Műterem Kávézó

Flaky pecan croissants, 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 owners for walking the less trodden path and opening a coffee shop in a less privileged slice of Budapest. Rather than bringing a "downtown attitude" along with their pour-overs, Műterem is an all-welcoming place attracting many 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 best high school, and a playfully eclectic residential building with a non-matching top floor added during communism.

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