Hans van Vliet, the owner of Jedermann Café, is a legendary restaurateur in Budapest with a genius for creating atmospheric, all-inviting places for everyone to enjoy (hence "Jedermann", which translates to "everyone"). On any given day, tables at Jedermann might be filled with senior citizens fiercely debating Hungarian politics, students gossiping over a cup of coffee, and a theater director mapping out upcoming projects with the staff. Jedermann is hiding in a quiet street in District 9, not far from the city center, but away from the throngs clogging the more popular Jewish Quarter.
Jazz is the central theme at Jedermann: jazz posters drape the walls, jazz is playing in the background, and there are live jazz performances on Friday and Saturday evenings (featuring Mr. Van Vliet on the saxophone). Be sure to book a table in advance (+36 30 406 3617, accepted only by text message) as the place fills up quickly. Note that there are no concerts during the summer.
The food is nothing to write home about, but the wallet-friendly scrambled eggs "with everything," the "bundáskenyér" (Hungary's take on the French toast), and the hearty goulash soup (€4) are unlikely to disappoint. A selection of low-priced Hungarian wines are available too.