Massolit Books & Café in Budapest

Massolit is a snug hideaway in Budapest's old Jewish Quarter, marrying an English-language bookstore with a café. Fortified with pricey caffeine, it's easy to spend hours here in one of the nooks and crannies accompanied by a page-turner. That is, if you manage to find an open seat, which is rare during peak hours because tourists and international students mob Massolit most of the time.

If you need some peace and quiet, check the rear room or the outdoor patio during the warmer months. The book selections are limited, but a dozen or so Hungarian classics are available in English translations.

We visit all places incognito, pay for our own meals and drinks, and write independent reviews.