Flaky croissants studded with pecans, fresh OJ, and specialty coffee are just three of the reasons to visit Műterem Kávézó, an adorable café a bit outside the city center in District 8. Kudos to the owner for opening a roastery and coffee shop in a less privileged slice of Budapest. Rather than bringing a "downtown attitude" along with the pour-overs, Műterem is an all-welcoming space attracting neighborhood residents with reasonable price points.
Once here, it's worth wandering the nearby streets to get a glimpse of the lives of everyday Budapesters (the neighborhood is very safe during the day). Local attractions include an impressive late-Baroque church, a former telephone exchange in a beautiful art nouveau building, Hungary's top high school, and a playfully eclectic residential building with a non-matching top floor added during the communist-era.
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