Opened in 1968, Ibolya Espresso is an iconic café and bar in Budapest's downtown. Ibolya is deeply anchored in Budapest's collective memory as two generations of local residents have been coming here for everything from first dates to business meetings over the past half-century. Ibolya's interior furnishings evoke the design items of the communist era: the Mid-century modern-inspired light fixtures feature orange plexiglass, while chairs are topped with sticky, red faux leather upholstery.
Despite being in the heart of downtown, most of the patrons are still locals, many of whom come here to watch soccer games projected on a big screen, and to wolf down a toasted ham and cheese sandwich blanketed in ketchup before they call it a night. Teenage lovebirds from the neighboring high schools often occupy the secluded upstairs tables. Before you leave, be sure to observe Ibolya's timeless typography placed above the entry.