Központ is a coffee shop, breakfast restaurant, and bar, all in one, located near the red-brick arch that signals the entry of Budapest's party district. During the day, fashionable foreigners linger here with their MacBooks and flat whites for hours on end. Come night-time, the crowd turns more local as journalists, musicians, and people from the fashion industry appear (there's a dance floor downstairs).

The best nights at Központ tend to be Fridays—it's not unusual that people spill out to the sidewalk until the wee hours. Meaningful overlap exists between Központ and Telep, the bar across the street from Központ, with groups of people noticeably shuffling back and forth between the two. Being deep within the tourist-heavy parts of the city, Központ is more expensive than comparable bars elsewhere.

Attention jazz fans: every Tuesday evening Balázs Pándi, a leading local jazz musician, plays from his wide-ranging collection of contemporary-jazz records.

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