Magvető Café

Magvető is a snug bookstore café on a narrow side street in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. It’s not so much their coffee, which is average at best, but the atmosphere that makes a visit here worthwhile—after all, who doesn’t like to be surrounded by walls of books? For the best experience, enjoy your drink from the elevated platform—made from reclaimed wood chips—overlooking the bookish crowd that camps out here with their laptops. Wifi is free, lingering welcome.

All the books sold here are published by Magvető, one of the main publishers in Hungary, and the operator of this café. Unfortunately, all titles are in Hungarian only, but there’s a hallway in the back of the space that connects to the neighboring bookstore, Líra, which sells more English-language books. Besides coffee and tea, snacks and local wines are also available.