Madal Cafe (Ferenciek tere)

Madal is a beloved specialty coffee chain among Budapest locals operating 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, is more atmospheric and draws locals too. They locally roast the coffee beans, which, subject to the seasonal harvest schedules, arrive from Ethiopia or Brazil. There are both espresso-based and filter coffees, and if you get here before noon, chances are that they'll still have some of the flaky whole-wheat croissants.

The inside 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). A word to the wise: the best seats are on the upstairs, looking down at the action below. Being in the heart of downtown, Madal is easily accessible from almost everywhere in the city center.

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