux leather upholsteries, and Mid-century modern-inspired light fixtures feature orange plexiglass.
Prices at Ibolya Espresso used to be too good to be true, but they've recently been increased as tourists have found the place. But most of the patrons are still locals. Many of them come here for beers and soccer (games projected on big screens), or to wolf down a toasted ham and cheese sandwich blanketed in ketchup before they call it a night. The upstairs tables are often occupied by teenage lovebirds from the neighboring high schools. Before you leave, be sure to observe Ibolya's timeless typography placed above the entry.