Kiosk Pest is a buzzing restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Budapest, favored by trendy locals and plenty of tourists. Kiosk has at least two things going for it: a stunning view of the Danube and the Elisabeth Bridge from its outdoor patio, and a dramatically high-ceilinged, industrial-chic interior. (Interestingly, the building houses a Roman Catholic high school upstairs, in fact, there's a chapel right above Kiosk.)
The restaurant aims to please all tastes with a diverse menu that includes everything from salads to burgers, pastas, steaks, and even a whole section dedicated to Hungarian classics. Despite the wide reach, the dishes are tasty and reliable, although slightly overpriced by local standards. I most enjoy here the hearty goulash soup (€6), and the mákosguba (€5), a vanilla-soaked, poppy seeds-laced dessert popular across Central Europe — Kiosk's version is the best I've had in Budapest. During the week, there's a three-course lunch prix fixe for €9.
In the warmer months, follow the throngs to the outdoor terrace, which is where the action shifts to.