Madal Cafe (Ferenciek tere)

Madal is a popular specialty coffee chain in Budapest with three locations. This one, on Ferenciek tere, is my favorite and most central. I usually head to the seats upstairs which afford open vistas toward the action below. Madal uses a rotating set of coffee beans based on seasonal harvest schedules, and if you get here before noon, they might still have some of the flaky whole-wheat croissants. The inside is fitted with blond wood and motivational photos of Sri Chinmoy, the Indian spiritual leader whose nickname inspired Madal's moniker.

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