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 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, which marries a café with a bar, is hidden on a quiet street in District 9, not far from the city center, but away from the throngs clogging the party district.

Jazz is the central theme: jazz posters drape the walls, jazz is playing in the background, and there are live jazz performances on Friday and Saturday evenings often 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 at Jedermann isn't going to blow your mind, but the low-priced breakfast-all-day dishes — scrambled eggs "with everything," bundáskenyér (Hungary's take on the French toast), and a hearty goulash soup (€5) — are perfectly satisfying. A selection of Hungarian wines are available, too.

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