La nube café
La nube is a café and tapas bar tucked away in a side street in the increasingly hip Újbuda neighborhood on the Buda side. The main appeal of this Hungarian-Spanish, family-run operation is the welcoming, homey atmosphere and mixed group of patrons. On a typical day, customers might comprise parents with young children, hipsters typing away on their iPhones, and aging locals sipping glasses of draft San Miguel.
For breakfast—they open at 10 a.m. in Spanish fashion—you can choose between a jamon or chorizo-based omelet. The lunch and dinner tapas menu features many of the usual suspects. I enjoyed most the chorizo al vino (€3), the rice and vegetables-stuffed peppers (pimientos rellenos; €3), the garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo; €4), and the marinated pork cheek (carrillada; €5). Aged Iberico and other charcuteries, Manchego cheese, and a range of Spanish red and white wines are also served. La nube's dimly-lit, intimate space can be especially enjoyable if you're looking for a break from downtown's hustle and bustle.