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 me come back here—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 tends to camp out here with their laptops. Wifi is free, lingering welcome. Snacks and local wines are also available.

All the books sold here were published by Magvető, one of Hungary's main publishers and the operator of this café. Unfortunately, the titles are in Hungarian only, but there’s a hallway in the back of the space connecting to the neighboring bookstore, Líra, which sells more English-language books.

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