Madal is a popular specialty coffee chain in Budapest with three locations across the city. Although the one near the Parliament building is the biggest and has the shortest wait times, this one, at Ferenciek tere, feels more homey.
Madal serves a range of espresso-based and filter coffees, and also cold brews during the warmer months. They locally light-roast the coffee beans, which, subject to the seasonal harvest schedules, arrive from Ethiopia or Brazil. If you get here before noon, chances are that they'll still have some of the flaky, whole-wheat croissants. The inside, which features plenty of blond wood and motivational photos of Sri Chinmoy, the Indian spiritual leader who inspired Madal's moniker (Chinmoy's nickname was Madal), usually fills up with foreign students glued to their laptops.
Being in the heart of downtown, Madal is easily accessible from almost everywhere in the city center.