Kontakt Budapest

Kontakt is a specialty coffee shop nestled inside the cobblestoned courtyard of a pre-war downtown building. With a radically minimalist interior, heavily-bearded staff, and customers glued to their smartphones, Kontakt could easily be mistaken for a hip café in Brooklyn.

Kontakt has a strict no-sugar policy, which, in the case of their drip coffees, comes in addition to a ban on milk: they believe it's without these additives that the rich and aromatic coffee flavors can fully speak for themselves. Coffee geeks can order a nitro brew (Kontakt is one of the few places in Budapest that serves it).

If you get hungry, try Szimply next door, a wildly popular breakfast joint run by the same owners in a similarly fashionable vein. In case you need to wait for a table, pop into Rododendron, a cute design store across the courtyard.

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